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Lawyer Well-being Newsletter: Helping Lawyers Improve Brain Health & Mental Strength

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Exercise Slows Brain Aging

Mar. 12, 2020 – Everybody talks about wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself. And that’s a lot. Because if you can fix yourself, it has a ripple effect.~ Rob Reiner Exercise has been shown to protect against cognitive decline,

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Nature Therapy

Mar 5, 2020 – We turn the clocks ahead on Saturday night to begin Daylight Saving Time. Time-shifting can be a grind and it has been shown to impair our health. There is an upside, more time to spend in nature. Metadata research synthesizing 143 studies of over 290 million

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Calm your Inner Critic

Feb 27, 2020 – We all harbor an inner critic. Negative self-talk and self-criticism can impair our confidence and self-esteem. It can also lead to imposter syndrome, where we doubt our expertise or competence. A recent study revealed that practicing self-compassion decreases the stress response and lowers heart rate. Researchers

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Your Brain on the Mediterranean Diet

2-20-20 – A new study has revealed that consumption of the Mediterranean Diet (MedDiet) promotes healthier aging by improving brain function and reducing frailty. Aging results in inflammation and deterioration of body functions, which contribute to frailty. Researchers found that consuming the MedDiet for a year reduced frailty and improved

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Exercise & Appetite Control

Feb 13, 2020 – It’s the day before Valentine’s Day, and candy is everywhere, nearly impossible to avoid for a sugar addict like me. A new study demonstrates that exercise can protect against overeating. Researchers from the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center) at Drexel University found

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Anxiety & Social Support

Feb 6, 2020 Four of the six primary human emotions initiate the fight-or-flight stress response: fear, anger, sadness, and disgust. Anxiety involves fear of anticipated negative circumstances. Many current treatments for anxiety are ineffective or result in negative side effects. Anxiety triggers the stress response, which impairs our brain, as

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Jan 30, 2020 – If you participated in Dry January, you were alcohol fasting. That may have reset your dopamine system. The dopamine system was meant to drive eating and procreation to ensure survival. When we overindulge in alcohol, comfort food, technology, or other substances or activities of abuse, our

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Exercise & Working Memory

Jan 23, 2020 – If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.~ Martin Luther King Jr. A recent study demonstrated that a single session of moderate exercise, such as a

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Exercise & State of Mind

Jan 16, 2020 – Exercise improves brain health in three important ways, it: increases blood flow (which improves the distribution of nutrients and the elimination of waste); raises important neurotransmitter levels (serotonin influences mood; norepinephrine impacts motivation; and dopamine improves satisfaction); and produces the brain cell building block Brain Derived

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Adequate Sleep is Critical to Brain Health & Cognitive Function

Jan 9, 2020 – Sleep deprivation causes cognitive decline including impaired attention, working memory, executive function, and logical reasoning ability. Getting inadequate sleep also accelerates the aging process. A study on the sleep quality and brain atrophy of 147 middle-aged adults found that poor sleep quality was correlated with reduced

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