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Samantha Boardman

Feeling Down Post-Election? Tap Into Your Resilience Reserves

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 12.30.2016 | Politics
Samantha Boardman MD

I have heard from patients, friends and co-workers who are having a difficult time processing the outcome of the election. While I cannot make your pain go away, I want to share some thoughts on how to stay strong during this challenging time.

Why Calm Down is Terrible Advice

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 11.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

It's your best friend's wedding and you are called upon to give a speech in front of two hundred people. Unless you are Barbara Walters, odds are this...

Don't Choke: How To Conquer Paralysis By Analysis

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 09.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Samantha Boardman MD

You don't need to be a star athlete to experience choking. It can happen to any of us at key moments. A student who fails even though she was prepared for a test, an entrepreneur who freezes while presenting to potential investors, a well-qualified applicant who blows a key interview.

Marry Someone Smarter Than You Are

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 08.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Entrepreneur Jim Rohn famously said, "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." While I am not convinced by the math behin...

Conscious Complaining: 5 Ways to Transform Complaints Into Action

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 03.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Here is how you can complain strategically:

Mealtime and Metabolism: Does Timing Matter?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 03.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

According to research, altering the time you eat affects your weight and metabolism. The key is to restrict the window of time within which you eat and to extend the amount of time you go without eating.

Are You Running on Empty? 4 Signs It's Time to Recharge

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 02.03.2017 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

When your phone has 13 percent battery left, I bet you find the nearest outlet ASAP. But when you are running on empty, you just keep going. Most of the time you don't even realize your battery is running dangerously low.

It Is What It Is. Or Is It?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 01.28.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Samantha Boardman MD

Accepting the status quo has consequences. It numbs us into believing that things are supposed to be as they are and it robs us of the initiative to take action to change them.

The Upside of Breaking Your New Year's Resolution

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 01.21.2017 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Just because you slipped up and ate that donut, smoked that cigarette or skipped that workout, doesn't mean all is lost. Failure is part of the process. So is recovery.

Can You Force Someone to Be Healthier?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 01.14.2017 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Bottom line: Nobody likes to be told what to do. There is no "one size fits all" especially when it comes to health and stress management. Discover what works for you and build more of it into your day.

The Bright Side of Your Bad Mood

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 01.08.2017 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

If you are in a funk or particularly bad mood, "What can I learn from it?" Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes and do some detective to figure out what triggered it. Is there something else going on that you need to address?

When Was the Last Time Something Took Your Breath Away?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 12.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

The sensation of awe is universal but hard to describe -- "jaw-dropping," "goose bump giving," and "spine tingling" are often used to capture that sense of wonder that awe inspires. Indeed, the experience of awe occurs in the body as much as it does in the mind.

What Is the Ultimate Luxury?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 12.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

The offices of Park Avenue psychiatrists are filled with people who have "everything" but feel empty inside. Philosophers and religious teachers have known this forever and research confirms it. Study after study shows that materialism is bad for wellbeing. It actually undermines happiness.

A Cure for the Hectic Holidays

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 12.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Do you feel like you never have enough time? According to Dr. Kathleen Vohs, 47 percent of Americans say they are starved for time. It's an epidemic s...

A Blueprint for Cultivating Gratitude

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 11.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Is there a secret recipe for writing a good letter? I don't think so. There are many creative ways to express gratitude. This is the blueprint I use:

How to Avoid Those Awkward Moments Around the Dinner Table

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 11.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Seating arrangements affect persuasion by activating fundamental needs: Circular seating highlights the need to belong, whereas angular arrangements prime the desire to be unique.

Can You Teach Yourself to Be More Optimistic?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 11.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Take 20 minutes and envision yourself in the future. Imagine yourself as the best possible you. Now write it down.

Stuck in a Rut? 5 Ways to Dig Yourself Out

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 11.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

"I am who I am," they tell me. "Not so fast," I reply. There are a number of ways to get unstuck and they don't require radical change. They simply require you to open your mind.

Do Carbs Make You Sad?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 10.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

We all know that a diet full of white bread and pasta is bad for our waistline. A new study shows that white bread could be even worse than we thought.

The Motivational Secret Nobody Ever Talks About

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 10.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Of course there is a great deal of overlap between external and internal motivation. A best-selling author might be passionate about writing and also enjoy the fame and fortune that accompanies his success. Problems arise when external motivation eclipses internal motivation.

Channel Your Inner Kindergartner: 5 Reasons Coloring Isn't Just for Kids

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 10.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Rediscovering the joy of coloring is not only fun, experts say it is also good for us.

Survival of the Prettiest: Looks Really Can Kill

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 09.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Forget the debates. Why do people often prefer one candidate over another? It all depends on how they look. Research shows that without even realizin...

7 Tips to Survive the End-of-Summer Blues

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 08.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Even for people who don't have kids, the "back to school" mindset can awaken anxieties of long ago about returning to school. The change in temperature and light also play a role. Days are undeniably getting cooler and shorter and for those sensitive to light, this can contribute to the end of summer blues. The good news is that there is a remedy:

Morning Routines for Productive People

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 08.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

How we spend our mornings sets the tone for the rest of the day. A calm and productive morning is very different from a frantic one. What can you do to make your mornings more productive and less hectic?

Science Says You Shouldn't Bail On Your Plans Tonight

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 07.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Bottom line: If you want longevity and good health, it takes a village filled with good people. Best of all, this is a great excuse to drag your husband or partner to another dinner party.