Masks


By Aparna Mele, MD Mask-wearing during this COVID pandemic is crucial to preventing the spread of infection. But did you know that even something as simple as wearing a mask has distinct instructions on both how to wear it and how to remove it? Remember there is only one correct way to wear them and … Continue reading Masks

Instilling Kindness In Our Kids


By Aparna Mele “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” — Mark Twain How do children learn to care, feel connected to their communities, and know their impact in the world? Developing compassion in children is akin to developing muscle strength. The more you use your muscles, the … Continue reading Instilling Kindness In Our Kids

Put Your Mind on Your Eating and Your Eating On Your Mind


By Aparna Mele, MD Not just a trendy mental game, mindful eating is a sort of meditation in motion being actively studied for its far-reaching health benefits. This kind of practice, like other mindfulness techniques, emphasizes judgment-free awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and sensory experiences to help you focus on the meal you are eating, … Continue reading Put Your Mind on Your Eating and Your Eating On Your Mind

Mental Wellness During Challenging Times


By Aparna Mele These most challenging times have made the issue of mental health more important than ever. The stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic have been difficult enough, and now the social distancing requirements have led to profound changes in our daily routines. All of us are faced with daily uncertainty about how long this … Continue reading Mental Wellness During Challenging Times

Happiness Chemicals


By Aparna Mele Metabolism, response to injury, stress levels, energy, reproduction — our endocrine system, the system of glands that produce hormones, regulates all these things. Essentially, hormones are the messengers that control many of our bodily functions. They regulate our physical health and our mood. Dopamine is responsible for reward-driven behavior and pleasure seeking. … Continue reading Happiness Chemicals