Best Self Magazine1 min readPsychology
Sweet Dreams: Visualizing Your Way To A Better Night’s Sleep
— Bedtime is supposed to be the most relaxing time of day. We want it to be this calm moment where you and your child feel settled and ready to say goodnight. Unfortunately, that is often not the case. Even if we can get them lying town and tucked in
Best Self Magazine4 min read
Put Your Best Foot Forward (Literally): Embracing The Power of Movement
— So many choices. What direction are your feet taking you? Where is it you want to go? What is your biggest dream that’s still sitting inside of you? Is there a project, a great idea? Challenges getting started? Could your feet have the answer? If n
Best Self Magazine5 min readRelationships & Parenting
The Secret to Successful Mothering (That Took Me 21 Years to Learn)
— I didn’t want to write my second book. The book I pitched to my publisher couldn’t have been more different than the one that’s landing “wherever books are sold” this month. But it’s the book they asked for (after they politely rejected my pitch),
Best Self Magazine6 min readPsychology
The Courageous Art of Supporting Someone in Grief (At Any Age)
— As a culture, we’re not great at supporting the grieving, to say the least. We don’t know what to say. We don’t know what to do. We feel helpless, inadequate, ill-equipped. And as much as we say, I can’t imagine what you’re going through, I don’t t
Best Self Magazine7 min read
True Abundance: One Man’s Search for (Mindful Money) Meaning
— Money may be a cornerstone in your perpetually evolving financial plan, but to what extent is it an essential ingredient for living a rich and abundant life? And ultimately, can money buy you happiness?  As you ponder these questions, you may find
Best Self Magazine4 min read
Color & Creativity: An Artist Rejuvenates and Redefines Her Craft
— I’m a freelance illustrator living just outside of Cleveland, Ohio where we have lots of gray, rainy, snowy, damp and chilly days. While our sunny days fall far below the national average, I’ve discovered a benefit of gloomy days and how to use the
Best Self Magazine3 min readPsychology
Forest Bathing: How Immersing in Nature Can Help You Reconnect
— From our inescapable smartphones to the constant go-go-go of today’s busy world, more and more people are feeling disconnected from their own lives and the world around them. For some, a practice known as forest bathing is the key to restoring both
Best Self Magazine7 min readPsychology
Is Meditation Too Woo-Woo For You? Try These 3 Simple Practices Instead
— I am what you might call me a spiritual late bloomer. I wasn’t always a meditator; I was a more of a thinker. The touchy-feely stuff was never really up my alley.  Many years ago, as I prepared to let go of my marriage and all sense of where I migh
Best Self Magazine3 min readTech
Going Green: It’s Not Just About the Environment, it Can Increase Your Happiness, Too
— Living a simpler lifestyle is a concept that has been gaining traction over the past few years. Whether you opt for minimalism in your everyday life, move into a tiny house, or strive to put our planet first with your actions, there is a certain fr
Best Self Magazine3 min read
What’s Your Truth? Tools for Discerning What’s Right for You
— Imagine for a second that you could choose anything — to create any life you desired — what would you choose? Not what you think you should choose, or what you parents or family tell you to choose, but truly what would make you happy. Something tha
Best Self Magazine3 min readSelf-Improvement
Worry vs. Mindfulness: A Life Lesson
— Last summer my son and I decided to get matching tattoos.  He was heading to graduate school ten hours away, and I was having some trouble with the distance. Instead of sharing in his excitement for the challenges and opportunities ahead of him, al
Best Self Magazine3 min readScience
Feeling Good: 9 Ways to Naturally Increase Your Dopamine Levels
— Dopamine is one of the neurotransmitter chemicals released in the brain. When this chemical is released in large amounts, it induces feelings of pleasure which keeps a person to work hard in anticipation of a reward. Dopamine also promotes clear th
Best Self Magazine5 min readPsychology
A Good Night’s Sleep: 15 Ways to Improve Your Health and Vitality
— Sleeping is one of the basic and most rewarding human activities. It brings you a number of health benefitswhile also helping you to relax and enjoy some alone time. Unfortunately, a lot of people struggle to establish regular sleep patterns. Sleep
Best Self Magazine5 min readPsychology
Helping Your Child When They Have Anxiety About Going to School
— Do you have a child that is having a hard time adjusting to going to school? If so, you are not alone. School anxiety is real, and more common than you may think. For some children (and parents as well), embarking on this journey of a more social a
Best Self Magazine6 min readSelf-Improvement
Managing Stress Through Communication and Lifestyle Changes
— Stress is something that happens to almost every person from time to time. It is the body’s reaction to something that happened or is happening. Your body reacts to the situation and it causes a physical, mental, or emotional response. Stress is ve
Best Self Magazine2 min readWellness
Health Benefits of Grape Seed Extract
— Grape seed extract is a phenomenal natural dietary supplement. Rich in nutrients, grape seed extract is made from pulverizing the seeds of grapes. After removing the seeds from grapes, they are dried and crushed, eventually becoming an extract. Thi
Best Self Magazine5 min readPsychology
Mind Games: Exercising Your Mind for Emotional & Mental Health
— A few years back I wrote an article called Mind Yoga: Why and How to Bring Awareness to Your Thoughts. In the piece, I discussed how our minds are our most valuable asset. I also pointed out how we can decide whether we want to think a thought or n
Best Self Magazine4 min readPsychology
Silent Communication: Honoring the Space Between the Words
— The space between the words is immense and fertile. It has energy and information and communicates with us, sometimes even better than words. Energy is our first language. Babies start out communicating solely with energy. As parents we know we nee
Best Self Magazine4 min readNutrition
The Keto Diet: 5 Things You Should Know Before You Get Started
— Thinking about starting the keto diet? You’re definitely not alone. The ketogenic diet is one of the most popular diets to date. Celebrities have done it and a plethora of fun, easy-to-make recipes can be found all over the Internet to help you mai
Best Self Magazine3 min readSociety
Understanding Medicare: What’s Covered and What’s Not
— Conscious living and holistic self-care — so easy to say and so difficult to achieve.  Our patience and continuous self-care practices for both body and mind help us become better versions of ourselves. Sometimes, however, we face health issues tha
Best Self Magazine2 min read
Explore More: Tips To Travel Abroad On A Budget
— Once social media was introduced, the world expanded into a great platform for far-off friendships.  You can become a wanderlust explorer through sites like Facebook or Skype to forge friendships and to learn about other people and their cultures.
Best Self Magazine3 min readSelf-Improvement
How to Use Mindfulness to Improve Your Business Negotiations
— The word ‘negotiation’ brings to mind an antagonistic win-lose situation. But according to the best negotiation training experts, negotiation doesn’t have to end in a win-lose outcome. In fact, long-term business negotiations should create positive
Best Self Magazine4 min readPsychology
The Power of Nature to Heal Your Body and Mind
— For the most part of my childhood and teenage life, physical activity was like a dear friend that always seemed to be there when needed, yet never too imposing when not. Growing up, everyone played at least one team sport or played outside by runni
Best Self Magazine1 min readFood & Wine
Flower Power: The Edible Art of Candied Flowers
— Most recipes for candied flowers use egg whites. Here is an alternative recipe that uses simple syrup and super fine powdered sugar instead.  To start, rub the petals gently between your fingers to help the simple syrup stick. Take your time, this
Best Self Magazine4 min read
Inviting Your Demons to Tea: A Dance Between Self-Improvement & Self-Acceptance
— Around the time I realized that meditation brought me a sense of sustainable sanity and decided to quit dabbling and commit whole heartedly to my practice, I had a meeting with one of my mentors after a weekend-long retreat. We were seated at an ou
Best Self Magazine7 min read
Emeralds of Wisdom: Life Lessons From The Wizard of Oz
— I’ve spent a lifetime working with brilliant people. I’ve edited Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, a dozen titles by Deepak Chopra, and bestselling books by the likes of Douglas Adams, Queen Noor, Byron Katie, Carol Burnett, Arianna Huffin
Best Self Magazine6 min readSelf-Improvement
Radical Responsibility: The Key To Moving From Suffering To True Agency & Freedom
— Here’s a sobering story. In 1985, I was sentenced to 25 years without parole for drug trafficking. My life as I knew it was over. I was 35 years old, well-educated, with talent and potential, and I had completely torched my life — burned it to the
Best Self Magazine7 min read
The Daily Grind: Anti-Aging Regimens of Self Care and Self Love
— Defying the aging process is a daily commitment. As I say to my clients: You wouldn’t wear sunscreen only one day per week and think that you are actually fully protecting your skin from the aging effects of the sun. Well, shocker… the same thing a
Best Self Magazine3 min read
Tips to Make Your Workout Eco-Friendly
— Adopting a workout habit is a challenge. Making your workout eco-friendly might seem like an insurmountable obstacle. But there are many ‘life hacks’ you can employ to achieve your best physical performance without leaving a significant carbon foot
Best Self Magazine2 min read
Blender Tips: Getting the Most from Your Smoothies
— Nothing’s better than a great smoothie.  Chock full of nutrients and vitamins, smoothies are thick and tasty, and are a great meal replacement option. Nearly all foods can be blended, from fruits and nuts to vegetables. And it doesn’t matter if you
…Or Discover Something New