Highly sensitive woman practicing self-care with her dog on a trail.

Four Reasons Highly Sensitive Person Self-Care Takes More Effort Than it Does For Everyone Else

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | August 3, 2020 |

Highly Sensitive People (aka HSPs) feel the world deeply. They are born with a nervous system wired to be super attuned and responsive.  If you are a highly sensitive person, self-care is critical because everyday life can be draining. You need self-care to refuel so you can make best use of the unique gifts of…

How Your Negative Body Image Is Hurting Your Sex Life

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 7, 2020 |

Embracing your Inner Sex Goddess is a tall order.  Especially if all you can think about is how disgusting your stomach looks and how fat your thighs are. For sure, negative thoughts running through your head provide a lousy set up for foreplay or any kind of  sexually satisfying experience – for you both. Here…

Wabi-sabi: Beauty of Imperfection

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 31, 2020 |

Is Wabi-sabi the same as Wasabi, the horseradishy condiment? Nope! Wabi-sabi is an ancient Asian philosophy centered on simplicity. It focuses on acceptance of life as is. It celebrates the beauty of things that are imperfect, temporary, and incomplete. It finds beauty in things that are modest and humble and unconventional. It is present-oriented. It…

Teflon to Velcro: How To Make Habits Stick

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 31, 2018 |

How many times have you said, or heard others say, they want to develop a habit or get rid of one?  ​Habits such as going to bed earlier, consuming less alcohol, exercising more often, or saving more money each month are examples of habits people tend to deem  worth having.  Habits like driving too fast, eating…

“To The Bone”: Do not wish for Anorexia

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 27, 2018 |

“To the Bone”, a recently released Netflix movie, has generated discussion on the topic of eating disorders.  The New York Times reviewed this movie.  Anything that promotes awareness is a plus.   The movie itself is no Academy Award winner. It reminds me of an after school special from the 1980s.In a separate blog I will review the…

Graham Cracker Irony

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | July 5, 2017 |

Today is the birthday of the guy who invented the graham cracker.  His invention of the graham cracker wasn’t for the creation of S’mores, or for dunking in milk. In fact, the dude created graham flour, which later turned into graham crackers, with the hope of killing the sex vibe among teens and adults. He…

From Om to OH!

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | April 6, 2016 |

Chant to come? Yoga is not just for the svelte, green tea-drinking, virtuous types. We can all benefit from down dogging it, even from the comfort of a chair. Chair yoga is a real thing. As a famous yoga master said, “If you can breathe, you can do yoga”. The whole purpose of yoga is…

Thank you, Body

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 17, 2015 |

Feel the soothing breeze? See the gorgeous blue sky and billowy clouds? Smell the delish salty air? Can you just about taste it? Hear the sound of the sea? ​If you said yes to any of these, thank your body!

Want happiness? Top 10 Don’ts

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 25, 2015 |

Happiness. Ahhh. The elusive pursuit. “I just want to be happy!” say friends, family, and strangers. Magazine headlines, book titles, websites, FB posts, BLOGS (hello!) – all promise happiness. “Do this!” and you will be happy, the lists say. Advertisers suggest that if you use their product, you too will be happy (and beautiful, and successful, and fill-in-the-blank).…

Comfort Zone

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 18, 2015 |

“All deliberate change first comes from denying the logic that most gives you comfort” What is Mike Dooley, the author of the quote, saying? My take is that he is reminding us that change is hard, and that we tend to take our thoughts as fact, especially when those thoughts have become automatic. It is…