January 2013, Volume 3, Issue 1

Happy 2013, SynerLink friends,

After the frenzy of the holidays, many of us are wishing for more simplicity.  We may be re-examining our lives and contemplating ways to bring more groundedness into our daily lives in 2013.  It may feel like we need to choose between being centered and peaceful and being successful in our lives and careers.  However, this is a false choice, according to this month’s lead article by Martin Boroson.  He outlines how meditation practice actually enhances our performance at work, especially for those who wish to serve in a leadership role.  How can you make some space for meditation in the new year?

Don’t forget – My new e-book, 7 Foundations of Health and Happiness: First Steps, is ready and FREE for you to download here:
http://www.stressfreelivinggift.com/
I hope that it will support you on your journey to a life you love.

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:
chelgason@doctorchanel.com.

Happy New Year,
Chanel Helgason, MD

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December 2012, Volume 2, Issue 12

Happy December, everyone,

One of the most important concepts of life balance, especially as it relates to money, is the idea of enough.  At a certain point, having more actually decreases our life satisfaction and detracts from our happiness.  I’m a huge fan of the book “Your Money or Your Life” by Robbins and Dominguez, and our top article this month is a blog post by Ms. Robbins summarizing the key points of the book as they relate to happiness.  For me, the “joy-to-stuff” ratio is especially salient as we enter the holiday season.

Don’t forget – My new e-book, 7 Foundations of Health and Happiness: First Steps, is ready and FREE for you to download here:
http://www.stressfreelivinggift.com/
I hope that it will support you on your journey to a life you love.

If you enjoy the newsletter, please forward to friends or colleagues who may enjoy receiving it, as well.  They can click the links at the bottom of this newsletter to subscribe, or to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, or go to our home page www.doctorchanel.com.

As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@doctorchanel.com.

Happy holidays,
Chanel Helgason, MD

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November 2012, Volume 2, Issue 11

Happy November, SynerLink friends,

Great news!  My new e-book – 7 Foundations of Health and Happiness: First Steps – is ready and FREE for you to download here:
http://www.stressfreelivinggift.com/
I’m very excited to offer this great resource to you, my Synerlink community, and hope that it will support you on your journey to a life you love.

My favorite article this month is a blog post by HandsFreeMama.  I just love this essay.  The importance of noticing the beauty in the individuality of our loved ones is profound.  Not only that, but study after study has shown that asking different, positive questions actually results in different, positive answers.  What if we all made a conscious choice to pay attention to the good?

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@doctorchanel.com.

Wishing you a wonderful month!
Chanel Helgason, MD

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October 2012, Volume 2, Issue 10

Happy October, Synerlink friends,

Please be sure to click the ‘opt-in’ link in the email you received from me last week to ensure you don’t miss any future issues of the newsletter.

In other news: If you live in the Omaha area, I will be speaking on “Your Love-Hate Relationship with Food: How to Dump Your Bad Nutrition Habits and Fall in Love with Your Food Again” at the annual Omaha Women’s Health & Wellness Conference on October 5. Hope to see you there! 🙂 http://www.olsoncenter.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=340&Itemid=210

My favorite article this month is by Debora Spar, and it is such an important article. Unfortunately high-achieving women are often plagued with the flip-side of their ambition – perfectionism. “…A woman cannot work a 60-hour-per-week job and be the same kind of parent she would have been without the 60-hour-per-week job. No man can do this; no human can do this.” Why are we holding ourselves to the worst double-standard – to create the perfect 1950’s home on top of the liberated, high-powered career. It’s time to stop beating ourselves up for an impossible goal. One of the points I liked best about the article was the need to ask for help – to let the men in our lives know what we need – and to support each other.

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links. Please send to: chelgason@doctorchanel.com.

Wishing you a wonderful month!
Chanel Helgason, MD

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September 2012, Volume 2, Issue 9

Happy September, everyone!

My favorite article forcuses on an idea that I love – the idea that being real – fully, authentically human – draws people toward us – it doesn’t drive them away. Imagine what a different world it would be if everyone could show up fully for work every day!

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to: chelgason@synergenius.biz.  

Wishing you a wonderful month!

Chanel Helgason, MD

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August 2012, Volume 2, Issue 8

Happy August, everyone!

My favorite article this month, by Anne-Marie Slaughter, may be my favorite article this year, or at least the best article on work-life balance I have read in a long time. After spending the last 7 years trying to work part-time to spend time with my daughter, and observing mother-colleagues of mine attempt to do the same, I have seen first-hand how often part-time work equates with “less committed to the organization” in the minds of others, both colleagues and leadership.  Some organizations won’t even consider part-time workers due to those same inaccurate assumptions. This article is a must-read for anyone juggling work and family, and for those who work with them.  

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to: chelgason@synergenius.biz.  

Wishing you a wonderful month!

Chanel Helgason, MD

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June 2012, Volume 2, Issue 6

Happy June, everyone!  

My favorite article this month comes from AlterNet, and offers a really paradigm-shifting overview of why more isn’t better when it comes to work. The most game-changing (and life-changing!) advice: Work less and become MORE productive! Let’s all help each other to prioritize life balance. Another key point from the study – showing up to work sleep deprived – even by one hour! – is equivalent to showing up drunk. Just don’t do it! Passion is not equal to having no life outside work. 

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to: chelgason@synergenius.biz.  

Wishing you a wonderful month!

Chanel Helgason, MD

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July 2012, Volume 2, Issue 7

Happy July, everyone!

My favorite article this month is the nice, nuanced overview of the rise of integrative medicine by David H. Freedman of the Atlantic. It is especially important to note the comments about the huge role stress plays in disease, and the role mind-body medicine could play in creating better, evidence-based care. Also note the comment at the end from one of the biggest alternative medicine critics, in regards to hypnosis: “But I believe it works.”

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to: chelgason@synergenius.biz.  

Wishing you a wonderful month!

Chanel Helgason, MD

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May 2012, Volume 2, Issue 5

Happy May, everyone!  

My favorite article this month is one exploring the research on how to make ourselves smarter – and ward off dementia.  One way to do that is to learn something new.  Not just dancing, which was highlighted in the article, but anything new.  Don’t worry about the probability that you’ll never use it in the future.  Take a class to challenge your mind – and have some fun, too!  This article made me really grateful for my own dance practice.

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergenius.biz.  

Wishing you a wonderful month!
Chanel Helgason, MD

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April 2012, Volume 2, Issue 4

Happy April, everyone!  

My favorite article this month is this nice summary of the nutrition recommendations from Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food.”  I highly recommend it.  It is easily one of the best books on nutrition I’ve read.  It takes a complex & controversial subject – how & what to eat – and pulls from it some wonderful common-sense wisdom, which is often sorely lacking in our discussions around food.

You can find the book here:  http://michaelpollan.com/books/in-defense-of-food/.   It’s a quick read, insightful, quite funny in spots, and very worth the time.

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergenius.biz.  

Wishing you a wonderful month!

Chanel Helgason, MD

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