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LEFT BRAIN SYNDROME
Written by Dr. Romie on Sep 26, 2013
Mind Tags: mindfulnessMindBrain
Photo: Image by Sheila Connolly

Disclaimer:  This is not a scientific article.   In my years of studying neuroanatomy and neurology, there wasn’t an official diagnosis of left brain syndrome.  But for many years I got stuck in a mind-rut that there should have been.  Mind-rut?  Oh come on, I know I am not the only type-A personality/professional woman that gets into this position of mind-rut.  My mind gets stuck in analysis until the point in my mind is in paralysis.  Then another thought or word comes in to unlock the paralysis, and the analysis starts all over again.  

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DECLUTTER YOUR SPACE. DECLUTTER YOUR MIND.
Written by Dr. Romie on Sep 11, 2013
Mind Tags: Work-Life BalancemindfulnessMind
Photo: Eric Floyd http://www.flickr.com/photos/25842616@N08/

I personally learned (the hard way) that once I decluttered my space, I connected to a peace of mind.  Often when the word “clutter” is mentioned we get images of hoarders in our minds: rooms filled with animals, rotting pizza boxes, and junkyard treasures. When I use the word clutter, I’m referring to the “stuff” and "things" in our homes that has accumulated that may no longer be serving a purpose.

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BREW COFFEE FOR YOUR BRAIN
Written by Dr. Romie on Sep 5, 2013
Mind Tags: BrainBrainpower
Photo: "Coffee On The Highline" B.C. Lorio

It seems like every month the science switches from one side to the other on whether we should be drinking coffee or not.  In fact this “flip-flop” occurs on so many issues regarding nutrition, that clearing through the confusion is a full time job in itself.

I found myself flip-flopping on my attitude drinking coffee let alone how to counsel my patients when they asked about it.  If you are like me, you pour your cup of coffee anyway and try to use that energy burst to power through another work day.

 

 

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BOOKS: BRAINPOWER OR ANTIQUES FOR THE MIND?
Written by Dr. Romie on Aug 26, 2013
Mind Tags: MindBrainpower
Photo: B.C. Lorio http://www.flickr.com/photos/ackniculous/sets/

I know this can be written off as a generational issue, but it shouldn't be. When I was growing up I couldn't wait to escape into the world of a novel. I often felt this sadness of saying goodbye to a group of friends when the book was finished, and the characters in the novel were no longer a part of my daily life.

When I went to medical school in abroad, I was so thankful that the American Center with a library was next door. Reading non-medical books in my little free time was somehow my only link to a non-medical reality, a link back to my home in the US, a link back to finding comfort for my mind.

As I was writing this blog article a friend who is a librarian posted on these stats on Facebook:

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EMPOWER YOUR BRAIN
Written by Dr. Romie on Aug 1, 2013
Mind Tags: SpiritualityMindBrain

We see fascinating (and dare I say sexy) pictures of the brain daily. Articles are floating all over media about all the exciting discoveries in understanding how the brain works through neuroimaging studies, neurobiology, and neuropsychology.

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