Balance

  • Lift Depression With Meditation

    With summer coming to a close and shorter, darker days ahead, you might be wondering how to cope with the negative thoughts that often accompany the season’s change and can lead to depression. A recent study found that age-old meditative techniques and more modern cognitive therapy can help alleviate symptoms.

    By Ziba Kashef
  • Make Love Last

    It’s hard to believe that after those lofty vows of marriage, a relationship could break up because of something as mundane as dishes left in the sink or the protocols of reading in bed. Yet even the most evolved relationships get snagged in the pettiest of disputes.

  • Celebrate the Sun

    Summer’s here and you’re ready to hit the hiking trails, read novels poolside, and frolic in the fields. By now you know to pull on a visor and slop on sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s pulsing rays.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • The Secret Life of Dreams

    It has happened to all of us: You sit up in bed after a doozy of a dream and wonder What did that mean? Mankind’s fascination with dreams has a long history. In fact, one of the world’s oldest surviving documents, an Egyptian papyrus, contains dream interpretations. Most ancient cultures believed dreams were communications from deities or departed souls.

    Your nighttime revelries could hold the key to your health.
    By Jeanne Ricci
  • Pure and Simple: An Interview With Veronica Bosgraaf

    When Veronica Bosgraaf’s 6-year-old daughter, Anna, became a vegetarian, it created one main problem: what to pack for school lunches? “Most sandwiches wouldn’t cut it,” says Bosgraaf, 38.

    Interview by Kristin Bjornsen
  • Get Inspired: Outside The Office

    Though her character, Jan, makes audiences laugh on NBC’s The Office, Melora Hardin takes a serious tone about eschewing consumerism, embracing a greener lifestyle, and bringing back family dinners. Natural Solutions caught up with the actress—and this month’s cover model—who talks about life outside of The Office.

    Interview by Bonnie Siegler
  • In Your Own Backyard

    The typical patient at the Environmental Health Clinic at New York University comes in concerned about the water flowing from her tap, the air she breathes, and the chemicals her kids are exposed to at home. Sound familiar? The list of environmental health concerns seems to grow everyday, along with the clinic’s roster of clients.

    Reduce the toxins in your environment with these close-to-home solutions.
    By Samantha Cleaver
  • Spent?

    Can anything make you feel more out of control than watching your nest egg get snatched up in the ravenous jaws of a recession? Amid the gloom, many people feel pressed to reexamine their attitude toward money, along with their financial priorities.

    Nothing can be more depleting than worrying about finances. Transform your relationship with money to revive flagging spirits—and bank accounts.
    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • 5 New Ways to Green Your Office

    So your office already recycles, reuses printer paper, and everyone turns off the lights in the kitchen when they go back to their desks. But this Earth Day get ready to make your workplace even more eco-conscious with these unconventional ways to protect your productivity and the planet.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Child's Repose

    Upon entering the world, my daughter Mira suffered a brain injury. Within seconds, my husband and I were thrown into a whirlwind of unfamiliar words, a loss of our vision of a healthy birth, and an unknown future anticipated with both fear and intense love.

    How yoga helped a mother see her daughter's disability in a new light.
    By Cindy Kaplan