Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Sanam Hafeez’

DO YOU HAVE POST-ELECTION STRESS DISORDER?

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

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Regardless of whom you voted for in the 2016 Presidential election, there is one thing we all can agree on:  the process was terribly stressful! For the past year people have been heated on social media, blocking and un-friending those on “the other side,” arguing within their families, and fighting with their spouses.  Now that the election is over, half of America is feeling the stress associated with loss. Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC licensed clinical psychologist and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, shares shares the signs of Post-Election Stress Disorder and how to manage its symptoms.

Your stomach is in knots!  According to Dr. Hafeez, stressing out about the future of our country can certainly manifest in physical discomfort. When you ruminate about the worst-case scenario it can lead to stomach tension, nausea and lack of appetite. She advises taking a break from news coverage and discussion of the election results. “You want to be informed but YOU want to be in control of the news you are seeking out. Select one media outlet that you want to get your news from. Check in the morning and then focus on what you have to do that day.”

You can’t focus!  Your mind wanders and you keep worrying about the next four years of your life. These wandering thoughts lead to a lack of focus. Dr. Hafeez explains that when we are fixated on a thought and are in a state of worry, it is difficult to give full attention to anything else. Her advice is to decompress — going for a thirty minute walk, exercising, meditating by lying still and focusing on your breath, coloring in a coloring book or playing catch with a ball.  “You want to choose tasks that are repetitive, pleasurable, calming and don’t require a lot of focus,” she suggests. (more…)

IS YOUR CELLPHONE MAKING YOU LESS ATTRACTIVE?

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

selfieSmartphones are vital to our daily lives; in fact, research has shown that the average person checks their phone 85 times a day and spends a total of five hours per day using the device to browse the web or use certain apps. For many, our smartphone is the first thing we look at in the morning and the last thing we check at bedtime. Although quick glances at our phone may seem harmless, it can in fact be affecting us physically, mentally and emotionally. We caught up with some experts who help explain the ugly side of excessive cellphones use.

Poor Posture:  When we look down at our cellphones we are straining our necks and slouching our shoulders. Doing this can cause some serious damage to our overall posture even leading us to lose up to an inch to an inch and a half of height. “I see up to 10 patients a week complaining of severe neck and shoulder pain. When asked how often they use their phones the typical response is all the time. When pain becomes chronic and severe, surgery has to be considered,” explains Dr. Richard Samperisi, Co-Founder of Campus Chiropractic Center at Florida International University. (more…)

HOW TO LOVE YOURSELF MORE!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

bodiesPsychologists use the term, body image, to describe our internalized sense of what we look like, a mental representation or map of our body, against which we judge our external appearance. For most of us, there is a relatively good match between what we think we look like and how we appear to others.  Manhattan Neuropsychologist, Dr. Sanam Hafeez, elaborates, “To some extent our body image is idealized (based on how we would like to look). It is also based on a mirror image of our actual appearance.”  So where is the disconnect?  “Other people see animated or moving images, whereas we view our own image mainly through photographs or mirrors where our expression is still,” she explains.  Dr. Hafeez understands the perils that gals fall into in our “Instagram, Facebook and Photoshop” society, and shares with Beauty Undercover some tips on how to love ourselves more.

1.    Forget the diet hype. People who constantly diet have a higher risk of developing eating disorders, are more likely to binge eat and cause a domino effect of physical and mental health issues that include depression, irritability, anxiety, digestive problems and metabolic syndrome. Looking and feeling good are common sense. Eating right, regular exercise and sleeping are your weight control keys to success!

2.    Put body image in perspective. Instead of spending so much time obsessing over your outer self – consider focusing your attention on education, hobbies and socializing with your friends. Keeping your mind engaged will help you notice others with the same interests. Working to get fit and healthy is an admirable goal but it should never consume your life. (more…)