Posts By Janet Hoffman


Anxious About Health?

On a website discussion page, a woman confided, “…I have become so anxious about my health, every little ache, pain or twinge has my brain going mad! Before I would have ignored it or even not noticed it, but now I’m convinced it’s something really serious! It’s ruining every part of my life! I feel […]


Vote for Peace

Endless wars, relentless fear of terrorism, revived cold wars, and runaway military spending plague our modern American life. With new elections on the horizon, we may wonder how to make choices that will secure a healthy state of peace within our nation and between all nations. It may just be that the first step is […]


Why Businesswomen Need to Learn Transcendental Meditation

Whether you are an Oprah Winfrey fan or not, you’ve got to have high regard for the remarkable success of this businesswoman, entrepreneur, publisher, media star and philanthropist. She’s intuitive, farsighted and practical—and that’s why she learned the Transcendental Meditation technique for her own sake and brought the program to her employees in 2011. “I […]


Women, the Aging Brain, and Mental Capacity

Our June news-email featured information about research on the brain. Because the topic of reduced cognition in aging is the “elephant in the room” of which everyone is taking notice, we want to present the information here for you again in a composite: In recent decades, the aging brain has been a prominent and significant […]


Trying to Be Mindful is Not the Path to Mindfulness

I’d like to personally honor those who sincerely want to evolve greater awareness and develop themselves. However, I’m concerned about—what I consider to be— a misunderstanding that many women have which may cause them to waste their precious time in this pursuit.  The principle is simple: a goal is not the same as the path […]


Decreasing Annual Seasonal Depression

Recently, I was reading an article about “SAD”—Seasonal Affective Disorder—and thought how unfortunate it is that people are subjected to depression by their own body’s reaction to the change in season. And, unfortunately for us, SAD is diagnosed four times more often in women than in men. But Dr. Norman Rosenthal, a former NIH senior […]


Is This Anxiety?

“It’s really uncomfortable, sometimes like being overdosed on caffeine, sometimes like something has to be fixed, even if you don’t know what that is—it’s the opposite of the sense of well-being.”  Everyone knows what it can feel like when they’re anxious. But is that feeling the only sign of anxiety? It might be that certain […]


On the Front Lines: Interview with a Social Worker

I had a friend who worked as a social worker in a poor section of Brooklyn, visiting families in need—she was kind, patient and empathetic—and she went home every night and collapsed in tears. Social work is a demanding and challenging profession that is essential to the health of our society—even while it damages the […]


Depression During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be one of the most amazing times in a woman’s life, despite the morning sickness, fatigue, abdominal pain, headaches and insomnia that may accompany it. For many women, and in most circumstances, pregnancy is experienced as a happy time. But for a significant number of women, happiness isn’t part of the picture. In […]


Real Rehabilitation: Women Inmates Learn Transcendental Meditation

With about 220,000 women in the correctional system, the United States is one of the top incarcerators of women in the world. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “Only five percent of the world’s female population lives in the U.S., yet nearly one-third of all the female prisoners in the entire world are here in […]


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