Recharging from hectic holidays

Whew. Suddenly, it’s 2012. How did that happen? And why do you feel limper than leftover ribbon? OK, maybe you stayed up too late a couple of nights (the easy-to-assemble bike wasn’t, the open house next door never closed). Still, it wasn’t a total marathon.

We YOU Docs know the feeling. It’s called multi-multitasking. During the holidays, not only are you juggling the usual load (and “the usual” seems to increase by 10 percent every year), but you’re also trying to squeeze in 103 extra things, look your best, be charming and show up more often than Ryan Seacrest.

It reminds us of the study a few years ago that measured the effect of endless emails and phone calls on your brain: Your IQ falls by 10 points. We feel like ours falls by 20! Nonstop stimulation doesn’t make you quicker and smarter; it makes you slower and dumber. Like losing a night’s sleep.

How to regain all 10 points … or more? You know how much we YOU Docs talk about using meditation to dial down life’s craziness and boost brain power? Start by restoring your inner tranquility. Go on, try it.

ABOUT TO START A JANUARY DIET? READ THIS FIRST

We YOU Docs are all for snacks, especially those that keep you from sitting down to a meal hungry enough to gnaw the napkins. Munching a handful of walnuts half an hour before eating is one of the best ways we know to tame a Rottweiler appetite.

But wait. If you want to lose more weight in less time, intriguing new research says: Skip midmorning snacks. The gap between breakfast and lunch often isn’t that long, you’re probably not really hungry, but someone brought in doughnuts and … well, you know how this story ends.

The YOU Docs — Mehmet Oz, host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen of Cleveland Clinic — are the authors of “YOU: Losing Weight.” For more information go to www.RealAge.com.

Meditation made easy

  • Find a place where you can be quiet for 10 minutes.
  • Close your eyes and shut out the world.
  • Pick a simple word (like “om” or “one” or “Hawaii”).
  • Slowly repeat it while deeply breathing in and out.
  • When stray thoughts crop up (they will), refocus on your rhythmic breathing.

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