A-Z Mental Health Directory for College Students

Owaves Team Circadian Rhythm, COVID-19, Daily Planner, Healthy Lifestyle, Relationships, Routines, Uncategorized

The negative impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the mental health of college students is becoming evident. Active Minds, Inc. is a U.S.-based nonprofit that aims to spread awareness of mental health for students. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, a survey carried out by this nonprofit in April revealed that 80% of the 2,086 participants have experienced a decline in their …

#MyMoai

What is a Moai?

Owaves Team Daily Planner, Day Planner, Healthy Lifestyle, My Moai, Relationships, Wellness Planner

The concept of Moai has been embedded in Japanese culture for hundreds of years. It’s essentially a support group concerning the financial, social, and mental health facets of its group members. Unsurprisingly, it is also known to be an essential component to understanding the longevity of Okinawans. Okinawa is one of the five blue zones where people live significantly longer than the …

5 Ways to Maintain Social Rhythms While Social Distancing

Mikaela Horvath COVID-19, Family, Healthy Lifestyle, Relationships

Though we must refrain from in-person gatherings right now in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, socialization is still crucial for us to incorporate into a well-balanced daily routine! Here are a few ways to maintain social rhythms in the current times. 1. Take Part in Video Chats! Not only can you simply talk to family and friends and see …

Circadian Rhythms
and Night Shifts

Sohaib Imtiaz, M.D., MPH Circadian Rhythm, Day Plans, Health Risks, Healthy Lifestyle, Routines, Time Hacks, Time Management, Tips and Tricks

As a doctor in training, night shifts are a consistent part of life. This gets especially difficult for someone who is into optimizing their health. The World Health Organization classifies night shift work as a ‘carcinogen’. Circadian rhythms dictate specific times at which we are physiologically optimized for performance in different domains. It’s hard to stay alert and productive at night as …

New Year or New Season?

New Year or New Season?

Royan Circadian Rhythm, Circannual Rhythm, Healthy Lifestyle, Productivity, Time Management, Uncategorized

January 1st, in the middle of winter, is actually an arbitrary date to start a new year… The date has no astronomical association, and is an inherited way of dividing up time from the Gregorian calendar, introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. Before then, you might’ve seen Western countries start the new year on religious holidays like Christmas or Easter. The …

Two Public Health Lessons
from Rio de Janeiro

Royan Health Risks, Healthy Lifestyle, Olympics, Productivity, Wellness Planner

In a world where anti-depressants are fast becoming as common as Tylenol, it’s refreshing to run into a culture, an entire population or Blue Zone if you will, that possesses joy as a palpable entity. The Carioca spirit, or “joie de vivre” of the local Rio de Janeiro population, is not only infectious but palpable. It’s something even those living here for …

Illvolution

Owaves Team Apps, Entrepreneur, Healthy Lifestyle, Startups, Wellness GPS

  A New Era: The Diseases of Abundance   Royan Kamyar, M.D., MBA, founder and CEO of Owaves presents at TEDxUCSD’s Salon Event on February 27, 2014.  He discusses Illvolution, the study of how how disease evolves, or “illvolves”, over time, and why it is important for us to recognize this as we strive to improve the health of future generations. Royan …

Recipe for Chronic Disease

Royan Health Risks, Healthy Lifestyle, Productivity, Tips and Tricks, Wellness GPS

Sitting is the New Smoking According to recent research from a new cadre of public health advocates, sitting for extended periods throughout the day is an independent risk factor for chronic disease such as heart disease – even with allotments for exercise. Sitting down too much, for too long, is bad for our health. The typical American work day looks pretty much like …

What is Your Metronome?

Royan Apps, Health Risks, Healthy Lifestyle, Productivity, Time Hacks, Time Management, Wellness Planner

Tic-Toc. Lub-Dub. Buzz. What’s the sound of your metronome? What keeps your beat? Guides your rhythm on a daily basis? For mothers it might be a child’s cry that guides them from one moment to the next. For a rural farmer in an isolated region, the rise and fall of the sun. For you? For me? For many of us, the beat-setter …

Do You Plan Your Day?

Royan Health Risks, Healthy Lifestyle, Productivity, Time Management, Wellness GPS

Did you plan your day today?  If so, you probably found time for that healthy snack, a light jog, or to enjoy the evening with your loved ones. Sometimes we get caught in a trap of poor day-planning, and that can lead to vicious cycles. When we forget to eat a square breakfast or lunch, for example, we might reach for calorie-dense …