Make May Mindfulness Month!

Make mindfulness part of your daily routine. Negative thoughts are a part of our everyday life. Did you know that 80% of repetitive thoughts are negative!?! No wonder we find ourselves spending a lot of time sitting in self-judgment feeling bad about ourselves and the world around us. Research shows that 95% of all our…

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This is Your Brain (Walking) on Sunlight

Sunlight is good for us. Maybe we don’t photosynthesize, but like plants, we need some amount of sunlight in order to grow healthy. When we’re exposed to the sun, we experience better physical and mental health. Sunlight exposure gives our brains serotonin—the hormone responsible for balancing mood and leaving us feeling calm, rested, and focused.…

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Postpartum Care: Baby’s First Weeks Home

It Takes A Village When I had my first child 29 years ago, my husband and I were lucky enough to have my mom stay with us for 10 days after his birth. Before the birth, I wasn’t really sure that I wanted our special time when we brought our baby home “invaded,” even by…

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Finding Support in Challenging Times

It is Ok Not to be Ok “Hey, how are you?” This is a pretty common and seemingly innocuous greeting.  However, often, we are not really listening to the answer. Generally, we expect the answer to be “fine thanks, how are you?”. This conversation is not usually for the purpose of finding out someone’s actual emotional…

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Tips to End Self-Doubt

Treat Yourself; Are Worth it! It is easy to focus on what is going wrong. There are a lot of issues to be worried about these days and ways to be sucked into the negative.  Do you find yourself doubting your every move or convinced things are all your fault? Do you feel like you…

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This is Your Brain on Meditation

When you look at a list of benefits of meditative practice, it almost sounds too good to be true. If you hear the word “meditation” and think “that’s not for me,” “I can never get my thoughts to quiet down,” or “I don’t have time for that,” you are far from alone. You might picture…

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Positive Self Talk

“Of all the people on the planet, you talk to yourself more than anyone. Make sure you are saying the right things.” – Harvey Smith According to growkidsminds.com, we talk to ourselves more than all other conversations combined. Self-talk makes up 80% of all of our communication! Self-talk is your internal dialog. It can be…

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The Dangers of Toxic Positivity

Chances are you’ve seen a meme saying something along the lines of “Positive Vibes Only” On the surface, this mindset sounds pretty great. In reality, it’s what is sometimes referred to as “Toxic Positivity”. Toxic positivity is when you ignore negative aspects of your life, using exclusively positive affirmations and not allowing negative thoughts or…

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Laziness is a MYTH

“Stop being lazy!”  This is a sentiment used all too often, whether it comes from a parent, peer, or ourselves. While it often comes from a place of trying to inspire motivation, it actually does more damage than we think. If you think about it, nobody who gets called “lazy” ever says: “You know what,…

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Positive Psychology

Why You Shouldn’t Totally Write Off 2020 Each one of us has at some point acknowledged that 2020 was really a dumpster fire of a year. There is no getting around the fact that the pandemic affected us all, among other global and national challenges that need no repeating for the millionth time here. But…

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