Reducing Stress

Savoring: A New Mindfulness Method

Research has shown there are many benefits to mindfulness. It can decrease stress and improve overall mood and increase creativity and focus.  It improves your overall health and, specifically, your immune system.    Mindfulness can also slow aging and memory loss.  Honestly, the benefits of mindfulness almost seem too good to be true.  We should all…

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Sleep and Mental Health

Rest has tremendous implications for our mental and physical health. We need sleep to survive, but we also need sleep to thrive. We can tolerate a lack of sleep to an extent, but, eventually, our bodies will take over and we will fall asleep. Our bodies and minds need rest to function in the ways…

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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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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 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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Is Therapy Right For You?

What even is therapy? At its core, therapy is a time set aside for you to talk to an unbiased observer about things going on in your life. The goal is often to improve or maintain a current level of functioning. Anyone can benefit from therapy if they want to work on themselves. Therapy allows…

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Exercises in Self-Control

Letting Go of Control: Being in control of your life may seem like an endless battle. It can be difficult to feel in control when so much of life may be out of your power. You may be experiencing family conflict in your home, a job loss, illness or other events that leave you feeling…

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