Mindfulness and Jing Ping Music Part 1: Accordion

Depression and anxiety are among the mental health challenges of most concern around the world. Mindfulness training is a common approach used to help people to manage various aspects of depression and anxiety. According to Erford (2020: 96), “By nature, humans are self-aware and attentive. But people vary in these characteristics, and how they cultivate... Continue Reading →

Sleep and Mindfulness

Mindfulness can be defined in many ways, but a simple way to define it might be intentionally leaning into the present moment and engaging your senses in a way that grounds you. Leaning into this moment creates awareness, connection, and acceptance. The practice of mindfulness is often helpful for anxiety, depression, and many other challenges... Continue Reading →

Engaging Mindfulness on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is traditionally a day to eat delicious comfort food, watch football, and spend time with family. However, sometimes this day produces uncomfortable feelings or situations. Perhaps you have a complicated relationship with food, or perhaps your extended family makes you feel angry. Maybe you are hosting and want to make sure everything is perfect,... Continue Reading →

Building Emotional Awareness

Recognizing and naming our emotions can be tough. Sometimes we are so busy we rarely notice our feelings. Other times, our emotions can be so intense that we don’t even take a moment to recognize them before we react to them. Maybe you grew up in a family where you didn’t talk about your feelings,... Continue Reading →

Building a Healthy Relationship with Food

We all have some sort of relationship with food and eating. Over the COVID-19 pandemic, with the pace of our lives slowing tremendously, many of us became much more aware of what our relationship with food looks like. The cultural values of thinness often lead to fears of gaining weight, shame around eating what we... Continue Reading →

Steps to Tolerating Distress

Painful emotions are most often experienced as intense, overwhelming, and unmanageable. They can lead us to cope in unhealthy ways because we are so flooded and don’t know what else to do. Listed below are some great techniques to try when you need a moment of relief. 1. REST (relax, evaluate, set an intention, and... Continue Reading →

Healing Trauma Through the Body

Our physical, mental, and emotional health are so interconnected. Think about it—when we exercise, we tend to feel more alert and attentive throughout the day. When we are feeling sad, we might feel fatigued and unable to think about things clearly. Especially when we experience trauma, like a car accident, a sudden loss, or violence,... Continue Reading →

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