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 →

Self-Compassion

Everyone deserves to be a lot nicer to themselves compared to the way they already are. We are our own worst critics. Especially now during these tough times, it should come as a guarantee to give ourselves some self-compassion, but this may be easier said than done for many. Did you know that human beings... Continue Reading →

Demystifying Meditation Part 1

Meditation can be an intimidating, confusing, and sometimes frustrating practice that we may think is impossible for us to begin. A lot of us have this grand idea in our minds of what meditation entails—we envision a monk sitting like a pretzel with his eyes closed in silence for hours on end. No wonder we... Continue Reading →

Living Mindfully In 2021

As we finally say goodbye to 2020 and begin 2021, we hear so much about New Year’s resolutions. It seems like in our current society, many resolutions are simply fads that stick for a week or two then fade away. (I do want to say that if you do make New Year’s resolutions and they... Continue Reading →

Mindfulness

According to the Oxford dictionary, mindfulness is “a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”. Mindfulness can help with things like panic disorder, depression, quality of sleep and even lowering blood pressure to help with... Continue Reading →

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