Category: Psychology and Wellness (Page 2 of 6)

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Now listen to this; right hear, right now.

Unless you’ve been living in a remote cave or have taken a vow of silence (both possibilities, but not probabilities), you probably have an affinity for and derive some pleasure from music.   And unless you’re fully and consciously creating the life that you envision for yourself, you have not caught my play on words in…

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Why reconnecting with the earth is good for you . . .

If you’re like most people, you’ll spend part of your Labor Day relaxing and spending time with your family and friends.  You’ll probably also spend a good amount of this time outdoors either at a beach, park, or backyard cooking and celebrating your day off from work.  Spending time with your family and friends is…

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How simple mindfulness practices can help you to enhance your wellbeing and reduce your distress . . .

Mindfulness is the practice of intentionally bringing your attention to your here and now experiences with an attitude of curiosity, openness and non-judgment.  Many studies have shown that mindfulness practices can help you to reduce stress, worry, symptoms of binge eating, many anxiety disorders and ADHD.1, 2 Mindfulness practices, including yoga, yoga breathing exercises and qi…

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Are you G.L.A.D. to be alive?

If you’re like many people who experience feelings of sadness, depression or anxiety, you likely get caught up and entangled by your mind’s nasty and critical stories about you and your life.  While it is reasonable and may even be natural to acknowledge your circumstances, situations or private experiences that evoke your discomfort or pain,…

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How externalizing your awareness can rein in your mind’s stories . . .

If you experience bouts of anxiety, worry and depression or you obsess with unproductive and painful thoughts, you’ll likely benefit by learning to cultivate and externalize your awareness.  You may believe that suppressing what your mind tells you or replacing your mind’s stories with better thoughts or self-affirmations will lead you to live your life…

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How learning to be gentle with your mind helps you to grow wiser . . .

You may want to still your mind to experience calmness and peace in your life and believe that meditation is your answer.  You may also believe that mindfulness meditation is about learning to train your mind to be empty of thoughts.  While some of these are aspects of any mindfulness practice, you will not experience…

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How napping can renew you…

If you’re like the average American, you are probably sleep deprived.  Inadequate sleep reduces your concentration, alertness, creativity and performance at work.1,2  It also makes you more prone to make mistakes, feel tired, grouchy, and increases your cravings for sweet and fatty foods.3,4 As a nation, we value doing more and place little emphasis on…

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Are you putting yourself at risk by doing this . . .

You may eat very healthfully, exercise consistently, sleep like a baby,  spend time outdoors with nature getting sunlight everyday, take some supplements and yet still be experiencing various health challenges.  While all of these behaviors ARE health promoting, you may underestimate the power and importance of having social contact and community involvement. Research in several…

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Why mindfulness meditation can help you to transform your life . . .

If you struggle with feelings of anxiety and depression, you very likely also are your own worst critic, judge yourself harshly and negatively compare yourself to other people.  You may engage in this behavior believing that this is an effective way to motivate yourself to do better, as a habit that you picked somewhere in…

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How Mother Earth can help you to heal . . .

If you’re like most people, you spent part of your Memorial Day weekend relaxing and spending time with your family and friends.  You may also have spent a good part of this time outdoors either at a beach, park, or backyard cooking and celebrating your day off from work.  Spending time with your family and…

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