Tuesday, May 22, 2018

8 Ways to Be Kind to Yourself

"Many of us struggle to treat ourselves with kindness. For some reason we're often nicer to others than we are to ourselves. Good self-care isn't that different from effective parenting. As parents we want to balance clear expectations for our kids with an understanding that they're human and imperfect. In the same way, looking out for ourselves means holding ourselves to standards that aren't too loose or too tight. This approach allows us to experience a balance of pleasure and mastery, the two types of reward that make life feel enjoyable and worthwhile."

1. Sleep Tight
2. Nourish Your Body and Brain
3. Move Your Body
4. Manage Stress
5. Engage the Real World
6. Spend Time Outside
7. Serve Others
8. Give Thanks

To read more about each these eight suggestions from Dr. Aaron Beck, click here for the full article link and learn more about each one.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Why Being Selfish Is Actually A Good Thing

Good afternoon,

We are sharing a great article from Mind Body Green entitled 'Why Being Selfish Is Actually A Good Thing.'  Before you decide that this blog post isn't for you please take a minute to read further. "We can all agree that our society has attached a negative connotation to the word "selfish." It’s used in arguments to suggest that you care about yourself more than your spouse, partner, child, parent, or friend. Somehow you are deemed a "bad" person by focusing on your own needs, desires, and wants first.'

'At the end of the day, though, every single person is selfish by definition because we can only arrive at a situation from our own viewpoint. By default, we see the world as the sum total of our past experiences. This is natural, and part of how we’re designed. In order to give fully and be a contribution to your family, friends, careers, society, and the world, you need to take care of your full self: mind, body, and soul.'

'Merriam-Webster says that selfish can be described as concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself. Well, I propose that the word "self-full" could be defined as concerned with or responsible for the care of yourself: mind, body, and soul. It’s important to be filled up and feel full within yourself. Not full of yourself, but full within you. No one else, not your significant other or best friend, can do that or give that to you, nor are they responsible for your fulfillment.'

Here’s the other irony about being selfish, and read this carefully.

The. Most. Important. Relationship. Is. The. One. With. Yourself.' (Mindbodygreen.com)

To keep reading this article further and explore how taking care of yourself first can allow you to move forward visit the full article link here.

To learn more about Inner Passages Therapy and our holistic healing approach to mental health and wellness, visit us online at: www.innerpassagestherapy.com.

Monday, May 7, 2018

One Man's Story of Depression and the Four Things He Learned in his Healing

Good morning,

Today we are sharing a great article from MindBodyGreen entitled 'The 4 Spiritual Principles That Helped Me Overcome Anxiety & Depression.' Author Sah D’Simone talks about his fall into depression and the four critical things he learned on his journey toward healing. Depression affects everyone differently but Sah makes a few good points worth noting:

-Your suffering is nobody's fault—especially not your own.

-The breath is a powerful thing.

-Healthy gut, healthy mind.

-You are not your mental illness. 

To read the full article and learn a little more in depth on what each one of those four truths meant to Sah, visit the article link here. 

To learn more about Inner Passages Therapy, our holistic approach to health and wellness, and how we can help you visit: http://innerpassagestherapy.com/

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Article Share: 10 Habits Of Incredibly Happy People

Good morning,

Today we are sharing a little article from Forbes.com on happiness. Of course happiness is defined as something completely different for everyone but this article does hone-in on a few things that researchers have found happy people to do. Take a look at the article link below and see what you think.

"We’re always chasing something—be it a promotion, a new car, or a significant other. This leads to the belief that, “When (blank) happens, I’ll finally be happy.”

'While these major events do make us happy at first, research shows this happiness doesn’t last. A study from Northwestern University measured the happiness levels of regular people against those who had won large lottery prizes the year prior. The researchers were surprised to discover that the happiness ratings of both groups were practically identical.'

'The mistaken notion that major life events dictate your happiness and sadness is so prevalent that psychologists have a name for it: impact bias. The reality is, event-based happiness is fleeting.'

'Happiness is synthetic—you either create it, or you don’t. Happiness that lasts is earned through your habits. Supremely happy people have honed habits that maintain their happiness day in, day out. Try out their habits, and see what they do for you!"

To read the full article click here.   To learn more about the integrative practice and healing services we offer visit: www.innerpassagestherapy.com.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Benefits of Yoga in Recovery from Substance Abuse

Good morning,

Today we share an article from Addiction Resource, entitled 'Yoga – Why it’s Great for People Recovering From Drug Abuse.' "Prescription and illicit drug abuse is a looming health problem in the US. In fact, it is a major cause of rising healthcare expenses, a general deterioration of health, as well as socio-economic issues. There are various approaches to treating drug abuse. These include medication-assisted detox, controlled drug therapy, counseling and other psychiatric support.'

'Recently, there has been a rise of inclusion of yoga in drug addiction recovery programs. In relation to this, medical researchers are pursuing further studies to clarify the role of Yoga in drug addiction recovery programs."

With more and more recovery programs integrating yoga, they are finding tremendous results. So how is yoga helping?

"A melding of the various physical and mental techniques involved in the different forms of yoga has been shown to have the most positive effects, physically, mentally and emotionally. The belief that yoga is also a spiritual pursuit helps increase its effectiveness in terms of bestowing a more relaxed mental state onto the one practicing it.


Since most meditation practices involve management of the mind’s energy and impulses, practitioners of yoga and meditation experience greater mood stability in the face of outside pressures. Having a calm mind and being mentally stable can contribute to the avoidance of self-harming behaviors and activities, like substance abuse.

Brain scans performed on substance abusers reveal hyperactivity in regions of the brain that signify a greater propensity to be self-interested and vulnerable to mood and behavioral disorders. Yoga and meditation strive to release a person from the concept of the self, something that goes back to the core principles of yoga.

Practitioners of yoga and meditation display a greater connectivity of all regions of the brain. They are able to achieve a sort of cerebral balance that the brains of substance abusers do not have, since most of their brain activity focuses on satisfying their immediate physical needs (addiction)." To view the original article and continue reading more on how yoga is helping people recover, visit the link here.

If you or someone you know is struggling or are seeking clarity in other areas of your life, contact us at: http://innerpassagestherapy.com/ for your free 30-minute consultation.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

How Changing Just 1% Of Your Day Can Completely Transform Your Life

Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing a great and thought-provoking article from our friends at Mind Body Green.

"Each of us shares at least one thing in common: We all have at our disposal 1,440 minutes in a single day. What we do with that time, however, is what ultimately makes us different.

As a life experiment, what would happen if you took just 1 percent of those 1,440 minutes, just 14 minutes and 24 seconds, roughly 15 minutes a day, and consciously tried to change your life? You can keep the other 99 percent of your day to do what you have to do—eat, sleep, go to work, take care of the kids, attend school, drive your sister to the doctor, surf your smartphone. Just 15 minutes. What would happen?"

Click here to read the full article and learn how to start taking action and possibly make a difference in your life.

"Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Create a daily ritual where you can cultivate silence, read, pray, or meditate.
  • Go for a walk or get a set of dumbbells and start lifting weights.
  • Practice an instrument. You might not become Mozart or Taylor Swift, but in one year’s time, you’ll be able to play songs on a piano or guitar.
  • Get up 15 minutes earlier so you’re not so rushed in the morning or go to sleep 15 minutes earlier every night.
  • Call someone you love."

To learn more about taking the first step to change your life, visit us today at www.innerpassagestherapy.com

Monday, April 9, 2018

WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE WHO MEDITATE FOR THE FIRST TIME

Good morning to you,

Today we are sharing a recent article from Collective Evolution entitled 'What Happens to People Who Meditate for the First Time.' As you know we believe in many forms of healing to encompass the holistic health and wellness. Meditation can be one of those tools used and as most people know that long-term practice can have healing effects on the body, there haven't been too many studies done about first-time meditators.


"Sara Lazar, a Harvard researcher, has gained quite some notoriety detailing how the brain actually grows grey matter when people meditate. Other studies have shown that meditation improves IQ, and lessens depression. In addition to these benefits, meditation also:

  • Reduces alcohol and substance consumption, reduces blood pressure (Chiesa, 2009),
  • Decreases anxiety, depressive symptoms, and relapses (Coelho, Canter, & Ernst, 2007; Kim et al., 2009)
  • Helps patients suffering from various types of chronic pain (Chiesa & Serretti, in press)
  • Lowers the incidence of stress (Chiesa & Serretti, 2009)
  • Aids cancer patients (Ledesma & Kumano, 2009)

Most people think they have to meditate for years before they start seeing any of these improvements, but a study conducted by Chiesa, Calati, and Serretti shows that after just eight short weeks of meditation, people start to experience improved cognitive functioning."

What else can meditation do for those experiencing it for the first time? Click here to read the original article link and learn more!

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