Monday, January 25, 2016

9 Things People In Therapy Want You To Know, an article from HuffPost

Good morning,

Hopefully you are managing with this recent snowstorm that passed through Maryland over the weekend. Sadly, it's going to be awhile before we see green grass so hang in there! Today we are sharing an article from HuffPost entitled '9 Things People In Therapy Want You To Know.' This is a great article that breaks down some of the typical "therapy stereotypes" and gives a true insight into what it's all about.
9 Things People In Therapy Want You To Know
No, you don't have to lay on a couch.
 01/13/2016 05:55 pm ET
Lindsay Holmes
Healthy Living Editor, The Huffington Post

Therapy can be a loaded word. Misunderstandings about mental health mean this treatment, which has helped millions of people, is sometimes judged and stigmatized -- and that can stand in the way of healing.

So here's a PSA to the entire world: Therapy is not a bad thing.

Seeing a mental health professional is no different than seeing a specialist for any other illness. Research shows therapy is one of the best ways to treat mental health disorders. Period. And for those without a mental illness, it's a great way to simply work through pressing life issues that may be causing some stress.

Therapists can give a person the tools they need to successfully manage their condition. It's perfectly reasonable to go to a clinician for a physical illness. Shouldn't the same expectation apply to a clinician for a mental illness?

The point, after all, is to be healthy. That includes taking care of the mind in therapy. In an effort to demystify the process, HuffPost rounded up 10 things everyone should know about therapy.

To find out what nine things we want you to know, click here to read the rest of the article!

Monday, January 18, 2016

8 Daily Habits That Made Me Happier & Healthier

Today we are sharing an article from which talks about 8 daily habits which are simple enough that anyone can do, to help make ourselves happier and healthier in this new year! 

8 Daily Habits That Made Me Happier & Healthier
by Dr. Jill C. CarnahanJanuary 12, 2016 

As a functional medicine doctor, Jill Carnahan, M.D., knows the importance of whole-body wellness. That's why we're excited to share the mind-body habits she uses every day to feel her healthiest and happiest. 

This time of year, most of us are feeling the pressure to make New Year's resolutions. After all, it's the start of a new calendar, and there's a blank canvas on which to write out all your dreams and goals.

The problem is, most of us have trouble keeping up with resolutions, which are often insurmountable goals we know we're unlikely to achieve.

It's really the small daily habits that have the ability to transform your life.

So this year, instead of loading on more pressure and setting yourself up for failure, I recommend focusing on a few daily habits you'd like to incorporate into your life instead. Believe it or not, it's really the small daily habits that have the ability to transform your life into what you've always dreamed it could be!

As inspiration, I'm sharing a simple list of the eight daily habits that form the foundation of success and wellness for me:

1. I start my morning with the most important things.
First things first: Start your day with the activities that are most vital to your day. I recommend beginning with an intention and prayer and then moving on to the tasks that matter most. Don't get caught up in the urgent things by default, like most people do. Be deliberate about what matters — instead of just responding to the crises that come your way.

2. I make an effort to show kindness.
Be kind to everyone you come in contact with, whether it's your boss or your barista. Simply appreciate others for who they are, not who you'd like them to be or what they can do for you. Find surprising ways to bless others with an unexpected tip or words of encouragement. Put aside your personal agenda and look for opportunities in your day to serve others.

3. I get eight hours of sleep.
Go to bed every night with enough time to get a full eight hours of sleep and wake up refreshed. Sleep is important to me: I'm usually in bed by 9 p.m. and it's a standing joke that I may decline an invitation because "it's past my bedtime." But I always wake up refreshed without an alarm at 5 a.m. and my most productive, undisturbed hours are before the rest of the world awakens.

4. I say "no."
Stop saying "yes" to every request that comes your way. Instead, practice saying "let me think about it" before an automatic "yes" comes from your lips. I like to process important decisions for at least 24 hours and sleep on it before committing.

Most of all, agree to only what's in line with your main "mission" — whatever it is you enjoy, and do, best in life.

5. I move my body every day.
Make time for daily physical activity. Try something new, whether it's free weights in the morning, yoga at lunch, or a leisurely stroll in the evening. Better yet, grab a friend or your spouse and enjoy great company and conversation while you work out.

For example, my husband and I often jog in the mornings. On the way home, we walk and talk, discussing our plans and praying for our day.

6. I find joy in the simple things.
Many of the things that make our lives most satisfying are free! So find joy in the simple things that don't cost you anything at all — like a gorgeous sunrise, playing fetch with your puppy, the gentle touch of a loved one, or the smile of a stranger.

7. I regularly declutter. 
Without our intervention, junk quickly accumulates and wastes our precious brain power and energy. So don't be afraid to give things away, even things of value.

Make a routine habit of cleaning out closets and other spaces in your home. This practice will help free you from reliance on material things in your life. (For motivation, I recommend Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.)

8. I practice gratitude every day.
Perhaps the most powerful habit of all is gratitude. In fact, research suggests that the two qualities most predictive of lifelong happiness are gratitude and lifelong learning.

So make being grateful as much of a habit as brushing your teeth is. Before you fall asleep, list at least three things you're grateful for every single day.

Overall, none of these habits are too difficult — and best of all, you can start practicing them today. Here's to your best year ever!

Monday, January 11, 2016

10 Signs Your Life Is Getting Better: Sharing an article from Dr. Barton Goldsmith

When you have been through a difficult time, it can be hard to see that things are improving. You may find yourself looking over your shoulder for a while, waiting for something bad to creep up and grab you. However, if you change your focus a little, it can make your healing complete, and you can get back to your normal life. Here's what you may notice:
  1. The bills are getting paid. It may seem simplistic to some, but if you have lost a job and have had to reinvent yourself, taking care of the basics can feel pretty good.
  2. People praise you for your inner strength. Take it in when other people compliment you on getting through your challenges. Sometimes we brush off such compliments, because accepting them reminds us of what we've been through, which can trigger bad feelings. The trick here is to listen to what others are saying and allow yourself to believe it too.
  3. Even though you may still feel sad inside, you are not crying much anymore and you generally feel a little better. Embrace that you are doing better, even if it's only little things that you can see at the moment.
  4. You are getting more done. With emotional healing, we also get extra energy and some creativity thrown in. As you get back to your old self, you can take pride in yourproductivity and enjoy the process more than you have.
  5. You are rethinking your life path. This is something we should all engage in at least once a year. Maybe you've always wanted to travel or be a writer. Now is the time to take those adventures you've wanted to take and to make changes that will bring you more happiness. This may propel you into a new direction, perhaps toward your life's dream.
  6. You have fewer negatives in your life. Reevaluating your friendships and relationships is natural at this time. People may have dropped out of your social circle and support system—some because they don't like being around someone who is down and others because they just can't be emotionally supportive. Stick with the few who remain, and you will see the numbers grow.
  7. Sometimes you can see a light at the end of the tunnel, but you're still concerned it's an oncoming train. Again, this is part of the normal emotional healing process. As time passes, the light gets bigger and you can see the world beyond.
  8. Life has become a little more social. More friends are inviting you over and/or out, and you are accepting the invitations. You are also inviting people over, and for now this may feel safer than venturing out. Either way works.
  9. Your physical body is responding better. You don't have that unbalanced feeling in your stomach, your energy is better, and you are feeling stronger. If haven't gotten ill in several months, it's another sign you are healing.
  10. You are feeling that your life matters. Feeling that you matter to others is a very important part of many people's lives. I don't think I could live without feeling like I was contributing on some level to humanity. The only thing that's required is your desire to be a good person.
Who you are and what you do with your life is important. When you can't be your best self because you have been through a difficult time, it makes enjoying life harder. Just think about a few of the tips mentioned and take them in. It will help.

Monday, January 4, 2016

The Quiet Power of Meditation, sharing a video article from CBS News

Good afternoon!

Today we are sharing a video article from on the power of meditation and how it saved one man's life.

'This about it: Whether it's improving our day-to-day lives or surviving a sudden calamity, there's no substitute for clear-headed mental discipline. And a growing number of people believe they know how to find it.'

Filmmaker and TM advocate David Lynch attends a class of meditation for California schoolchildren. CBS NEWS