Monday, February 29, 2016

How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body, an article from the New York Times

Good morning,

This week we are continuing our "meditation-theme" for our post because we feel that it is so important for overall health and wellness! In a recent article from the New York Times some of the many benefits of meditation are mentioned and how in recent years there hasn't been many scientific studies which can prove those benefits. "This month, however, a study published in Biological Psychiatry brings scientific thoroughness to mindfulness meditation and for the first time shows that, unlike a placebo, it can change the brains of ordinary people and potentially improve their health."

To continue reading about how this study has proven the well-known benefits click here: How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body






Monday, February 22, 2016

Here's How Meditation Reduces Inflammation And Prevents Disease

Good morning!

Today we are sharing an article from The Huffington Post on how regular meditation has been proven to reduce inflammation in our bodies and even help prevent disease! Check it out below:


Here's How Meditation Reduces Inflammation And Prevents Disease
A new study reveals the neurobiological effects of the practice.
By Carolyn Gregoire
Senior Health & Science Writer, The Huffington Post
CARNEGIE MELLON

Science has shown that mindfulness meditation can have a positive impact on a huge range of health conditions, including cancer, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The practice has even been found to slow HIV progression and protect the brain from aging. 

Mindfulness seems to improve nearly every aspect of health -- but how? While mounting research has revealed many of the numerous physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness, little is known of the mechanisms underlying these positive changes.

Now, a new study from Carnegie Mellon University, published on Jan. 29 in the journal Biological Psychiatry, demystifies the neurobiological effects of cultivating a focused awareness on the present moment.

"Many people are skeptical about whether there are helpful aspects of mindfulness meditation practices," Dr. David Creswell, a professor of psychology at the university and the study's lead author, told The Huffington Post. "We show that mindfulness meditation impacts measurable brain circuits more so than helpful relaxation practices, and that these brain circuit changes help us understand how mindfulness meditation improves health."

The researchers found that inflammation seems to be the key factor, as mindfulness reduces it by way of impacting changes in the brain's functional connectivity. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Can You Change Your Strengths? What to do if you find your strengths disappointing

Good morning!

Today we are sharing an article from psychologytoday.com about our individual strengths and how we can change them if we truly want to!

Can You Change Your Strengths?
What to do if you find your strengths disappointing.
By Michelle McQuaid 
From Functioning to Flourishing

For most of us, discovering our strengths – those things we’re good at and actually enjoy doing – sounds like a good idea.  After all a growing body of research suggests doing what we do best each day at work may help to improve our confidence, our performance and our happiness.  But what happens if you complete a strengths assessment like the VIA Survey or Gallup StrengthsFinder, only to find that your results are neither what you want or need in your job?

“I sound like a nun!” complained a recent coaching client. The truth is there’s no guarantee that just because you’re good at something and enjoy doing it, these will be the strengths you’re excited to have.  Repeatedly I see people who feel disappointed about how boring their strengths are, worried their strengths have nothing to do with their job, or just want completely different strengths like “self-regulation” to draw upon.

But if you don’t like your strengths is there really anything you can do to change them?

Click here to continue reading the article and see what you can do about it!
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/functioning-flourishing/201602/can-you-change-your-strengths

Monday, February 8, 2016

'How to Meditate (Even If You’re Really Impatient)' Sharing an article from DailyBurn.com

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We hope that you had a wonderful weekend. Today, we are talking about meditation. Meditation has been proven time and time again that it provides bountiful physical, mental and emotional benefits. Today we share an article from www.dailyburn.com on how to begin to meditate and some simple steps to get you started! Be sure to check it out here:


Monday, February 1, 2016

'Healthy Thinking for Healthy Weight,' sharing an article from University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine

Good morning,

Today we are sharing an article written by Delia Chiaramonte, MD from the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. This is great, quick read for anyone out there who is working on bettering themselves and may struggle with one of the aspects, weight loss. Not only can these tips apply to weight loss, but also having a more positive outlook in general!  Take a peek!
Visit: http://www.cimtransformingwellness.com/health--wellness-blog/healthy-thinking-for-healthy-weight

Focus on Abundance, Not Scarcity​

  • When you focus on what you cannot have you tend to feel deprived which makes you want to treat yourself, leading to even more overeating.
  • Focus on adding healthy things (e.g. tons of veggies) instead of taking things away.

Avoid Black & White Thinking

  • Black & White Thinking is common with high achieving people, but it can sabotage your healthy efforts.  When you strive for perfection but fall short, black and white thinking causes you to give up completely.  Just because you had a bite of a donut doesn’t mean that you should have the whole thing!
  • Go for compromise instead of ‘all or nothing’ – have two bites and then stop.

Banish Guilt

  • Guilt makes you feel bad about yourself, which can lead you to overeat in an attempt to self-soothe.
  • If you are going to have a treat, really enjoy it.  If you’re not going to enjoy it (by stuffing it quickly in your mouth and then beating yourself up about it), don’t have it.

​Savor the Experience of Eating

  • When you are eating, be in the moment with your food!  Turn off the TV, don’t get caught up in thoughts of all that have to get done – pay attention on purpose to the smell, taste and textures of your food. 
  • When you eat in this way, sometimes called mindful eating, you are likely to eat less while still feeling satisfied.