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.