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Photo Via Annie Spratt Mindfulness activities such as yoga and meditation play an important role in a variety of health settings in which stress is a problem, but can they also help work teams work together more optimally? This was the question that scientists at the University of British Columbia recently sought to establish. Their results […]

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First published at Kayleighmichael.com If you had told teenaged Me that I would be with a man who loves cars, who cares about politics, who likes to keep his body as hairless as possible and who sometimes says things like, “Every woman needs a dishwasher” (I corrected this immediately, by the way, come on), I […]

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Let’s just get this over with

by Donna Torney on July 26, 2018 · 1 comment

“Let’s just get this over with.”  This may be an appropriate sentiment when you are having a root canal, but did you ever notice this mindset seeping into daily life?  The self-talk may sound something like this: “I can’t wait until it’s Friday!” “Will this winter ever end?” These thoughts are understandable, but have you […]

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You probably know one or know someone who is worrying about one. If you don’t know one, let me introduce you to the average emerging adult in this “great again” first-world country of ours. You see I have a special seat the Hogwarts-banquet-turned-Hunger Games. I’m a psychotherapist and I work mostly with individuals in their […]

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Five Steps to Letting Go

by Donna Torney on April 20, 2018 · 0 comments

Practicing letting go is one of the foundations of mindfulness.  But how is it done?  What does it mean?  It could mean letting go of a disappointment from the past, a relationship that’s not working out, or it could mean letting go of a plan to change someone or something. Letting go can also be less […]

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Rewild Yourself

by Donna Torney on July 17, 2017 · 0 comments

This spring I read two books that have motivated me to increase my time in nature.  Not that I needed any more motivation, having just finished a five-year stint in private practice just outside of Boston.  This was a great personal and professional experience in many ways, but an hour-long commute into the city coupled […]

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Running Towards Yourself – Mindful Exercise

by Donna Torney on July 17, 2017 · 0 comments

Because of my busy schedule, I often feel I need to make a choice between getting some physical exercise and formal meditation practice.  But the truth is you can do both at the same time. A walk, run, or spin on an exercise bike can be another item to check off your  to-do list, or […]

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Good weather, bad mood?

by Donna Torney on June 2, 2017 · 0 comments

 Trees are blooming and the sun is shining, but you’re just not feeling it.  You’re not alone.  From anniversaries to allergies, there are many reasons why spring and summer may not be your favorite seasons.  In my private practice, I have noticed an annual increase in anxiety and agitation that mirrors that of the winter […]

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Saying goodbye, with meaning.

by Donna Torney on June 1, 2017 · 0 comments

It’s the season of goodbyes, and exciting new beginnings. A formal speech or an impromptu thank you; this is an opportunity to be your authentic self, appreciate the connections you have made, and savor the success that has come about because of these relationships. When it comes to the workplace saying goodbye can feel awkward […]

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Can Technology Really Help with Your Stress?

by Donna Torney on May 9, 2017 · 0 comments

Many of us live very fast-paced lives, and stress affects us much more than we care to admit, often causing disruption at work and in our personal lives. If you’ve been feeling overstressed recently, taking a moment to de-stress doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds. Technology offers a variety of ways to […]

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