Health Professionals

Clinical issues. Mindfulness as a practice to prevent compassion fatigue, using mindfulness with clients

Good weather, bad mood?

Good weather, bad mood?

 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…

Can Technology Really Help with Your Stress?

Can Technology Really Help with Your Stress?

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…

Joy is sustainable happiness

Joy is sustainable happiness

Science tells us that practicing gratitude has many health benefits, like feeling less lonely and building a stronger immune system.  So why is it sometimes difficult for us to feel grateful?  Why do we sometimes have a hard time saying thank you, when one of the byproducts of gratitude is…

Mindful Traveling: How to Stay At Peace While Traveling Solo

Mindful Traveling: How to Stay At Peace While Traveling Solo

We love the idea of traveling for months (even years) on end.  What we don’t love as much though, is the craziness and imbalance that often accompany solo traveling, like exhaustion, and feeling homesick. You’re sitting in a beautiful city, a thousand miles away from home, and you’re second-guessing why…

What’s the Difference Between Ease and Easy?

What’s the Difference Between Ease and Easy?

What comes to mind when you hear the word easy?  maybe a single-digit math problem, or a six-piece puzzle?  Perhaps a recipe with four ingredients. When it comes to the word ease, however, it’s not so simple to pull up a visual.  Ease is more of a feeling, more of…

When you next find yourself among humans…..

When you next find yourself among humans…..

“Comparison is the thief of joy” – Theodore Roosevelt Comparing situation A with situation B is a big part of how we make it through the day. Overuse of this often unconscious process, however, can feed anxiety and feelings of being “less than” or “better than” that lead to separation, isolation,…

Make Napping the New Black

The other day I mentioned that I felt guilty after taking a nap.  Luckily I have some kind friends who answered with loving responses, encouraging me to rest.  If only our culture would do the same.  If only we were allowed, like bears, to turn off our metabolism, tuck in…

Be Like Fred

In Dickens’ timeless Christmas Carol we meet Ebenezer Scrooge, a joyless bachelor who just can’t seem to muster one drop of generosity for any being on earth, not even his amiable nephew, Fred.  In spite of Ebenezer’s outright hostile response to his nephew’s invitation to Christmas dinner, Fred remains steadfast in his kindness toward his…

Coping with the Holidays in Recovery

Thanks to Constance Ray from Recovery Well for this informative guest post! 4 Tips for Keeping the Holidays Civil to Beat Stress The holiday season is a time for celebration, fun, and food. Unfortunately, it is also a time for family members to come together and discuss sensitive issues such as politics, beliefs,…

Gentle Fall Transition:  Day Ten – Plan, come back to now, repeat.

Gentle Fall Transition: Day Ten – Plan, come back to now, repeat.

Plan.  Come back to now.  Plan.  Come back to now. focus on something pleasant.  One small, likable thing, Before you once again plan, and again come back to now. Why bother coming back to now?  Now, full of imperfection, distraction, uncertainty, worry? Because now is the only place to heal….