Self Compassion and Mindfulness: Cornered by Your Inner Critic? Here's What To Do.

Self Compassion and Mindfulness: Cornered by Your Inner Critic? Here's What To Do.

Learning the skill of self-compassion helps in so many ways- it protects you from being taken advantage of, it helps you take in compassion others give you, it helps you feel more compassion for others, and it helps you retain perspective when you do mess up (like we all do at some point or another).

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How to Get Your Kids to Talk to You

How to Get Your Kids to Talk to You

To have meaningful relationships, we need to have meaningful conversations. So pick a few questions you like to ask after school, at dinner, or while hanging out and  kickstart meaningful conversation and grow deeper connections.

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How to Build Emotional Intelligence

How to Build Emotional Intelligence

In today’s society it can be a challenge to slow down. With this challenge comes disconnection from our feelings. Sometimes days, weeks, even months go by without us asking ourselves, “what am I feeling?”, “why am I reacting this way?” or “what’s going on here?”. The more inconsistently and the longer we wait to ask ourselves these questions, the more disconnected from ourselves and from others we can become. Slowing down to connect to our feelings can give us more perspective, help us understand a situation better, and support us in feeling more self-connected.

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How to Stay Calm when Busy

How to Stay Calm when Busy

“So what do we do when we stop doing things that support our wellbeing? We find little ways to recenter, regain our inner balance, and ground ourselves. We can do this by doing small grounding exercises during periods of “practice drought”. What does that look like? Simple. Smell and savor your food before taking the first bite. Take a deep breath and exhale slowly while dropping your shoulders. Move your toes around in your shoes and sense how they feel. Slowly roll your head and feel the stretch in your neck. Next time you take a sip of your drink, feel the cool or warmth of it in your mouth. Feel the water soothingly hit your body in the shower. Give yourself a two-minute foot or hand or shoulder massage.”

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How Pollution Impacts our Mental Health

How Pollution Impacts our Mental Health

It’s been known for quite some time that polluted air leads to heart and lung problems, and now we are becoming aware that air pollution also has a negative effect on our brains. There is growing evidence that toxic chemicals in our air are linked to disorders such as autism, ADHD, intellectual disability and learning disorders.

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Mental Health Disorders and Yoga

Mental Health Disorders and Yoga

This research is showing that the psychological benefits of yoga come from breath, mindfulness/meditation, relationships with self and connection with the body (Roth, 2014). Understanding this, along with who can benefit from this type of practice is important. As counselors, we need to make sure we are not only delivering the yoga in a therapeutic form but delivering it to those who will benefit from the practice.

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