Getting in Touch With and Labeling Your Feelings

Getting in Touch With and Labeling Your Feelings

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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Grounding Techniques for Busy Times

Grounding Techniques for Busy Times

“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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Air Pollution and Mental Health

Air Pollution and 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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How to Overcome Negative Thoughts by Resetting Your Cycle: Remembering the Blue Sky Beyond the Dark Clouds

How to Overcome Negative Thoughts by Resetting Your Cycle: Remembering the Blue Sky Beyond the Dark Clouds

You can reset your cycle. You can experience freedom from your negative thought patterns. When you have time, think about why you have a hard time letting go of the thoughts. What are you resisting? And try out the healthy coping options mentioned in this post.

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How to Build Self-Confidence: Listening to Your Inner Voice

How to Build Self-Confidence: Listening to Your Inner Voice

The way I see it, listening to your inner voice and knowing what you want is a skill. If you haven’t been taught to do that, or you have been taught the opposite, it’s okay. It’s something that we can learn how to do and we can do it regardless of our past experiences. It’s never too late to self-connect and gain more confidence in who you are and everything you can do.

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Four Steps to Understanding Your Child

Four Steps to Understanding Your Child

Remaining OPEN gives you a chance to better understand your child and their actions. This four step process is a tool to have in your back pocket to help you slow down, pause, and become curious about what is going on for your child.

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How to Raise a Mindful Child

How to Raise a Mindful Child

Just like adults, kids are drawn to mindfulness. Once they experience it, they know it feels good in their brains and bodies without reading the scientific evidence behind these practices. But when do they have the chance to experience it? To learn it? To practice it? Who will show them?

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