Putting an End to Procrastination (no, don’t do it tomorrow)

Procrastination is a common issue. A myth about procrastination is that the procrastinator is just being lazy. Procrastination typically results from avoiding discomfort in our lives or avoiding difficult emotions or stress. One important step towards addressing procrastination is asking yourself what you think and feel about a task or chore you are avoiding. Here [...]

Self-Care Includes Saying ‘No’ When Needed

Think about the term 'self-care' for a moment. What kinds of thoughts come to mind? Perhaps self-pampering like taking a warm bath, getting a manicure, or snuggling under a blanket. Maybe you're also thinking of self-care activities like taking a hike, going for a walk, or calling a friend. Self-care can include all of these [...]

Six Strategies for Self-Care this Autumn

As the days grow shorter and cooler temps set in, we can sometimes feel down, and tenser. Factor in the holidays around the corner and it becomes even more important to maintain daily wellness rituals and self-care this autumn. Here are 6 simple ways to honor the season and provide a solid foundation of self-care [...]

Self-Care is Not Selfish

Self-care is not selfish. Being a good person does not mean that you have to say "Yes" to everyone and everything in your life. Being a healthy person means that you put your health and overall wellbeing first. The best gift you can give to your loved ones in making your wellbeing a top priority. [...]

What is Integrative Mind-Body Health?

Integrative mind-body health uses a whole-person-centered approach to restore mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. It considers environmental and lifestyle factors such as stress, nutrition, social connection, sleep, activity level and more to promote optimal functioning, mind, body, spirit, and emotions. Is one of your goals to live your best life? Do you wonder how to [...]

The Inflamed Mind

The book The Inflamed Mind, by Edward Bullmore, a London psychiatrist, published in 2018, explains how inflammation may be the cause of depression. He reminds us that research has never proven that a deficit of serotonin is the cause of depression. A biomarker is a measurement of a biological function or a biochemical in a [...]

This Valentine’s Day, Show Yourself Some Love

This February doesn’t have to be all about sappy cards, overpriced flowers or another excuse to eat candy.  This Valentine's Day, show yourself some love. If you’re like most people, you tend to put others’ needs ahead of your own and don’t pause to attend to your own. You may feel you don’t have the [...]

Strategies for Navigating the Holiday Season

This time of year is often considered joyous and even the “most wonderful”. You may feel added pressure to be happy and merry. The reality is, even the most spirited among us can experience feelings of sadness, anxiety, loneliness, disappointment, and regret. In a 2015 Healthline survey, over 60 percent of respondents described their stress [...]

Make This Year’s Thanksgiving About Giving Thanks

This year, make Thanksgiving about gratitude. Whether your looking forward to seeing loved ones, or dreading holiday travel, whatever your state of mind, research shows that focusing on gratitude can produce many benefits to your mind, body and spirit. Improve mood Increase positivity and optimism Reduce stress Decrease inflammation Improve sleep Reduce tension and worry [...]

How Social Media Influences Mood

Social media and social networking have benefits including connecting with loved ones and friends, and creating career connections. While these benefits are important, it is also important to look at the link between social networking and mood. A recent Forbes article reported about a study in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology which found that "social [...]

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