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Experiments In Self-Care: Mindfulness Meditation

The following is Part 1 in a 4-Part Series of Self-Care experiments, conducted and reported on by the fabulous intern: Adra Brown.  For more posts on Mindfulness meditation, check out Thrive Counseling Solution's posts: Mindfulness 101 , Mindfulness for Depression & Anxiety, Mindfulness for Teens, and Mindfulness for Wellness. What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness meditation is simply being aware of the present moment....[ read more ]

3 Steps To a Body-Confident Mindset

How do you know if your Body Image needs a tune-up? Do any of the following apply to you: Do you pinch, measure, weigh, and suck in body parts obsessively? Is your day ruined when you compare yourself to someone with a “better” body (like an Instagram fitness guru)? Is your day ruined when you weigh yourself? Have you given...[ read more ]

Heal The Brain From Depression or Addiction

In this quickie article I will simply summarize what Dr. Ralph Carson cites as the 5 Elements of Healing the Brain from depression, bad habits, compulsive behavior, or addiction: Psychotherapy Adequate sleep Good nutrition Exercise Mindfulness meditation He elaborates somewhat on each of these in this video clip, or for more detailed information, you can read his book "The Brain...[ read more ]

Mindfulness 101

"Mindfulness" is a buzzword lately, and with good reason. Countless studies tout it's benefits, ranging from enhanced memory & decision-making, to improved relationships, to reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. I personally practice mindfulness meditation regularly, "attempt" to practice it with my kids, and often use it with my clients. For those unfamiliar with mindfulness, here is a primer: "Mindfulness" is...[ read more ]

5 Tips For The Anxious Teen

If you're like most parents, you expend fair amounts of emotional energy worrying about how to protect your child from the stresses of growing up in an uncertain world. This article is for you, as loving parents of stressed or anxious teens, and for your teen, who is truly doing the best they can. These brief tips will help you...[ read more ]

Spirituality For Mental Wellness

Whether or not you are religious, cultivating "spirituality" can bring richness and meaning to your life, and can improve mental health outcomes. "Spirituality" means different things depending on the a person's culture, upbringing, or religious proclivity. For the purposes of this article, I'll define the the term "spirituality" as: Being connected with yourself, with others, and possessing a sense of wonder...[ read more ]

Healthy Life / Part 3: Evaluate Your Progress

[This article is Part 3 in a series on creating long-term healthy lifestyle. Check out Part 1: Create Your Vision, and Part 2: Set A Goal, before reading part 3.] Kelly, had a vexing, gaping pothole in her neighborhood, on a road she travelled daily. Every day for weeks, her mind would be somewhere else, when she'd inevitably hit that pothole...[ read more ]

Healthy Life / Part 1: Create Your Vision

A sustainable approach to healthy living begins with a clear goal in mind that considers all the complexities that encompass your life. The first step is to envision your "map", or all the details of what your life will be like when you're at your health potential. Read on to learn how to create a clear vision of your destination....[ read more ]

Resolve Differences of Opinion in 3 Steps

Our relationships and mental wellness are absorbing the impact of a highly polarized culture. Whether it's politics, religion, parenting, or lifestyle choices, we are increasingly affected by doubling down on differences. But it doesn't have to be that way. Differences do and always will exist, but our differences don't have to take such a hefty toll on our well-being. Read...[ read more ]



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