Tag: Mindfulness

Accepting Your Feelings and Bodily Sensations Now

While swimming towards the area of a lagoon that had a reef by the open sea, my sister and I found some fish to look at but not as many as we had seen previously in other areas. Nevertheless, I became enthralled with watching them and let the ocean flow take me wherever it went. […]

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Using Mindfulness to Combat Workplace Burnout

Burnout at work is now at national crisis level. The World Health Organization recently classified “workplace burnout” as a disease. Employers are searching for ways to decrease stress while increasing productivity and positivity. For many people, the workplace can be stressful and an unpleasant place to spend their days. Time spent there is considered just […]

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Psychology Around the Net: August 10, 2019

This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers new research on dark chocolate and depression, how to find a balance between mindfulness and technology, why clinging to feel-good beliefs isn’t actually good, and more! Is There a Link Between Dark Chocolate and Depression? According to the findings of a survey-based study recently published in Depression & […]

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How Mindfulness of Feelings Is Essential for Building Healthy Relationships  

We can’t expect others to feel drawn toward us, if we’re not willing to take the risk to be vulnerable and reveal the ever-changing textures of our inner world. Yes, some people might be attracted to us based upon the image we project, such as being “successful,” or being interesting in some peculiar way, perhaps […]

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7 Realistic Ways to Look on the Bright Side—Which Don’t Feel Fake or Forced

However, as psychotherapist Genesis Games, LMHC, pointed out, “Looking at the bright side is not negating the pain, hurt, and despair. Some situations are truly heartbreaking and beyond difficult.” Rather, it’s about not letting painful or traumatic experiences define us and negatively shape our lives, said Games, who specializes in working with individuals, couples, and […]

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Practicing Self-Care: What Are Your D-Needs and B-Needs?

Self-care has become a popular topic and rightly so, as we begin to understand more about the longevity of our bodies and minds as it directly correlates to our intentional choices for health and wellness. But this concept is not new. American Psychologist Abraham Maslow was considered a pioneer in the 1950s for understanding that […]

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New Research on the Benefits of Informal Meditation Practice: Taking Meditation Off the Cushion and Into Our Lives

It struck me how rare it is to see someone pause in the midst of the busyness of their day and savor the moment in this way.  It also surprised me that in all of my times back and forth to the gym I had never once noticed this little patch of nature.   Consider these […]

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Using Your Intuition for Self-Care

Following your intuition means that you’re listening to your inner voice, which can be a huge tool in the decision-making process. A study done by Lufityanto, Donkin, and Pearson (2016) found that nonconscious emotional information can boost the accuracy of decision-making while also increasing an individual’s sense of confidence. In addition, it was found to […]

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Self-Care: Why Is It So Important? Why Is It So Hard?

You are not alone if you are asking yourself this same question. Many of us tend to prioritize our day to day duties in something similar to the following order: family, work, chores (cooking, shopping, laundry, etc), activities or other commitments, and last but not least self-care. Rinse and repeat. We consistently put self-care as […]

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5 Mindfulness Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Do you frequently find yourself burdened with anxiety or stress? Anxiety attacks and symptoms of stress can be overwhelming and terrible. You don’t like how you feel, but you don’t understand it, and you don’t feel like there’s any was you can possibly find out how to deal with anxiety when it strikes you. Anxiety […]

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5 Mindful Exercises to Ignite and Deepen Your Creativity

You also might feel like your imagination is currently non-existent. You feel blocked or drained. Or maybe the frenetic pace of your days seems to stifle your creativity. In all that going and doing, your mind remains rigid and hyper-focused on your to-do list. But we don’t need to spend hours walking in the woods […]

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How to Manage Anxiety During Periods of Transition

Within this void we fear not knowing where we are and what is going to happen next. We want to quickly ground ourselves and find a sense of security or comfort. We may rush into the next career, the next relationship or try and “fix” what we feel is in turmoil before us. Yet, it […]

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How to Escape the Irritability Trap

However, something caught my eye that interrupted my downward spiral. At the first bus stop, the most adorable little boy and his slightly older brother emerged from their house. The little boy reminded me of my son, oh so many years ago, another lifetime it seemed. So I began to watch with greater curiosity as […]

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