Self-Care Assessment

Use this assessment to check-in with yourself to see how you're doing with self-care. Self-care activities are the things that we do to maintain our mental, physical, spiritual, and professional well-being. You’ll find that many of the activities listed below are ones that you already do in your daily routine. In this assessment, you will … Continue reading Self-Care Assessment

Amy the Amygdala: a silly way to remember the function of the amygdala and how to calm it

What is the amygdala and what does it do? Anxiety comes from two places in the brain. One is the cortex and the other is the thalamus. We receive information about our environment through our eyes and it goes to the cortex and thalamus. The cortex is usually the part of the brain that people … Continue reading Amy the Amygdala: a silly way to remember the function of the amygdala and how to calm it

Never Lose Hope, Even When Times Feel Hopeless: seasons change

Never lose hope because things can change. Circumstances and situations change, sometimes in the blink of an eye and sometimes over a few years. I like spending time outdoors, so I think of change as weather patterns and seasons. Using this as a metaphor, we dress appropriately for the daily weather and for each season, … Continue reading Never Lose Hope, Even When Times Feel Hopeless: seasons change

To All the Active and Runner Moms Who Experience “Mom Guilt”

[Note: I'm writing this from the perspective as a mother and an athlete, I feel the "mom guilt" creep in periodically, as I strive to balance training and motherhood. This short letter can be to any mother who experiences "mom guilt" and or who needs to make sure that they're taking enough care of themselves. … Continue reading To All the Active and Runner Moms Who Experience “Mom Guilt”

WAYS TO STRENGTHEN RUNNER’S BODY IMAGE AND POSITIVITY

As runners, we need to make sure that we’re protecting our body image and promoting body positivity. Acknowledge that all of our bodies are different, setting aside judgments, opinions, and expectations of what our body should look like as runners. Know that all of our bodies are incredible and capable of so much. They can … Continue reading WAYS TO STRENGTHEN RUNNER’S BODY IMAGE AND POSITIVITY

“Unfinished Business” Letter

To help resolve any unfinished business that you have with another person, write a letter. This may be written to a person who has hurt or wronged you, and who is no longer a part of your life. DO NOT ACTUALLY SEND THEM (or anyone) THIS LETTER, this letter is for YOU. Keep it confidential. … Continue reading “Unfinished Business” Letter

What Advice Would You Give Your Past Self?

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your past self? Answer this question by either journaling it out or writing your past self a letter. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your past self? Advice to myself • Don't stress over the small stuff. • Don't worry about … Continue reading What Advice Would You Give Your Past Self?

Mindful Breathing Exercise

When you feel stressed or anxious, have you been mindful of your breathing? Notice if you're holding your breath, taking shallow breaths, or breathing too quickly. Take control of your breathing by trying a short breathing exercise: Lay, sit, or stand comfortably, with good posture to allow yourself to breathe easily. If you're laying or … Continue reading Mindful Breathing Exercise

Being Productive and Calm as a Busy Woman

To all of the busy women, here are some strategies that can help you be productive and calm. Does this sound familiar to you? Personally, as a busy person (have a young daughter, maintaining relationships, keeping the house tidy, running my own mental health private practice, blogging (for two websites), and preparing for ultramarathons), I … Continue reading Being Productive and Calm as a Busy Woman

How to Get Through the Day When the World Seems to be Falling Apart

These 12 tips are specific to living through a pandemic (COVID-19) where there are multiple tragic events and crisis occurring at once on a worldwide scale. A brief overview of the destruction that COVID-19 has caused • People are ill and dying from a virus. • People are socially isolated from family and friends. • … Continue reading How to Get Through the Day When the World Seems to be Falling Apart