Gardening Improves Mental Health

Some people love gardening, they love getting in the dirt, being outside, the cultivating, and the rewards. Our ancestors' ancestors' succeeded through working the land. That positive behavior and impact on our reward systems is there and ready to be used. Even for novice gardeners, gardening improves mental health. Research reflects that there's a possible … Continue reading Gardening Improves Mental Health

Painted Rocks for Inspiration and Positivity

Moraine State Park Bike Path Have you ever noticed painted rocks with nice messages on your walk, hike or at the park? The idea behind painting rocks and leaving them about in nature is for people to find them and to feel inspired or to receive a positive reminder. The person who finds a rock … Continue reading Painted Rocks for Inspiration and Positivity

3 Mindful Strategies to Increase Positivity During Hard Times

https://youtube.com/shorts/-kNxuIassz8?feature=share Limit exposure Limit the time you're exposed to the situation. Be informed, but limit the amount of news, media, social media, that you take in. For social media, you can choose to follow and unfollow certain accounts and channels. Use social media to build yourself up, promote positivity, and connect with non-toxic people. Social … Continue reading 3 Mindful Strategies to Increase Positivity During Hard Times

4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

People are under an increased amount of stress due to the ongoing 2020 coronavirus pandemic, which has no concrete ending. People who don't have a mental illness disorder, such as anxiety, are also experiencing mental health vulnerabilities during this time. They report having issues like difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering things, sleep disturbance, and decreased mood. … Continue reading 4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

A Positive Affirmation Kinda Day

Today, I'm diving into my positive affirmations, as negative and distorted thoughts have crept in. This is completely normal and something everyone goes through. I like to write my positive affirmations, which include quotes and Bible verses, on index cards. Like I said, it's a positive affirmation kinda day, so I wrote one about being … Continue reading A Positive Affirmation Kinda Day

Therapist Workshop: the emotional aspect of obesity with Roni Maislish, M.A.

Roni Maislish, M.A. (Psychotherapist and social worker) I met Roni Maislish through LinkedIn (he is in Israel), as we both work in mental health and specifically with eating and emotions. We both recognize the emotional aspects of obesity and that it can be an emotional-mental-issue. Roni says, "Most of the time, when people talk about … Continue reading Therapist Workshop: the emotional aspect of obesity with Roni Maislish, M.A.

Mindful Breathing Exercise for When You’re Feeling Stressed and Anxious

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 for When You’re Feeling Stressed and Anxious

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

These 13 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

IMPROVE Skill (Distress Tolerance from DBT)

IMPROVE IMPROVE the Moment. The acronym IMPROVE makes life a little bit better when it is not going so well.During a crisis, you have two options. You can sink into the distress or invest in behaviors that might improve how you feel in the moment. The acronym I: ImageryM: MeaningP: PrayerR: RelaxationO: One thing (or … Continue reading IMPROVE Skill (Distress Tolerance from DBT)

Wise Mind: ACCEPTS Skill (Distress Tolerance from DBT)

Wise Mind: ACCEPTS The ACCEPTS acronym has skills that helps keep you busy and distracted when you would typically be preoccupied by a crisis. It is easy to dwell on what is going wrong, by focusing on the ACCEPTS behaviors, you can get yourself through hard times. The acronym A: ActivitiesC: ContributingC: ComparisonsE: EmotionsP: Pushing … Continue reading Wise Mind: ACCEPTS Skill (Distress Tolerance from DBT)