Being Kind or Right?

Many times humans don’t even realize the dilemma they are sometimes in. In difficult times or in the heat of an argument, or even when trying to help someone else through a difficult time, we face the decision to either show someone that we are right and they were wrong in doing something, or instead we can just be kind to someone and be there for them in the moment.

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How to do Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is moment to moment awareness. It is being fully awake. It involves being here for the moments of our lives, without striving or judging. Mindfulness involves a formal practice and an informal practice. In formal practice we take time for sitting meditation or mindful movement practices like walking meditation or yoga or chi gong. Informal practice is a way of life in which we meditate as we do what we do. It involves being present in the moments of our lives. Mindfulness meditation is a formal practice of mindfulness or of being mindful. It helps teach us to live in the present moment. Continue reading

Stop The Stigma

As someone who has worked in the mental health field for many years, I can attest to the fact that mental illness is still very stigmatized even though there has been a lot of progress on this front in recent years. It is still not  understood very well by most people. Heck, even the researchers and clinicians in psychology sometimes don’t have a full grasp of understanding how, what, or where mental illness comes from. One thing we can all agree on is that the stigma of mental illness  is not a good thing, not helping anyone, and should be stopped. To take a lesson from spiritual teachers such as Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer, instead of judging others, try being kind instead. It’s not an easy thing because we all judge people and things every day, and many times we can even be right in our judgments. However, ideally I myself would rather be kind than right. Kindness is always the best step. 

Please watch the link below: https://www.ted.com/talks/ruby_wax_what_s_so_funny_about_mental_illness?language=en

Breathing is Living

Breath Deeply and Be Calm

Breathing is a powerful contributing factor of our physical state. When we are stressed, we often take short shallow breaths where our shoulders rise and fall. Our chest may feel like a weight is bearing down on it making it difficult to breathe. When our body becomes restricted like this our thoughts and actions are affected too. Our concentration and focus become clouded and we are often quick to react, which then later results in regret or recourse. Continue reading

7 Ways to Become More Mindful Without Meditating 

 

1.) Exercise without music. 

Exercising with headphones is supposed to keep you motivated and positive about your workout correct? While I definitely do not disagree with this, I do think that it takes away from training yourself to be more in the present moment. Nobody disagrees that being mindful and in the present moment helps release stress, reduces anxiety, and also reduces depression, however, many people still struggle to see all the little tiny ways in which we are purposefully not being mindful.

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Smartphone App to Help Focus and Relax While at Work

There is a new app that I have recently been introduced too, and that app is called focus@will. It is basically a smartphone app that plays relaxing music to help keep you focused and relaxed. It is basically only instrumentals and no vocals, but this is intended to help keep you focused because sometimes the vocals in songs can divert your focus from what you are doing as you sing a long with that song’s lyrics. Continue reading

What to Say to Someone with Anxiety?

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For those who haven’t been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, it might be difficult to truly understand what’s going on inside the mind of the 40 million American adults who live with it.

What exactly do you say to a loved one who is feeling extreme stress and anxiety? How do you make them feel better if you can’t understand it or relate to it yourself? It may feel like a fool’s errand, but the truth is, anxiety disorders are more relatable than you think. Continue reading