I was moved yesterday as I scrolled through my Facebook feed and saw all the Mother's Day memes describing mom as 'super mom', 'super-human' and 'self-sacrificing'. It is true that there really is nothing like a mother's love and it is reassuring to know that as a culture we recognize the lengths that women go to for … Continue reading The Super Mom Myth—Enough Already! Your Children Need You Healthy!
In my last post I talked about how courage is a vital ingredient in achieving sustainable weight-loss and restoring health. Rising above the health and weight challenges we face involve growing into ourselves--and that usually requires a moderate dose of courage.
I have been working closely with both fear and courage in the past year. My outward intention for 2015 was to focus on how good my body feels when I exercise; my inward intention was to be true to myself. I was aware that I was taking on quite the task since at the heart of being true to yourself likes the paradox of courage: the terror and the liberation.
In the first part of this article I talked about the importance that acknowledging our feelings, journalling, gratitude and socializing plays in our mental health. Below are some other tools and habits. Of course trying to incorporate them all at once would be contrary to mental health. Ask yourself which ones might create more meaning … Continue reading Mental Health – Tools for the Emotional Body (continued)
I have been excited to write this post for awhile. In the last few months several people have shared their New Year’s Resolutions. Most of the resolutions I have heard are centered around diet, weight-loss and fitness. Is it any surprise that the most common New Year’s resolution is to diet? Many of us hold in mind those inspiring people who were a weight loss success and hope for the same ourselves this year.
As the research grows, researchers are finding that both mental and physical illnesses are a result of unaddressed emotional wounds or trauma. Several pain syndromes that lack medical explanation such as chronic back pain, fibromyalgia and IBS-- to name a few, are associated with chronic stress and emotional traumas. Often it is not the situations … Continue reading Mental Health – Tools for the Emotional Body
It is important to know that while anxiety and depression are both undesirable states, anxiety is in fact considered the opposite of depression. Anxiety is a high energy, wired state while depression lacks all motivation and energy. Some individuals experience both, but many others are more prone to one or the other. According to mental … Continue reading An Anti-Anxiety Tool Kit – A Holistic Approach
Managing anxiety and depression with diet is gaining increasing awareness as people are becoming more aware of the mind-body connection or what I like to refer to as 'yes your head is attached to the rest of your body'. You really can't fully understand how much your diet impacts you mentally until you try it … Continue reading Eat Your Anxiety, Starve Your Sadness
In my last two posts I talked about how underlying conditions such as glandular problems and gut imbalances in the body can greatly affect your mental health. While the previously discussed imbalances may be factors to be considered, mental health experts are finding that lifestyle is one of the most significant factors that affect our … Continue reading Managing Mental Health with Lifestyle
Deepak Chopra describes anxiety perfectly when he says, “The best use of imagination is creativity. The worst use of imagination is anxiety.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. When anxiety or depression creep in, there are no boundaries to where our minds will go. When I look back on past worries, I can now … Continue reading Mental Health – It’s Not All in Your Head