Perceptions, Interferences, and The High Cost of Attention

It’s no surprise that our perceptions influence how we view the world. The challenge is that we are limited in what can be perceived because our brains are continually assessing, simplifying, and sorting what is relevant. Imagine trying to notice everything happening around you all at once. You are unlikely … Read More

The Power of Diaphragmatic Breathing

Breathing with our diaphragm rather than our chest can encourage deeper breathing which can result in lower blood pressure, reduced heart rate, and decreased stress.

Parenting with Mindfulness

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The practice of mindfulness has gained popularity in the field of Psychology as a practice for improving well being, health, and managing stress and anxiety. Mindfulness requires you to be fully present in the moment, attentive to your thoughts and feelings without judgment. Parenting can benefit from this mindful approach … Read More

Eat more attentively

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Resolutions like “eat healthier” seem to be pretty common. But what if we tried to eat more attentively instead? We live in a pretty fast-paced culture. Leisurely lunch breaks are great. But sometimes “lunch” is a turkey sandwich in one hand and an iPhone in the other as we run … Read More

What Does Emotional Intelligence Mean? Part 1

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Children experience the same emotions as adults. They can feel everything from happiness to sadness to anger to nervousness to even stress. However unlike adults, many children do not understand how to effectively deal with the range of emotions they experience. Just like other life skills parents pass onto their … Read More

Self-care is Not Selfish!

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Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent. We cannot nurture others from a dry well. We need to take care of our own needs first, then we can give from our surplus, our abundance. ~ Jennifer Louden I’ve found myself having the conversation about self-care with several clients lately. Many of … Read More

How to Make Stress Your Friend – Part 2

In the second part of this blog series, we are going to discover the positive side effects that occur by having confidence in your body’s ability to handle stress. Harvard University conducted a study where participants were told before going through a social stress test about the possible signs that their body … Read More

Making Stress Your Friend – Part 1

Recently, I was listening to Psychologist Kelly McGonigal talk about stress. We all know that stress can be detrimental, and there is significant research that indicates its negative impact on health. However, stress is something that most of us experience a moderate to high amount in life. There are many … Read More

Compassion – Part 2

Compassion is about being able to get outside of oneself and feel for someone else. There are also some great benefits that are side effects from being able to have compassion for another person. Research has indicated that an individual who is able to practice a more compassionate lifestyle is … Read More