When we’re experiencing stress or what feels like a crisis, the part of our brain that “knows” how to care for ourselves is simply not calling the shots. Learn why it's not always easy to use healthy ways to cope, and the simple things you can do to smoothly manage whatever stressors life may throw your way.
It's hard to make resolutions when up against odds that insist you're likely to fail (staggering odds, in fact.) As we continue our resolve to resolve, we try different "tips" and strategies; hoping this year we'll get it right. The key to making your New Year's resolutions and 2015 promises last longer than mid February (or January 3rd) lies with the most important resolution you need to make...
Think how peaceful it would be to live each moment consciously aware of your surroundings and your current emotions, experiencing what is instead of what should be. One technique we’ve found especially helpful has its roots in eastern philosophy and western psychology; the Gratitude Journal. This exercise in mindfulness trains our minds to seek out things to be grateful for, and look at life through a different lens. It’s simple, it’s powerful, and anyone can do it.
*Deep Breath* Yes, autumn is officially here. Along with nutmeg sprinkled on everything, and the eagerly awaited wardrobe updates, autumn notoriously sparks nostalgia, reflection, and periods of change. Instead of fighting it or hibernating until spring, use these simple and powerful insights to help you transition with ease, and allow both your outer and inner self the opportunity to experience the beauty of this change.
There's so much more to the water glass than whether it's "half empty or half full." July 1st is the exact halfway point of the year, which means it's the perfect time to take stock, reflect and evaluate our own proverbial drinking glass. Read how to shift your perspective by taking a different, more mindful approach to this age-old adage.
For the real, down-to-earth woman in 2014, balance and harmony may not look quite like meditating on a beach in perfect silence. When we find ourselves running at 100 miles per hour with no time to spare, we need something more practical to slow us down. Read how easy, effective, and practical these simple Mindfulness techniques can be.
As Mother’s Day approaches, our awareness shifts to those who care for and nurture others. Too often these women (and men!) fall into the cycle of selflessness, and become stressed out and burnt out. Caring for others does not mean neglecting the self. Rather, it requires taking care of your own self first. Sounds like a strange, uncomfortable call for selfishness? Read more here...
In honor of stress awareness month, here's a wonderfully effective list of 10 simple things you can do every day to greatly reduce stress and cultivate a greater sense of mindfulness and self-compassion. For even more ways to manage your stress, follow us on Twitter where we'll be sharing new stress management and mindfulness tips every day throughout April!
Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and the emotions are running high. Whether it’s excitement, anxiety, or anger, Valentine’s Day evokes something in all of us, even if we don’t want to admit it. The reason for this has absolutely nothing to do with romance, flowers, or chocolate, and everything to do with what we really need.
So much of what we know we should be doing to care for ourselves to better our minds and bodies often feels so difficult and ‘chore-like’ to do. Instead of simply focusing on the things we need to do, we've shifted the focus to the importance of adapting and practicing a new outlook on how we approach caring for ourselves. Something that we refer to as ‘Mindful Self-Care.’