We hear a lot about mindfulness, self-care, and positive thinking these days. But I’ve discovered there’s a piece of the wellness puzzle I often neglect, no matter how many veggies I eat, how many days I journal, or how many times I meditate per week. I’m talking about self-compassion.[Read more…] about 7 Ways Self-Compassion Has Changed My Life Forever
Gratitude can be hard when life is overwhelming. Even as I write this, my mind is addled by anxiety over a to-do list that just isn’t shortening quickly enough.
But it helps to take a step back from the big-picture rush and recognize small things to be grateful for.
You don’t have to feel amazing about them right now. But little moments of gratitude can help us keep life in perspective and remember what’s most important.[Read more…] about 13 Ordinary Things to Be Grateful for Today
The impact of social media on society is huge. The internet as a whole has changed our world.
We can now interact with other humans instantaneously, across the globe, sharing each moment of life with a few keystrokes and the click of a button.
This degree of access has opened up endless possibilities—in business, education, relationships, and more. I love that I can publish a thought as it comes to me, share pictures with family in another state, and connect with people from every country.
But I’m also concerned.[Read more…] about Do We Need to Protect Our Brains from Social Media?
I know that in the past (and still sometimes), I have trouble with simply being present during the holidays.
I’ll often pick up my phone and snap a picture for social media or check my Facebook during a lull in the conversation. Or I’ll still be running off adrenaline or stress from work, making it hard to get in the true holiday spirit and remember what’s most important during this time.
Mindfulness is hard—especially in times of busyness and travel and heightened emotions (even good ones). But it’s important. Staying in the present moment is what allows us to get the most out of the precious instances in life. It’s what helps us get out of our heads and away from our phones long enough to appreciate those around us.
If you get what I mean and crave that extra depth too, here are some thoughts on how to be more mindful during the holidays this year. [Read more…] about 11 Mindful Ways to Get More Meaning Out of the Holidays
There are certain self-care practices that, when I’m doing them daily, make me feel grounded and stable. But sometimes, even though they’re so good for me, I find myself stopping them completely and struggling to start again.
One of them is meditation. (I recently wrote about how meditation makes me anxious.) Another is yoga. Others are daily journaling, intentions/affirmations, listening to music, or simply giving myself time to be bored.
But lately, I’ve been exploring why I stop doing some of these things—and after digging deeper, I’ve started them up again and am really benefiting from it.
So in this article, I’m covering why I think many of us struggle with this and how to stick to healthy habits the right way. First, let’s look at some possible culprits. [Read more…] about How to Stop Resisting What’s Good for You (and Actually Stick to Healthy Habits)
We often hear about how amazing meditation is: that it can reduce anxiety and depression, calm your mind, and bring you more into the present moment.
But what if you try meditation and it makes you more anxious?
If so, I completely relate. [Read more…] about What If Meditation Makes Me Anxious?