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What is Creative Hopelessness?

In past blog posts, we’ve talked about how to use mindfulness and acceptance to cope with uncomfortable thoughts, sensations and emotions. The take-away message is that in order to avoid unnecessary suffering, we must let go of any ideas about the way we wished things could be and instead accept the way that we are in the present moment. Once we accept our reality ... Read More ...

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

In May 2008, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) established July as “National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.” The purpose of this was two-fold: to raise public awareness of mental health among minorities and make mental health services more accessible to racial and ethnic minority groups.  Although July is nearly over, awareness of mental health in minority populations should ... Read More ...

A Mid-Year Check In

  Believe it or not, we are more than halfway through 2020. “How are you doing?” may seem like a loaded question right now, to say the very least. However, experiencing times of uncertainty or tenuousness make it all the more important to ask ourselves this question. How are you doing, really?  If you are unsure how to even begin answering this question, ... Read More ...

How to Practice Self-Care When You’re Overstimulated and Overwhelmed

When it comes to processing information and stimuli from our environment, everybody has a different capacity of how much they can successfully manage. Signs of being overstimulated and overwhelmed include racing thoughts, heightened startle response and an increased sense of agitation or fear. These physical and mental symptoms can gradually take their toll over time. The tricky thing about this ... Read More ...

We Need to Talk About Racism

  While the word is still reeling from coronavirus, we are now forced to confront another, more uncomfortable epidemic—racism. And I say “uncomfortable” because that is the emotions it elicits in most non-POC (persons of color). This becomes an important point to make, given that the instinctual response to any type of emotional discomfort is typically avoidance. Avoidance is the ... Read More ...