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Riding Out the Ups and Downs of Life

  The one thing in life we can count on to remain constant is fact that things are always changing. Change is like the undercurrent of an ocean. It’s always there, surrounding us. It affects us whether we like it or not. One minute, the waves of change are imperceptible and we float along feeling peaceful and safe. And then, ... Read More ...

Let’s Talk About the Coronavirus

  OK, so things are a little weird right now. And it seems like things got that way pretty fast. Just a few weeks ago, we were following our daily mundane routines and now most of the world is in quarantine. How did we get here? Perhaps more importantly, where do we go from here? What should we do? How ... Read More ...

Is Your Diet Making You Sick?

  It’s no secret that food has a significant impact on the mind and body. Eating healthy, nutritious foods generally leads to increased energy, mental clarity and self-esteem. We also know what foods have the opposite effect—typically those that include high amount of sugar, grease and fat. While this basic approach to nutrition works for many people, for others, the ... Read More ...

Regain Control of Worry

  Nervousness, uncertainty and anxiety are an unavoidable part of life. These emotions usually arise as an appropriate response to circumstances that pose a potential threat to our well-being—for instance, a loss of employment, a decline in health or separation from a loved one. This normal stress response, known as “eustress,” actually serves a positive function because it keeps us ... Read More ...

Do You Have Enough Self-Compassion?

  As children, one of the first things we learn is how to be kind to others. A strong emphasis is placed on helping, sharing and what it means to be a good friend—unarguably imperative qualities to instill at a young age. However, Western culture places far less importance on showing that same kindness to ourselves—the thought of practicing “self-compassion” ... Read More ...