Depression affects more than 16 million people in the U.S., but only a small percentage of those people seek treatment, and even fewer manage their symptoms holistically.
A holistic approach to treating mental illness means that the whole person is taken into account when formulating coping strategies and actionable steps to care for oneself. It means supporting the mind, body, and spirit as well as the relationships in our lives.
One of the primary symptoms of depression is lack of motivation. …
One year ago, we were really just starting to feel the impact of COVID-19 in the US. Prior to March 2019, COVID had been blazing a trail around the world, shutting cities down in its wake. But March was when many cities around United States went into lockdown.
COVID times have challenged each of us in unique ways, and we’re all coping differently. Many are struggling in relationships with partners, family, and friends. Many feel isolated. Many are more aware of their mental health struggles. Many feel hopeless.
At the same time, many have sought mental health support, some for…
Showing up for ourselves is an ongoing practice of tuning in and meeting our own needs in the moment. There’s not a single way of showing up, and the way in which we show up for ourselves will vary day-to-day, situation-to-situation.
Because showing up is fluid, it requires intentional effort and checking in with ourselves. The more we get to know ourselves and listen to what our minds and bodies are telling us, the better we’ll be able to discern our needs and do our best to meet them.
So, where to start in cultivating a practice of showing up…
By now you probably know what self-care is and why humans need to cultivate a regular self-care practice.
Most likely, your self-care routine involves “fun” stuff like face masks, reading, or listening to music — things that are relaxing. Those are great and necessary and sometimes it’s helpful to go deeper and expand the way we think about self-care in order to combat the emotional stress many of us are feeling right now.
So, in an effort to help you think outside the box when it comes to self-care, here’s a list of 10 non-fluffy ways to practice restorative self-care.
Have you ever felt like you’re in a funk that you can’t get out of?
Maybe you’ve tried a few things to feel better, but nothing’s worked.
Maybe you’ve talked about it with a friend or partner.
Maybe you’ve tried journaling.
Maybe you’ve just ignored it, hoping it would pass.
But it’s been days, weeks, or maybe even months, and you’re at a loss for what’s going on and how to make it better. In case you need to hear this, nothing is wrong with you for feeling that way. It’s human to feel down sometimes.
At the same time…
Vulnerability is a common fear for many people. It can be scary to share how you feel, ask for what you want, and be completely authentic. With the risk of rejection lurking, you may feel the urge to silence yourself and hold back from sharing.
At the same time, humans are wired for connection, which means that we need relationships in order to feel whole and fulfilled. And, more than that, we need them to be deep and meaningful.
Vulnerability is a direct path to cultivating nourishing and long-lasting relationships. …
We’ve all been there, confused about what’s next and even more confused about how to figure it out.
When we are in this place for some time, we start to feel frustrated in our “stuckness,” which only exacerbates the problem.
If this resonates with you right now, ask yourself these six questions to help bring clarity to your life.
Many of us want change to happen overnight, but usually change is a slow burn.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t seek answers, try new things, or consider what might be holding you back, but it does mean that change happens…
Have you ever thought about your narrative around exercise?
If your answer is no, you’re not alone. Many people don’t ever stop think about what narrative, or story, they’ve created about their potential to exercise consistently.
Some people believe that humans are who we are and we can’t change.
However, this is not true. It’s possible to change the way we think and behave, but we have to be willing to put in the work.
Here’s how to identify your narrative around exercise and get on the path to increasing your ability to exercise consistently.
In order to understand the…
The ending of a relationship is one of the hardest things humans do.
And while it’s generally a universal experience, the pain is unique to each person. There’s no single ending to a relationship, and there’s no single way to cope with the loss.
For that reason, there’s no prescription to write for how to “get over it.”
However, there are some things you can do to move through the loss, and the grief that comes with loss, as efficiently as possible.
Here are five things to do to move through your heartbreak as quickly as possible.
When we feel…
Many of us have dreams for our lives that we wish would come true. But how many of us actually go after them and achieve them? Frankly, it’s a very small number.
One day, we may think we want something, but then as we get into the pursuit of making it happen, or maybe even before we start, something gets in the way, and we quit.
You may wonder what happened. You thought you were invested in your dream, but then it fell apart.
Here are five things that might be holding you back from achieving your dreams.