6 min read · Jul 13th · The facts about mindfulness no one's talking about.
as the adage goes: if you only have a hammer, everything can look like a nail. The reality is that we need many tools in the "mental health toolbox" for a variety of stressful situations life will throw our way: what about the saw, screwdriver, or pliers? A contributing factor is that we live in a consumerist, capitalist country. It has been overly commodified, its origins partially distorted. Not enough people, especially health professionals are researchers, are talking about the risks, contraindications, or downsides of practice, or who specifically it's best suited for and when.
Practicing mindfulness when you're not mentally ready, or when you actually need a nap, to eat, a massage, to work, or an important conversation with a loved one can clearly create more difficulties than it's meant to mitigate. References
There have even been some depictions of mindfulness as a panacea for suffering, despite the fact that mindfulness was not originally developed to treat suffering or disease
5 min read · Jul 13th · Deep happiness has one rule: you cannot put anything above your happiness.
When we realize that we can still achieve happiness no matter what, we’ll find that all we have to do is flow with life and take each day as they come.
Happiness is our natural state, as long as we let go of certain "conditions" for happiness.
The hardest part is that we must want this happiness over everything. This isn’t always second nature for everyone and may take some reminders while we reframe our mindsets. But with time you’ll find that your inner peace will remain intact no matter what’s going on in the outside world, and that is a beautiful gift.
4 min read · Jul 9th · Regular exercise fortifies the brain's microstructure, a new study finds.
New research suggests that regular physical activity keeps the brain's white matter microstructure healthy and strong.
The researchers speculate that keeping brain microstructures robust via exercise may help to offset cognitive decline.
"In particular, the current findings indicate that a more active lifestyle in older adults may confer cognitive benefits in part through a neurobiological pathway involving brain tissue microstructure that can be quantified and visualized using MRI."
4 min read · Aug 6th · You may be self-talking yourself into depression.
Self-distancing, on the other hand, involves imagining oneself having a quiet conversation with a third party who calls you by your first name.
Your Self-Distancing Script Imagine having a conversation with a calm and neutral third party. Have this imaginary person address you by your first name. 1. Acknowledge that you are hurt or threatened by the events that have triggered these thoughts. 2. Calmly remind yourself about similar events where you endured, survived, or triumphed. 3. Ask yourself to imagine yourself in the future. How important will today’s pain be?
In self-immersion conversations, the words “I” and “me” are frequently used. Self-distancing, on the other hand, involves imagining oneself having a quiet conversation with a third party who calls you by your first name. There is research showing that self-distancing conversations are linked to fewer reported negative emotions. Self-distancing conversations are more likely to focus on positive behaviors that will lead to closure.