As much as we'd like to believe otherwise, our thoughts do not always factually represent reality. Our perceptions, opinions, and fears of what others think can greatly influence what we think and believe is true. Cognitive distortions creep in, leading to a downward spiral of negative emotions and actions. Talk to your counsellor if you feel your thoughts and emotional health are not as balanced as they could be. You may be quite surprised to discover new perspectives and ways of thinking.
People don’t think much about pain until they experience it. And when in pain, it can be difficult to stop thinking about it, especially if it is severe or persistent pain. Learning about the various components of a painful condition—the physical, sensory, emotional, cognitive, and social—is an empowering way to create space for healing.
Humans aren't meant to navigate through life alone, and we can't possibly be experts at everything. Life doesn't have to always be hard. How would your life change if you gave yourself permission to ask for the help and support you need?
For a restorative sleep, power down (disconnect from any technology including TV) one hour before snooze time. Then write all your worries down in a journal, and make a plan for your next day. This will free up your mind and energy to move into a deep and restful sleep!
Kids really do love acupuncture! Even babies and toddlers. It’s painless, but for little ones who are nervous there are a variety of non-needle techniques to use instead. With children, it’s all about meeting them where they’re at and giving them confidence in their body’s own healing abilities.
We often think of the body and mind as separate. However, science has proven that they are inextricably linked. When we learn to move the body with greater ease, we inevitably feel greater ease in our thinking and emotions.
We are often the worst critic of ourselves. When you feel the weight of failure and guilt, examine what evidence there is from those around you that support your feelings. There's a pretty good chance you are the only one who indicted yourself.
Fatigue, anxiety, poor memory, period cramps, low libido, bloating, weight gain—these are all things that have become so common that we have begun to accept them as normal. In reality, normal is an optimally healthy human, who is energized, happy, and pain free. What common symptoms of illness are you just accepting as your normal?
Water serves a number of essential functions to keep us alive, and the human adult body is made up of at least 60% water. Be sure to hydrate daily, between 64 ounces and 0.67% of your body weight. For example, if you weigh 120 lbs, drink between 64 and 80 ounces (0.67% x 120 lbs) per day.
The purpose of acupuncture is to adjust the flow of qi (energy) in the body. Researchers at the NYU school of medicine have recently discovered that much of the connective tissues in our bodies is made up of interconnected, fluid-filled compartments. According to one of the authors of a recent study: “the protein bundles seen in the space are likely to generate electrical current as they bend with the movements of organs and muscles, and may play a role in techniques like acupuncture.” It’s no coincidence that most acupuncture points are located in these interstitial areas. It’s great to see Western science catching up with ancient wisdom!
Aches and pains often come from our brain simply forgetting how our body was built to move because of injury or disuse. When we remind the brain how to use muscles and bones more efficiently, we realize how strong and comfortable we can be in our bodies as they are now.
Change is exciting. Change can also be stressful. The more authentic and vulnerable we are to ourselves and to the forces of change, the more resilient we can become. What does being vulnerable mean to you?
On average, we breathe approximately 23,000 times per day! Give yourself the gift of putting your full attention on just one breath a few times each day and notice what happens.
What we put in our bellies has a significant impact on how our whole body functions, especially our brain. Healthy protein and fats are the most important brain nutrients, and insufficient amounts of these in your morning meal can impact mood, focus, concentration, and energy for your whole day. Are you getting enough?
The same hormone that causes mother and child to bond, Oxytocin, is also released in our bodies when we touch or hug a loved one for at least 20 seconds, also lowering our heart rate and cortisol levels (stress hormone). Hugs also stimulate the brain to release dopamine, our pleasure hormone! What's not to love about therapeutic touch and hugs.
Scientists once believed that the brain could not change after childhood, disability, or injury. Now they are discovering otherwise. Never assume you must tolerate the status quo in your body and mind. There are possibilities beyond what you know.
Sorrow and pain are often rooted in guilt, even shame. When people share their stories—stories they've not told others in fear of being judged—it's amazing how their pain is suddenly lessened when they feel heard and understood.