4 Simple Tips to Disarm Emotional Triggers and Take Control

Have you ever been emotionally triggered and you reacted in a way that was less than ideal? You may have noticed physical sensations such as increased heart rate, rapid breathing, a temperature change or feelings of constriction or tightness. You’re not alone. Before you know it, you may have found yourself being short tempered, shutting down or fleeing from the situation all together. Our reaction can leave us feeling disempowered in how we handled the situation.  This not only affects how we [...]

2020-04-28T17:46:00-07:00March 2nd, 2020|

Social Connection Is Good For Your Health

Have you ever tried something new and ending up liking it? After leaving a long -term relationship, I had joined a social running club.  I did not enjoy running at that time however I was in transition, feeling lonely and thought it would be a good way for me to meet new people. It wasn’t until I started going regularly that I had the opportunity to meet and build some very close connections with the people I ran with. These people actually [...]

2020-04-26T23:09:53-07:00November 7th, 2019|

Quick Tips to Manage Stress

Quick Tips to Manage Stress We all encounter stress in our lives and to varying degrees. In some cases, stress can be beneficial as it can help us prepare or perform or the “fight or flight” response when faced with a life-threatening situation. Stress that is negative can have harmful effects on your emotional, mental and physical health. This typically occurs in the following situations: work, overextending yourself, going through transitions like divorce, a break-up, a death, a traumatic stress/event or having [...]

2020-05-09T15:24:21-07:00October 21st, 2019|

Making the Shift from Self-Critical to Self-Compassion

Have you ever had moments of being self-critical and self-judgmental?  If you have, you are not alone. The thing is, sometimes we are aware of our self-criticism while other times we are not.  These thoughts can be automatic which is why increasing our awareness of this self-criticism, belittling and self-judgment can be so impactful.  The thoughts of “I’m not good enough,” “I can't do this” or “I'm a failure” whether we are aware of it or not can leave us feeling anxious, [...]

2020-04-12T23:25:10-07:00September 8th, 2019|

What is Emotional Hygiene and Why Does It Matter?

Emotional hygiene is a practice of daily care for your psychological health.  Just as you take care of your physical health. This can mean making time to exercise, drink enough water, brush your teeth, get enough sleep and eating your greens. It’s also important to take care of your emotional health. By not practicing emotional hygiene the body/mind can experience stress, anxiety, irritability, depression, loneliness, pain, and other strong emotions.  Your body responds to these emotions which can negatively impact your health.  These [...]

2020-08-02T21:13:07-07:00June 17th, 2019|

3 Easy Mindfulness Steps to Beat Stress

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is choosing to pay attention deliberately without judgment and being fully present at the moment, in the here and now. Break the daily routine and take a moment to be completely present.   Try this exercise next time you eat your favorite meal, take the time to smell it, see it, touch it, taste it and notice the sound it makes as you chew it. Enjoy your meal consciously using all of your senses. Notice how you ate [...]

2020-02-27T18:21:56-08:00March 10th, 2019|
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