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Why does FOMO Hit Some People Harder than Others? Jul 14th, 2021

It comes down to self-confidence and security within oneself.  Those who are susceptible to FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) are people who need social approval to feel reassured about themselves, which is like a hamster in a wheel—a never ending cycle. Those who are reared during their developmental years to...

Sound Bath: an immersion in sound frequency cleansing the soul Jul 6th, 2021

You've probably experienced this after a yoga or guided meditation class where you are lying on your back with your eyes closed, while the instructor walks around the room creating deep, resonating vibrations using a crystal or Tibetan singing bowl.  Bells and gongs are also used to create sound baths. ...

Epigenetics, Neuroplasticity, Stress and the Psychedelic Experience Jun 21st, 2021

We are our mind and our minds are not isolated entities confined to our brains. Rather, they are an embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information within each one of us as sentient beings.  As such, every experience modulates genes by silencing and activating them...

IV Ketamine: a transformational approach to psychotherapy Jun 8th, 2021

  Perspective is everything.  Currently, the only psychedelic medicine available for the treatment of emotional suffering is ketamine.  It has been used for treatment resistant depression (TRD) for several years, administered intravenously (IV) without a psychotherapeutic component and where the psychedelic effects are viewed as side effects.  In contrast, when...

Assume Good Intent Jun 7th, 2021

  There have been positive changes occurring over several decades including now.  We are not in a time of doom and isolation, but of possibilities and togetherness.  Yes, things are getting better and we are awakening from our disillusionment. The emptiness of living a life controlled by the ego, of...

Healthy Boundaries Equal Respect for Yourself and Others Jun 7th, 2021

As adults, you can learn ralational skills, heal from old wounds and start to create relationships that lift you up.  Learning how to set and enforce healthy boundaries with others is a key relational skill that will dramatically improve your relationships and your sense of self-worth. A boundary is a...

The Paradoxical Secret to Find Meaning in Life May 19th, 2021

In 1942, the great psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, his wife, and parents were deported to the Nazi Theresienstadt Ghetto. His father died of pneumonia half a year later from the ghetto's deplorable conditions. The next year, Frankl and his wife were transported to the infamous Auschwitz death camp, where more than...

Self-Actualization and How to Get There May 4th, 2021

1. Be here. Experience your life “fully, vividly, selflessly, with full concentration and total absorption.” When you do this you are being wholly yourself and it is a moment of self-actualization. Avoid self-consciousness. Avoid shyness and postures. Let down your defenses. Throw yourself into the moment, into experiencing it with all...

How Your Attachment Style Impacts Your Relationship Apr 15th, 2021

Our style of attachment affects everything from our partner selection to how well our relationships progress to, sadly, how they end. That is why recognizing our attachment pattern can help us understand our strengths and vulnerabilities in a relationship. An attachment pattern is established in early childhood attachments and continues...

Do you have a Toxic Boss? Jan 27th, 2021

Most of us start a job excited wanting to perform our best self for the organization and therefore your boss. However, we do not envision hitting a road block like a horrible boss that makes you want to quit.  How many times have you heard a friend or colleague say,...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 30th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...

Childhood Emotional Neglect: How It Can Impact You Now and Later Oct 14th, 2020

What is CEN? CEN occurs when a child’s parent or parents fail to respond adequately to their child’s emotional needs. Emotional neglect is not necessarily childhood emotional abuse. Abuse is often intentional; it’s a purposeful choice to act in a way that is harmful. While emotional neglect can be an...

Organize Your Space, Declutter Your Mind and Tidy Up Oct 11th, 2020

When Late Show host Stephen Colbert asked Japanese tidying-up expert Marie Kondo why she thinks she’s so popular with her American audience, she replied “I think it’s because we not only have clutter in our homes but we also have clutter in our hearts.” Research has shown that a cluttered...

Seasonal Affective Disorder Oct 8th, 2020

Learn how to recognize and take control of SAD With 5 p.m. sunsets, erratic temperatures and plenty of snow and ice, winters in Chicago and other northern cities are not for the faint of heart. And winter is far worse for people with the winter blues and seasonal affective disorder...

Nutritional psychiatry: Your brain on food Oct 5th, 2020

Like an expensive car, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel. Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress — the “waste” (free radicals) produced when the body uses oxygen, which can damage cells. Unfortunately,...

Stress relief from laughter? It's no joke Oct 2nd, 2020

Whether you're guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that's no joke.   Stress relief from laughter A good sense of humor can't cure all ailments, but data is mounting about...

Strengthen your mood with weight training Sep 29th, 2020

The study's authors came to this conclusion after examining the results of 33 randomized clinical trials involving more than 1,800 people. They found that people with mild to moderate depression who performed resistance training two or more days a week saw "significant" reductions in their symptoms, compared with people who...

Setting Boundaries and Why It's So Important to Your Emotional Wellbeing Sep 27th, 2020

This article will discuss what healthy boundaries are and how to set them, why healthy boundaries are important for self-care, and how to explain boundaries to adults and children.   What Are Healthy Boundaries? According to IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program: “A boundary is a limit or space between you and...

Developing Resilience in Life Sep 24th, 2020

Resilience is the ability to adapt to difficult situations. When stress, adversity or trauma strikes, you still experience anger, grief and pain, but you're able to keep functioning — both physically and psychologically. However, resilience isn't about putting up with something difficult, being stoic or figuring it out on your...

7 Traits of True Friendship Sep 20th, 2020

What makes a perfect friendship? How do we find and keep friends who encourage and strengthen who we are? How do we maintain friendships with the demands of our jobs, family, and other responsibilities? Reflect on the most meaningful friendships in your life. Think of that person you can call...

7 Rules of Forgiveness Sep 16th, 2020

It is really hard to forgive, whether it is forgiving yourself or others. We all could likely use some help learning to do it better. But what we may not be aware of is that learning to forgive is good for both our mental and physical health. Quality empirical research has shown...

Child Abuse and the Role of Parental Denial Sep 8th, 2020

I recently had the opportunity of revisiting a question that I have struggled to find answers to for many years. The question is, why, in the face of a parent sexually, physically or verbally abusing a child, does the other parent remain silent? This is a phenomenon I have been...

Why It Doesn't Matter What Other People Think of You Sep 4th, 2020

We live in a world of shoulds.  We spend so much of our time thinking about what decision we should make, what we should do with our lives, our time, our money, our skills, our every minute.  And that’s not even touching on the minefield of what we think others...

Why Relaxation Is So Important Sep 1st, 2020

“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax” Mark Black This is such an inspiring yet simple quote! At times, we get so embroiled in our hectic lifestyles with deadlines to meet and work-life pressure that we actually forget to relax! Yet relaxing for just 5 minutes periodically...

12 Laws of Karma Everyone Should Know! Aug 31st, 2020

The 12 Laws of Karma Everyone Should Know!   1. The Great Law or The Law of Cause & Effect As you sow, so shall you reap.To receive happiness, peace, love, and friendship, one must BE happy, peaceful, loving, and a true friend.Whatever one puts out into the Universe will come...

Adult Cyberbullying Is More Common Than You Think Aug 29th, 2020

How common is cyberbullying among adults?  The answer is fairly simple: the internet can be a cesspool of trolls and haters of all ages. Online harassment isn't only about children—more and more, we read headlines of grown-ups acting badly on social media. In a study entitled "How Common Is Cyberbullying Among Adults? Exploring Gender, Ethnic, and...

3 Negative Patterns of Thinking & How to Avoid It Aug 27th, 2020

Science shows that positive thinking can improve mental wellbeing, minimize stress and even lead to better cardiovascular health, yet many of us are stuck following patterns of negative thinking.   3 Negative Patterns of Thinking & How to Avoid It   1. Negative Rumination Although it’s natural and can be healthy...

How to Find Joy during COVID Aug 23rd, 2020

Top Joy Generators in the Time of COVID:   1. Nature.Appreciate the beauty that is around us, not just by what you see, but smell and hear and feel. It's all around you and you can do this every day as a ritual in the morning or evening after your...

10 Reasons Why Sleep is Important Aug 23rd, 2020

10 Reasons Why Sleep is Important: 1. Prevent weight gain.Short sleep duration is associated with an increased risk of weight gain and obesity in both children and adults.2. Eat fewer calories.Poor sleep affects hormones that regulate appetite. Those who get adequate sleep tend to eat fewer calories those who don't.3....