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Utilizing Compassion to Communicate Effectively With Nonviolent Communication

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Utilizing Compassion to Communicate Effectively With Nonviolent Communication

  An integral part of building healthy relationships is not only learning to communicate but learning to communicate effectively and efficiently. Although there are many different communication styles, we’re going to focus on one in particular - nonviolent communication. With it’s emphasis on listening to ourselves and others, nonviolent communication helps us learn to really understand the deeper needs of...[ read more ]

Yoga Beyond Aesthetics: How Regularly Practicing Yoga Can Make You Less Anxious

Yoga was first practiced over 5,000 years ago in Northern India. Over the years it spread and has become popular in the Western world for it’s physical benefits of strength and flexibility. A study conducted by Yoga Journal in 2009 showed more than 15 million U.S adults practiced yoga regularly, and that number has only increased throughout the years as...[ read more ]

The Effects of Chronic Stress and How You Can Manage Your Stress Levels Naturally

Stress is normal and healthy for everyone to experience, but one study conducted showed 33% of adults reported experiencing high levels of stress (L. Wiegner., D. Hange., B. Cecilia., A.J. G., 2019). So, at what point do your stress levels become too much, and how can you keep them from getting out of control? Although stress is a part of...[ read more ]

Five Signs You are in a Toxic Relationship

1) You feel exhausted or drained after spending time with them. Someone who is toxic is typically demanding and self-centered, which can understandably deplete your energy, causing fatigue. Spending quality time with someone you are close with should make you feel energized and leave you looking forward to your next meeting. 2.) You are not able to be vulnerable or...[ read more ]

The Chakra Rights – Finding Balance in the Mind and Body

I made a post last week about “Chakra Rights” and hosted a “Chakra Balancing Flow” in early January.  I thought a blog post for those people not as familiar with the chakras may be helpful. First, the chakras are a system of psychological energy centers that run from the bottom of the spine to the crown of the head.  Understanding...[ read more ]

Ways to Practice Gratitude at the Holidays

The holiday season is often a time when people reflect on the things that they appreciate most in life. Research suggests that gratitude has a variety of benefits including improved mental and physical health as well as more satisfying social relationships. A recent article published by the Greater Good Magazine suggests that gratitude may also help individuals cope with stress...[ read more ]

Self-Care for Kids

This has been on my mind this week- the idea of self-care for younger kids. Typically, when we think of the word "self-care," we think of adults who may need help managing the chaos in their life.  I'd say that this is an accurate definition; self-care is often most applicable to the grown-ups of the world.  However, kids can benefit...[ read more ]

What’s “NO” got to do with it?

What's "NO" got to do with it? ​  EVERYTHING! Boundaries. Such a small word for such a large task.  I often wonder why there wasn’t a class in school or a manual handed out?  In a world that urges us to say “yes”, “no” has become a four-letter word.  When did boundaries become passe’ instead of necessary? Boundaries teach people...[ read more ]

Why Not Me?

There typically comes a time in our lives where we have crucial decisions to make. Whether it’s a new job or position, learning a new hobby, or joining a new extracurricular activity, these decisions can bring up a variety of emotions and uncertainty. Recently, I was faced with a decision to go part time at my job to grow as a...[ read more ]

Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health

You do not have to be sick, crazy, or broken to go to therapy! But I’m not crazy. Others have it so much worse than me, I shouldn’t complain.” BREAK THE STIGMA I’ve heard people, both in and outside of counseling sessions say this to me. They feel as though others will judge them, or they think they have “gone...[ read more ]



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