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Fighting the Mental Fog

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Fighting the Mental Fog

By Shanna Dickens Toxic stress, chronic illness and trauma can cause many symptoms, but one that I hear most often from my clients is mental fog. Mental fog can be our body's way of communicating that we have a need that isn’t being met. It can feel terrifying for your brain to suddenly feel like it doesn’t work when the...[ read more ]

Benefits of Meditation

Do you meditate? According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being”. Meditation, yoga and mindfulness have been the topic of discussion for some time now and...[ read more ]

Tips for Strengthening Your Relationship While Self-Isolating

If you and your partner are self-isolating you may be spending a lot more time together than normal, or trying to navigate both of you working from home or simply learning to cohabitate in general. It’s no surprise that some tensions may rise while you both try to navigate this new ‘normal’. Although this is a strange and uncertain time,...[ read more ]

How to Practice Self Care During a Pandemic

  by Amanda Smith, LCSW As you can imagine, many people are currently experiencing a rise in anxious symptoms related to the COVID-19 health crisis. It has been the topic of concern in almost all of my recent talks with both adults and kids. When a first-grader casually (and accurately) uses the word "epidemiology," in their everyday conversations, I think...[ read more ]

Online Resources for Your Mental and Physical Health While Self Isolating

Over the last few weeks, the way we live has done a complete 180. Although the situation is still developing in the United States, everyone is feeling the effects COVID-19 is having on our community. We’re sure you’re aware by now North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has issued a Stay at Home Executive Order beginning today March 30th at 5...[ read more ]

How to Stick to Resolutions Even After the New Year

This week marks the end of February and we are officially two months into the new decade. During December and January, we talk a lot about our hopes and dreams for the new year, what our goals are, what we want to accomplish and how we’re going to better ourselves. But what happens after January is over and the idea...[ 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:  Have It Your Way

​One of my biggest pet peeves is reading articles on self-care with a strong allegiance to one particular activity or hobby that is supposed to be a miraculous cure-all. If we were all identically wired, that would make sense. But just because something works for one person does not mean it will do the same for everyone. We tend to...[ read more ]