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A New Year Welcome


A New Year Welcome

By Jessica King   Happy New Year!  The new year seems to be this symbolic time to reflect on the past and look with hope to the future.  I think we all find hope in it, because it seems like we can wash away all the “yuck” from the prior year and start fresh.  Whether this is actually true or...[ read more ]

Love Taps: Using Touch for Self-Care in a Touch Deprived World

by:  Beth Lewis, Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor Touch is one of the most basic and important forms of communication in our everyday lives.  The benefits and importance of touch (or haptic communication) are often underestimated. While reading The Ethical Use of Touch in Psychotherapy, I was fascinated to learn that in the developing fetus “the skin and the nervous system...[ read more ]

Meditation for the Everyday Human

by Spencer Lee, MSW Intern I think at some point or another we’ve all had this idea in our heads that meditation is reserved for Buddhist monks on a journey to reach Nirvana. It seems like the monks who meditate would be good at it; they’re calm, focused people with few obligations outside of meditating. And these people that meditate...[ read more ]

Top 5 Fave Self-Care Posts

by Amanda Smith, LCSW There are so many fantastic resources for self-care out there today. But combing through it all can sometimes be overwhelming. Sometimes, when I'm scouring the internet for these types of resources, I feel like I'm in self-care overload mode. Quite honestly, it can get a little exhausting. So to save you lots of time, energy, and...[ read more ]

The Link Between Sleep and Health

By Spencer Lee, Intern Sleep hygiene is an important part of our lives that can often fall by the wayside. Good sleep habits are important for everyone’s health, but particularly so for those living with a psychiatric illness. Anywhere from 10% to 18% of the adult population in the U.S. experiences chronic sleep problems. Adults living with mental illness are a whopping 50% to 80%...[ read more ]

Surviving to Thriving: Support for Chronic Pain

by Brionna Alston, MSW Intern Chronic pain: a term that may seem self-explanatory, but what exactly is it? The truth is, it’s not a one-size-fits all experience. While everyone experiences occasional aches and pains, an estimated 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience persistent pain that lasts at least 3 months. It may feel sharp or dull, steady or...[ read more ]

How to Tell Your Family You’re Not Coming Home for Christmas

This holiday season will look very different for millions of Americans who have decided to forego traveling home this year due to the pandemic. While some families may be understanding, some may not be as happy with your decision. If you’ve decided not to go home for the holidays, here’s how to break it to your family without burning bridges....[ read more ]

Gratitude Guilt

 by Amanda Smith   I've been struggling with the concept of "gratitude" lately, and I think it has a lot to do with how this whole year has panned out. 2020 has glaringly reminded us that we have things for which to be thankful. However, it feels a bit uneasy publicly professing gratitude for things that seem slightly trivial in...[ read more ]

The Heart’s Healing Power

By Jessica King   Have you ever heard the phrase, “Listen to your heart, because it knows the way”?  According to research and a new tool Stillpoint will soon be offering, this couldn’t be more true. Heart Math has 25 years of research and technology that believes in the heart-brain connection as well as the influence it has on our...[ read more ]

Five Small Ways You Can Practice Gratitude

Holy cow… it’s November already?! I can’t believe 2020 is almost coming to a close. With 2021 rapidly approaching, it’s time to reflect on this past year. Although 2020 has been anything but easy, it’s important to remind ourselves that tough times will only make us grow.    If you’re finding it difficult to get into the holiday spirits with...[ read more ]