Category Archives: Health and Wellness

Health and wellness are related to your overall physical, mental, and emotional well-being. When your body, mind, and emotions are balanced, the ability to engage in daily activities, pursue goals, and interact with others is increased. It is not uncommon for individuals who struggle with physical issues such as substance abuse, body image concerns, or mental illness to struggle to meet the typical demands of the day. It is easy for many people to neglect basic self care… the cost can be quite high when the choice is made to put basic physical, mental, and emotional needs on the backburner. Maintaining adequate levels of health and wellness involves gaining the awareness, knowledge, and motivation to make meaningful changes in daily living. For some people, this might mean attending to basic nutrition needs or proper sleep hygiene. For others, optimal health and wellness involves seeking help for a substance abuse issue from friends, family, and mental health professionals. For those struggling with mental illness, maintaining health and wellness typically involves seeking the services of a psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor and adhering to their individual treatment plan. Depending on the particular mental health issue, following treatment guidelines may involve psychotherapy, psychiatric medication, or another intervention recommended by your provider.

The application of mindfulness to your overall health and wellness involves attending to the cues provided by your mind, intuition, and emotional experience. When you observe and accept your overall well-being with an attitude of mindfulness, it can become easier to identify what aspect of your life is out of balance. When you become mindfully attuned to potential imbalances between physical, mental, and emotional wellness, you are naturally better equipped to make informed decisions about how to take action to stabilize your health and wellness.

Jump-Start New Year’s Resolutions & Healthy Habits

Jump-Start New Year's Resolutions & Healthy Habits

 “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? Many people view the beginning of a new year as an opportunity to make positive behavioral changes and let go of unhealthy habits. According to research conducted at the…

Loving-Kindness Meditation Improves Health & Wellness

How Loving-Kindness Meditation Improves Health & Wellness

“Joy and Temperance and Repose Slam the door on the doctor’s nose.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Most people recognize the multitude of connections between nutrition, exercise, and physical health. It’s easy to see how the nutrients we put into our bodies and the activities we perform impact our overall physical wellness. Perhaps it’s simpler for…

Improve Your Well-Being: “Quality of Life” Checkup

Take Charge of Your Well-Being - A Mindful Quality of Life Checkup

 “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James What factors do you think contribute to your overall well-being? Perhaps the concept of well-being conjures images of health, happiness, and vitality. Consider how well your current lifestyle choices are improving or thwarting your optimal state of well-being. This type of…

Start the Morning Right: 10 Mood Boosters – Part Two

Start the Morning Right - 10 Simple Mood Boosters - Part Two

“This is a wonderful day. And I have never seen this one ever before.” – Maya Angelou What type of attitude do you bring to the dawn of each new day? The way that you choose to look at the world around you has a significant impact on your overall mood. Imagine the difference between…

Start the Morning Right: 10 Mood Boosters – Part One

Start the Morning Right - 10 Simple Mood Boosters

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh Each morning offers the opportunity to start the day with an attitude of hopefulness, gratitude, and mindfulness. The way that you choose to greet the morning and move through your…

Rise Above Stigma: Increase Awareness of Mental Health Issues

APA Blogging for Mental Health Day 2012

“These pains that you feel are Messengers. Listen to them. Turn them to sweetness.” - Rumi Today – May 16, 2012 – is the American Psychological Association’s (APA) “Mental Health Month Blog Day.” The idea behind this day is to increase awareness of the importance of good mental health and the impact of stigmatization on those who…

Choose to Have a Better Day: 10 Simple Tips

Choose to Have a Better Day - 10 Simple Tips

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha Sometimes life feels…

10 Ways to Improve Body Image

10 Ways to Improve Body Image

“Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.” – Aesop The way that you see yourself when you look into the mirror and the way that you feel about your body when you put on your clothes can be potentially sensitive topics for many people. Even people who feel comfortable within their own skin…

Yoga: Mindfulness in Motion

Yoga - Mindfulness in Motion

“Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.” – Krishnamacharya Mindfulness is about being fully present in the moment and noticing all aspects of your internal and external experience with equanimity.  You do not have to engage in…

How to Drink Moderately and Mindfully

How to Drink Moderately and Mindfully

“Drunkenness is temporary suicide.” – Bertrand Russell Choosing to alter your relationship with alcohol and drink moderately can be achieved through mindfulness and deliberate behavior modifications.  Mindfulness allows you to become aware of your ongoing moment-to-moment experience.  It is the opposite of “checking out.”  When you choose to tune in to the present moment and tap…