In the last two months I have been asked to speak at several events on various mental health topics. From identifying the presence of a disorder to supporting the supporter. I realized that whether we were the ones struggling or if we were faced with someone who was in fact struggling, the forums always ended with this one question: “what do we say to someone who is struggling with their mental health?” While there are many things already written out there, I thought I would share with you my 3 very simple go-to statements and why these can be helpful.Read More
This is a win for Mental Health in the country as we celebrate the launch of the National Center for Mental Health’s hotline.
The hotline can be reached through the following numbers:
Do you ever feel like you’ve lost control? You can’t seem to get a handle on things? And things are just coming apart? Everything you’ve tried to do just seems to bring you into a deeper spiral. Your life is messy, you’re messy, and you wish you could get your shit together. On the outside, everything actually looks fine, but you seem to have fallen off the course. Last you checked you wanted to go in a particular direction, but as life would have it, here come a hundred curve balls. SIGH. This can be really frustrating.Read More
In a book by Dr. Joseph Michael Levry, he expounds on the teachings of kabbalah and how it is so important for us to work on our own auras if we would like to see our relationships improved. He says, “everyone has a unique aura, which vibrates at a particular frequency.” It is this frequency that determines what we attract into our lives. The aura, according to Levry, “is a psychic field of energy that surrounds the body” - sort of like a protective light. And in however bright or dim this light shines, it can affect us.Read More
When we're caught in a tight situation, our tendency is to immediately find a solution, often pouring in too much red into a very green mixture. And when we realize that we've fucked it up even more, we begin to lose hope, feel angry, frustrated, annoyed, and whatever else. But it is in this darkness, this overwhelm, and this pain of an experience, motivational speaker Tony Robbins says, we can find our greatest breakthroughs. How? Here are three concrete steps we can take to start:Read More
Managing our emotional thunderstorms differ from situation to situation. When we deal with the natural current of things, we manage to anchor quite well. But how can we strengthen our anchor to prepare us for the bigger waves?Read More
Psychologist, Julian Rotter, in his theory of Locus of Control posits that every single human being has the power to influence the outcome of situations when their locus of control is internal. When the locus of control is external, however, the individual turns to external events in explaining their own circumstances. While it's always good to have a mix of both, it also pays to discover and develop our inner power. This is why I've put together a list of four books that range from evidence-based psychological studies to spiritually driven content to help you discover your inner power to influence the outcome of all situations in your life (and sometimes vice versa).Read More
This short meditation is meant to help you take a look at whatever emotions you might have and assess it for what it is. Give yourself a few minutes to sit with your emotions, take a step back, and look at it from another perspective.
With health issues like depression and anxiety on the rise, we encounter people who question their existence and sometimes wish they weren’t alive. At what point did the people around them stop celebrating? And why? At what point did cultural norms ask them to set aside their child-like essence?
Here are a few self-compassion activities that may help you nourish your soul today:Read More
Think about a recent positive experience and try to recall everything about it. Who were there, what did it feel like, and what were you thinking? How did your body feel? What did you look like? And what did it make you want to do?
Did this positive feeling make you want to tell somebody? Did it make you want to dream and consider endless possibility? How did you want to spend the rest of your day? And who did you want to share this feeling with?
Emotions, according to Barbara Fredrickson, PhD, are an embodied feeling state. How we feel about something has a direct effect on our facial expressions, our heart rate, posture, voice, and action urges. And whether we express it or not, all our emotions are broadcast in our subtle body language. Therefore, Fredrickson says, the way we feel is never completely personal; the way we feel projects itself and is shared with the community around us.
Do you ever notice how powerful a smile can be? That when a stranger greets you on the street, you tend to smile with them? It becomes a shared and embodied experience wherein two people now share this positive feeling, also known as positivity resonance.
Positive emotions have such a subtle impact that we hardly notice how these tiny engines change us. Did you notice that when you imagined your last positive experience it may have made you want to explore, share, and create? I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling good, I can feel the little arms in my heart stretch out ready to give out a few random hugs. It’s such a good feeling that you wish everyone else could feel it with you.
It is these little emotional connections that are our nutrients for LIFE.
Emotions are so powerful that we often neglect how it projects itself through us. Next time you have an experience - be it positive or negative - learn to pay attention to the way your body feels when you are filled with this emotion. How does your heart feel? How does your head feel? What is your facial expression? And what does it make you want to do?