Signs That Tell You Someone is Depressed and What to Say to Them

Signs That Tell You Someone is Depressed and What to Say to Them

With the news of celebrity deaths such as those of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, we are learning that awareness on mental health is becoming crucial. Mental illness knows no social class or gender preference. Depression can hit us all. We thought we would start opening the conversation about depression by first filling you in on the basics - what are the signs that someone might be depressed, and what are some things that might help. 

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3 Things We Can All Learn from Seafarers

In the last 13 months, I have been cast into the ocean of the maritime world, going on board vessels, attending conferences, having honest conversations with the crew, and learning the ropes of this massive operation.  While it has been exciting (and sometimes scary), I have found most value in the conversations I have shared with the crew. While I came to teach them, it appears that they have in turn enriched my journey with important lessons that we could all certainly learn from:

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How Traveling Solo Taught Me the Most About Self-Compassion

How Traveling Solo Taught Me the Most About Self-Compassion

Two years ago I joined a mindfulness program that has encouraged me to meditate every single morning, engage in morning exercise, and incorporate mantras into my day - all this with the intention to enhance my own sense of self-compassion. Wherein I have read books on the topic and even developed my own personal exercises for them,  I realized that nothing could enhance my own self-compassion more than going out into the world all by myself. I always believed that learning happened best through actual experience. While we can sit down and do self-compassion exercises, going on solo flight to a place completely unknown taught me a few things about what it meant to be compassionate. 

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On the Reading List: Books will that force you out of your comfort zone

On the Reading List: Books will that force you out of your comfort zone

If there's one thing I love the most, it is gaining new insight from the books that I read. It's been awhile since I've really been able to enjoy a good book, given all the work and events that I have gotten myself into, but very recently I came across two books that have urged me to step outside of my comfort zone to enhance my own personal growth. I admit I'm still half way through them, but let me tell you why you should already grab yourselves a copy:

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Shining Their Light: Van Tan Invites Us into the World of Reiki Healing

Shining Their Light: Van Tan Invites Us into the World of Reiki Healing

Van Tan describes herself as an entrepreneur and advocate of Philippine indigenous materials. In 2003, Van started an export business catering to countries in Europe and the United States, designing fashion accessories and native handbags.  She has always had a passion for crafts and has recently ventured into jewelry and crystals, which took her deep into the world of pranic healing and reiki. Today, Van practices an assortment of energy healing modalities from Pranic to ThetaHealing, Reiki,  the Millenium Method, space clearing and dowsing. Since meeting Van in 2014, my personal healing journey has been filled with so much more life and color. I wanted Van to tell me more about the world of healing that she has found herself in, and being the warm and enthusiastic person that she is, she was more than happy to take me into this world as you will soon discover in our conversation.

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5 Big Lies We Tend to Tell Ourselves

5 Big Lies We Tend to Tell Ourselves

It is part of our human nature to create defenses / excuses that can save us from feelings of overwhelm. These mechanisms or safeguarding tendencies are what personality theorists describe as behaviors that help protect the ego from the demands of the superego, id, and the demands of reality around us. Sometimes, it is deeply programmed into us, at other times, our subconscious tries to find the most creative way for us to get out of situations that we no longer wish to put up with. In the years that I have had to do therapy and healing, it has become evident to me that there are 5 basic lies that we all tend to tell ourselves to help us in our coping.  And whether we realize it or not, these 5 basic lies are deeply embedded into us as a culture that we don't realize how they tend to limit us in our social, emotional, mental, and professional well-being. They are: 

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Shining Their Light: Rachel Kelly Davis and Her Relationship with Words through the Healing Journey

Shining Their Light: Rachel Kelly Davis and Her Relationship with Words through the Healing Journey

Rachel Kelly Davis describes herself as "a digital marketer, a mother, a friend, a frustrated musician, and a terrible photographer". But, at the core of it all, she says, "I am a writer". Rachel and I met at an art gallery when I stopped her in her tracks to tell me who she was and why I felt like I knew her. It turns out we had never been introduced, but there began an unlikely friendship that has grown by leaps and bounds ever since. The two things we had in common? Healing and words. 

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How Are We Addressing Anxiety?

How Are We Addressing Anxiety?

With the rise of anxiety, depression, and worse, suicide, in our country today, it is apparent that the work of psychiatry and psychology are even more important in the health care setting.  How can we better train our practitioners to look for the signs and symptoms that will help individuals take concrete steps to protecting their mental health? Instead of cancelling out their experience or downplaying it? 

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Shining Their Light: Marika "Maka" Melgar and Her Passion for Psychology

Shining Their Light: Marika "Maka" Melgar and Her Passion for Psychology

Maka Melgar was a literature major before she decided to go into the field of Psychology. "I [have always been] fascinated with storied lives", she said, "be it through books, film, art, or music." Having worked as a research analyst soon after university, she realized that business stories were not the kind that she wanted to understand. Her mom suggested that she enroll in a hypnosis workshop under the late Fr. Jaime Bulatao, S.J. in Ateneo as she tried to figure out her next steps. This is where her journey with Psychology began.  

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