What does Independence mean to You?

Independence, what does it mean to you? When I think about what independence means to me, I believe that being independent means being able to take care of yourself, your own needs and making your own decisions while considering the people around you and your...

Summer solstice hits June 21 – Lessons we can learn

What is the meaning of summer season and what lessons can we learn?   When summer solstice hits June 21st, the sun is at its height. The warmth and light help us to nourish and grow the plants in our garden. Just like the sun, we have our own inner...

Happy Mother’s Day! Heal Your Mother Daughter Relationship

In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on Sunday May 12th, as this day approaches have you thought of how you will honor your mom? Whether you are a daughter or son, this is the day to truly praise your mom. When I was young, this day brought much stress for...

New Beginnings

I noticed something new on my walk this morning. The buds on the trees were pink and abundant, indicating soon the trees will be filled with flowers. Themes of spring are rebirth, renewal and the promise that everything can begin again. Letting go and...

5 Foods That Help Ease Anxiety

A common goal for most is to lose weight or diet. While that can be a sensible intention, for some people it seems to not work out. All in all, it’s a discouraging goal to have. The pressure to achieve this target can be difficult and enormous, even to the point to...

Heart Chakra, Anahata, Improve Your Emotional Life

Many associate the month of February with love and romance, probably due to Valentine’s Day, and for women’s heart health. Anything that relates to matters of the heart! Another link to the heart is the heart chakra, or Anahata, which in its original...

Anxiety and Shame: Breaking the Stigma

Anxiety & Shame: Breaking the Stigma Many people who suffer from anxiety do so silently. Shame can be the main cause of this pain. In most societies, the attitude associated with mental illness can foster stigma and discrimination towards individuals...

Year in Review and Grateful For You

    Why we should reflect on the year…Self-reflection is important if you want to live your best life. Even though you should review your life throughout the year, it’s important to set some time aside to evaluate the whole year and reflect on it. This will...

What Does Autumn Teach Us?

What Does Autumn Teach Us?Summer season is drawing to a close, as fall is just around the corner to greet us on September 22nd. I have fond memories of autumn living on the east coast when I was a child. With the season approaching, you can count on deciduous trees...

Anxiety and Acupuncture: How to Balance your Chi

    Anxiety and Acupuncture: How to Balance your ChiUsing acupuncture for anxiety is a common and effective treatment that helps to calm nerves and promote a sense of peace, balance, and restoration. The symbol that is often associated with acupuncture is...

Millennials and Depression: Four Signs for Parents to Watch out for.

    Millennials and Depression: Four Signs for Parents to Watch out for!As a parent of a millennial, I have been concerned about my son’s future and how it affects his mental well-being. Watching him steer into adult life with student loan debt, unrealistic...

Stars, They’re Just Like Us – Stars with Anxiety

For the longest time, the stigma associated with mental illness only affected the poor, the old, the sick and healthy, it didn’t discriminate. Hollywood has shone a light on the problem within the entertainment industry as shown by many articles and...

Getting Past Travel Anxiety

    “Aerophobia: the fear of flying” is estimated to affect 6.5 percent of the population according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Travel delays, plane crashes and the threat of terrorism after 911 can make the fear of flying worse for...

Anxiety and Public Speaking

Anxiety and Public Speaking   I was awakened this morning with a pit in my stomach going over the dream I had that night. I was at a local bookstore getting ready to give a speech when I suddenly forgot what I was going to say, staring blindly at the...

Physical Outlets for Relieving Anxiety

Anxiety is a confusing, scary thing. You can't exactly explain how you're feeling, or what has caused you to feel that way in the first place. Due to this uncertainty and the fear that can come with it, people who don't adequately know what's happening to...

What Are Anxiety Attack Symptoms?

In high school, I sat next to a girl on my cheerleading team on our bus ride home from a competition. To my confusion and dismay, I watched as she hyperventilated and started crying uncontrollably.  There was no obvious reason as to why she was suddenly...

What to Do When Your Teen Shows Signs of Anxiety

Diane Foster is no stranger to anxiety. But contrary to what you might think, she knows all about the disorder not because she suffers from it personally, but rather because her 15-year-old son does, and has, since before he was a teenager.  At first, Diane said it...

Solving Social Anxiety

After graduating from college in Michigan, Jessica Taylor left the state to pursue a new life in North Carolina. For most, moving away from the comfort of home is a natural next step. They may naturally miss home or experience some nerves about starting a new chapter...

Why Meditate?

When I was 23, naïve and thought I had it all figured out, I lived with a girl who would go to a meditation class once a day, sometimes for hours on end. I found this incredibly strange. How she could ever sit completely still for that length of time was beyond...

Why Journal

When it comes to anxiety, everyone seems to have a quick fix or all natural remedy they're eager to share. Try spraying lavender on your pillow, drink chamomile tea, play with a fidget spinner! It's safe to say if you have anxiety, you've probably heard advice like...

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What does Independence mean to You?

Independence, what does it mean to you? When I think about what independence means to me, I believe that being independent means being able to take care of yourself, your own needs and making your own decisions while considering the people around you and your...

read more

Summer solstice hits June 21 – Lessons we can learn

What is the meaning of summer season and what lessons can we learn?   When summer solstice hits June 21st, the sun is at its height. The warmth and light help us to nourish and grow the plants in our garden. Just like the sun, we have our own inner...

read more

New Beginnings

I noticed something new on my walk this morning. The buds on the trees were pink and abundant, indicating soon the trees will be filled with flowers. Themes of spring are rebirth, renewal and the promise that everything can begin again. Letting go and...

read more

5 Foods That Help Ease Anxiety

A common goal for most is to lose weight or diet. While that can be a sensible intention, for some people it seems to not work out. All in all, it’s a discouraging goal to have. The pressure to achieve this target can be difficult and enormous, even to the point to...

read more

Heart Chakra, Anahata, Improve Your Emotional Life

Many associate the month of February with love and romance, probably due to Valentine’s Day, and for women’s heart health. Anything that relates to matters of the heart! Another link to the heart is the heart chakra, or Anahata, which in its original...

read more

Anxiety and Shame: Breaking the Stigma

Anxiety & Shame: Breaking the Stigma Many people who suffer from anxiety do so silently. Shame can be the main cause of this pain. In most societies, the attitude associated with mental illness can foster stigma and discrimination towards individuals...

read more

Year in Review and Grateful For You

    Why we should reflect on the year…Self-reflection is important if you want to live your best life. Even though you should review your life throughout the year, it’s important to set some time aside to evaluate the whole year and reflect on it. This will...

read more

What Does Autumn Teach Us?

What Does Autumn Teach Us?Summer season is drawing to a close, as fall is just around the corner to greet us on September 22nd. I have fond memories of autumn living on the east coast when I was a child. With the season approaching, you can count on deciduous trees...

read more

Anxiety and Acupuncture: How to Balance your Chi

    Anxiety and Acupuncture: How to Balance your ChiUsing acupuncture for anxiety is a common and effective treatment that helps to calm nerves and promote a sense of peace, balance, and restoration. The symbol that is often associated with acupuncture is...

read more

Stars, They’re Just Like Us – Stars with Anxiety

For the longest time, the stigma associated with mental illness only affected the poor, the old, the sick and healthy, it didn’t discriminate. Hollywood has shone a light on the problem within the entertainment industry as shown by many articles and...

read more

Getting Past Travel Anxiety

    “Aerophobia: the fear of flying” is estimated to affect 6.5 percent of the population according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Travel delays, plane crashes and the threat of terrorism after 911 can make the fear of flying worse for...

read more

Anxiety and Public Speaking

Anxiety and Public Speaking   I was awakened this morning with a pit in my stomach going over the dream I had that night. I was at a local bookstore getting ready to give a speech when I suddenly forgot what I was going to say, staring blindly at the...

read more

Physical Outlets for Relieving Anxiety

Anxiety is a confusing, scary thing. You can't exactly explain how you're feeling, or what has caused you to feel that way in the first place. Due to this uncertainty and the fear that can come with it, people who don't adequately know what's happening to...

read more

What Are Anxiety Attack Symptoms?

In high school, I sat next to a girl on my cheerleading team on our bus ride home from a competition. To my confusion and dismay, I watched as she hyperventilated and started crying uncontrollably.  There was no obvious reason as to why she was suddenly...

read more

What to Do When Your Teen Shows Signs of Anxiety

Diane Foster is no stranger to anxiety. But contrary to what you might think, she knows all about the disorder not because she suffers from it personally, but rather because her 15-year-old son does, and has, since before he was a teenager.  At first, Diane said it...

read more

Solving Social Anxiety

After graduating from college in Michigan, Jessica Taylor left the state to pursue a new life in North Carolina. For most, moving away from the comfort of home is a natural next step. They may naturally miss home or experience some nerves about starting a new chapter...

read more

Why Meditate?

When I was 23, naïve and thought I had it all figured out, I lived with a girl who would go to a meditation class once a day, sometimes for hours on end. I found this incredibly strange. How she could ever sit completely still for that length of time was beyond...

read more

Why Journal

When it comes to anxiety, everyone seems to have a quick fix or all natural remedy they're eager to share. Try spraying lavender on your pillow, drink chamomile tea, play with a fidget spinner! It's safe to say if you have anxiety, you've probably heard advice like...

read more

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