journaling

Handling the Holiday Blues

Handling the Holiday Blues

According to the lyrics of a holiday song, this is the most wonderful time of the year.  In reality, this time of year can be difficult, especially for those living with a mental health diagnosis and those who care for them. Why? There are less daylight hours and it’s cold, which can affect mood. There may be painful memories of holidays past and pressures to make the festive season picture perfect. It can be a season of excess… too much food and alcohol, too many obligations, or expectations, and too much spending. Some folks feel lonely and others are franticallyRead More

A whole health approach to wellness

Most of us have to work for wellness and there are practices that help. This is Part Three of my wellness plan/practice, which includes gratitude, massage, and medicine. Previously, I discussed connection, meditation/mindfulness, healthy eating, adequate sleep, movement/exercise, and time in nature as fundaments to my wellness. Gratitude Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky found that 50% of happiness is determined by your genes, 10% by the circumstances in which you live, and a full 40% of happiness is determined by your actions, your attitude or optimism, and the way you handle situations. I am happier and calmer when I intentionally practice gratitudeRead More

Getting more Connected in the New Year

Getting more Connected in the New Year

Welcome to 2019! The New Year is a time most of us set intentions. We put closure on the past and look forward to the future with a renewed hope and anticipation. Right? Maybe that’s my own idealistic view. For many, optimism for the coming year doesn’t look any brighter than what’s come and gone. Mental Health and its effects can weigh us down, forging ahead in what feels like concrete boots. But it doesn’t have too… Those challenges can be compounded by those resolutions we set and don’t keep. You know the ones…to lose weight, to exercise more, or to makeRead More

A Path to Happiness and Well-Being

A Path to Happiness and Well-Being

The Science of  Well-Being  People want to be happy and the study of positive psychology can help. Recently, I completed The Science of Well-Being, a free online course offered by Coursera. It is a ten-week program adapted from the most popular course at Yale University taught by Professor Laurie Santos. Dr. Santos created the original Yale course for two main reasons. First, she observed that many Yale students were unhappy, which was also prevalent at other universities. Second, Dr. Santos realized she wasn’t as happy as she could be. Each course participant completes lectures, quizzes, and readings, which explore the most prominent studies aboutRead More