Compassionate Self-Care

Pink Lotus

Most of us would never consider neglecting our children or pets.  That would be cruel.  We also know what happens when we neglect important relationships.  They wither and fade away.  Neglect our car, it malfunctions and dies.  Neglect our schoolwork or jobs, our performance suffers and we fall behind.  But, what about neglecting ourselves? Many…

Investing Time in Personal Growth

I’m sorry to break the bad news to all the quick fixers out there, but real and lasting positive change takes a significant time investment.  Think of all the self-improvement activities you’ve ever engaged in: getting your education, cultivating long-term relationships, becoming physically fit, excelling at a sport or a musical instrument, exploring your spirituality –…

Procrastination: Causes and Antidotes Chart

Procrastination is a learned behavior involving self-regulation skills, emotions, attitudes, as well as other factors we may be unaware of. While everyone procrastinates, chronic procrastination can cause a number of complications. It can result in reduced productivity, failure to reach one’s potential, and feelings of shame, worthlessness, and despair.  There can even be health consequences…

Build Yourself a “Happiness Box”

I always learn so much from the people I work with, whether it be clients, colleagues, or other professionals.  One creative individual shared with me an idea that has been useful to them and I think it may be of benefit to others as well.  This person created something called a “happiness box”, which is…

The Health Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

Increasingly health providers are acknowledging the importance of the mind-body connection to overall wellness, rather than just focusing on the physical machinery.  Yoga and meditation are practices that can contribute to good mental and physical health. Yoga & Wellness The health benefits of yoga have been recognized anecdotally for thousands of years, but now there…

Changing Harmful Behavior Patterns

We all engage in problematic behavior from time to time, despite the fact that we intellectually realize it’s not good for us.  When we do this repeatedly, it can feel like a painful trap we fall into over and over again that we are powerless to avoid.  These patterns can include things like turning to…