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3 Nourishing Ways to Navigate Family Visits During the Holidays


Today, I'm honored to share an important guest post by Dezryelle Arcieri, a Washington-based therapist and yoga instructor. She provides super helpful tools and exercises to help us get centered and reconnect to our values as we navigate the holiday season. Reconnecting to our values is reconnecting to ourselves. Which, of course, is a pivotal part of self-care.
The holidays can be a joyous, exciting, and fun time, but they can also be challenging...
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Family Life

How to Promote Healthy Emotional-Social Development of iGen Teens


In her popular article, Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?, Jean M. Twenge refers to the “iGen”---those born between 1995 and 2012 that have been shaped by smartphones and social media. She says that while this generation might be physically safer than adolescents have ever been (because they’re “more comfortable online than out partying”), they are “on the brink of a mental health crisis.“ She adds that the research says, “The more time teens spend...
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360 of Compassion

Cosmos as a Pet

Petting a dog is said to have powerful health benefits – a release of oxytocin (a feel-good bonding hormone), a lowering of heart rate and blood pressure. How marvelous!

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That is the power of touch! And the logic of it!

Oxytocin – the feel-good bonding hormone – is activated by touch.

Makes sense!

To unite, to bond (two surfaces), you have to bring them together until they touch.

And when the two biological membranes – two living skins – realize...
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Communication

Using Mindfulness To Improve Your Relationships

When we hear the word “mindfulness”, many of us think about how being more mindful could benefit our physical health, reduce our anxiety, help us perform better at our job, or deepen our spirituality. Being more mindful can certainly bring about these changes. However, mindfulness can also strengthen our relationships with other people. How does this work?

The three “what” skills of mindfulness are:

Observe

Describe

Participate

Generally, we practice one of the “what” skills at a time, rather than trying...
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24 Test Anxiety Busters

Sweaty palms, rapid heart rate, trouble you know the feeling. You're sitting in front of THE TEST. Everyone has experienced test anxiety at one time or another, but for some people it's a regular occurrence that often can hinder performance, even if you thoroughly know...
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Child Anxiety

When Your Child’s Anxiety is Making You Anxious: Repeat These 22 Phrases


As parents, we have a natural tendency to reach out to our children when they are anxious, scared, or stressed. What none of us can anticipate is how our children's anxiety will cause us to feel anxious, helpless, hopeless, angry, or desperate. The next time your child is ridden with anxiety, repeat any of these phrases. You will be surprised that your child will likely mirror your reaction.

1. This too shall...
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Child Anxiety

4 Jedi Mind(fulness) Tricks to Help an Anxious Child

"The Force is what gives a Jedi his power," says Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker. "It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together."

(Photo Credit: Levent Konuk / )
My favorite movies of all time come from the original Star Wars trilogy. Growing up, I often played with Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader action figures,...
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How to Learn Mindfulness From a Child


Mindfulness is trending. Google is blazing the corporate trail by offering “mindful lunches” and an in-house program called “Search Inside Yourself.” Celebrities and corporate leaders, including Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington, regularly espouse the benefits of this discipline. Elementary schools are adopting mindfulness programs in droves. Even the NFL is getting their mindfulness on, with the Seattle Seahawks using a sports psychologist to guide regular meditation sessions for the team.

As the proponents of...
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Child Anxiety

A Mindful Minute: A Funny-Looking, But Powerful, Breathing Exercise for Kids


" are are you doing what I ew, are you Are you picking your nose? AAAAAAAH!"

This might be the reaction you get along with fits of giggles from kids learning a powerful, albeit funny-looking, ancient yogic breathing exercise. It's a great thing that kids find this technique fun(ny) as it encourages them to engage in mindful breathing.

What is it?


In Sanskrit, this technique is called Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (nadi = energy channel;...
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How to Get Out of a Bad Mood: 12 Tips



Large and rapidly moving, ominous clouds of negativity roll into my mind, infuse my thoughts and deeply darken my mood. As I exhale, I feel the irritability fume from my nostrils like fiery smoke from a dragon’s. As I bristle with defensiveness and hostility, I feel the energetic spikes of anger jet from my spine, creating a non-verbal warning to others to steer clear. My eyes narrow and shoot lasers of fury. My tongue sharpens and...
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