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Small Everyday Pleasures Make a Big Difference

How effective are everyday stress management techniques in helping keep a person healthy? How strongly do everyday happy events affect you? One study indicates that a small pleasant everyday event boosts the immune system for two days, while a small, everyday stressful event depresses the immune system for about a day.

At Stonybrook University, Dr. Arthur Stone, a psychologist, conducted a research study with about 100 men. He measured the effects of fun get togethers with friends an family on the immune system. Dr, Stone found that the uplifting effects of a social gathering on Monday will last until Wednesday, But a stressful event, such as being criticized at work, will negatively affect the immune system for only a day.

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Valentine’s Day DIY Romantic Body Massage Oil

Banish those negative feelings! Nurturing your connection is important. It’s important to connect positively every day! Research by John Gottman, Ph.D.,  the grandaddy of  marriage counseling, shows that for every negative interaction, five positive ones are needed to compensate to keep up a positive balance of feelings.  Happy, stable marriages naturally fall into the 5:1 ratio. The good news is you can consciously make an effort to happily tease your partner, be interested in what s/he has to say, or spontaneously burst into song and dance in the living room!

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EMDR: Tapping in for Self Healing a Broken Heart

(IStock) EMDR Healing a Broken Heart

 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a well researched therapy used to treat trauma and strong emotional states.  There are several components to EMDR.

Identify Positive Emotional Resources

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DBT Skill: Learn to Distract Yourself from Negative Thoughts, Behaviors, Feelings

A definition and overview of DBT’s Distress Tolerance can be found here.

So, the basic foundation of DBT is to think about the idea that pain and suffering are part of life and can’t be avoided or removed. And learning to detach from the situation and not add more pain by judging yourself and others for what is.

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Expressive Art – Creating My 2018 Vision Board

I use my Vision Board process to move myself away from magical thinking.  I don’t believe if you think it, it’s will be so. Envisioning followed by long periods of hard work and persistence is what propels me towards my goals.

Yes, I love setting intention and using visualization, but I use a Vision Board to move me away from intentions and towards concrete steps on my yearly plan.  The Vision Board process helps me clarify what I want to work on in the coming year, what there is room for, and then I pair this process to a plan in my calendar.

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Mindfulness Everyday – Serenity Meditation

Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes, quiet your thoughts. Sometimes when you’re just beginning mindfulness practice, your mind isn’t used to being quiet. Your mind has lots of thoughts rushing in.  Just imagine them as waves moving about. Be gentle with yourself. It takes time to habituate  your mind to calmness, just as it takes time to build a muscle at the gym.

Imagine being in a peaceful place.  It could be a place you know or one from your wonderful imagination. Be aware of the sounds around you. Sounds can be distracting when we try to block them out, so acknowledge the sounds and be at peace with them. Visualize any cares or worries gently drifting away.

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Be Kind Whenever Possible. It is Always Possible. – Dalai Lama

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About mindfulness and emotional healing

 

Goodness, if mindfulness was a drug, there would be ads everywhere about its effectiveness!

And it’s free and available to us at all times.

Mindfulness is the heightened awareness of inner and outer experiences through focused attention in the present moment. Mindfulness and positive intention can be purposefully cultivated and used for healing. Current research confirms this ancient belief.

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Mindfulness, motherhood, everyday life

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As a practitioner of holistic, or mindbody, psychology, I use an integrative approach to healing.  Integrative means taking the best parts of evidence-based, “traditional” talk therapy and blending it with mindbody (now evidence-based as well!) complementary therapies.

Mindfulness is an intervention that is now so very widely used in mainstream holistic psychology, we all pretty much have at least heard of it or read an article about it. Mindfulness can be viewed as a tool that helps manage stress and helps you live a more peaceful life. Some people love it so much they adopt mindfulness as a way of life….

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