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Positive psychology coping skill: Mindfulness

This article originally appeared in the Examiner:

 

Mindfulness is a positive psychology coping skill. When developed, mindfulness helps you let go of judgments, be in the present moment and feel less anxious and depressed about what may or may not happen.

Mindfulness doesn’t mean meditating 20 – 40 minutes a day. That’s a bigger commitment than most people I know are willing (or able!) to make! Mindfulness doesn’t need to be an overwhelming prospect! Even small changes can positively impact your internal emotional well-being and how you relate to external events!

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Mindbody Research: Lavender Aromatherapy Provides Comfort and Increases Maternal Contentment in Childbirth

Evidence-based mindbody practices help alleviate pain, depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

Evidence-based mindbody practices help alleviate pain, depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

This year, 2014, Maasumeh Kaviani, Faculty Member at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran, and her team of research scholars conducted a study to see the effects of using lavender aromatherapy during childbirth on pain intensity perception, duration of labor, maternal contentment and Apgar scores. The researchers found the use of the lavender aromatherapy lowered the perception of pain, improved maternal contentment, but did not reduce the duration of labor. Safely using lavender aromatherapy in the birthing room is inexpensive, has no side effects and may be a holistic way to help women manage their births.

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MindBody Research: Acupressure on LI4 Provides Comfort and Decreases Time of Active Labor

In 2012, Ahmad Khosravi, Msc, and his colleagues at the Shahroud University of Medical Sciences in Iran conducted a research study to see if using Large Intestine 4 in  labor actually helped provide comfort and shortened the duration of labor time. Using acupressure to relieve pain is inexpensive and has no side effects and may be a way to help women in areas that are underserved by modern hospital care.

 

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Omega 3 vs Omega 6: A Smarter Way to Balance the Ratio

Supplementation with Omega 3 is a good way to stabilize mood

Supplementation with Omega 3 is a good way to stabilize mood

Everybody knows that omega 3 fatty acids are good for health, especially good for promoting cardiovascular health and cognitive aging.

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Diane Speier, Ph.D. – Energy Medicine: Self-Healing for Wellbeing

Perinatal Therapist Spotlight: Diane Speier, Ph.D.

DianeSpeier_2014Please welcome my colleague from across the pond! Dr. Diane Speier, a holistic psychotherapist and birth and postnatal professional to BirthTouch® is guest posting today!  Diane is also a birth psychologist, specializing in the psychology of parenthood, the psycho-physiology of birth, postnatal depression and recovering from birth trauma. She has been supporting per and postnatal women all of her professional life.

Diane found and directed The Family Tree Center for Parents in New York, before immigrating to the UK. A certified childbirth educator since 1978, Diane also started attending births as a doula (labor companion) in 1978, and her passion for helping mothers evolved into the Birth and Beyond Doula Service for childbirth and postnatal home care. Diane created The Birth Empowerment Workshop®, a weekend intensive for pregnant couples seeking a multidimensional and holistic approach to birth and parenting. In November 2013, in collaboration with her daughter, Mariel Sands, she created the first postnatal app, called Digital Doula.  Read the rest of this entry »

Breast Cancer During Pregnancy

IStock/skynesher

IStock/skynesher

Pregnancy can be extremely demanding on its own. There are many things to learn about and keep track of, from nutrition to acceptable exercises. Despite this it should be regarded as a joyous occasion. Breast cancer is, of course, equally demanding and a very serious matter. It is important to understand the dangers specifically related to the scenario where these two meet, but also to remember that the joy of recovery and bringing a new life into the world are both down the road.

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Book Review: The River of Forgetting: A Memoir of Healing from Sexual Abuse by Jane Rowan

Many people in my psychotherapy practice struggle with coming to terms with childhood sexual abuse. Flashes of their silent past and the effects of the splitting of the self in order to survive, intrude on their present day life, so they come for support. I’m humbled to witness their heroic, creative work through their inner labyrinth of pain and love gradually towards integration and wholeness.

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Istock/SergeyIT

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Wordless Wednesday: Mindbody Medicine: #LifeList Birdwatching

#lifelist Birdwatching!

I’m a lifelong birdwatcher. I started when I was 12, on Long Island where I grew up. There was a magical park that was about a forty-five minute walk for me. Grant Park. I used to go next door into the middle school field, walk through the back field, crawl down the “rabbit hole” under the chain link fence there, into the apartment complex parking lot, through the parking lot and walk on over to the park. Can you imagine a 12 year old girl taking this walk herself nowadays? I loved the freedom! I felt like Tammy Sawyer!

I was fascinated by this other world, the misty lake, the magical marshy areas around it and the mysterious wood, populated by fairies and other magical creatures: salamanders, snakes and the birds!

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Guest Post: Therapy from the Inside by Leighann Adams

 

Photo:Leighann Adams of Multitaskingmumma

Photo:Leighann Adams of Multitaskingmumma

Guest Post: Today I am pleased to have Leighann Adams of Multitasking Mumma guest posting here today. Leighann is a mom and a self-identified Postpartum Depression blogger. She says the Postpartum Depression blogging community helped her a whole lot when she needed information and support. She found blogging to be therapeutic for her; now she gives back to others via blogging and awareness campaigns.

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Wordless Wednesday: Mindbody Medicine: My Fabric Stash!

 

Photo:Kathy Morelli, LPC

Photo:Kathy Morelli, LPC

Creating with your hands is a wonderful way to enter into the experience of the essential flow state. To be fully immersed in flow state is to be so absorbed in your task that you lose self-consciousness, your emotions are positively engaged and and you experience deep satisfaction. Developing a hobby is a good way to define a sense of self around positive experiences, outside of depression, postpartum depression and anxiety.

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