mental & emotional health
As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s natural for me to reflect on 1.) the dishes I’m responsible for making this year, and, of course, 2.) what I’m thankful for.
It’s with a certain degree of eye-rolling that we announce that it’s Mental Health Awareness Month, Dear People. The irony is not lost on us.
I'm wondering about the most effective use of affirmations. For example, one of mine is:
"Even though I sometimes have suicidal thoughts, I understand that these thoughts are symbolic of me wanting to make significant changes in how I feel about myself and how I see myself in the future. I allow myself to be the person that I have become and I accept where I am in life. I’m willing to grow and change.”
Back in March, a good friend of mine had been right smack in the middle of a semester abroad, living out a dream and residing in the heart of Salamanca in Spain — and then the coronavirus hit. At first, she was hopeful that the threat would be minimal, that she could safely shelter in place, complete coursework online, and finish out the school year before returning home.
I think we probably all wish that had been the case, all around, but it didn’t last.
Midway through 2020, I still feel like I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. Between the Australian wildfires, the rageful political rhetoric, economic distress, the anticipated spread of the sneakiest virus ever, and…
Oh, wait — that was just January.
Okay. Needless to say, we’ve all had a lot on our plates, and the COVID-19 pandemic has been arguably our greatest underlying source of anxiety, frustration, disorientation, anger, depression, fear, and irritability.
I’m really happy we produced Emmett Miller’s exceptionally powerful, high-test guided imagery for healing shame. It’s arguably one of his all-time best meditations, ever. Please check it out.
Now, although I agree with Emmett’s insights on Youtube about the difference between guilt and shame, I also adhere to the even more basic, old fashioned, rock-bottom, psychodynamic distinction between these two highly yucky feelings.
It feels so good to connect with you all once again. I’ve been wondering: how is your self-talk these days?
I’m asking because as you probably already know, we engage in self-talk countless times a day, usually with little to no awareness that we’re doing this. Our self-talk creates an endless stream of affirmations that can either help or hinder us.
We found this article in Spirituality and Health by self-confessed introvert, S. Rufus, to be really smart, fun, well written, insightful and resonant, reflecting thoughts we’ve had, too. And because we couldn’t figure out how to improve upon it, we’re just sharing it with you here.
So, what are you – introvert or extrovert? And how do these pointers strike you?
For loners, recluses, and other solitary types such as myself, sheltering-in-place feels natural and normal.
However scary other aspects of this pandemic might be, for us, this aspect isn't.
"The science shows us that experiencing gratitude is linked to greater well-being and life satisfaction, both in the present and the longer-term. Plus, it just feels better to appreciate what we can." - Dr. Traci Stein
As Thanksgiving approaches, we here at Health Journeys took the time to reflect on what we're grateful for - and we'd like to know what's got you feeling thankful this holiday season too.
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