Category: Breathe

Managing Stress

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We have all been there – in our youth, as students, oversleeping and missing the bus for school. As adults, getting a flat tire that causes us to be late for work. These everyday moments are stressful, but when do daily stressors become cause for concern? It may surprise you to learn that not all stress is bad! In fact, research performed at the Mayo Clinic has revealed that healthy stress can help individuals become more resilient. For example, anxiety about an upcoming exam may help to motivate students to study and be better prepared for their test. The key is learning how to combat stress and anxiety before stress becomes chronic and inhibits one’s ability to function in their daily lives.


How does one recognize the warning signs of stress overload? There are several symptoms that stress and anxiety may be becoming overwhelming, which include:

- The frequency of stress (unrelenting, constant feelings of anxiety and ...

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  • Anxiety
  • Breathe
  • Burnout
  • Change
  • Control
  • Coping
  • Counseling Process
  • Depression
  • Effort
  • Emotions
  • Exhaustion
  • Failure
  • Mindfullness
  • Mindset
  • Rest
  • Self-Care
  • Stress
  • Therapist
  • Vulnerability

Tags:

  • Confidence
  • Control
  • Emotions
  • anxiety
  • balance
  • body care
  • boundaries
  • challenge
  • coping
  • depression
  • intentional
  • mindfullness
  • practice
  • reflection
  • rest
  • self-care
  • self-compassion
  • stress
  • work
  • worry

The Playground

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You are sitting on a bench at your local playground. It’s sunny (despite Michigan’s temperamental weather). Your gaze begins to wander and settles on children climbing. They are climbing everywhere. It’s amazing, actually, how many things children can climb on. You further notice how they run, walk, slide down slides, play tag, squeal with delight on swings. Toddlers trundle off in a big, new-to-them world. They seem to take up space with ease; it’s their world, we’re just living in it. They are so sure that they belong wherever they go. Do you have this scene? For me, this imagined space invites lots of emotions: joy, wonder, delight, curiosity, and sadness. Yes, sadness. Because I, as an adult, have a harder time feeling so present and excited and happy and confident of belonging. I have more awareness and more to my story as to why these emotions make sense for me.


What is play, and why does it make sense for all humans of ...

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  • Adolescence
  • Attachment
  • Breathe
  • Change
  • Comfort
  • Emotions
  • Family
  • Goals
  • Imagination
  • Mindfullness
  • Parenting
  • Positivity
  • Presence
  • Rest
  • Self-Care
  • Therapist
  • Trauma

Tags:

  • Emotions
  • Hopes
  • Joy
  • Parenting
  • Summer
  • balance
  • beauty
  • childhood
  • emotons
  • feelings
  • focus
  • growth
  • mindfullness
  • relaxation
  • self-care
  • trust

Nature and Therapy

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Recent decades have seen an increasing interest in the healing and therapeutic potential of nature and the perspective of various nature-based interventions for the benefit of mental health. The field of nature-based therapies is expanding in line with this interest. During the formative years of modern psychotherapy, several psychotherapists had a close, loving relationship with nature and who had contributed in some ways to the formation of nature therapy. One of them was Carl Jung, a renowned Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who was one of the first people in the field of mental health to voice concerns about the separation of men and nature. C. Jung believed that a modern man was in danger of losing all contact with the world of instinct, increased by his living an urban existence and separation from nature. Jung wrote in his diaries that the loss of instinct is largely responsible for the pathological condition of contem ...

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Posted in:

  • Breathe
  • Coping
  • Counseling Process
  • Effort
  • Mindfullness
  • Mindset
  • Positivity
  • Practice
  • Presence
  • Rest

Tags:

  • Connection
  • Spiritual
  • balance
  • breathing
  • challenge
  • coping
  • growth
  • intentional
  • mindfullness
  • movement
  • practice
  • rest
  • serenity

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