How to Reduce Anxiety by Using Your Senses

As I was walking the other day I found myself deeply inhaling the smell of fall leaves and just fall in general. Fall is such a treat for the senses. The sounds of leaves and nuts crunching under my feet and the way the angle of the sun was casting shadows differently had my attention. I felt so at peace and so present.  In that moment, it occurred to me that fall is a wonderful time of year to write a post on how we can use our senses as a tool to help manage anxiety.

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Exercise: Why It’s Normal for Moms to Struggle With Motivation & What We Can Do About It

Ahhhh exercise. The word itself is both invigorating and demoralizing at the same time. We have been inundated with infomercials on HOW MUCH to do, WHAT KIND to do, WHAT EQUIPMENT you need, WHAT TO EAT for optimal results when you exercise and the list goes on and on. After writing that sentence, I don’t even want to think about exercising if I am being honest. There is too much “noise” around it. As a mom, the last thing I want is more “noise.” We’ve got noise to give away around here. 🙂 

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Fall Family Activity to Reconnect

My hope is that this post will provide you with an activity that you can do with your kids that will actually leave you feeling restored in body, mind and soul and that your family feels a greater sense of connection afterward. 

When my son was younger, I remember thinking I wanted more moments of connection with him.  It seemed that the day to day tasks took up most of our time. The reality was that with work and all the things that go along with having younger children, I didn’t have time to plan for these activities and I especially didn’t have time to fully think about how to maximize an activity like this one. 

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Morning Prayer for Mental Health

“In the past two weeks have you had any feelings of being down, depressed or hopeless?” This is the question I ask every patient every time they have an appointment. I ask this question because it is so important to address not just your physical health with your doctor, but your mental health as well.  In the last year or so, the common response has become “Well, aren’t we all a little depressed right now?” Or “No more than anyone else is!” Or “Ha!” and then nothing more. 

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Improve Your Mood in 5 Minutes With Intentional Daily Devotion

Devotion as a word conjures up imagery of love, dedication, passion and commitment.  But… is that what it is? 

I seriously didn’t know. Isn’t it interesting how we can live our whole lives with these words and yet, never sit with them for a moment to contemplate their meaning, their significance and their origin?

I guess I should say, “I have lived my whole life and have not contemplated the meaning of the word devotion.” Maybe others are spending more time in the dictionary than I am. 🙂

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