Ok, so maybe perfectionism, procrastination, and people-pleasing aren’t actually deadly, but they can certainly wear on one’s soul. I’ve recognized a theme with many of my clients, friends, and in my own life that if one of these “P’s” is present, the other 2 are likely to be there as well. The origin of the “P’s” within people’s lives is as different as the people themselves, but the link between them is astounding.
Memorial Day started as holiday to honor soldiers who had died fighting in the Civil War. Today we honor all soldiers who have died, fought in combat, served our country, or continue to serve our country.
Sadly many soldiers who return from war experience difficulties with returning to civilian life including symptoms of PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) and severe Depression. Suicide rates for military members are much higher than those of the civilian population.
This is not surprising in many ways. It must be difficult to come back from a place where your body and mind are on constant alert for threats to your life and those around you. It isn't easy to just stop being on alert. This transition has been difficult for our military members and their families.
Because of the many difficulties our veterans have been facing when they return home, there has been a great amount of research into therapies and programs that can help our veterans and military members better acculturate to civilian life. One of those treatments happens to be mindfulness based trainings for military members who are returning from war.
How is mindfulness effective with military veterans?
What does therapy actually do? How does it work? Does anyone really ever change? The field of neuroscience has exploded in recent years, revealing a number of findings about the human brain; how it develops, how it operates, and how it changes.Neuroplasticity explains that the brain is not a rigid organ, but is malleable, and changes throughout life, both in structure and function. This change happens through our experience. We actively change our brains by the way we respond to our environment.
The brain and nervous system are made up of millions of neurons and hold the capacity to connect in a multitude of possible combinations. The architecture of your brain is the tangible expression of your life history, the culmination of a lifetime of learning. Life experiences determine neural connection and creates a complex and integrated neural network that sometimes results in psychological rigidity, like depression or anxiety for example.
As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, it’s important to take a moment and appreciate the women in our lives who carry that all-encompassing title. As a mother of two and stepmom of two more myself, I know this role all too well. It’s a roller-coaster ride of silliness, hurt feelings and everything in between, all while trying to keep up with the ever-changing hats to adorn with a smile. This is a weighty task for anyone, and I often find myself lost while busily trying to keep up with all of the family demands and struggles. As mothers, we give so selflessly to our children with all the best intentions. So why is it so difficult to give this to ourselves?
It’s that time of year again, when my classmates and I find ourselves preparing for the dreaded final exams. The experience of preparing for and taking my final examinations is often times overwhelming and draining. Stress levels go up, sleeping becomes a distant memory, and fear of performing poorly plagues the mind. Uttering the phrase, “I have to study for finals” tends to elicit a typical response from other people (“You poor dear”, “Oh, my. Good luck…glad it’s not me!”)” which tends to only fuel the belief that it is the most stressful time of the academic year.
Luckily, there are age old ways to change the experience of finals week. Taking a mindful approach to the upcoming exams can reduce stress, improve memory, increase restful sleep, and essentially help your performance when it comes time to actually taking the final exams. Here are some tips and tricks on how to take on final exams week, mindfulness-style.
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