As our culture develops a more accepting view of mental health, it’s time to expand the conversation on grief and loss. Therapist Elizabeth Tschoegl spoke with us about opportunities for, and challenges to, changing the way we talk about and grapple with grief in our busy, technological culture.
Brainspotting can treat anxiety, depression, phobias, panic disorder, chronic pain, and impulse control. It is especially effective for processing trauma because it helps clients access the limbic system, where unconscious traumatic memories are stored.
What’s a single practice that’s been credited with reducing anxiety, treating depression, decreasing implicit age and race bias and increasing body satisfaction? Mindfulness.
Mindfulness encourages people to pay attention to the present moment, acknowledging and accepting their thoughts and sensations, without making judgments. It can help to heighten awareness of our emotional, cognitive, and physical experiences.
Music therapy is defined as “the use of music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs” of groups or individuals. It can include playing or listening to music, writing songs, or doing guided imagery. Music therapy degrees are available to grads and undergrads, and all music therapists have to pass a rigorous certification. Practitioners work to address emotional issues, such as depression or grief, to cognitive conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Campbell’s work helped raise awareness within the Black community about the importance of recognizing, and addressing, mental illness. Her efforts stand as a reminder that the work is ongoing and the consequences of ignoring the issue are considerable.
Workplace fatigue is so common in our society that we seem to have accepted it as the norm. According to the National Safety Council, more than 43 percent of workers are sleep-deprived—that’s nearly half of all employees. Yet we as a culture don’t seem to be making any moves to change that. In fact, working… read more
Research has shown that exercise can decrease symptoms of depression. This may be due to the circulation of endorphins, the fact that exercise can distract us from unpleasant thoughts, or our tendency to feel proud and accomplished after a good workout.
Over 55 million people in the U.S. run or jog recreationally, and for good reason. Most of us know that running offers a host of physical benefits, including improved cardiovascular health and better sleep.
Its benefits are also mental and emotional: running has been shown to improve brain functioning and create resistance to stress. What’s more, it can have a powerful effect on one’s mood.
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 20th century novel, tells the story of Mary Lennox, a girl who moves to England following the deaths of her parents. As she copes with her grief, she also faces ill health, loneliness and a ton of additional concerns that we now would recognize as major stressors. As you… read more
Evidence suggests that the presence of plants in indoor environments can promote wellbeing. Schools and workplaces have found that the more plants people are exposed to in their offices and classrooms, the fewer sick days they take. That’s a total win-win.