Wellness Within Blog
When we help others, we experience a “helper’s high,” as endorphins are released in our brain, leading to a euphoric state. The “warm fuzzies” we get come from the release of oxytocin, the same hormone that is released by lactating mothers. Compassion endorphins don’t just feel good, they do good in the body.
Compassion is the ability to show empathy, love, and concern to people who are in difficulty, and self-compassion is simply the ability to direct these same emotions within, and accept oneself, particularly in the face of failure.
The next time I catch myself dedicating time to anticipating all the potential criticism I might receive from the presentation at work, I can prepare the presentation instead. And rather than obsess about my child’s future, I can make time to connect with them in an activity today.
When a little one falls, and scrapes a knee, a caregiver often offers a band-aid. Suddenly, their tears are soothed. It’s not the bandage that heals, but the action of seeing and supporting the wound. It’s the space that the caregiver holds. In the same way, when a friend is suffering emotionally, the “right words” aren’t nearly as important as a listening ear and presence. Carl Jung supported such a stance when he wrote, “Please remember, it is what you are that heals, not what you know.”
We do things today that directly affect our basic human reflexes and actually shrink our field of vision. Whether it’s obsessing about a problem or hyperfocusing on our phone, our field of vision, posture and overall health is affected.
It’s Mental Health Awareness Month and it’s time we talk specifically about how to be a positive support when someone in your life is affected by suicide.
No, this will not be a cheesy throwback to the Vanilla Ice era, but rather an important concept we often forget. A wise yogi once stressed that we must collaborate versus trying to control outcomes. In other words, we have to realize that we cannot control...
WARNING! The untethered mind is not a safe place. Letting the mind wander for too long can lead to: A feeling of being overwhelmed on what lies ahead Unnecessary anxiety around things that may or may not happen Fear of the future as you struggle to control the present...
Do you find it impossible to pause when angry? As though a fire is raging in your mind that you can’t extinguish. You try to take a calming breath, but your adrenaline won’t let you slow down. When you lay in bed, do your thoughts run rampant? Like you are rapidly...
As a therapist and yoga teacher in Geneva, IL, I frequently refer to Jillian Pransky’s mindfulness practices. Her teachings lend to epiphanies and her meditations are profound.