We all experience anxiety at some time or another in our lives. It can keep us alert and cautious when we need to be and it’s normal to have occasional bouts of anxiety as a response to stress, life challenges, or major decisions. Most anxiety tends to resolve as you work through the issues you are struggling with. However, if you have anxiety disorders, the worries don’t go away so easily and you may experience frequent, intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations.… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Integrative Mental Health
Sexual assault can happen to any one of us, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. These forms of sexual violence are among the most underreported and/or unreported crimes in both the United States and the world due to the intensely difficult nature of the crimes.
Sexual violence is defined as any sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent. The act can be completed or attempted and can involve actions such as grabbing, fondling, verbal threats, and rape.… Read more »
In 2010, Congress named June 27th PTSD Awareness Day and in 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness. The purpose of this designation is to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD and effective treatments. We can all help those affected by PTSD.
When someone is in danger, it is natural and normal to feel afraid. This fear triggers the fight-or-flight response, causing split-second changes in the body to help it prepare against danger or to avoid it.… Read more »
At a time when people increasingly turn to holistic methods of healing, music therapy has developed into a powerful and nonthreatening medium that can be used successfully with individuals of all ages and disabilities. Music has been used in healing practices throughout history, with many examples of the healing powers of music in the historical records of different cultures.
Music therapy is an established health profession that has demonstrated effectiveness in addressing the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.… Read more »
Did Descartes have it backwards? We often envision our brains as “computers” that tell our bodies what to do and we assume that our moods are determined by how our brains process what we experience. Happiness, then, should come from thinking happy thoughts. But research is showing that is not necessarily true. Instead, our bodies (and what we do with them) can profoundly influence our mood. For example, a brisk five-minute walk can do more to our improve moods than just thinking positive thoughts.… Read more »
One of the most profound healing techniques is free – and right under your nose! According to Andrew Weil, MD, one of the leaders in integrative medicine, learning how to breathe correctly is probably the most important practice you can use to support good health.
Breath control can provide many health benefits. It can:
- Lower blood pressure;
- Reduce or eliminate heart arrhythmias;
- Relieve chronic indigestion;
- Increase blood circulation throughout your body;
- Improve immune function;
- Decrease anxiety;
- Improve sleep;
- Improve energy; and
- Improve your sense of well-being.
Workers in the United States tend to log more and longer hours, and continue working much later in life, than most people in industrialized nations. Combine this with some of the shortest vacation time in the world, and these workers often suffer from burnout, a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress that leads to a progressive spiral of diminished health. This can become a chronic condition, leaving those who suffer from it feeling fatigued, hopeless, resentful, and more prone to obesity, insomnia, anxiety, and workplace errors.… Read more »
Creativity heals the physical body while stimulating, calming, and transporting the mind to a sublime place where holistic healing can occur.
The process of making or listening to music is a wonderfully creative experience that heightens awareness and brings us joy and an undeniable connection to our spirit. Music and sound healing also help bridge differences and connect people of different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences through shared experiences, and thus healing communities through creative expression. Music and sound healing can help:
- heal emotional injuries,
- develop a capacity for self-reflection,
- reduce symptoms of disease, and
- alter behaviors and thinking patterns.
Do you find yourself saying, “I’m too busy and stressed to fit exercise into my daily routine”? You’re not alone. Seven out of ten adults say they experience stress every day—it’s an inevitable part of life and impossible to eliminate, but you can learn to manage it. Physical activity is one of the best antidotes for stress, so get moving. What are you waiting for?!
Engaging in physical activity can help you feel more relaxed, become healthier, and enjoy life more.… Read more »
Are you overwhelmed by workplace stress? You are not alone. For most us, the workplace is ever changing and a major source of daily stress. Economic upheavals, downsizing, layoff worries, mergers, and bankruptcies have cost hundreds of thousands of workers their jobs while millions more wonder how long they will be employed. The economic and personal health effects of workplace stress are at epidemic levels, making it one of the most important health challenges of the 21st century.
The nature of work today is changing at whirlwind speed.… Read more »