Ecological Grief—The Growing Emotional Toll of Climate Change

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Sad polar bear on dwindling chunk of ice, with trash in the water

Ecological grief describes individuals who experience deep emotions related to loss of the environment and nonhuman life, loss related to the degradation of landscapes and ecosystems, and loss of cultures, livelihoods, and ways of life. Ecological grief also involves the experience of anticipatory grief for what is likely to come with continued climatic and environmental changes (Cunsolo & Landman, 2017).

Last October, the United Nations released its report on climate change. In it, the U. N. warned that without “unprecedented action,” catastrophic conditions could arrive by 2040 or earlier.… Read more »

Bullying

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Two bully boys bullying a smaller boy

Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever stood by and watched someone else get bullied? What did you do? How did it make you feel?

If you have ever been bullied or witnessed bullying, you are not alone. In the United States, more than 25% of students say they have been bullied at school while 30% of students admit to bullying others. More than 70% of students and staff have witnessed bullying at schools.

Human relationships are at the core of the human experience.… Read more »

June Is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month

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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 »

Take the Kindness Challenge

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How great would it be if we could walk into any store and buy lifelong happiness? It’s actually not that hard to do—as long as whatever we buy is meant for someone other than ourself.
 
Research suggests that when we give to others, it makes us happy—even happier than if we spent money on ourselves. And when kindness is given, it creates a cycle that promotes lasting happiness and altruism. Thus, when you engage in a kind deed, you feel happier and the happier you are, the more likely you are to do another kind act.… Read more »

Deep Peace

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During this time of reflection, holy days, and holidays, we’d like to offer you a blessing to consider as you share time with family members and friends and begin a new year. We hope it provides you with a sense of peace and serenity during frenzied times, and renews your sense of hope and joy for the future.

 
 
 

Deep peace

Of the running wave to you

 

Deep peace

Of the flowing air to you

 

Deep peace

Of the quiet earth to you

Deep peace

Of the shining stars to you

 

Deep peace of the gentle night to you

Moon and stars

Pour their healing light on you

 

Deep peace to you

 

—Gaelic Blessing… Read more »

Ways to De-stress the Holidays

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During the holiday season, we strive to remain calm and serene and happy only to face many demands. Shopping, family visits, meals and food planning, parties, and all the preparation that goes with these demands can make us feel stressed versus serene. How can you reduce your stress? Try these helpful hints.

 

  1. Take care of your body. This is the time to do all the things you know are good for you—getting enough sleep; taking it easy on the sugar, alcohol, and caffeine; getting regular exercise; eating healthy foods; taking time to breathe; laughing.
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Music Therapy: Modalities and Benefits

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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 »

Can Our Bodies Create Our Moods? – Simple Steps to Happiness

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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 »

Breath and Health – What’s the Connection?

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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.
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Burnout Can Severely Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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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 »