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 »

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 »

Equality Now

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Today is Equality Now Day. Founded in 1992, the mission of this day is to protect and promote the human rights of women and girls. The United Nations recognizes that harmful practices are forms of violence based on discrimination and committed primarily against women and girls. Because these practices have been committed for so long in so many communities across the world (including the United States), they have become normalized as accepted social practice. However, they deny women and girls their dignity and integrity as individuals and they are a violation of human rights.… Read more »

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 »

Discover Music and Sound for Healing

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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.
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Stress and Physical Activity–Get Moving!

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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 »

Stress in the Workplace

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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 »

Technostress–Can Technology Affect Health?

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With cell phones chirping and playing music, wireless devices vibrating, and emails signaling their arrival at the computer’s inbox, is it any wonder that many people feel stressed and distracted by technology? Our minds may wander as we start to read a book, or we can be surprised to look at a browser window and see how many tabs we’ve opened. This can lead to feeling fatigued, anxious, and disconnected from the real world, or overwhelmed by technology. For many, it has been a long time (if ever) since they took a true vacation where they were really “off” and not answering emails or voicemails.… Read more »

Using Art to Heal

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Art and health have been central to the human experience from the beginning of recorded history. Visual art can be traced back to the Paleolithic era’s cave paintings, and it continues to be an integral part of people’s lives. Long recognized for its power to bridge differences and bring together people of different cultures, backgrounds, and experience, art connects individuals and communities. Thus healing communities and individuals can be connected through creative expression, too.

As an expressive language, art offers a nonthreatening form of communication over which the individual has control.… Read more »