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United in Grief

“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.” Leo Tolstoy (1847-1910) I had the opportunity to facilitate a two-day retreat a couple of weeks ago at Beaver Hollow Conference Center in Java, New York. This programContinue reading “United in Grief”

More Than This

I’ve believed, since that time, that there is a guiding presence in my life. I can’t explain in logical terms how I have gotten to where I am today otherwise. There are just so many things that go beyond explanation.

Botanical Roots

One of the things I’ve learned is about the how vital good gut health is. Healthy gut microbiome has been noted not only in how it can contribute to better digestion, but it can also lead to better mental health, immune function, and longevity. 

Hour of Need

Social isolation has been known to shorten life spans and contribute to such things as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Loneliness is a silent killer.

Life’s What You Make It

Life is full of stress, good stress and bad stress, otherwise known as eustress and distress. An example of eustress is when a professional athlete gets ready for competition. The surge of adrenaline helps them to perform. On the other hand, if someone is dealing with a challenging situation, such as repeated arguments with a spouse or increasing financial demands, they may experience a wide variety of negative effects. Regardless, long-term exposure to stress can cause a significant strain on the human system.

Always and Forever

I’ve always named my blog posts after songs, hence the name, Mental Health Verses. When it came time to write about this topic I thought about what which one would be most appropriate, and frankly, I couldn’t think of a single one. It was if I couldn’t think of a single song whose words could express how I’m feeling and that conveys the sentiments of this particular post.

The Couch

One thing to understand about going to therapy is that it requires the willingness to be open and vulnerable, which can be very hard to do, especially with someone who, at first, is a complete stranger. But as a behavioral health professional myself, I knew this going in to my first session with Jen,

Anxiety

“Anxiety “Why am I never where I am supposed to be? Even with my lover sleeping close to me I’m wide awake and I’m in a pain A crowded room is a burning battlefield If I don’t move, I’ll come undone My heart beats harder, a hammer striking steel Will I walk now or beContinue reading “Anxiety”

Marathon

The thing that I appreciated so much about running was not only the physical benefits, but the mental and emotional ones as well. For all the years I ran, I never had any manic or depressive episodes. I also developed a love for pushing myself physically. I also enjoyed running with others and developed a bond with special people as we talked along the way.

The First Day of Spring

There is a challenge, however, for those who may be depressed. No matter how nice the weather, individuals who are experiencing some type of depressive disorder may not feel like being outside.

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