Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah! For some, the holiday season truly does feel like a joyful time. But for others, the expectation of merriment and connection that comes along with this time of year can highlight mental health issues in a way that exacerbates feelings of unhappiness. If you are one of these people, know that you are not alone. Try to be gentle with yourself, release yourself from unrealistic expectations of perfection, and take things slow. You will get through this.Read More
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It's December already! As the end of the year approaches, some of us may be contemplating resolutions; evaluating the goals we had for ourselves this past year, coming up with new goals for the year ahead. As we think about our New Year's resolutions, I want us to remind ourselves of the definition of "resolute," the root of resolution, which is, "to be admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering."
These are strong words! If we are going to pay "purposeful, determined, and unwavering" attention to something, it seems to me that the thing we are striving for should be incredibly meaningful.Read More
Most of us have bad habits; we bite our nails, spend too much time scrolling through Facebook, we snack on junk food even when we're not hungry, or we may regularly drink too much or use drugs in excess. In moderation, these things are not necessarily unhealthy, but they become "bad" habits when we overuse them.
It's important to remember that having "bad" habits does not make us bad. It makes us human.Read More
In addition to lifestyle habits, which I discussed in last week's blog post, Ayurvedic wisdom about diet can also be useful in informing our self care routines. Talking about food can sometimes bring up uncomfortable or painful emotions for people, so I want to make it clear that this post will not demonize or judge any type of food as "bad". Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to survive. It means sometimes overeating and sometimes not eating enough, but mostly eating an amount that feels comfortable to you. In terms of comfort, Ayurvedic wisdom tells us that, depending on your dosha, certain types of food are capable of providing more comfort than others.Read More