Mindfulness and Illness
Newcomers to the practice of mindfulness meditation tend to imagine that mindfulness practice should ideally be associated with a state of calm happiness or relaxed bliss, so the idea of mindfulness as an approach to illness may seem odd or incongruous. It is worth going back a few years to Jon Kabat-Zinn's early work popularizing mindfulness in the United States. He began by teaching the practice to people with chronic or even terminal illnesses, in order to help them with coping with pain and discomfort. His early success with this led to the development of similar programs around the country, as an alternative to either ignoring the pain or over medicating it. Back to the topic of this blog post, ... Read More
Preparing for Fall
My fall preparation for 2017 illustrates the lessons learned over the past two years about what affects sleep ... Read More
Purposeful Living Makes Us Stronger
Purposeful living makes us stronger - that is the conclusion of a study of people over the age of 50. We all know that physical health and mental health are closely connected, and changes in one can have tremendous effects on the other.  However, there is often a lack of empirical evidence to back up recommendations for a change in physical activity to affect mental function, or vice versa. Now, a recent study attempts to show a direct correlation between physical health indicators, longevity and sense of purpose. The study focuses on people over 50 and the indicators that point towards longevity in this growing section of the population.  Walking speed and grip strength are two factors that are “… ... Read More
Online Group Therapy - Bipolar 101 - Gina
Gateway’s Bipolar 101 - Online Group Therapy Last week we started the Bipolar 101 Group at Gateway Psychiatric, the second time we’ve hosted this group. It was inspiring to see how a sense of community and connection can develop so quickly in an online meeting.  I regularly hear of the value that support plays in the lives of people I work with who are managing bipolar disorder; they frequently speak about their communities, friends, and families and the impact they have in their lives. Our first Bipolar 101 Group started out as a great reminder of the role that therapy groups can play in providing support as well. Getting to be a part of a space that allowed individuals to ... Read More
Supercharge Your Circadian Rhythms
Why a post about how to supercharge your circadian rhythms? The fact is that for a lot of us our bodies and our brains have a hard time adapting to modern life and the result is poor quality sleep, daytime fatigue, and, for some, depression. What Are Circadian Rhythms? Circadian rhythms are what allow your body to go from vigorous wakefulness to deep sleep at the right time every day. Think of hundreds or even thousands of separate clocks that determine processes such as body temperature, release of various hormones, activation of different parts of your brain, activation and deactivation of your immune system, etcetera. The separate clocks all have to align with each other in order for the system ... Read More
Campfire - Online Support
Isolation.  Seems like we should have conquered that by now.  With all our high tech tools, friending, connecting and tweeting, how can anybody be lonely anymore?  Yet isolation and loneliness are real problems, burdening people who struggle with the ordinary stresses of life, and exacerbating mental and physical illnesses. The Internet is not a solution to all our problems, it’s a tool (or set of tools) that can be used well or poorly to accomplish what we need to do.  Two internet pioneers who are trying to figure out a new way to address an old problem: loneliness.  Daniel and Benjamin have set up the site Campfire to bring small groups together around a common problem or issue that they ... Read More

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