what makes for mental well-being?

what makes for mental well-being?

The World Health Organization uses a simple questionnaire to help people assess their own mental well-being: using a scale of “all of the time,” “more than half of the time,” “less than half of the time,” “some of the time,” and “at no time,” participants are asked to...

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feel better with “health snacks”

feel better with “health snacks”

In his book, Feel Better in 5, author Dr. Rangana Chatterjee invites readers to choose a five minute “health snack” from each of three menus: mind, body, and heart. Mind snacks reduce stress and anxiety. Body snacks get your body moving, and heart snacks increase your...

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Well-being promises and practices

Well-being promises and practices

it’s the time of year many people make resolutions. In the before times, workout centers would be filled with ambitious exercisers… Until about the third week of January. That’s when New Year’s energy petered out. Surely, there must be a more sustainable model. There...

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three steps for dealing with emotional upset

three steps for dealing with emotional upset

This month I’ve been writing about how to respond to uncomfortable emotions. These last nine months has been filled with them and, as the pandemic continues, we get more invitations to improve our emotional intelligence. I was reminded this week of a Buddhist mind...

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dealing resourcefully with Big Emotions

dealing resourcefully with Big Emotions

December creeps on, its short days contributing to my dark mood. Shadowed, I am sure, by the pandemic and lack of festivities that result. (It seems inappropriate to celebrate with 300,000 dead in this country alone.) I’m also recognizing the emotional whiplash I...

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Journaling prompts for an uncertain winter

Journaling prompts for an uncertain winter

We are moving into winter and, although knowledge that coronavirus vaccines may be coming soon is giving us hope, we continue to be in uncertain times. Even the prospect of living into a post-vaccine new normal fills some people with anxiety. Winter darkness is...

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