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Dec 23, 2020Beginning a Mindfulness Practice

Beginning a Mindfulness Practice

Getting started with mindfulness meditation

Many people believe that mindfulness is about sitting alone with your thoughts. Sounds awful, right? In a 2014 study, researchers found that most people would rather apply electroshocks to themselves than be alone with their thoughts. Another study showed that most people find it hard to focus on the present and that the mind’s wandering can lead to stress and even suffering (Mineo, 2018).

So, why are all of these psychologists and therapists raving about mindfulness

What exactly is mindfulness? Why should I do it? How do I do it?

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Dec 16, 2020Pandemic Fatigue-What is it? What can I do about it?

Pandemic Fatigue-What is it? What can I do about it?

Living through 2020 has had its own unique set of challenges that most of society was unprepared to handle. In the final month of the year, many of us are left with a bitter taste in our mouths about the pandemic and the year as a whole.

In late 2019, we saw a novel ailment spread domestically and then internationally in China. Its main clinical symptoms include fever, fatigue or myalgia, dry cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (Morgul, Bener, Atak, Akyel, Aktas, Bhugra, Ventriglio, & Jordan, 2020). Scientists did not know how contagious this disease was, much about how it was spread, or how deadly it could be if large numbers of people were exposed. As the guidance shifted from basic hygiene and hand-washing to social distancing and quarantines, more and more people grew frustrated and compliance with recommendations went out the window.

So, what happened? And why?

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