• Anxiety,  Depression,  Stress

    Mental Health & The Holidays: Tips From Buddhist Psychology

    While the holiday season can be an extremely joyful time, many people report a rise in stress, anxiety and depression during the holiday season. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that 64% of people surveyed endorsed having the “holiday blues” (defined as “temporary feelings of anxiety or depression during the holiday season”). When it comes to the holiday blues, many possible factors are cited, including the added financial stress, time with family, old memories, and even seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Some “symptoms” of the “holiday blues” include headaches, overeating, excessive drinking and insomnia. If you search “mental health and the holidays”, you’ll find a plethora of articles detailing…

  • Anxiety

    Anxiety & Your Diet: What to Eat & Avoid

    A holistic, integrative mind-body approach to anxiety includes a focus on diet and nutrition. Because the mind and the body are inextricably linked, the foods and beverages you put into your body directly impact your mood. Recent research has revealed the powerful relationship between your gut and your brain, and the substantial role gut health plays in regard to anxiety. Your gut is comprised of trillions of bacteria – collectively referred to as the “microbiota” – and this bacteria has been implicated in various mood disorders, including anxiety. A recent study out of Harvard Medical School demonstrated the link between the microbiome and various mental and physical health conditions, and…

  • Depression

    Depression & Your Diet: What to Eat & Avoid

    A holistic, integrative mind-body approach to depression includes a focus on diet and nutrition. Because the mind and the body are inextricably linked, the foods and beverages you put into your body directly impact your mood. The new biology of depression has shown the substantial role that our gut health plays in terms of depression. While the old science focused on depression in the brain, new research has shown that depression is far more linked to the gut than previously believed. In fact, 90% of serotonin (the neurotransmitter most often implicated in regard to depression) is produced in the gut. Furthermore, a recent study found that probiotics were as effective…

  • Anxiety

    10 Things You Can Do Every Day to Manage Anxiety

    Anxiety has become the most commonly diagnosed psychological disorder in the United States, affecting roughly one-third of the population. While the statistics are dire, the good news is that there are plenty natural, holistic treatments to anxiety. Below is a list of 10 things you can do every day to help manage your anxiety: 1. Exercise A great body of research exists on the benefits of exercise for mood disorders and mental health. Working out – even for just 21 minutes each day – has been shown to flush your body with feel-good endorphins and alleviate symptoms of anxiety. Find the right regimen for you, and get that heart rate…

  • Depression

    10 Things You Can Do Every Day to Manage Depression

    Depression is an extremely common psychological diagnosis in the U.S., and depressive disorders can cause significant impairment to one’s life. While psychotropic medication can be very helpful for many people, clients often report unpleasant side effects, among other things. For some, medication never worked or stops working; for others, Western medication as treatment for depression just doesn’t seem too palatable. People may have a hard time finding the right medication for them, and this process of playing “science experiment” on one’s brain can result in feelings of disillusionment, frustration or even hopelessness. A more holistic, integrative, mind-body approach to depression treatment can often feel far more empowering than relying on…

  • Buddhist Psychology,  Happiness & Well-Being,  Mindfulness & Meditation,  Self-Love

    What If You Could See Yourself through the Eyes of Love?

    What if you could see yourself through the eyes of Love? Of pure radiance, of bliss that shines so bright it blinds you. What if you held yourself in that gaze, rather than that of the mind, of ego, of limitation and negativity and at times, even disgust? If you could see yourself through the eyes of Love, how would your life change? What would you do differently? You would pursue every one of your heart’s desires, because Love would encourage you, support you, tell you that you are capable and worthy and brilliant. Love would whisper that there is nothing to fear and that everything in this world was…

  • Stress

    What Chronic Stress Does to the Body

    Humble Warrior Therapy is a holistic, integrative approach to mental health, emphasizing the inextricable link between mind and body. This mindfulness-based therapy is rooted in philosophies of yoga and Buddhism, which both promote an extremely comprehensive notion of health. When we experience a certain state of mind, our physical body is affected (and vice versa). So what are the effects of chronic stress on our physical health? How does feeling stressed affect the various systems and functioning of our bodies? Read on to learn about some of the physical health symptoms of chronic stress: Headaches Insomnia Heartburn Weakened immune system Increased heart rate Risk of heart attack Fertility problems Missed periods…

  • Anxiety,  Buddhist Psychology,  Uncategorized

    What Anxiety Does to the Body

    Humble Warrior Therapy is a holistic, integrative approach to mental health, emphasizing the inextricable link between mind and body. This mindfulness-based therapy is rooted in philosophies of yoga and Buddhism, which both promote an extremely comprehensive notion of health. When we experience a certain state of mind, our physical body is affected (and vice versa). So what are the effects of anxiety on our physical health? How does feeling anxious affect the various systems and functioning of our bodies? Read on to learn about some of the physical health symptoms of anxiety: Headaches Breathing problems Increased heart rate Decreased sex drive Upset stomach Muscle aches and pains Extreme fatigue Increased blood…

  • Buddhist Psychology,  Depression

    What Depression Does to the Body

    Humble Warrior Therapy is a holistic, integrative approach to mental health, emphasizing the inextricable link between mind and body. This mindfulness-based therapy is rooted in philosophies of yoga and Buddhism, which both promote an extremely comprehensive notion of health. When we experience a certain state of mind, our physical body is affected (and vice versa). So what are the effects of depression on our physical health? How does feeling depressed affect the various systems and functioning of our bodies? Read on to learn about some of the physical health symptoms of depression: Insomnia Decreased cognitive functioning, particularly in terms of memory, decision-making and concentration Increased risk of death post heart…

  • Buddhist Psychology,  Coping Skills,  Happiness & Well-Being,  Self-Love

    Letter to A Newborn

    Dear Sweet, Beautiful Little Darling, Hello! Welcome to this world. You are a ray of sunshine transmitted into a human body. With a human mind and human thoughts and human feelings. Without these forms, this matter of mind and body, you – Little Ray of Light – could not exist on this earth. So here you are, and your journey begins. I’m writing this letter to you to help you along your way…let it comfort you in times of darkness and add sparks to your celebration when all is well. Some important instructions: There will be pain, Little Love. Sometimes small and dull and fleeting, and at other times, acute…