September 26, 2019

Benefits of Mindfulness

Posted in Mindfulness, Well-being tagged , , , at 2:00 pm by kellyfdennis

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Mindfulness is certainly a buzz word right now, but it’s been around a long time. Mindfulness is paying attention in the present moment on purpose, without judgement. Mindfulness helps us to get unhooked from ruminating about the past or worrying or over planning for the future. Really, all we have is this present moment and if we’re busy focusing elsewhere we are contributing to our own distress.

Mindfulness has been shown to improve well-being, physical health, and mental health. In recent years the research has shown that individuals who practice mindfulness on a regular basis are more able to savor the pleasures in life as they occur, are more fully present in the activities in which they engage, and have a greater capacity to deal with adverse events. In addition, mindfulness can help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.

There are so many reasons to try it! Click here to learn more.

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September 24, 2019

Stress Headaches

Posted in Mindfulness, Well-being tagged , , , , at 8:00 am by kellyfdennis

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One question that I often get asked is “Can stress cause headaches?” Yes! Distress can cause activation of the primitive part of our brains, the one responsible for the flight, fight, freeze response. When this part of the brain is activated, chemicals begin coursing through our bodies, readying us to react. These chemicals have various functions, but one is muscle contraction or tension. The body’s stress response, when chronically activated, can cause insomnia, prolonged muscle tension, tightening or “holding” of the muscles (do you find yourself clenching your jaw when stressed?). All of these reactions can cause headaches.

The good news is that mindfulness meditation can help you to pay more attention to your bodily reactions. If you are aware that you’re tensing, you can actively breathe and relaxing. If you become aware that you are ruminating, you can learn to actively stay in the present moment (rumination is a common cause of insomnia). Check out my website for information about upcoming mindfulness meditation workshops, classes, and retreats! Tension headaches can become a thing of the past!

September 3, 2019

Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help Anxiety?

Posted in cognitive behavioral therapy tagged , , , at 12:19 pm by kellyfdennis

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The simple answer is “Yes.” Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of counseling in which negative patterns of thought about the self and the world are challenged in order to change unwanted behavior patterns or treat mood disorders such as anxiety. It is very collaborative in nature and includes homework outside of sessions. Contact me here, to sign up for a free 15 minute phone consultation to see if CBT is right for you! Be well and have a wonderful day!

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