All posts filed under: Mental Health

6 Ways Owning a Pet Is Good for Your Health (+ CONTEST ENTRY)

Has owning a pet improved your health? Share your experience with us for a chance to win a $50 Petco gift card! ENTER OUR CONTEST HERE At mealtimes, you pile your plate with vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. You visit the gym as often as you can. You even get a physical every year. But, sometimes you still wonder what more you can do to boost your health. If you can relate to this scenario, the answer might be as simple as adopting a pet from your local animal shelter. While you may be skeptical if owning a pet can actually improve your health, the correlations below are pretty compelling. Owning a Pet Diminishes Symptoms of Depression According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people spanning all ages around the world suffer from depression. In fact, this serious mental health problem is the leading cause of disability globally. Spending quality time with a pet can elevate the levels of the mood enhancing neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in your brain. Pets can also give …

5 Ways to Practice Self-Care this Holiday Season

You may have heard the old adage, “you can’t love others until you love yourself.” The same is true with self-care. Ensuring you meet your own needs gives you wider flexibility to care for others in your life. This can be as simple as taking a walk to clear your head or as complex as seeing a therapist. It’s up to you, do what feels right.

Wake Up to the Signs of Senior Substance Abuse by Sally Phillips

Substance abuse is often thought of as an issue affecting the young, yet statistics show that around 17 percent of seniors in the U.S. misuse alcohol and prescription drugs and that this percentage is set to double by 2020, largely because of the increase in the number of older adults. In this post, we look into the causes and signs of senior substance abuse, suggesting ways to address it.

Yoga for Beginners: 6 Styles to Try

“Yoga” can be an intimidating word. Most of us think that we are unable to do yoga because we see these advanced practitioners doing things that our bodies cannot. The thing about yoga is that there are many different ways to practice. One thing I like to tell people who are starting out is that yoga is for every body. Just because you can’t touch your toes, does not mean you will not be able to do yoga. You don’t go to a yoga class when you are already flexible, you go to gain flexibility.

How I healed my mind with yoga (and how you can too!)

I’m Hannah, a mental health therapist (MSW, CSW) and yoga instructor. But I wasn’t always either of these. In fact, I probably said the words “I don’t like yoga” at least a dozen times before I was 23 years old. “It’s too easy.” “It’s just stretching.” “It’s fluffy hippy-dippy stuff.” Then, at 23 years old, I went to my first hot yoga class. 90 minutes. 107 degrees. Humid. No talking. Eyes on yourself in the mirror in front of you. The instructor speaks, then you move. It was miserable. I thought to myself, “Never again…”