When was the last time you were truly alone? In today’s booming society, there have been some amazing innovations in technology that increase communication and learning, informing the user with a buzz of incoming news. Unfortunately, the consistent stream of notifications and reminders have made it much more difficult to remember to carve out a moment for yourself during the day.
It’s easy to fall into a bit of a rut over the Summer, looking for ways to keep your kids entertained. Try to think outside the box, looking to local community offerings and adventures right in your own back yard. For example, teaching your kids mindfulness in nature is easy and has amazing benefits, including reduced anxiety and increased concentration.
In his book, Full Living Catastrophe: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. provides a metaphor to describe the challenges many of us face with the act of “letting go” of thoughts and feelings that cause us anxiety, pain, and suffering in our lives.
Sometimes the bravest thing to do is to speak about what you are feeling vulnerable about in the hopes of improving your life and helping others to do the same. So many of us that experience symptoms of depression and anxiety hold back from talking with others about these feelings. Thank you for inspiring courageousness: Kevin Love, DeMar DeRozan, and Kelly Oubre Jr. - and for reminding us that "everyone is going through something."