Sometimes we can be harder on ourselves than we need to be. We all have an inner critic, and chances are we’ve given this critic more power than it deserves. This critic can have a voice like our own or like someone important to us who has judged us harshly. Whatever it sounds like, this … Read moreCompassion and the Critic
Not long ago, we had a group of friends over for a cook-out. One of my husband’s friends commented that he wished his house was as clean as ours. My husband told him, “Don’t worry, this is the fake house for guests”, much to my dismay. This got me thinking, though, about our “fake” selves, … Read moreReal Self versus Facebook Self
Anyone who has failed at past New Year’s resolutions knows that sometimes intentionality is not enough to make a lasting change. Often we need to figure out what is blocking us from being successful at what we want to accomplish and remove those obstacles. After some reflection, I wonder if I might be more successful at keeping my resolution this year if I first focused on removing some stuff that gets in the way: busyness, worry and resentment.
There is growing evidence to suggest that the food we eat affects not just our physical health but also our mental health, in terms of both cognitive abilities as well as the effect on our moods. Food alone is not a cure for depression or anxiety. However, research is showing that what we choose to eat and not eat makes a significant difference to our brains.