Breathwork: 4 Unique Benefits
Breathwork also referred to as Pranayama, conscious breathing has numerous ways of enriching our lives and reducing symptoms that impact our daily ability to thrive. Beth Barbagalia shares how breathwork is an active form of meditation used to clear stuck energy in the body and reconnect with our intuition. An article from Editors of Chopra explains how breathing techniques can be tools for transformation and healing, whose therapeutic practices relieve mental, physical and/or emotional tension. Please find below four unique benefits of breathwork:
This has been a tough winter as southern Ontario experienced the darkest winter in more than 80 years according to CBC news. So what does increased darkness and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) have in common, well according to the Mayo Clinic reduced levels of sunlight in winter may cause winter-onset of SAD as the decrease in sunlight disrupts our body's internal clock and lead to feelings of depression. In my personal and professional experience, this winter season has hit harder for those who experience winter-SAD, and I am seeing an accumulation effect that the lack of sunlight has had on daily functioning including lower energy and lower mood. In addition, the usual coping for SAD feels less effective and can wear down people’s abilities to bounce back. Please find 4 suggestions below to support you on your journey of bouncing back:
Insomnia & Nutrition
This blog article is a part of a series of three articles touching on some correlations/connections between our nutrition and our mental wellbeing, spring can be a great time to re-consider and re-invent how we relate to our food and set intentions for growth towards more balanced nutrition. As a holistic psychotherapist, I am striving to support my clients in looking at multiple factors and tools to achieve their goals and find the balance many are striving for.
This article focuses on the linkages between what we put in our bodies and symptoms of insomnia that we experience. A study from NIH states that nutrition has a profound impact on hormones and inflammation that contribute to insomnia. Please find below 5 considerations in supporting your nutrition and reducing insomnia symptoms:
Depression & Nutrition
There are strong connections between nutrition and symptoms of depression. Psychology Today speaks to the important link between nutrition and depression including nutrient deficiency associated with the highest risk of depression. Please find below 5 considerations in supporting your nutrition and reducing risk of depressive symptoms:
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist. And I have been writing this blog since May 2021 about various topics including parenting, supporting adult and child mental health, and holistic approaches. The intention of this blog is to provide resources and information to others, however it is not intended to take the place of therapy. If you have any questions about anything written please reach out to me.