A Time to Play

From the pandemic to the intense political strife, things can feel very serious right now.  When our circumstances feel serious, it can be easy to get wrapped up in it all and feel overwhelmed. While there are lots of antidotes to overwhelm and negative emotions, one of the most useful (an often most overlooked) is …

Heart rate variability: What it is and how it might help you understand your mental health

As more research is conducted on our nervous system and stress response, the more we see how interconnected our brain and bodies really are. One interesting connection is between our Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and our stress response. First, let's define Heart Rate Variability (HRV). In the book Heart, Breath, Mind, Dr. Leah Lagos defines …

What’s the Difference Between Stress and Anxiety?

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Words are powerful. This concept isn’t new, but for now, we’re not talking about the detrimental effects of criticism, the influence of positive reinforcement, or the things to say (or not say) when someone is grieving. Today, we’re talking about the power of naming our emotions. “Anxiety” is a buzz …