I struggle with overthinking. The more confused I get about something, the more I force my analytical mind to work harder at “figuring it out.” I write pages and pages of notes. I spend hours mulling things over with my husband. I toss and turn at night racing through thoughts hoping I’ll get to some […]

Mindfulness, Tips + Tools

May 31, 2019

Struggling with Overthinking? Here’s What to Do

Being back in school as a grad student, I’m reminded of the ways the academic system brings out the worst in me. My obsession with grades. My workaholism. My comparison-itis. My drive to be perfect. It brings me back to when I was a teenager and it felt like my goodness as a person was tied […]

Mindfulness, Navigating Your Path, Tips + Tools

May 30, 2019

How College Pressures are Harming Mental Health

I thought I was just like everyone else. Joining my friends for happy hour, sipping on nice wine at client dinners, and spending Sunday afternoons at the local beer garden. It seemed perfectly normal that my social life revolved around alcohol. Since my drinking patterns did not seem any different from my peers, it never occurred […]

Mindfulness, Navigating Your Path

May 27, 2019

Why Self-Medicating is a Bad Idea

Being a teen is hard enough. Being a teen in 2019 is even harder. Not only do you face normal teen pressures like studying for the SATs and asking your crush to prom but you have the added pressure of staying connected with family and friends 24/7 through social media. A recent Pew Research Center study found […]

Mindfulness, Tips + Tools

April 24, 2019

Why It’s so Hard to Put Down Your Phone as a Teen

I would not be the person I am today without yoga. When I first started practicing yoga, it was one of the only things I did just for me. I cherished every minute of it. Not being responsible for anyone or anything but my own well-being felt like a luxury. “Yoga is a great form […]

Mindfulness, Navigating Your Path, Uncategorized

April 12, 2019

I Love Yoga, but Still Think Therapy is the Answer

Finding a therapist was one of the best decisions of my life. At the time, I had been struggling with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (although I didn’t know that’s what I was experiencing), an eating disorder (I didn’t want to admit), and high anxiety levels (so high that my relationship and performance at work were taking […]

Mindfulness, Navigating Your Path, Uncategorized

March 30, 2019

The Science Behind How Long Therapy Takes

The wellness industry, which grew 12.8% from 2015-2017 to a $4.2 trillion global market, has done an amazing job at convincing us that self-care is a luxury. I fell straight into the trap of thinking exotic yoga retreats, expensive green juices, and fancy trips to the spa were the only ways to practice self-care. Over the […]

Mindfulness, Navigating Your Path, Tips + Tools, Uncategorized

March 22, 2019

Low-cost Solutions That Can Improve Your Mental Health

I have a loud inner critic. It’s this nagging voice in my head that constantly tells me all the ways I’m messing up, falling short, disappointing people, and making a fool out of myself. This sneaky voice pretends it’s protecting me from failure when in reality it’s just getting in the way of me owning my instincts, […]

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March 11, 2019

How to Own Your Instincts (and Beat Insecurities)

“Daring to set boundaries is about the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.” – Brené Brown All humans share a desire to be seen, loved, and accepted. Sometimes this longing is so strong that we sacrifice our own sense of self in hopes of receiving validation from others that we matter. Without […]

Mindfulness, Navigating Your Path, Tips + Tools, Uncategorized

February 18, 2019

My Mental Health Ritual: Self-Compassion and Setting Boundaries

The days become shorter, the weather turns bitter, and suddenly all those happy singles suddenly start pairing off. The whole world seems to yearn to curl up by the fire and sip hot cocoa with someone. Anyone. At least until Spring when the freedom of the single life calls again. If this sounds familiar, you might be […]

Mindfulness, Navigating Your Path, Uncategorized

January 17, 2019

6 Ways to Navigate Cuffing Season

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