Gardening and Mental Health

“Nature itself is the best physician.” – Hippocrates Gardening is one of the most popular ways in which people interact with nature with an estimated 1 in 3 U.S. adults engaging in gardening on a regular basis. Is gardening or spending time in nature a part of your life?   Research suggests that gardening and otherContinue reading “Gardening and Mental Health”

Food for the Heart

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” -St. Francis of Assisi A retreat is typically defined as withdrawing away from enemy forces that are overpowering or more generally as an act of moving away from something difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable. From a spiritual perspective, a retreat is further defined as a time awayContinue reading “Food for the Heart”

“How Does This Work?” Post-Pandemic Social Readjustment

As the total number of Americans with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine closes in on 50% and the CDC loosens restrictions, we are faced with unique challenges around social reengagement. In many ways, vaccinations and reopening is a cause for excitement and new hope for life returning to normal. However, you areContinue reading ““How Does This Work?” Post-Pandemic Social Readjustment”

Poetry & Self-Expression

Poetry is many things. I often think of it as an examination of the human condition as we put our experiences into words that attempt to capture something or express something important about life. I have always been drawn to both reading and writing poetry. It provides is an excellent avenue for self-growth, self-care, and self-reflection.  Continue reading “Poetry & Self-Expression”

Always Arriving: Embracing Each Moment in Times of Transition

Transitions are often times of mixed emotions. Sometimes transitions are by choice, but many times we are not given a choice. People handle transitions and change in all kinds of ways. Depending on the nature of the transition, you may feel anxious and experience self-doubt or feel angry and confused. In some cases, you mayContinue reading “Always Arriving: Embracing Each Moment in Times of Transition”