15 June, 2020

Build Your Immunity by Reducing Stress

By |2020-05-19T13:18:21-07:00June 15th, 2020|Mindful Methods|

There are a number of studies that show stress weakens our immune system. When we experience stress and anxiety, our body is flooded with chemicals and hormones such as adrenaline that, through prolonged and consistent exposure, will compromise the immune system and leave us more vulnerable to illness and infection. Mindfulness is a [...]

15 May, 2020

Now Is the Perfect Time to Be Nicer to Yourself

By |2020-04-14T09:14:58-07:00May 15th, 2020|Mindful Methods|

Life falls apart, but you don’t have to. There’s a reason I picked this as the title for my book! Being alive means navigating the waters of intermittent chaos. We can’t control most of what goes on around us, but we can control how we respond to it. That’s where Mindful Self-Compassion comes in. Mindful [...]

15 April, 2020

Up Your Self-Care with Soothing Touch

By |2020-02-26T12:48:12-08:00April 15th, 2020|Mindful Methods|

When a child is hurt, a caring adult can reach out with a soothing touch and a soft voice to comfort them. That soothing touch and gentle voice taps into the mammalian caregiver response, prompting the release of oxytocin and opiates in both adults and children. Many people don’t realize they can give [...]

28 March, 2020

Cleaning in Quarantine: Mindful Housekeeping is Better for Your Home—and You

By |2020-03-27T15:56:12-07:00March 28th, 2020|Mindful Methods|

The following post was written by Wendy Manwarren Generes, Editorial Director at San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles. Wendy reached out to me for the content, and we developed a nice email correspondence as the world started sheltering in place because of Covid -19. The magazine is not going to stay in business, so I’m [...]

15 March, 2020

Are Mindfulness and Meditation the Same Thing?

By |2020-02-20T14:22:08-08:00March 15th, 2020|Mindful Methods|

I get asked this question a lot, and the short answer is: No. Mindfulness and meditation are different practices, though they are certainly interrelated. Mindfulness is paying attention to what you are doing while you are doing it, rather than worrying or ruminating. You can turn anything you do into a mindfulness activity, [...]