by David Servan-Schreiber
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
Has your physician ever asked you to write about the worst day of your life? Probably not. Yet the Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a clinical study showing that writing can have a big impact on physical symptoms...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: "Prescribing story writing for medical purposes is a time-honored way of treating post-traumatic stress disorder and depressive conditions." Here is some up-to-date research info on the health benefits of writing.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Barbara Stahura
Most family members caring for a loved one with a serious injury, illness, or condition are extremely stressed; many times they fall prey to illness and some even die while their care recipient is still alive. I understand.
When my husband suffered a serious brain injury in 2003, caring for him led me to be diagnosed with secondary traumatic stress. Fortunately, he was able to recover and become independent over time, which meant I could recover, too...
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by David G. Arenson, ND
ATH Co-Editor of Sacred Living
Men, I don't just speak to you, I speak to all people. We are all part of this creation called “man” and “women.” We all share the fruits of our labours, our struggles, our successes, our failures...
Editor's Note from David Arenson: The divine masculine archetype has been perverted to serve our ends of dominating. It is men who have misused their power to obstruct justice and stimulate a fear-based society. As a result, the collective suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. These times are ending, and a more rewarding union between masculine and feminine energies is arising from the dust of obliteration we have created. It is now time for men and women to be free.
Interviewed by Susan Lutz, ATH Editor of Organic Living
Pregnancy can offer challenges on the organic path - from finding time and energy to shop and cook, to managing health and stress and of course, ultimately the birth. Lauren, author of Ginger is the New Pink: My journey towards healing with vegan whole foods, and editor at Crazysexylife.com returns to All Things Healing to share some of her experiences of keeping up with a healthy life for her and her baby on the way...
by Michael B. Ellner
The National Mental Health Association lists several reasons as to why people experience negative stress in the form of depression. Some of the more common reasons are loneliness, or seasonal depression in and around the holidays. These can range from the anxiety of family tensions, work issues, financial stress, or getting over a break up...
Editor´s Note from Cynthia Lindner: Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD is more common in parts of the planet that receive reduced amounts of daylight during those shorter winter days. As wintery storm clouds block the sunshine of many climates, some people who are sensitive to the lack of light notice a change in how they feel.Along with the use of light boxes, many people find that using self-hypnosis and other mindful techniques helps to alleviate the "funk" of SAD.
Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of "The Mindful Child", has designed a way to bring mindfulness techniques to children which improves their capacity to focus, calm themselves, and manage stress. She explains a simple way of explaining mindfulness to children, "Mindfulness is paying attention with kindness, to yourself, other people, and the world around you." She takes seven concepts of mindfulness and applies them to the ABC's of attention, balance and compassion. Stopping, focusing, and choosing fall under attention categories. Quieting and seeing go with balance. Caring and connection go with compassion.
by Pat Heydlauff
“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure,” said Peter Marshall, former pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, who also twice served as Chaplain of the United States Senate...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Pat Heydlauff explores the three most common stressors in today's society and encourages us to manage stress effectively. She shares four empowering strategies in her stress control plan. Bringing our beliefs and values into alignment with our decisions and actions plays an important role in reducing stress and improving the quality of our lives.
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