Modern Minds News
A Letter to My Anxious Friend
Many minds in our beautiful world are troubled with anxiety and worries. It is a prevalent burden amongst friends, family, colleagues, and just fellow humans. One such human is a close friend of mine. He has struggled with anxiety for as long as I’ve known him. He carries with him a heavy burden of worries […]
Building Friendships in Adulthood
Something not many people tell you when you grow up is that it’s hard finding friends as an adult. After high school or college, we often move or the people we grew up with move. Then life happens and we get busy. Friendships may dwindle or may become long distance. Sometimes, we may even feel […]
Have you ever gotten so hooked by a thought you couldn’t hear the person talking to you? Or so focused on your panic you missed the point of a meeting? Thoughts and physical sensations can sometimes feel so overpowering that we lose touch of our surroundings and the task at hand. What to do about […]
“You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup”: Why Self-Care Isn’t Selfish
Have you ever heard the saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup”? Essentially, the saying means that in order for us as humans to effectively take care of others, we must first take care of ourselves. The notion is intuitive in nature, but can be more difficult to put into practice. In fact, it […]
How Movement Can Teach Us to Welcome Discomfort
When we first begin to exercise or if exercising for the first time after a long time, the act is often very uncomfortable to our bodies. When you take those first steps or lift those dusty weights, you move your arms and legs in ways that may feel new or uncomfortable. As you move more, […]
Common Concerns of New Meditators Series: (#2) “I Can’t Keep My Mind Quiet”
Meditation is a wellness tool that can benefit anyone with a human mind. As part of a regular wellness routine, it can help us do things like stress less, sleep better, maintain focus, and build stronger relationships with ourselves and others. (Check out my previous blog post, Meditation – It’s for Every Mind!, to learn […]
The Importance of Everyday Compassion
Setting aside time to practice daily compassion is an important component of mental and physical wellbeing. Practicing compassion for ourselves and others helps us to navigate the difficult times and cope with unexpected changes, disruptions, and losses. We all have times when we feel overwhelmed, confused, disappointed, or lost. We all falter, lose sight of […]
Common Concerns of New Meditators Series: (#1) “I Don’t Have Time”
In my most recent blog post (Meditation – It’s for Every Mind!), I talked about how meditation can be helpful for anyone who has a human mind and how regular practice changes the structure and function of the brain at the neurological level. Benefits include such widely sought-after outcomes as improved focus, reduced stress and […]
Springing Forward: Mindfully Maximizing the Positive Impact of the Spring Time Change
The time for us to “spring forward” is finally upon us on Sunday, March 14th. While it does mean we might technically “lose” an hour of sleep on Saturday night, the loss comes with a great gain: increasing daylight after the workday is over. With this time change comes an invitation for new evening routines […]
3 Tips for Making Movement Meaningful
We’ve all heard it before, “everyone needs physical activity at least 30 minutes a day.” Truthfully, most of us already know that implementing physical activity has various benefits to our lives. Physical activity has positive effects on our sleep, stress levels, heart health, and overall well-being. However, it is often difficult to get started or […]
Make Having Fun a Habit
Many may not realize that having fun is an important component of overall wellbeing. Oftentimes, especially when feeling anxious or depressed, we do not have the energy, enthusiasm, or desire to do something fun. We may at times feel for various reasons that we don’t deserve to have fun, or we have too much to […]
A Thank You Letter to My Body
As the welcoming sight of 2021 has begun, I have found myself thinking of new years resolutions. While January of a new year typically brings new motivation for change, I realized, like many of us I rarely stick with these resolutions. As a result of the tumultuous changes 2020 brought us and my pattern of […]
How can CBT help with Social Anxiety?
Giving a speech. Going to a party. Speaking to someone you’re attracted to. Stating your opinion in a meeting. Making or maintaining eye contact. Keeping up a conversation with an acquaintance. Introducing yourself to a group. Going on a date. Talking on the phone or zoom. Playing a sport in front of other people. Silences […]
Why do we need art in our lives?
How can art help relax the body and the mind to suspend anxious thinking? Tina Kaminski, a licensed clinical social worker at Modern Minds, shares how art, no matter what shape or format, is an important aspect of wellbeing in our lives.
Meditation – It’s for Every Mind!
In this blog post, we highlight misconceptions about meditating and how you begin reaping the benefits from a regular meditation practice today.
We Finally Get It: Hindsight is 2020
Hindsight bias or the idea that hindsight is 20/20 generally makes us feel like crud because it is not reflective of our lived reality. While there is a time and place for looking back and learning from our past – our successes and our failings – we ought to know now that Hindsight is 2020, not 20/20.
5 Tips to Stress Less During the Holiday Season
Do you aim to move through the holiday season with the cheeriness of Cindy Lou Who but find yourself acting more like The Grinch? Here are 5 Tips from Dr. Stephanie Best to help you stress less during the holidays.
5 Tips for Mastering Change
If “Change is the only constant in life”, then how do we master it? In this blog post, we share 5 tips to help you set yourself up to adapt well and be successful in making valuable changes.
Creating Meaning During the Holiday Season
In this blog post, we share why traditions are an important aspect of family life, especially during the holiday season, and how this holiday season, with many seperated from loved ones, why it’s an ideal time to reflect upon which traditions you’d like to keep and new traditions you’d like to begin.
Stress feels a bit like a cold, windy day at the beach these days – a relentless and seemingly out of your control pounding by the waves, the wind and the sand. Many of us feel continually knocked down and hassled by life, and the jokes about 2020 being a bad year are not funny […]
7 Ways to Eat with Intention During the 2020 Holiday Season
Dr. Lauren Carter’s 7 tips for eating with intention (and attention!) during the holidays: 1. Perspective: Keep the meaning of the holiday season in mind. It can be easy to equate the holidays with food; however, the holidays mean much more than that. Above all, it is a season of togetherness, connectedness, and shared joy. […]
4 Ways to Manage Election Anxiety
Election anxiety? If so, you are not alone. Check out this 5 minute video on Lowcountry Live where our psychologist Dr. Stephanie Best shares 4 ways to help you manage election anxiety.
Yoga is Life
All of the tenets of living a meaningful life are experienced in Bikram yoga. Much like life, it all starts with showing up in service of what matters to you. Showing up is often the hardest step in any journey, including yoga. You arrive at the studio at 6:00am. You summon the courage to enter […]
Goal Setting and Activity Planning
In this blog post we share key ingredients to goal setting and activity planning so that you can begin living more of the life you want to live.
“I’ll try that…..when I’m feeling better” Getting started when you’re stuck
In this blog post, we share categories of activities that can lift our mood and help us get started when we’re feeling stuck.
Mindful Social Media: How to stay mentally well in the age of social media
Being mindful of the ways we engage in social media is essential in protecting our mental and emotional health. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help you get the most out of these tools.
De-junk your trunk for fall
Transitioning from Summer to Fall brings many changes that can impact each person differently. De-junking your trunk is a way to re-center and find clarity for yourself amidst the changes. Here are a few practical ways you can de-junk your trunk this fall.
Why I Need A Wellness Mentor (And Why You Might Too)
An Integrative Model of Psychotherapy Spending focused time with each individual is part of the magic, the difference, the value of psychotherapy. The person-centered approach of psychotherapy is what drew me to clinical psychology, and is also what draws a lot people to seek psychotherapy in times of need or more generally for self-development and […]
Promoting Balance in Mind, Body, and Spirit as You Return to College
The key to a healthy life is balance. When you think of balance, what comes to mind? Often balance is misperceived as a static condition. Balance, however, is an ongoing dynamic process whereby you stay simultaneously aware of multiple areas of your life, adjust to daily demands, and align your responses and values. Balance is […]
Parenting during the Pandemic
This is tough for all of us. We are navigating uncharted territory. For parents, the challenge multiplies because we are responsible for the well-being of ourselves and of our children. Those of us with older parents feel responsible for the well-being of yet another. If you’ve read my book, “The Worry Workbook for Kids” you […]
Psychological Flexibility in Your Wellness Routine
At our best, we may settle into a wellness routine that feels comfortable, rejuvenating and balanced. However, as the seasons change, school routines resume, or COVID19 regulations create new barriers, the rhythm of our routine naturally fluctuates. Changes in the external world can have a significant impact on our ability to sustain a wellness routine. […]