Mind

Love in the Time of COVID

Contributor: Lori Bush, Co-Founder & CEO of Solvasa  March 12, 2020, was a very long day. The drama started at 2:30 AM Paris time while on a long-planned girlfriends’ trip to France. Our phones blew up with calls and texts from loved ones alerting us to the breaking news of travel restrictions from Europe to the U.S.   Was this stressful?  Of course. Did I panic? A little. And then a mindful moment of PBR kicked in: Pause, Breathe, Respond with Intention. As Solvasa’s Dr.…

Resilience to Stress in Stressful Times

Contributor: Dr. Kristen Race, Ph.D.   Last Monday I flipped from full denial about the threat of a pandemic to a full on panic attack. Since then I’ve toggled between convincing myself that the shortness of breath I experience while going up the stairs must mean I have the virus, to compulsively hitting the refresh button on a live map of the current outbreaks, to subtly edging away from anyone who clears their throat, to making sure I buy…

Balance Your Brain to Balance Your Life!

Contributer: Dr. Kristen Race The pressures, pulls, and distractions of our lives have made the idea of attaining “balance”, an urban myth that, while desirable, seems unattainable for most of us. We spend our lives inundated 24/7 by information, our careers demand constant accessibility, and our time spent with our own children seems more harried than ever. Drawing from cutting edge research on the brain, combined with simple mindfulness practices, I’ve spent the last decade…

The Meaning Behind the Mantra

Contributer: Lori Bush Intention over habit. Attitude over age. Presence over everything. These catchy sounding keys for Integrative Beauty seem simple enough… right? In reality, while the potential benefits are profound, many of us are challenged to overcome the less-than-healthy ways our minds respond to constant over-stimulation, and social and self-imposed pressures. Not to mention the human propensity to default to ingrained biases and practices. The purpose of our mantra is not to suggest that…

I’m In a New Relationship…

Contributor: Elizabeth Thibaudeau We invest a lot into our relationships, but how often do we take the time to nurture the relationship with ourselves? While hiking the other day, I was tuned into the Rich Roll podcast, and enlightened by a discussion he was having with his guest, Lisa Gottlieb. For those of you who may not know who she is, (don’t feel bad, I’d never heard of her) she’s a therapist who recently wrote…

De-Stress the Dress: How to Declutter Your Closet

Contributor: Jill DeWan of Flair Shopping As a Personal Stylist, I hear so many women complain they have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. Trying to decide what to wear can cause unnecessary stress in your life. In fact, according to Dr. Kristen Race, decision-making is one of the most exhausting tasks that our brain performs.  So overloading our brains with all of those fashion choices actually does trigger unnecessary stress. Your…

How to Make Back to School Season Less Stressful

Contributor: Dr. Kristen Race Transitions can be difficult for kids. Even when they are excited for school, this time of year is often mixed with feelings of angst about how they will fit in socially and academically. And for parents, there are the endless lists of to-dos, from school supplies, to back to school shopping, sports physicals, band sign-ups, volunteer requests, and who is going to organize the carpool from school to soccer practice?  Whether…

My ‘Aha!’ Moment of Mindfulness

Contributor: Elizabeth Thibaudeau Over the years, I’ve never really thought much about meditation or mindfulness. I was busy living my hectic life moving from one activity to the next…until I experienced a few ‘aha! moments of mindfulness. I’m about as far as you can get from being a Yogi or meditation expert. Truth be told,  if you’re one of those mental mind masters, what I’m about to share will more than likely bore you to…

6 Mindfulness Exercises to Give Your Brain a Boost

Working out regularly can be a great natural stress reliever. The good news is, you don’t have to have a strict gym regimen to reap the benefits of exercise. Try these mindfulness exercises to give your brain a boost… Contributor: Dr. Kristen Race Working out is a great stress reliever and might even be a healthy escape for you, something that gives you a chance to break away from your usual routine and fully engage…