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Self-Care Practices: From The Inside Out

Because there is nobody else like you in the world, your self-care is your unique imprint that only you intimately know and build over time. Anything  worth doing takes time to practice and cultivate, and self-care is no different.  So take a deep breath, maybe get a warm drink and sit in your cozy lounge […]

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Doctor’s Prescription: Forest Bathing, The Art of Slowing Down

I don’t know about you, but with COVID and social distancing, I notice that I have been spending a lot more time outside in nature, and that is how I discovered forest bathing. The practice of forest bathing, also called forest therapy, involves no bathing and is not led by a therapist. It originates in […]

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Mindfulness Self Compassion workshop 4/25/2020

This workshop is coming at a time when all of us are grappling with changes, disappointments, grieving losses, the unknown future of ourselves, families, work , local communities and the entire international community. How do you typically react to difficulties in life- work stress, rejection, physical problems, financial difficulties? Most of us deal with such […]

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Mind Body Skills..in challenging times..

Do you feel like you need emotional and mental support? How does your body feel with all these emotions? Do you feel that you are not able to be there for others? When you are able to take care of yourself, you can be there for others. Join me online to learn to support yourself […]

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Self-Compassion: Being On Your Own Side

As you read this article, I want you to write down the first words that you tell yourself when you fail, or when something doesn’t go your way, or a friend does not return your phone calls or when you have financial or health stressors. Most of us understand compassion for others; it is central […]

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Mindfulness Self-Compassion workshop 3/28/2020

How do you typically react to difficulties in life- work, rejection, physical problems or financial difficulties? Most of us deal with such difficulties by blaming ourselves. You can fill in the blank for what you tell yourself during these times, “I am not good enough. I will never succeed. It’s my fault.” Self- esteem needs […]

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The Gut-Brain Connection

A majority of the immune system is located in the gut. The immune system decides which bacteria and foods are “safe and good”, and which ones need to be defended against by producing certain chemicals that cause inflammatory signals.

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Using the Mind to Heal the Body

Anyone can benefit from guided imagery, including adults and children. It may be harder at the beginning for adults to listen to a guided imagery as they tend to analyze the script. However, with continued practice, the benefits of guided imagery increase.

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The Polyvagal Theory: what happens in Vagus stays in Vagus

Have you ever found yourself at a social event, and felt uncertain about being there or in danger, but not really know why? You may look around and nobody else seems to be bothered at the event.

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Holiday Recipe

This article was originally written for and posted on Siouxland Magazine, where Dr Abu Ata is a regular contributor. As you prepare your thanksgiving meal, consider adding the following ingredient, to enhance your mental health and help prevent mental illness, gratitude. Clinical trials show that gratitude can lower blood pressure, improve immune function, and promote […]