Blog: A Healthy Mind and Body

Challenge Negative Thinking in 5 Steps

February 13, 2019
When I was young, I played tennis competitively. When I was feeling good about my game, I would tell myself that I was a great tennis player and that I could win. Often, these positive thoughts improved my game. However, on many occasions I would beat myself up with negative thinking, including telling myself I could never win. My anxiety took over and I lost. Our thoughts can actually dictate how we feel, and ultimately influence our behavior either positively or negatively. Read >>

5 Ways Volunteering Can Improve Your Mental Health

December 19, 2018
One thing that strikes me around this time of year is that we are so focused on getting ready for holiday parties and buying gifts for family and friends that we often forget the true meaning of the holidays. Furthermore, we often forget about those who are suffering and don’t have the luxury of a nice meal or being able to buy a gift for a loved one. As a therapist, I often talk to clients about volunteering. It’s an opportunity to help others which can be incredibly fulfilling, gratifying and worthwhile. Jumping off this idea, I have put together 5 ways volunteering can improve mental health in hopes that it will inspire you or someone you know. Read >>

Overcoming an Eating Disorder: It Takes a Village

November 26, 2018
Collaboration is a key element of an individual’s recovery from an eating disorder. It can be overwhelming and scary when you suspect that you, a family member or even a client has an eating disorder. We strongly recommend that the first and most important step is to put together a treatment team. Part of our job as a team at Greater Boston Wellness Collaborative (GBWC), is to reduce stress so we can focus more on providing necessary support. In this post, Lauren Manasse, LICSW and I discuss the importance of a treatment team in one’s recovery from an eating disorder, as well as signs of a healthy and collaborative treatment team. Read >>

Reflections from Summer: Feeling Good About Your Body

October 1, 2018
I took some time off from writing in order to enjoy the summer since it’s such a beautiful time of year in New England. I cherish the dog days of summer, especially when I am at the beach, my happy place. But I also recognize that the beach is not a happy place for everyone, particularly those who have a negative body image. Wearing less clothes, being in a bathing suit and comparing oneself to others can be particularly triggering, not just for young people, but also for middle-aged and older folks. The quest for a “perfect” body is unrealistic and downright unhealthy. Read more >>

Understanding Anxiety and What to Do About It

June 6, 2018
Think about situations you avoid as a result of your anxiety. Are there any that are holding you back from achieving your goals? In my last blog, I wrote about the power of emotions and how all feelings — good, bad or neutral — should be honored, not suppressed. Hopefully by now you are taking the time to get to know yourselves from the inside out, and recognizing how leaning into your emotions can improve your relationship with yourself and others. Today let’s talk about anxiety. Read more >>

5 Steps to Accepting and Managing Your Emotions

April 25, 2018
I don’t think any of us would argue that feeling happy is great. However, being alive means that along with hopefully many happy times, we have down moments, days, or even weeks. Being present means that we need to be in touch with the complexity of feelings and emotions we experience on a moment-to-moment basis. Tapping into and riding the wave of difficult emotions can be challenging, but the “ride” helps us stay connected to and in touch with our complex and vibrant inner world. The ability to feel is a privilege, even if feeling is sometimes uncomfortable, confusing, or both. Read more >>

Mindful Movement – A Healthier Relationship with Our Bodies and Exercise

How to Be More Mindful: Part 4
March 15, 2018
As a therapist who works with clients who have eating disorders, disordered eating and body image issues, I hear many of my clients talk about hitting the gym, finding ways to burn more calories, etc. Ever since the New Year, my clients have talked about taking off the extra pounds they gained over the holidays. Their solutions are exercise and restrictive dieting. Many of them complain that although they’ve resolved to go to the gym more often, they really haven’t gone because they are “lazy,” “tired” or “too busy.” Could the problem really be that going to the gym feels like punishment for them, and it’s not really fun? Read more >>

A Journey into Mindful Eating

How to Be More Mindful: Part 3
February 15, 2018
As a therapist who specializes in eating disorders, I often hear my clients talk about dieting, what they should or shouldn’t be eating, and their concept of “good” and “bad” food. This is especially noticeable around the new year, when people are focused on shedding post-holiday weight gain. It’s unfortunate that so many people in our culture deprive themselves of the pleasures of food because of cultural norms around eating, what they have been taught by family/friends, and what “health gurus” and medical professionals tell us we should or shouldn’t eat. This love/hate relationship with food causes unnecessary stress that could be resolved by re-learning the art of mindful eating. Read more >>

What is Mindfulness? Answers from a Licensed Therapist

How to Be More Mindful: Part 2
January 15, 2018
After writing my first blog about mindfulness during the holiday season, I realized that many people don’t really know what mindfulness is all about. A non-therapist friend of mine asked me if it means closely paying attention to our thoughts, no matter what activity we are engaged in. Actually, I responded, it’s quite the opposite. Mindfulness is letting our thoughts be in the background while fully experiencing the present moment. We miss out on so much of our day-to-day experiences when our thoughts get in the way. Read more >>

How Mindfulness Can Help You Stay Sane Over the Holidays

How to Be More Mindful: Part 1
December 8, 2017
Welcome to my new blog, A Healthy Mind and Body. I felt compelled to write my first blog post about mindfulness now since we are approaching the holiday season.

This season is by far my favorite time of year. I love the brisk sweater weather, the fresh air of November and December, and being surrounded by family, friends, and delicious holiday treats. One of my fondest memories is of sitting in the kitchen taking in the aromas of my grandmother cooking pierogi, latkes, and blintzes for Hanukkah and Christmas. (Yes, I am lucky enough to celebrate both!) But despite such delights, the holidays can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. Buying presents, cooking, and going to parties and get togethers can cause us all so much heartache and fatigue. Read more >>