Nine Ways To Ensure Your Mindfulness Teaching Practice Is Trauma-Informed

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A recent MindShift article highlighted some things teachers should be aware of if they’re bringing mindfulness into their classrooms. Students may have experienced trauma that makes sitting silently with their eyes closed feel threatening, and teachers can’t assume it will be an easy practice for every child. That awareness is important to create an inclusive environment, but it doesn’t mean that teachers shouldn’t cultivate their own mindfulness practice or use some techniques with students. Click here to read more…

This May Be The Best Way To Help Kids Who've Been Through Trauma

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Why do some children who experience trauma seem to recover naturally over time whereas others develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and even depression? A new studypublished in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has identified one key factor: seeing their own emotional reaction as "not normal." Click here to read more…

The Four Types of Depression and How to Overcome Them

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Psychotherapists probably see more cases of depression than anything else in their practices, but it remains one of the most challenging conditions to accurately assess and treat. Part of the problem, no doubt, is that "depression" is a broad, poorly defined diagnostic category, which embraces a daunting range of symptoms, including cognitive and physical lethargy, mental rumination, loss of concentration, chronic negativity and pessimism, feelings of worthlessness, and unremitting sadness. Furthermore, the symptoms themselves can block response to treatment. Lethargy, hopelessness, negative thought patterns, and refractory negative mood all interfere with useful interventions. To get beyond or around the powerful drag of inertia in depression, therapy needs to quickly nudge clients into action, help them take charge of their cognitive habits, instill hope, and reduce negative mood. Click here to read more…

Who Do You Talk To?

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Back in the 1970s, there was a popular book entitled The Transparent Self by Sidney Jourard. One of Sidney's main points was that for good mental health, everyone needed at least one person with whom they could be "transparent" — one person they could drop the personas and masks with, one person to whom they could reveal their true selves. What's important here is not so much what the other person says and does when you do, but rather the positive impact that the act of revealing, that letting down of one's guard, that having a safe relationship, in and of itself, can have. A good idea that still resonates today. Click here to read more…

Your Mental Health Is Everything

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Few of us would argue that mental health should be low on our priority list. In theory we know it matters, but then reality takes over.

Deadlines dominate. We’re too tired. The kids get sick. We get lost in the vortex of our screens.

Even in an era being called the “Age of Anxiety” and a “mental health crisis”, many of us struggle to place mental health on our never-ending lists, never mind keep it at the top. Then the wake-up calls come. Click here to read more…