Openness

By: Ellen Abrams King, LMSW Soundtrack: Everywhere, Fleetwood Mac Summer and the hotter months bring, as we all know, the pressures of the “beach body,” racist standards to remove body hair, and many other pressures society places on our bodies. With the leaves ending...

Making Mindfulness Your Full-Time Job

By: Rina Goldstein, LMSW You meet your friend for lunch and are asked the common question, “How’s work?” Most of us, if employed, can readily answer what we like, dislike, avoid, chase, accomplish, and mess up at. Some of us may be able to list long-term goals,...

Recognizing Where You Feel Your Emotions in Your Body

Your body works hard to sustain you. If you want it to communicate with you, befriending it is the best option. That means listening to it. If your body tells you it is hungry and craving protein, that is what it needs. If it is tired, or thirsty, dry, or sweaty, restless, or depleted of energy- Do for it what it asks of you. When we ignore our bodies’ regulation cues, pain, or fatigue, they cannot tell us other important reminders and preferences. It’s like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs- If you don’t have food and shelter, how can you expect your body to tell you about the emotional needs that haven’t been met?