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Creating a New Normal: Surviving Hybrid and Distance Learning 

Creating a New Normal: Surviving Hybrid and Distance Learning 

Article by Heather Deveny-Leggitt Put your own oxygen mask on first! When reviewing safety procedures on an airplane, the flight attendant always reminds passengers to put on their own oxygen mask before securing others. This is a helpful metaphor for parenting. Our best intentions often tell us that we need to put our children first, even to the detriment of our own well being. However, as we add on stress and spread ourselves too thin, or try to ignore our own feelings to manage our children’s, we are often getting in our own way. When stress takes over, or we fail to acknowledge and care for our own feelings, we downshift to lower centers of our brain. You may find yourself parenting in ways you promised you never would, even when you know it’s not effective and later feel guilty. In order to access the higher centers of our brain, we have to first take care of and calm ourselves before we can effectively offer that to our children. We can do this by implementing both long term...

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Yoga’s Holistic Approach to Anxiety

Yoga’s Holistic Approach to Anxiety

Article by Jennifer Brandt, Yoga Therapist. Jen is a guest contributor this month. Jen is a Yoga Therapist from Stillwater who sees clients in her private practice (and, yes, she does work virtually as well!). To find out more about Jen, or to book a session, visit https://www.bodyandmindyogatherapy.com/yoga-classes. Anxiety in a modern world Some level of anxiety is a natural response to environmental stressors. It keeps us focused and safe. But when feelings of anxiety become overwhelming or unmanageable they can begin to take a toll on many different aspects of our lives. There are four standard recommendations to treat anxiety: talk therapy, medication, exercise, and yoga. For many of us, a combination of these approaches can be very effective. Just as certain medications might work better for you than others, or certain therapists seem to understand you better than others, your yoga practice must to be a good ‘fit’ to be most effective. Yoga is commonly misunderstood to be just...

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Simple Financial Planning Tips For Parents

Simple Financial Planning Tips For Parents

Article By Sara Bailey--guest blogger Author bio: Sara Bailey is a blogger and the founder of TheWidow.net, a support network for individuals who have lost their spouses and are raising children on their own. Financial planning is a lengthy and often stressful process for most; it comes with thoughts about an uncertain future, providing for loved ones no matter what the economic climate is, and how to comfortably get through retirement. Few of us want to add on to our responsibilities, so those thoughts can bring on anxiety and even depression. However, the benefits of planning ahead greatly outweigh the drawbacks. With the right amount of preparation, you can ensure that your partner and your children are well taken care of after you’re gone. Estimate Your Worth Knowing your worth is essential when you’re financial planning because it can help you see where you’re spending too much unnecessarily. Seeing a figure associated with your net worth will allow you to get an idea of how...

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Understanding Somatic Therapies

Understanding Somatic Therapies

Article by Paula Sadee, LMFT Somatic therapies are a holistic type of therapy, using the powerful connection between the mind and body to create healing and lasting change. It is often used as the primary treatment for trauma and PTSD, and it’s very helpful for anxiety and other mental illnesses. Since trauma is held in the body, the body is seen as the pathway to healing in somatic therapies. It’s easy to understand how trauma is stuck in the body when you think of a war veteran. You can imagine how a loud noise, such as fireworks could create an automatic reaction in the body, as the body remembers loud noises being dangerous or life threatening. This brings intense physiological reactions like sweating, heart racing, and fast breathing, muscles tension, shaking, or dry mouth among other symptoms. Their body is in fight or flight mode. In that moment, that person may feel like they are actually back in a war zone. This doesn’t just happen with trauma from war, but can also...

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The Gut/Brain Connection

The Gut/Brain Connection

Article by Dana Stewart We have all felt physiological reactions to stress and trauma, but did you know that these physiological responses are also greatly impacted by our gut and what we eat? In November, Andrea and I attended a training called “The Gut-Brain Connection: Facts, Fads, & Fallacies”. This is an area that I have had interest and excitement in for a number of years now. Part of my interest in being a part of Cardinal Psychotherapy was the shared interest all of us have in this area of mind-body connection. It can be tempting for people to shy away from the topic because it can be so overwhelming. Never hesitate to bring up the topic of nutrition, stress, or mind/body health in your therapy sessions because it is both important and relevant! While I would love to share all of the information learned from this training, it is impossible in such a small space. Instead I will share some of my favorite takeaways from the day.  The Role of Vagus Nerve Have you heard of the...

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