Learning to mindfully relax, Fawn Moyer
This time of year seems to bring many transitions and new beginnings in our lives. It may be a child leaving home for college, embarking on a marriage, or maybe you have decided to change jobs or careers. All these changes can be both exciting and stressful. This month I would like to take a moment to share a technique called Progressive Muscle Relaxation(PMR). PMR has been successfully used in conjunction with therapy to treat anxiety, depression, trauma and yes, stress. This month’s article is a “hands-on” interactive way to implement strategies to reduce stress and tension while increasing relaxation. I hope you will take a few minutes to try it! Remember, learning to relax take practice, try then try again! Happy relaxing!
The body and trauma recovery, Fawn Moyer, LPC
So much of my work and study is around Trauma-informed treatment and how trauma is stored in our bodies. This work makes my heart soar when I consider how recovery from trauma creates space for all of us to live fully in the present. What has always been so intriguing to me is that many who have lived through a traumatic event don't always know it is trauma! This month I offer to you a podcast from www.onbeing.org. Bessel Van Der Kolk is Medical Director of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts. He's also a professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. His books include Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on the Mind, Body and Society and The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. How trauma lodges in the body is an enlightening interview reminding me how we become living testimonies to past trauma.
Running toward recovery, Fawn Moyer
Most who know me know, I am a runner- in heart, body, and soul. As I searched my heart and experiences for an article this month, one subject kept coming up time and again. How does running offer healing from trauma and offer a path toward recovery from addiction? A few days ago I ran the LOVE Half-marathon in Philadelphia. This run will go in the books with countless other half and full marathons I have completed throughout my life. Running for me has always been a powerful metaphor for life and healing. Some days are all about just putting one foot in front of the other, making it through the pain that a hard run brings for me is the ultimate metaphor of a life. It seemed this month everywhere I turned I was reading, listening to or learning about how running is a vehicle for recovery. Today, I offer to you for the month of April a chance to learn about the art of running as a vessel to heal. Not all choose to run and that’s okay. Today, I encourage you to find your self-care vehicle that will provide you the gift of connecting to yourself, quieting your inner critic and become one step closer to mindfulness in a world full of "the next best thing”.
Mindfulness in Today's' World
This month’s article deviates a bit from the focus that the new year brings resolutions and change, and delves into a tool that has been prevalent for thousands of years, and one that I believe in fully as a skill worth developing in order to work toward healing. Mindfulness. “Being fully aware in the present moment” is a skill some strive for daily. We have learned that among other benefits, being fully engaged in the present increases joy in that moment, and a connection in the here and now with those we love. A mindful way of dealing with and perceiving difficult situations can foster healing from depression, anxiety, and even trauma. Those who know me, know that in just about every meeting together I will likely find a way to discuss or even practice mindfulness in a session. This month’s article identifies how Mindfulness is revolutionizing mental health care. Enjoy!!
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” ~ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Each new year beckons us to evaluate, reevaluate and assess our current situation in life. Reinventing ourselves in not always easy, but can be well worth the effort and increase overall satisfaction with life. This month’s article focuses on how major life transitions can encourage us to challenge our best self and how to get there. Reinvent Yourself offers a step by step guide on the realism of change and growth, and how to examine your values as you work toward your best future self. Enjoy!
"Motivated to start this New Year off right? Have you ever wondered what the secret of happiness really is? This article might surprise you with the sometimes unconventional ways happiness is discovered. Happiness might better be described as a sense of "peace" or "contentedness". One of life's sharpest paradoxes is that the key to satisfaction is doing things that feel risky, uncomfortable, and occasionally bad."