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Incorporate Mindfulness into your Daily Routine Using 5 Easy Steps

The practice of mindfulness originated thousands of years ago and means paying full attention to one’s surroundings at the present moment. Although it’s not a clinical technique, it is an active component of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and carries a variety of benefits to our everyday self-control and general happiness. By definition, mindfulness is “a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.” Being mindful is not a superpower - everyone can learn to do it. Chances are, you have already experienced it at certain times in your life, such as when doing routine work or feeling present when spending time with someone you love. With...

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Challenging the “New Year, New You” Message

By Dr. Mehri Moore, M.D. Around this time of year, it’s nearly impossible to escape messaging relating to revitalization or renewal. Gyms are offering discounted memberships, talk show hosts are discussing how to craft the perfect set of New Year’s resolutions, and media outlets of every stripe are running “Best of 20__” or “Year in Review” segments — and telling you what to look forward to in the coming year — on a nightly basis. It’s hardly a mystery why people get swept up in this “new year, new you” thinking, but it’s worth pausing for a moment to consider whether this approach to a fresh calendrical cycle is the right one. Celebrations of Renewal across Cultures This way of thinking is neither new nor, in a broad...