Archive Monthly Archives: August 2017

“From Depression to Joy”

Our first book, “From Depression to Joy: A Parent’s Handbook for Teenage Wellness” officially launched today! For a limited time only, we are going to give this away for $0.99! Get it here and let us know how this handbook helped you and your family.

The BEST essential oils for stress reduction

Aromatherapy can be very helpful for stress reduction , but there are so many oils and combinations out there that it can be extremely confusing to know what to use! We love using essential oils and encourage our clients to try it out as well.

Below are some of the best essential oils for the reduction of stress:

      1. Lavender 
      2. Rose 
      3. Chamomile
      4. Ylang Ylang
      5. Patchouli

You can purchase the scents you are most drawn to by clicking here and selecting “retail customer”.  We will do a blog post coming soon about different ways you can use essentials oils! Feel free to bring your oils with you to your next counseling session. Comment below about your experience with essential oils .

Quiet your mind

Do you ever stay awake at night, tossing and turning due to worries and seemingly relentless thoughts? We ALL have been there , when all we want to do is quiet our minds and relax… but this is much easier said than done. Very few of us are able to do it through deep breathing alone ; many others can benefit from using a tool to get to this state. My dear mentor & friend Paul Santisi is the world’s leader in meditations and self development. His meditations are unlike any other I have ever come across, and believe me when I say that I have tried many! My favorite meditation for clearing your mind is called Mind Silence , and you can check it out for free here or download it to your phone here.  This is one I recommend to my clients struggling with anxiety and racing thoughts; I have only received positive feedback about this. I recall my one client raving on and on about how relaxed he felt after the first time he tried Paul’s meditation . He later went on to  incorporate meditation into his daily routine to help keep him sober. Try it out and leave your experience with how you felt in the comments below!

 

 

Our Opening

Here’s a flashback to our Grand Opening and Sara’s Book signing of “From Depression to Joy”; you can grab your Kindle version next week!  Pittsburgh’s chamber of commerce and many of Sara and Waggy’s colleagues supported this fantastic night.

 

Do This To Alleviate Stress Fast

Can it REALLY be that simple? You mean to tell me that petting my dog or cat can reduce my blood pressure and relax me?  Yes it absolutely can ! Pets are great stress reducers! It is absolutely astounding what can happen to someone’s mood just from petting their furry friend. Petting and cuddling with cats and dogs tend to have a substantially stronger relaxing effect compared to smaller pets such as lizards and hamsters; however, smaller pets calm your nerves too! Next time you feel stressed , sit down with your four legged buddy and take 15 mindful minutes of petting him or her.  You and “fluffy” will both enjoy it! Notice how you feel afterwards. Try it out next time you catch yourself worrying about your job or missing the Game of Thrones and share your experience below or during your session with your counselor.




 

… What is Wellness?

Many of you may wonder what exactly wellness is. Dr. Z and I had a fascinating conversation about this the other day. I was visiting her at Duquesne University. As I strolled in , I plopped myself down on a cozy chair and unwrapped a delectable chocolate from her desk . This has been an ongoing tradition for years ! I laughed and mentioned how I only seem to eat chocolate in her “Duq”office. We then talked about wellness and how it means something different for everyone. For some people, wellness means zero carbs and working out in the gym 6 days a week. For others, it means enjoying chocolate in moderation and savoring every delicious bite.  Wellness could mean thriving in your career or being exuberant staying at home with your children and dog.

Wellness is what you make of it and that is why we love wellness so much ! It truly embodies so much and it’s meaning can change throughout your life .

Let us know in the comments what wellness means to you!