mindfulness

What Do You Do When You Realize You’ve Stopped Caring?

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Published on: February 5, 2020

The other day I came across a social media post, it said — what do you do when you realize you’ve stopped caring? It got me thinking. This is the time of the year, the cold, dreary, winter months when we tend to lose touch with ourselves. We stop caring. We might feel stuck, bored, and unmotivated to do anything to make a change. Some of us might get pulled into a vice of our choice — comfort food, alcohol, trashy TV, etc. These moments in life are normal. We all have times when we are “in a rut,” moments when… Continue Reading This Article

How Practicing Gratitude Can Help You Be Happier

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Published on: November 20, 2019

We know of Thanksgiving as the holiday of shoveling mounds of turkey, stuffing, and pie into our mouths but it is also about being thankful. Gratitude is a practice that can do wonders for your mood, your outlook on life and your overall happiness when embraced year-round. There is always something in your life to be thankful for, you just have to identify it.  Shifting Your Focus To Joy So much of the time we focus on the bad things going on. We fall into the realm of feeling like a victim even if the bad only took up a small… Continue Reading This Article

Mindfulness and Movement: Disconnecting Outdoors

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Published on: June 3, 2019

I once listened to a podcast about mindfulness running. A frequent music and podcast listener, the thought was a bit foreign to me at the time. I mean, who doesn’t want to escape into a song or a story while doing their workout.  The podcast suggested putting the music away, leaving the earbuds at home, and instead focusing on the movement of your feet, the sound of the birds overhead, the wind hitting the trees, the sun on your face, etc. It stressed the necessity of being focused on the present and not letting your mind wander. It is easy… Continue Reading This Article

The Benefits of Slowing Down

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Published on: February 25, 2019

We are all busy, it seems. Constantly preoccupied with what’s coming next, planning for the next event, the next big life goal, always trucking along, moving forward. While it is good to plan things out and work on achieving goals, sometimes we need to be reminded to slow down. Our lives are happening right in front of us and many of us are missing it. We are so busy worrying about what is coming next, what we should be doing, that we are missing the moments we are part of currently. Slowing down is a challenge for many of us…. Continue Reading This Article

Don’t Let the Food Win: Tips to kick emotional eating during the holidays

Published on: November 12, 2017

The holiday season can be great—it can be full of happy moments, celebrating, love, and cherished family time. But, it can also bring rise to unpleasant feelings of loss, regret, depression, or being overwhelmed. If you are an emotional eater the holiday season can be a big trigger especially with the abundance of savory and sweet options. Emotional eaters turn to food to numb their feelings—and many times without even realizing it they find themselves mindlessly nibbling during moments of stress. The problem tends to be exaggerated during this season when food is plentiful, and options might be different from… Continue Reading This Article

Getting Motivated: Tips to get you started

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Published on: November 2, 2017

Counselors hear it all the time — “I want to make changes, but I am not motivated.” In order to improve your life and your mental health, you need to put in the effort. A little work can go a long way to a happier, healthier you. Making the change So how do you get motivated to take charge, to make the change? Here are some tips to get you started: 1. Educate yourself on the human brain: The same way the brain produces adrenaline when faced with trouble, it also releases happy hormones like serotonin and dopamine. These hormones… Continue Reading This Article

The All-Important Family Dinner

Published on: September 21, 2017

Life is hectic. Between shuffling the kids from extracurricular activities, getting your work done, and taking care of life’s many chores it is easy to let family dinner time fall by the wayside — but that is exactly why it is so important.   In fact, research shows family dinners are among the most important things you can do as a family. Children who eat family dinners do better in school, eat healthier, and make better life choices; and parents who have family dinners report lower levels of stress, according to a study by the National Center on Addiction and… Continue Reading This Article

Postpartum Depression: One Woman’s Story

Published on: May 9, 2017

Many times we expect a smooth transition after having a baby. After all, we do expect it to be the happiest time of our lives, right? Well, what happens when it doesn’t turn out to be the happiest time of our life? Let’s take a look at Grace’s story (fictionalized client). Grace is a new mom who had her first baby four months ago. She called Move Forward Counseling when she found herself crying uncontrollably, unable to get to work, and excessive and frequent thoughts of something happening to her baby or her spouse. “I don’t feel like myself” During… Continue Reading This Article

Muse: The Next Generation of Meditation

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Published on: February 7, 2017

Move Forward Counseling prides itself on the ability to provide tangible tools to use when times get tough. Some of these tools include reframing thoughts into healthy patterns, identifying coping skills, and mindfulness exercises. We are excited to announce that we now have a tool to help increase success rates with mindfulness exercises! Introducing, Muse, a headband that utilizes EEG technology to provide real-time feedback during mindfulness practice. We will talk about how it works in a minute, but first let’s talk about how mindfulness works. What is Mindfulness? All too often we tend to focus on “I should have”… Continue Reading This Article