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Understand and Balance the Chemicals of Your Mood

By Henry Emmons, MD

Let me start by saying that the field of psychiatry has greatly oversimplified brain chemistry, and I’m guilty of doing that again here. Nonetheless, a more simple way of understanding and talking about this very complex subject is necessary. A bit of understanding of...

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Single Task Challenge

In this month's newsletter (sign up here), we took on the challenge of... doing nothing for 90 minutes. A simple idea, but tough in practice. 

One way to warm up toward doing nothing is to do just one thing (doing less is the practice!). This is particularly helpful as multitasking can be a...

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What Is Integrative Mental Health?

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Though integrative mental health is becoming a more buzz-y term, it's something our NMH team has been doing for decades. The term “integrative” mental health typically refers to a novel approach to treatment that differs from the traditional biomedical approach in the following ways:

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Healthy Gut Basics for Mental Health (Spoiler: You Don't Need a Daily Probiotic)

By Tim Culbert, MD

Restoring and maintaining optimal mental health requires a multi-pronged approach that supports your mind, body, and heart. A key part of that holistic approach involves caring for your gut. So, what (or who?!) lives in your gut and how can you care for it?

Your gut...

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A Reverie On The Senses

Guest Post by Kaia Svien, MS

 The sun shines not on us, but in us. 

The river flows not past, but through

us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every

fiber and cell of the substance of our

bodies, making them glide and sing.

-John Muir

 

Ah, the delight of waking up the senses!

Many...

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Go Deeper With Your 19 Senses

Written by Dr. Tim Culbert

Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy.

The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don't know anything about...

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High Quality Connections: Noticing the Good in Everyday Encounters

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By Henry Emmons, MD

What is it that sets very happy people apart from the not-so-happy? Is it a healthy diet? Exercise? An active spiritual life? Or simply being fortunate enough to have mostly good things happen throughout life?

A study of 222 undergraduates screened for high happiness...

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Be Well in June: Wake Up Your Senses

Last month's theme encouraged you to add more activity to your day with attention to more rhythmic and diverse movements. This month, you'll activate your system in ways that may seem more subtle, but are just as enlivening and nourishing. 

The focus this month is to awaken...

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Five Exercise Musts for Natural Mental Health

Stuck in an exercise rut? Want to boost your mood?

If your answer is an exhausted "Yes" to both of those questions, then read on for five simple strategies you can integrate into your day or week to build an exercise habit and support your mood.

Note: Don't feel pressure to integrate all of the...

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A Mindful View of Motivation

By Henry Emmons, MD

In an earlier post, Dr. Culbert discussed more about motivation and apathy and some very practical ways to deal with these concerns. In this article, I want to offer you some ways you can apply a mindfulness perspective to help you when you just can’t get...

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