2020 has been something, huh? Because of all of the things, we are thrilled to be sharing this guest post from Bernadette Pleasant, the founder of The Emotional Institute, an online resource and educational center that offers courses, workshops, and interactive experiences that provide pathways to cultivate emotional wellbeing and gain insights that bring about a balanced mind/body connection. Bernadette has spent a lifetime exploring celebrations of the mind and body, from sensual dance to somatic healing. As a woman of color who comes from an esteemed tradition of natural healers, she is recognized as a leader in the mind-body…

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From COVID-19 to fighting for racial justice, right now stress is high for all of us — including our kids. While we encourage you to continue having necessary conversations with your children about racism and COVID-19 often (recent Sesame Street specials can help if you don’t know where to begin — get them here and here), it’s also important to help yourself and your kids to self-care by giving them tools to manage big feelings (and the awareness from us that those big feelings may manifest differently in our kids’ behaviors than they do in ours). To help us with…

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It’s the understatement of the year to say that emotions are running high right now. For all of us. In a whole lot of ways. Workouts have always helped us with our mental health — but that seems to be the case now more than ever. And, as we’ve been getting our home workouts and socially distanced runs in, we’ve been using a few different ways to make them even better for our mental and emotional state. We’re not talking about anything that’s too hard to do; just little tweaks here and there that you can try. These little tricks…

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  Yes, you read that headline right. Stress can actually be a positive thing if we respond to it in a mindful way, says mindfulness and leadership expert Laurie J. Cameron. She’s the founder and CEO of PurposeBlue and the author of the The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy From Morning to Evening, and today we have her three tips for using those stressors to your advantage. 3 Mindfulness Keys to Turn Stress to Your Advantage The body’s response to stress — rapid heartbeat and breathing, narrowed vision, and a jolt of adrenaline — is…

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Can we talk about using high-intensity workouts to deal with stress, please? It’s come up several times recently with a few of my clients and friends and I think it’s definitely something that we should talk about it on a broader scale. I absolutely think exercise is an excellent tool for managing day-to-day stress. And in the times we live in, it’s so critical that we have positive outlets for stress relief. It might go unnoticed when you’re consistently putting in the gym time day in and day out, but if you’ve ever been injured or otherwise unable to workout in…

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There’s, ahem, a lot to get worked up about these days. But, when we’re all stressed out and freaking out, we simply cannot go out and do the things we need to do in this world. Without taking care of ourselves, we can’t be of service to others — our families, our friends, our communities. So, with that in mind, we share with you this special guest post from Healthline and Athleta that’s based on this Yoga for Calm article. Take five minutes and run through these centering poses today. Your body and mind will thank you. How to Practice…

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