The power of moving slowly There is a wide variety of yoga styles and it can be confusing about which ones are right for you. One major distinction is fast-paced versus slow-placed. Fast-paced (power yoga) can often feel more like a workout, while slow-paced yoga allows for more intentional connection to your breath and body.…

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A New Expressive Arts Therapist in Downtown Raleigh We are so excited to welcome Susan Miller to our team of wellness practitioners! Susan is a professional counselor specializing in expressive arts therapy. We interviewed her to learn more about her approach and how you can engage with her work. How does art support wellness? Everyone…

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by: Casey Geiger Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional. This blog post is a reflection on my experiences and should not be considered professional advice. Also, I refer to some potentially triggering concepts in this post including, suicide and self-harm. Major depressive disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder. Borderline personality disorder. These are the mental…

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Anxiety Part 2: Redefining It All by: Nola Johnson (for part 1 of Nola’s story, read The Roots of Anxiety). As I continue to navigate the ups and downs of anxiety there are a few things that I try to keep in mind. While each one is pretty easy to remember, some have been harder…

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Anxiety Part One: The Reason Behind It All by: Nola Johnson For a little over two years now I’ve known that I have anxiety. It seems a bit strange to say now, because my anxiety didn’t pop up two years ago. Nope. Anxiety has been in my life for as long as I can remember.…

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Healthy eating is not bad, in and of itself. It’s important to consider proper fueling, nutrients, and the pleasures of eating. However, healthy eating can become an obsession, to the point that it interferes with health and well-being. This is called orthorexia. Even though orthorexia is not yet recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual,…

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Photo of Brit leading the belly breathing tutorial

Belly breathing is a wonderful grounding exercise to reduce anxiety. The opposite action would be chest breathing, which is often shallow and rapid. Think about your last visit to the gym when you were out of breath. You were likely chest breathing. This is activating and stimulates the fight, flight, or freeze nervous system (sympathetic).…

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Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional. This blog post is a reflection on my experiences and should not be considered professional advice.  Also, I refer to some emotionally challenging things in this post, including divorce, suicide and violent language.  I remember walking down a quiet neighborhood street in the dark.  It was January…

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