Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Compassion

By Laura Chackes, Psy.D. At this time of year when we are consumed with giving to others, most of us don’t ever think about giving to ourselves. In our society, it’s often looked down upon to think much about yourself. When I talk about self-compassion, many say that they feel like it’s selfish to put […]

Top 5 Mindfulness Myths Keeping You From Practicing

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By Laura Chackes, Psy.D. Being a mindfulness instructor and major proponent of the technique, I commonly hear the same reasons of why people aren’t practicing mindfulness in spite of its many evidence-backed benefits. In this post I will explain the myth behind each of these “reasons” for not practicing, to help in the understanding of […]

Why Buddhify?

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By Andrew Conrad, LPC Intern It’s simple, colorful, and oh-so-useful. That’s why. Your home base for the Buddhify app is a color wheel with an assortment of meditation topics and contexts radiating from the center. Everything is right there in front of you without having to scroll or tap through endlessly. Features include choosing your […]

Break Free of Anxiety and Depression with MBCT

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Research has shown that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) can reduce by half the risk of future depressive episodes in those who have already had several depressive episodes. The effects of MBCT have been proven as effective as antidepressant medications. Research has also demonstrated MBCT’s success in managing stress, anxiety, anger, and other unwanted mood states. […]

Five Ways To Reduce Stress

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Everyone experiences stress at times. In fact, stress itself is not a problem. It’s our reactions to stress that can be problematic. When we let little stressors build up and do not deal with them, they can become overwhelming and seem impossible to handle. It’s at this point that stress can lead to anger, depression, […]