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The messy, complicated truth about grief 12/19/2021

The messy, complicated truth about grief

"The only guarantee about is that however you feel right now, you will not always feel this way."

If your life has exploded into a million little bits, you don’t need platitudes. You don’t need cheerleading. You don’t need to be told this all happened for a reason. Some things cannot be fixed. But they can be carried.

The messy, complicated truth about grief Mourning the loss of a loved one isn’t efficient, compact or logical, says writer Nora McInerny. She explains why.

12/09/2021

We think being hard on ourselves will motivate us to work longer + push harder, but it often leaves us feeling drained, unhappy, and worthless without accomplishments.⁣

Instead, celebrate where you are right now. It’s not like the to-do list ever gets shorter.⁣

Consider this as your invitation to be gentle. (I’m telling myself just as much as I’m inviting you) 💙⁣










10/31/2021

Happy Halloween 🎃👻 ⁣

Halloween can thrilling and fun… and it can be full of scaries and tears.⁣

Remember: all feelings are welcome! And reminds us that the more we talk to our kids about what to expect, the more they will feel in control… which means the more they will *act* in control. ⁣

This Halloween, let everyone know it’s safe to have, feel, and express their emotions. Ask how they think they’ll feel when you announce, “Time to go home!” - kids who can anticipate their feelings tend to be better able to regulate them, because they are less taken by surprise. ⁣

✨ And see what part of the holiday you can embrace with playfulness. We deserve some fun too… break from the usual routine and prioritize silliness with them!⁣

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Photos from Meaningful Minds's post 10/11/2021

It’s , a designation that I hope will eventually sound as unnecessary as World Eating Day or World Sleeping Day, because mental health is health, and inseparable from who we are as human beings. But for now, mental health is still stigmatized and misunderstood, and if giving it a special day means more folks publicly share their stories, then I’m all for it.

Lifestyle shifts are a real piece of recovery, so here are some gentle reminders.

I post and share all this because visibility is so important. Normalizing this conversation not only helps us feel less alone, but it will save lives.

Be kind to your mind. 💖⁣ Sending love to all who need it.

special thanks to for the words and images 🧠 ⁣

What are you doing to take care of your mental health?⁣








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10/11/2021

Today is and wouldn’t it just so happen that I woke up today feeling a little and unsettled. I’m going to let you in on a little secret:⁣

Therapists have to intentionally work on their mental health, too.⁣

So the in me needed some quick dopamine hits to boost my mood. So I:⁣
✔️ did a load of laundry⁣
✔️ finally unpacked the suitcase I was living out of for most of September (we procrastinate, too!)⁣
✔️ reached out to a friend for support⁣
[Side note: people talk about “reaching out for support” like it’s so easy, but even as a mental health professional, I hesitated. So if having some language helps, it sounded like this: “hey bestie! do you have 30 mins to chat today? having all the feels and i wanted to talk them out with you!”]⁣
✔️did a walk and talk outside which was a quadruple wellness bonus: ⁣
🏃🏽‍♀️ exercise⁣
🌲 spending time in nature⁣
☀️ vitamin D⁣
💙 connection⁣

and the Dallas Cowboys win tonight didn’t hurt! 🏈⭐️ ⁣

What are you doing to take care of your mental health?⁣








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10/03/2021

In this mental health crisis, tech-leveraged therapeutics are the future of care. 🥽⁣

Therapy offered electronically not only increased accessibility in some circumstances, it has also been proven to be just as effective as in-person treatment (APA, 2020).⁣

“The reality is there will never be enough high-quality providers to meet the growing demand for mental health services,” Singhvi says. “If we’re serious about addressing this crisis, we have to let go of the idea that therapy can only be done face-to-face and recognize the huge gains provided by user-friendly automated digital interventions.”⁣

Read the full article about therapy reimagined in here: https://www.verywellmind.com/future-of-mental-health-care-5199120⁣





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10/02/2021

Thrilled to share that I’m featured in “What Will the Future of Mental Health Care Bring?” by Verywell

“People aren’t returning to the couch,” says Priya Singhvi, LPC, LMFT, Director of Clinical Operations at Rey. “Covid-19 dramatically affected the practice of talk therapy by incorporating wide scale adoption of technology. Many clinicians have made the choice to continue treating people remotely. Now that telehealth has taken off, there’s no going back.”⁣

Read the full article about therapy reimagined here! https://www.verywellmind.com/future-of-mental-health-care-5199120⁣





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09/30/2021

set this simple intention for the day⁣




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Photos from Meaningful Minds's post 09/28/2021

Drop the critic and lean in to compassion. ⁣

We face many choices each day to incline in one direction or another. ⁣

These choices arise in the relationship we have with ourselves. When we make a mistake, or feel pain, or are going through a difficult time, do we incline towards for ourselves? Or do we incline towards self-judgment and disconnection from ourselves? And the choices arise in our with others and with the world around us. When faced with another’s pain, what do we incline towards? ⁣

The tiniest incline towards compassion can often make all the difference. And while these choices may seem small in the moment, over time they fundamentally shape who we are. They transform us into our most loving and compassionate selves, which in turn helps us to transform the world around us.⁣

Special thanks to for this gentle reminder. What step will you take to drop the critic and lean in to compassion?⁣





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09/26/2021

Tried my first sound bath last night with a Sound Alchemist using Crystal Alchemy Singing Bowls. are a meditative, multisensory, and unique experience in which participants are bathed in the vibration of various wind and percussion instruments while lying down. ⁣

Unlike other forms of meditation, Sound Baths focus on ambient sounds, rather than silence or a guided practice to reach a new state of tranquility. This lie-down meditation encourages deep relaxation, allowing you to settle into rest.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣
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I was very curious about sound meditation, so I was eager when the opportunity presented itself for me to deepen my meditative practice in Hawaii. ⁣
Have you tried sound therapy? ⁣
What did you think?⁣






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Photos from Meaningful Minds's post 09/25/2021

Conflict is an opportunity to know each other better 💙 (as counterintuitive as it might sound)⁣

The difference between conflict bringing us closer together or taking us further apart is how we show up for and navigate the conversations. I learned that early in my The Gottman Institute training + work with couples.⁣

➡️ Swipe for a few tips from Amber Rae who created this guide for hard convos.⁣

Conflict is inevitable in our important relationships. I’d love to hear: Is there a convo you’ve been avoiding? Which tool might help?⁣




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Photos from Meaningful Minds's post 09/24/2021

Working session with Rey colleagues in Hawaii!⁣

When Serena + I realized we’d both be working remotely this week from Oahu, we wanted to prioritize face time together. Since transitioning to a hybrid post-pandemic world, I often think about the importance of : ⁣

𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘥𝘰 𝘸𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯? ⁣
𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘥𝘰 𝘸𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴? ⁣
𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘨𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘐𝘙𝘓 𝘧𝘰𝘳, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘣𝘦? Priya Parker

For me, it was connecting about non-work life, understanding what makes us excited to get up every day and work for a mental health company (even though we work in very different sides - clinical care vs. growth and marketing), and most importantly, savoring the beauty and awe of Hawaii.⁣

What are you prioritizing when/if you make the leap to gather together in person?⁣




09/21/2021

“No” is a full sentence.
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09/20/2021

Take 15 seconds to breathe mindfully

✨ Inhale your biggest breath in through your nose

✨ Exhale through your mouth and release anything that does not serve you in this present moment

✨ Repeat as often as needed to bring presence + calm to your Monday. Aloha!

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