“Beyond the Couch” Explores the Benefits of Group Therapy!

The newest episode of the “Beyond the Couch” podcast is here!

Today, we look at the benefits of group therapy, different formats of group therapy, and how we can gain the most benefit from group therapy. You can listen to the episode here!

Don’t forget: If you missed the first few episodes, they are always available via iTunes, on my website, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and YouTube.

If you’ve found these episodes helpful in some way, please be sure to read a rating and review so that 1.) I know what helps you and 2.) so that others in the same boat can find what they need.

Enjoy these first few episodes before the next one on Thursday – we’ll be focusing on Mindfulness!

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Mindful Monday Sample!

How have you been handling the change in seasons? Curious how you can more smoothly ease into our shorter days? I am so excited to share a little taste of peace and serenity with gentle awareness through Mindfulness!

In the spirit of our Mindful Monday re-launch in just a few short days, I wanted to share this Mindful Monday sample with you! All you need is FIVE SHORT MINUTES to take you from feeling frazzled, stressed, unfocused, and spread thin to feeling more refreshed, focused, calm, and energized about your day!

Try my Mindful Monday freebie here for just a few moments and see how your day transforms!

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What Is Mindfulness?

Are you finding yourself more and more frazzled? Easily reactive without knowing what set you off? Or are you having a hard time focusing on what you’re trying to do? I have great news! You can find simple ways to get yourself feeling more focused, alert, calm, and ready to just be in the moment! Mindfulness can be learned by anyone. I have seen this transform many people’s lives in a matter of a short few weeks.

Mindfulness meditation refers to a practice that focuses on awareness of the present experience without judgment. The purpose of meditation is to make the mind calm and peaceful. In this state, we can be free from worries and discomfort, giving us clarity, peace, and even happiness. Most find it difficult to control their mindset. It seems as if thoughts are like a balloon in the wind – blown here and there by external circumstances. By training in meditation, most of us will be able to maintain this peaceful clarity and happiness for longer periods of time, even in the most difficult circumstances. Gradually, we develop a mental and emotional equilibrium, a balanced mindset that is clear and at peace most of the time, rather than one that goes back and forth between the extremes of excitement and despondency.

Are you curious about how Mindfulness can benefit you? Try my sample here and see the impact yourself! Share your experience with us in our Facebook community!

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10 Benefits of PMR

We looked at a great way of reducing tension and getting your body and mind relaxed with an introduction to Progressive muscle relaxation.  Now, let’s extend those great benefits with some additional ones!

Here are 10 additional benefits of PMR:

  • A decrease in your heart rate
  • A lowering of your blood pressure
  • A decrease in your rate of breathing
  • Your shoulders and chest will have relaxed, and so your breath will be deeper and not so shallow and high up in the chest.
  • Better oxygen levels in your bloodstream
  • Your brain wave activity will shift from beta waves to an increase in alpha waves, resulting in a more relaxed mental state with less mental chatter
  • Less muscle tension throughout your body
  • Decreased anxiety and panic
  • Lowers insomnia by relaxing restlessness and racing thoughts
  • Reduce nausea

How have you been enjoying PMR in your life? Share it to inspire others at the Chrysalis Psychological Services community.   Don’t forget to get your PMR script along with a complimentary audio guided exercise. Grab yours here!

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What Is PMR?

Have you been carrying tension in your body? Instead of having your muscles hold your stress, give them some relief! Sometimes shifting our tension can bring deep relaxation. Use Progressive muscle relaxation to help make the switch.

Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is an exercise that relaxes your mind and body by progressively tensing and relaxing muscle groups throughout your entire body. You will tense each muscle group vigorously, but without straining, and then suddenly release the tension and feel the muscle relax. You will tense each muscle for about 5 seconds. If you have any pain or discomfort at any of the targeted muscle groups feel free to omit that step. Throughout this exercise you may visualize the muscles tensing and a wave of relaxation flowing over them as you release that tension. It is important that you keep breathing throughout the exercise.

This deep relaxation technique that has been effectively used to control stress and anxiety, relieve insomnia, and reduce symptoms of certain types of chronic pain.While progressive muscle relaxation may help alleviate your stress, it should not be used as a substitute for standard medical care in treatment of any health problem.

Which area of your body gets the most relief? Share it to inspire others at the Chrysalis Psychological Services community.   Don’t forget to get your PMR script along with a complimentary audio guided exercise. Grab yours here!

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Congratulations to our GIVEAWAY Winner!

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We want to congratulate the winner of our beautifully hand strung amethyst beaded bracelet GIVEAWAY Maryann Cummings! Your bracelet is on its way and we know you will love wearing it!

Everyone who entered will be getting their first edition of our newsletter in their inbox with all of the exciting updates we have in store!

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Enter Our Giveaway!

As part of our excitement for getting our doors open with a fun, festive celebrate, we are offering a giveaway partnering with Etsy shop ChrysalisCrafted! Sign up for a chance to get your own hand strung beaded amethyst bracelet by ChrysalisCrafted! 

To enter, send us an email with “AMETHYST GIVEAWAY” in the subject heading with your name, phone number, and email address. The drawing will take place on July 25th and our winner will be announced.

As a bonus for joining our giveaway, you will automatically have access to our newsletter… You’ll get first access to all of our upcoming happenings!

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