Intention Setting: The True Tool for Recovery

Intention Setting: The True Tool for Recovery

Clinical Director Marissa Sappho, LCSW, BCD, CEDS discusses why setting resolutions is a set-up for suffering, and shares tips for creating your own recovery intentions to mindfully move you toward your recovery goals.

DBT Skill of the Month: Loving-Kindness

DBT Skill of the Month: Loving-Kindness

Lauren Wash, MHC-LP shares with us the DBT Skill of the Month -- practicing Loving-Kindness as a form of mindfulness and gentleness with oneself. Learn the Aurora Mantra that is used throughout treatment sessions here at Aurora and practice it at home as a daily meditation tool!

Resolve to Recover in 2017

Resolve to Recover in 2017

Ashley Cooper, MHC-LP helps you Resolve to Recover in 2017. Resolutions rarely work as long-term strategies for recovery...what does work? Setting Intentions. Read more to find out how to set your recovery intentions for the coming year!

Mastering Holiday Eating

Mastering Holiday Eating

Managing an eating disorder during the holiday season is often challenging. Today we give you a series of strategies and tips using the model of Integrated Eating to help you master the challenges of holiday eating once and for all!

Binge Eating Disorder and Yoga Therapy

Binge Eating Disorder and Yoga Therapy

Clinical Director Marissa Sappho, LCSW, BCD, CEDS, shares the ways that Yoga Therapy at Aurora Behavioral Health Eating Disorder Treatment Center can be used to support recovery for those with Binge Eating Disorder.

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday

Make Room For Reading
by Marissa Sappho, LCSW, BCD

I'd like to introduce everyone to another brilliant writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates. If you are a human, you should read his work. He writes poignantly, thoughtfully and masterfully about cultural, political and social issues, and of particular importance in this country (and this world), on issues around race.

His groundbreaking essay tracing the history of racism in the United States from the birth of the nation to present day, The Case For Reparations should be required reading in all high schools and universities. This is a long one, but a great one.

Coates is a writer for the Atlantic, one of my aforementioned favorite magazines, and there is a brief taste of his new book Between the World And Me, (which I am slowly and painfully working my way through), in an essay titled Letter To My Son.

Coates, like any writer of importance is not without his critics. I suggest reading his work for yourself using your thoughtful, reflective, and analytic skills to come to your own understanding of what he is trying to express.

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday

Make Room For Reading
by Marissa Sappho, LCSW, BCD

In a follow up to my previous post on reading, I wanted to share some of my top reads this past month:

The Atlantic -- This is a fabulous publication. I am ashamed to say I do not often get to read each issue cover to cover as much as I wish I could, but I encourage you to subscribe or at the very least visit their website.
My top reads from The Atlantic of late have been:

What began as a blog entry to share my current reading list, quickly turned into an ode to The Atlantic. Keep an eye out for more articles, books, and great reading sources in the coming weeks!

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday

Make Room For Reading
by Marissa Sappho, LCSW, BCD

I learned to read when I was quite young and reading has been a gift and a joy for me ever since. Reading is something I wish more people did more frequently. Nowadays, I read too much -- more internet nonsense (non-stop email!) and not enough magical, stimulating, challenging materials. It is easy to get burned out on reading -- when you think about the volume of text messages, emails, IM's/G-Chats that we are exposed to everyday, sitting down with a book, article or other text may seem boring, trivial, or like too much "work" -- "Read a book? That's what podcasts are for amiright?!"

 

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Here are some "totes legit" reasons to read everyday (and I don't mean those all important status updates!):

  • Mental Stimulation Studies prove that reading keeps your brain sharp and can stave off memory decline in old age
  • Stress Reduction Reading is relaxing and may even help you sleep better at night
  • Knowledge Learn something. Try it. You will like it! I promise. Studies show that with the increased use of the internet, people think they are more knowledgeable than they actually are...read a book and actually learn for real!
  • Vocabulary Expansion Who wouldn't like to expand their word bank? Sanskrit has 96 words for "love" and in English there is only one...learn more ways to express your deepest truest feelings by reading
  • Memory Improvement Every new memory you make forces your brain to create a new synapse (brain pathway) so why not build some new synaptic connections by remembering the characters & plot of a new book?
  • Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills In the 21st Century, it will only improve your odds of employment (not to mention your odds of being seen as an interesting and thoughtful person) if you can strengthen your analytical thinking skills -- analyzing details such as plot development, character analysis etc are ways to strengthen your analytical/critical thinking skills
  • Improved Focus & Concentration Forget about the zen mindfulness bell or slowly eating a raisin -- if you want to improve your yoga practice, your emotion regulation, help minimize the symptoms of ADHD, pick up a book! Reading is the automatic "one-mindful" moment!
  • Better Writing Skills Every wonderful English teacher I had repeated the same thing to us over and over -- the best writers are avid readers. In a world of "LOL" "OMG" "Emoji" "I can't even" it may be hard to understand why writing skills are important, however you will just have to trust me when I say they are. I give extra credit to people who hand write a thank you note to me whether that's a thank you for a gift, or a job interview, don't let letter writing turn into another lost art!
  • Entertainment Perhaps most important...reading can be really fun! There is a book for almost anything you can think of -- whatever your interests are, no matter how far out they might be, someone has written a book on it!

When you read, you are addressing multiple dimensions of wellness all at once! Intellectual, creative, emotional, spiritual -- and possibly even career, finance, physical, social & environment depending on the book. Next week, I will share my current reading list and some ways to make reading engaging for even the most resistant readers.