Tag Archives: Mental health

Laughter is the Best Medicine: The Real Patch Adams

ImageOne of the biggest highlights of my life was “clowning” with the real Patch Adams.  I had the opportunity to coordinate the event “Living a Life of Joy” at Kingsbury Hall in May 2008.  It was fun to go around the University Hospital dressed up as clowns and see the smiles on the faces of the patients there.  (I removed my red nose as it got too itchy). I recollect the moment in this picture quite well as he was a bit sweaty from going all over the hospital and he thought it would be funny to squeeze a bit tighter for the photo!

You may remember Patch Adams from the movie starring Robin Williams. What you may not know is that, over the course of the last two decades, Patch has been on the road for 200-300 days of the year.  In 1985, he took a group of people on a clown trip to what was then the Soviet Union. Equipped with colorful clothing and compassion they visited hospitals, orphanages, homes for the elderly as well as just clowning on the street. Since then, these trips have been an integral part of Gesundheit´s global outreach.   Patch started the The Gesundheit! Institute, 40 years ago.  Continue reading

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A Prelude to the Holiday Season: 5 Tips to Minimize the Stress

ImageWell, here we go already!  I think practicing gratitude on a regular basis is good for your mental health and, with Thanksgiving here this week, now is a good time to double up (chanting to yourself over and over what you’re grateful for).  Depending on your circumstances, the holidays can trigger a variety of emotions.  Memories from years past, stress about “to-do” lists, concerns about encountering family members you may prefer to avoid, etc. etc.  Here are a few tips to begin managing the stress that may come with the season:

1. Don’t be trapped by tradition.  If you find yourself dreading the holiday season, you may want to consider doing something different this year for your own well-being.  Reclaiming the peace and joy –  that the holidays are meant to bring –  is worth the discomfort of change.  Continue reading

Are you Solar Powered or Battery Operated? Understanding Introversion and Extraversion

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As a “mind/body” therapist, I’m interested in helping you understand the physical aspects of your mental health.  In the two previous articles, I described sensitivity in regard to your physical nervous system.  In this article, I will be describing the physical aspects of how you get energized.

The terms ‘introverted’ and ‘extraverted’ are most commonly used to describe  a person either being socially outgoing or withdrawn.  Usually, extraverts are viewed more positively as “social butterflies” while introverts are seen as the more awkward “wall flowers” or “book worms”.  Some people can even be “ambiverts”, meaning they can go either way, just as ambidextrous refers to being right and left-handed. Continue reading

Staying grounded

Originally Posted: March 11, 2008

“In like a lion out like a lamb”….sounds like manic depression to me! Well, one thing’s for sure, March brings the winds of change and we have to hold on tight. As much as many of us are ready for Spring to be here, change is still change….and we are creatures of habit. So it’s natural to feel a little edgy as we make this transition. Not to mention, we just lost an hour last weekend…just like that. Amazing how relative time is……..how important we make it that we construct our days, weeks, and entire lives around the ticking of the clock…when our true essence is timeless. Remember to take time to be present and experience your timeless essence.