How to Treat Yourself With a Little More Kindness

Do you ever feel like you can be your own worst enemy and wish it could be different?

You’re not alone, most people are plagued with a negative internal dialog at one time or another. Learn how to start treating yourself with a little more kindness. My husband’s grandmother was one of those women who became sweeter the older she got. Grandma Ruth baked pies from peaches that grew in her backyard and made biscuits from scratch. I can still hear the sound of her voice in my head: nurturing, gentle, filled with reassurance. It’s a voice that always brings me comfort and helps me feel loved when self-love seems far away.

Imagine the Voice of Someone Who Adores You

When plagued by negative thoughts, try speaking to yourself in a different voice, the voice of someone who loves you unconditionally. Would the person you love the most speak in such harsh tones?

Ruth’s voice has been in my head lately as I have been reflecting on how we speak to ourselves. I have been thinking about thinking: obsession, negative self-talk, worn out thought patterns. Our minds can get into grooves sometimes where we address ourselves hurtfully, even hatefully.

The more we are overtaken by negative thoughts, the more likely they are to proliferate. But what if we spoke to ourselves in a different voice? I tried addressing myself in the voice of my husband’s grandmother and was amazed at how much calmer I felt, how much easier it was to be gentle to myself. These moments of invoking the person who loves you plant the seeds of becoming that kind person yourself.

Find a Practitioner to Help Ease Your Obsessive Thinking

Acupuncture also offers an effective treatment to help with obsessive thinking. In Chinese Medicine, there are several channels of the body that can require attention when you suffer from persistent negative thoughts. Nurturing the Spleen Channel, for instance, can help reduce overthinking and obsession. Soothing the Liver Channel helps with self-loathing, and treating the Lung Channel helps clear sadness and self-pity. Discussing the valences of your thought patterns with your Acupuncturist can help assist in drafting a treatment plan that attends to your particular needs.

Create Rituals of Self-Soothing Kindness

It’s easy to be self-soothing when you’re feeling pretty good, the challenge is to connect to a wiser and kinder part of yourself when you start spiraling towards negativity.  Along with acupuncture, practices such as yoga, self-massage, meditation, or walks in nature are known to lower cortisol levels. These rituals help relieve stress making it easier to begin the practice of addressing ourselves with kindness.

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How Does Acupuncture Work?

One of the most consistent questions that I get asked is “How does acupuncture work?” So many women come to acupuncture to resolve a specific ailment, but the details about how acupuncture actually works often remains a bit of a mystery. I decided to write this post to help answer the questions women have when they arrive in my office and take some of the mystery out of what I do to help women improve their wellbeing, reduce stress and achieve greater vitality. 

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A Mental Detox: The Best Cleanse of All

While I am a fan of the colon cleanse and liver detox, I wonder as we begin a new year if there is a deeper kind of cleanse that we can do to live more fully. One that is subtle and perhaps more challenging, A cleanse to create a new narrative for one’s life.  Continue Reading

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Vitamin B12 Deficiencies in Vegans

The Truth About Vegan Health and Vitamin B12 Deficiency

If eating a vegan diet is so healthy, why are there more and more vegans showing up who are skinny and appear to be malnourished and unhealthy in appearance? People choose to eat a vegan diet for a variety of reasons. Most of these reasons stem from deep convictions that should be respected by all, even if going vegan isn’t for you.  Continue Reading

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The Woman’s Health Guide to Probiotics

Probiotics are important for more than just “belly” health. In fact, there are probiotics that can help treat and prevent female urogenital conditions like urinary tract infections, vulvovaginal candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis and the related issues of all three.

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11 Surprising Benefits of Fiber For Living a Longer Healthier Life

Fiber plays such an important role in your digestive, heart, and skin health, it may also improve blood sugar control, weight management, and more. Buy why do most Americans consume less than half of of the fiber they need for a healthy inside? In this article I explore the benefits of a high fiber diet and how you can get started reaping the rewards for a healthier longer life.  Continue Reading

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The Best Acupuncturist in Providence (Ratings and Reviews)

For a small city in the smallest state in the union, there are so many talented Acupuncturists in Providence, Rhode Island. Continue Reading

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A Simple Guide to Vitamin D

It’s a happy day! You wake up with the sunlight trickling through your windows, and it’s a great day to be alive. What is it about that great big ball of light in the sky that seems to make depression vanish and your body wants to jump for joy? Continue Reading

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7 Steps to Relieve Constipation Naturally

I’ve noticed that a large majority of my patients suffer from it, either chronic or acute constipation. Sometimes the constipation is just part of the PMS package, so once the bleeding begins, the constipation is resolved.  Other times, the constipation is more chronic, especially for my older patients. Continue Reading

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What to Expect During Your First Acupuncture Visit

 

When planning your first acupuncture visit, the goal is to hone in on the major issues impacting your wellbeing and to reduce the distractions that might get in the way of providing undivided attention on your health concerns. Dr. Catherine Price, a highly sought after acupuncturist and health care professional in Providence, RI, explains who what type of practitioner you will see and what you can expect during your first visit.

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