Welcome to Part 4 of the Reducing Cognitive Debt Series in Honor of BIPOC Mental Health Month! Part 4 explores The Power of Nutrition as a tool to reduce Cognitive Debt. Are you new to the term Cognitive Debt? Checkout the introductory Reducing Cognitive Debt Post to learn more.

Nutrition is an important part of health and wellness. Eating a healthy diet promotes a healthy weight, boosts energy levels and can reduce your risk of cancer and chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Nutrition is also important to promoting mental hea...

Welcome to Part 3 of the Reducing Cognitive Debt Series in Honor of BIPOC Mental Health Month! Part 3 explores The Power of Exercise as a tool to reduce Cognitive Debt. Are you new to the term Cognitive Debt? Checkout the introductory Reducing Cognitive Debt Post to learn more.

Exercise is a fun and cost-effective way to improve health and wellness. Exercises to include yoga, dancing, walking and cycling have been proven to alleviate symptoms of mental illness, boost mood and improve cognitive function. In addition to mental health benefits,...

Part 2: Challenging Negative Thoughts 

Welcome to Part 2 of the Reducing Cognitive Debt Series in Honor of BIPOC Mental Health Month! Part 2 explores Challenging Negative Thoughts as a tool to reduce Cognitive Debt. Are you new to the term Cognitive Debt? Checkout the introductory Reducing Cognitive Debt Post to learn more.

A key risk factor for incurring cognitive debt is recurrent negative thinking. Therefore, part 2 of the Reducing Cognitive Debt Series focuses on recognizing and challenging negative thoughts. 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (C...

Welcome to Part 1 of the Reducing Cognitive Debt Series in Honor of BIPOC Mental Health Month! Part 1 explores Mindfulness as a tool to reduce Cognitive Debt. Are you new to the term Cognitive Debt? Checkout the introductory Reducing Cognitive Debt Post to learn more.

What is Mindfulness? How does it reduce cognitive debt?

Mindfulness is “a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.” (Oxford,...

I am so excited to launch my Reducing Cognitive Debt Series in honor of BIPOC Mental Health Month. This video provides an introduction to Cognitive Debt.


 

Disclaimer: It is not my intention to imply that no one should have a negative thought or having a negative thought will lead to consequences. The purpose of this series is to explore evidenced based implications of a recurrent pattern of negative thoughts or a mental state that is defined by negative thoughts. Also, I am not advocating that we should only think positive thoughts all of the time. This state of being is toxic positivity and may result in denial of difficult emotions, unprocessed feelings and missed learning opportunities....

Racial Trauma is a form of race-based stress that is similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).This term refers to persons' of color (POCs) reaction to dangerous events such as unjust murders of black people by cops or white supremacists. #GeorgeFloyd #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor 

It also includes real and perceived experiences of race based discrimination. These events include threats of violence or harm such as Amy Cooper’s false police call in an attempt to incriminate #ChristianCooper. Witnessing the recent racial murders and acts...

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all of the service members that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Many historians believe that Memorial Day was initially celebrated to honor the approximately 620,000 soldiers that died during America’s deadliest war, The Civil War. This initial commemoration has roots right here in South Carolina. 

According to Pulitzer prize winning historian, David Blight, freed slaves and white missionaries in Charleston, SC organized a memorial on May 1, 1865 at a former planter’s racetrack. Confederate soldie...

Are you experiencing emotional distress or crisis? These emotion regulation skills may help you cope.  

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is one of my favorite modalities. I love that it incorporates mindfulness and mind-body approaches, like the ones in this graphic, to promote emotion regulation, stress management and successful relationships. It also prioritizes an individual's strengths while validating their unique experiences. 

Originally developed by Dr. Marsha Lineham in the 1980s, DBT was created to help persons living with B...


While quarantine can be a great opportunity to spend additional time sheltering in with loved ones, it can also lead to conflict. Understanding your triggers is a key part to conflict resolution. Identifying triggers can help you self-soothe during and after a conflict. Sharing your triggers with the other party involved with the conflict can help you better understand each other and promote healing and better conflict management in the future. ⁣
Be gentle with each other. Provide a safe space for triggers to be explored and...

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