Tag: anxiety

Chinmaya Mudra for Safety and Grounding

Mudra is a Sanskrit word that can mean seal or gesture. Mudras are used as gestures made with the hands, face or body to promote health and balance and to evoke a specific psychological attitude or sense of spirituality. Chinmaya Mudra is a hand gesture that can be used to bring a sense of safety and grounding to the body and mind. It may support reducing the blood pressure, feelings of stress and anxiety, and can help eliminate unwanted thoughts in the mind or toxicity in the body.

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Managing Stress and Establishing a Sense of Immediate Safety

In alignment with CDC recommendations regarding the COVID-19 virus, Integrated Care Concepts and Consultation is committed to providing a safe environment for our clients and staff while still serving the community with mental health and wellness services in a appropriate and responsible manner. Cleaning and sanitation of shared spaces in all of our offices continues with care. As we work to maintain our service offerings and align our centers with a safe space for healing, it is essential that we ask our clients and caregivers to be mindful and diligent in their own health needs.

  • If you are sick, not feeling well, or have been knowingly exposed to a contagion, we are asking you to refrain from coming into our offices for service.
  • If you are coming in for an appointment, please do not bring anyone else to the office if they are not being seen.
  • If you come into the office for service and you appear to be sick, we will ask you to reschedule your appointment.
  • If you are unable to see your therapist for counseling in the office, we are offering some appointments for telehealth counseling through a HIPAA compliant platform. Please contact your therapist for more information.
  • If you become sick and you need to cancel your appointment the same day, we are offering greater flexibility with our 24-hour cancellation period to clients who are experiencing illness.
  • While in our offices, waiting rooms, or studios, please practice safe hygiene, which includes proper sneezing, coughing, and hand-washing.

Meditation for Enhancing Immune Function

Be mindful of how you are experiencing the activation, worry, and exposure to both the coronavirus and the flu virus.

Stress is a physiological experience that can impact the body, the level of energy, the ability to relax and sleep, and thoughts and emotions. Stress hormones released in the body at times of stress suppress the body’s immune response.

Utilizing and incorporating integrative approaches like meditation can naturally improve immune function and help downregulate and desensitize the nervous system, which allows for balance and strength to be reestablished in the body and the mind.

Below is a 12-minute guided meditation on managing the stress experience in the body and establishing a sense of immediate safety.

Sensing Into Safety during Stress

Additional Resources & Hotlines

  • For additional guidance on supporting mental health during a pandemic, please reference this page by the CDC, or this document by the World Health Organization.
  • If you, or someone you care about, feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or if you or someone you know has feelings of wanting to harm one’s self or others, please call 911. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline is also available at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
  • Monmouth County Health Department has opened a phone bank to respond to callers with questions or concerns about COVID-19. As you can imagine, many callers are experiencing increased anxiety, fear, and worry about COVID-19. There are Disaster Response Crisis Counselors (DRCCs) volunteering on the phone lines. The phone line is available from 9am-8pm. 732-845-2070.
  • For other Coronavirus (COVID-19) questions, residents can call the health experts at the NJ Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
  • Also, AA meetings are being held online and can be found through the following link: http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php.
  • Crisis Counselors are available via the Crisis Text Line: text SHARE to 741741. They offer support through texting for those that are experiencing fear, stress, anxiety, depression, panic, and isolation. They operate 24/7.
  • Rutgers UBHC offers telephonic peer support lines. They are a resource for individuals with struggling with substance use, are in recovery, or need support and may feel isolated at this time.
  • New Jersey Peer Recovery 8AM-8PM on 3/26/20 the hours are being extended to 10PM for individuals with substance abuse problems or those in recovery needing support: 1-833-422-2765
  • Vets4Warriors- 24/7 National Program for veterans who have served in wars-1-855-838-8255
  • Vet 2 Vet- any NJ veteran 24/7 1-866-838-7654
  • Mom2Mom-mothers with special needs children 8AM-8PM -1-877-914-6662
  • Care2Caregiver- with family members who are caring for family member with memory loss, Alzheimer’s, dementia or a related disorder 8AM-8PM 1-800-424-2494
  • Cop2Cop- 24/7 law enforcement officers 1-866-267-2267
  • Worker 2Worker for DCP and P workers 8AM-8PM-1-855-327-7482
  • Aid NJEA- school staff members and their families Monday-Thursday 12PM-8PM; Fridays 12PM-6PM 1-866-243-6532

We wish all of our clients and respective communities strength and resilience at this challenging time. Our practitioners are designated essential personnel, and are committed to providing and supporting our community and clients with consistent, supportive, grounding care.

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Treating Depression & Anxiety: Integrative Treatments Compared to Prescription Drugs

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If you’ve ever considered your options for treatment of depression or anxiety using pharmaceuticals and/or integrative approaches, we wanted to offer an educational essay on some of the comparisons of consideration from the perspective of what happens chemically and biologically in the body.

“Depression’s treatments have morphed over time, as has the disease itself, reminding us that suffering is never stagnant, that even discrete illnesses take the shape of the culture’s currents.”  Lauren Slater

Mental healthcare in our society has become a touchpoint of awareness through not only self-awareness of individual mental health, but also through family influences, friends, colleagues, peers, and even through the increase in social influence through media and social platforms. Mental health effects a sense of self, relationships with others, physical health, and also an individual’s ability to maintain and balance stability, resilience and coping throughout one’s life. According to the World Health Organization, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. It is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” (WHO)

Mental health, as an attribute of the state of health, can branch into many conditions, disorders, and disturbances with a very broad number of diagnoses. The clinical definition of a mental health disorder according to the Diagnostic & Statistic Manual (DSM) is, “a syndrome characterized by clinically significant disturbance in an individual’s cognition, emotion regulation, or behavior that reflects a dysfunction in the psychological, biological, or developmental processes underlying mental functioning.” (DSM)  An individual’s diagnosis of a mental health disorder can evolve throughout an individual’s life, but overall, the most common diagnoses for mental health conditions fall into the categories of depression and anxiety. The World Health Organization has announced that Depression is now the #1 Illness, with 300 million people worldwide suffering from this condition. (Depression) Clinical symptoms of depression include a depressed mood on a daily basis, a diminished sense of pleasure in activity, weight loss or gain, lack of sleep, agitation, feelings of restlessness, fatigue, feeling unworthy, and recurrent thoughts of death.

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Help for Child & Teen Anxiety

A Blog Post by Judy Thompson, Director Mind-Body Services:

In any given week, but especially as school begins in the Fall, our practice receives calls from parents about their child’s behavior, attitude, and anxiety. The academic pressures combined with peer pressure are categorically diverse, but these pressures, combined with fears and worries about school violence, add a new level of pressure.

The developing brains of children and teens are unaccustomed to recognizing these pressures, symptomatically, the child may begin to outwardly notice the physical symptoms and pressure they feel in their body, but the worry and the fear that may be funneling through their mind as daily thoughts can begin to take on a familiarity and disconnect them from recognizing and asking for help.

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On a basic brain-science level, our brain has a thinking side and a feeling/emotional side. The thinking side is the cortex, and it operates logically, is able to reason, and recalls conscious memories. The feeling/emotional side has many components, but the structure that is in control of our anxiety response is the amygdala. This is the evolutionary part of our brain that is meant to keep us alive. Many of the physical symptoms that the body exhibits in a state of anxiety are the same as when a person is in a state of fight/flight.  The amygdala can hijack systems in the body: the sympathetic nervous system, endocrine, and the actual cortex.  The body can begin to respond in a cyclic fashion of anxiety whenever there is a feeling of discomfort, fear or worry.

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Somatics, anxiety, anger & neuroplasticity

A Blog Post by Judy Thompson, Director Mind Body Services:

Sometimes when I feel alone or sad or misunderstood I want to run. Run away from my life, people who don’t understand me, people who I’ve decided look at me funny, and the pressures and pain of my failures and non-accomplished goals. The thoughts come, I pay attention to them, and I spin myself up in a fury of anger, fear, sadness, worry and despair. Emotions are very good at controlling our attention, after all, they are energy in motion. But all of these emotions, especially the anger, fear, sadness and worry, don’t really present well, feel good, nor bring us closer to our authentic self.

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