Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Dr Patty Mulligan

For several years, I have been practicing mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques. In my next few blogs, I will share mindfulness activities that have worked for me that are easy to integrate into your daily life. As You Begin to Think More Mindfully Start by taking short breaks at work or in the middle of your daily routine. Stretch your body … Read More

The Importance of Pets for Your Wellness

Dr. Patty And Trixie Bella On The Beach

Interactions with pets can protect us from certain health problems which are known to be worsened by stress. My dog, Trixie Bella, a female Pomeranian, brings so much joy into my life. She makes me laugh and comforts me when I am sick or upset. Our daily interaction decreases stress in my life and lowers my blood pressure and cholesterol. She … Read More

Mindfulness in Educational Leadership – Stress Reduction for High School Principals

Mindfulness in Educational Leadership Stress Reduction for High School Principals

“School leadership during this Age of Accountability has become more stressful, more political, more complex, and more time-consuming” (Duke, Grogan, & Tucker, 2003, p. 212). According to a recent report, data from several states suggest that only about half of beginning principals will be in that same job after five years. Not only do they leave their beginning placement but … Read More

Embracing Loss and Grief to Cherish Love

Today I grieve the loss of a beloved friend, Celine. Here she is in December 2017 when we went on a road trip to visit friends and family in Arizona.     She died from leukemia complicated by an undetected virus after a long stretch of suffering various difficult-to-diagnose symptoms. I was one of several with her at USC Medical … Read More

Why Kindness Matters

“When we cooperate, share, or express gratitude, reward circuits light up in the brain. ” – Dacher Keltner According to Lizette Borelli in her article, “Random Acts of Kindness Raise Dopamine Levels and Boost Your Mood” studies show that sharing kindness, in big or small ways, creates Dopamine in the brain and induces “the helper’s high.” When we’re down, we … Read More

Learn How To Conquer Setbacks

Gratitude is strongly connected to how well you rebound from setbacks. Part of resilience is getting better at being thankful for what you have. An attitude of gratitude affects your mood, outlook, and health. Each year, during the holidays, publications appear to revisit the value of giving thanks. Research has repeatedly confirmed the link between the practice of gratitude and … Read More

How To Find Resilience Towards Adversity

This past year studying Wellness and Health in greater depth, I’ve learned that having a wellness coach (ally) in one’s life can make a HUGE difference in “Bouncing Back” from the setbacks. Resilience is many things: finding regulation amidst adversity, competence in the face of stress, and developing the capacity to face adversity and struggles and then move through them … Read More

The Importance of Chiropractic for Lifestyle Change

Chiropractic has changed my life for the better. After ten years of caring for a wheel chair bound parent, I realized I had back and leg pain I had ignored. One day after lifting my elderly mother to assist her in and out of bed, I reached for my shoes and was frozen. I told one of my colleagues what … Read More

My Journey

My Journey to Become a Wellness Coach started several years ago when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicoya Costa Rica, one of the Blue Zones. Nicoya Costa Rica – My Peace Corps Experience Nicoya was a distance from the Central Ministry and Peace Corps Offices in San Jose. At the time, my fellow volunteers felt sorry for me … Read More

Service Is A Theme In My Family

My parents, who met and married while in the army, were in their 40’s when I was born. Service is a theme in my family. My parents served in the Army, then worked for the Veteran’s Administration and Hospital in Phoenix. Both sets of grandparents were an important part of my upbringing. Taking care of family members at home was a … Read More