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Say ‘Thank you’ to Combat Self-Criticism

Saying “thank you” is one simple step in battling self-criticism. As Rachel shared in one of her posts, everyday thank yous are incredibly important. We need to be able to offer our gratitude for the people around us for the wonderful things they do to show us how much we’re loved and cared for. Sometimes […]

It’s not always about “like”.

Over the years, my mom has taught me a lot. She inspired my love of running, Billy Joel, and the New York Rangers. I get my refusal to accept “no” as answer from her. Throughout my adult years, I realized how much one of her sayings stuck with me – even if I didn’t love […]

Episode 39 of The Viva Wellness Podcast is LIVE!

This week our hosts Rachel and Jor-El talk with runner, host and health advocate Jonathan Levitt. Jonathan works for a company called Inside Tracker which offers personalized health and nutrition recommendations based on blood biomarkers (that you typically won’t get from your doctor!). As Jonathan puts it “we remove the opinion” on nutrition and lifestyle […]

Why We Still Need Minority Mental Health Month

Every July marks Minority Mental Health Month, an observance to highlight the mental health needs of communities of color. As arguably more people are aware of mental health issues than ever before, why do we still need Minority Mental Health Month? As a brief aside, I’m personally not a fan of the word “minority” anymore, […]

The Importance of Check Ins

What is this, pandemic day 5869359343? That seems pretty accurate to me. The COVID World continues and as we get further into summer, it looks a little different than it did back in March. So how are you doing? How are you coping? IS it different for you now than it was when this first […]

Cooking is Self-Care

These days it seems like self-care has gotten complicated. It’s a trendy consumer-driven machine in which we’re all on the search to find that one right thing that will help us feel good. Does that sound familiar? Yes, I’m a part of that whole machine too. While it’s nice to spend money on things that […]

Workout Playlist: June 2020

We all need a little musical motivation to get going sometimes. Here we give you a workout playlist guaranteed to get your heart pumping – as long as you pair it with exercise! What’s your favorite workout song? Share it with us and we’ll add it to our playlists!

What Psychology Tells Us About Power

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about defunding or eradicating police forces around the country and as a student of mental health I couldn’t help but think about the power dynamics that run through institutions and organizations. It’s a ubiqitous problem and the abuse of power is seemingly more easily slipped into than we […]