Happy Spring! You are receiving this newsletter because of some past association you have with me, Kevin or Elliott Counseling Group.The unsubscribe link is at the bottom, but we hope you will enjoy this newsletter as a resource for important, useful information about our community and about wellness and mental health.
This month we researched all the best places to get rid of your "stuff" -- old batteries, electronics, books, etc. We found out that there is a residential electronics recycling event taking place in May, but you have to register for it on April 3rd or after. It's really hard to get old electronics properly disposed of so we are thrilled to bring you that information.
We also have compiled a list of all the free yoga in the area.
If there is anything that you are interested in learning more about, being a journalist is one of my side gigs, give me a shout and I'll see what I can do.
Sandra Ahten CEO, Elliott Counseling Group Spouse of Kevin Elliott & editor of this newsletter
by Paige Spangler, LCPC
There would be no life without transitions and endings. All we have to do is observe the four seasons to see this necessity. The more we understand the temporary nature of everything, we are ideally able to value our days, value others, and value our experiences. As the poet Mary Oliver says, "to live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go". Here are some ways to experience grief more fully in order to gain meaning and healing.
Group Therapy Now.
Groups are covered by most insurance plans. We also have a sliding scale, as low as $5, for those who qualify.
DBT Do you (or someone you know) have anxiety, depression, relationship issues, anger issues? Our DBT Groups for Adults and for Teens can help. Enrollment is open now.
Don't forget to vote on April 4 and support the Champaign County Nursing home. With a yes vote to support the tax questions and a no vote to the sell questions. Here is an excellent article if you need more information.
Stuff, Stuff, More Stuff
This year I made a vow to not bring any new stuff into my life. It's my YONNS. Year of No New Stuff. You can read about it here.
I love to up-cycle and recycle and clear clutter and so Melissa Lyke and I put our heads together, researched, and came up with this list of all the places you can get rid of your stuff in CU. If you have any resources to add, email us!
Here is a list of free or pay-what-you-can yoga in the area. And don't forget to look on Youtube for classes there as well.
Why Yoga? by Shayla Parker, LCPC, Elliott Counseling Therapist
What if you knew a way to increase a powerful neurotransmitter ( a chemical messenger that plays a major role in feeling calm and less depressed) without spending a dime, without putting a chemical into your body and with no negative side effects? Welcome to yoga. In 2013, Psychology Today published an article reporting on research at Boston University Medical School that had been done utilizing MRI technology. You know...those big loud machines that can actually map what is going on in your brain. The yoga group in the study did yoga for one hour and then had an MRI of their brain. The MRI showed a 27% increase in the neurotransmitter, GABA, in those who had done the yoga, versus those in the group who read quietly for one hour.
GABA or gamma-aminobutryic acid is the major neurotransmitter that quiets and calms the nervous system. Through the use of MRIs it has been found that people with depression and anxiety have been shown to have low amounts of GABA in their cerebrospinal fluid compared to those who do not suffer from anxiety and depression.
Think you don't have time for yoga? When you take some time to give your body what it needs and you get those awesome GABA that will mean less depression, less anxiety. What does that mean? Less procrastination. Less wasted time. More time for yoga!