MINDFULNESS FOR THE SOUL - with John Tsilimparis, MFT
By John Tsilimparis
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Prolonged Grief: A New Diagnosis Offers Hope for Many
It's evidently clear that Americans are overwhelmed with loss. Grief is a new norm. Covid-19 not only put us on a fast track to a new age of virtual existence, it also ushered in a new era of isolation, heightened fear and persistent grief among other things. Mindfulness For The Soul takes a look into how and why this trend had been building since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. A new diagnosis from the APA offers hope for many.
June 15, 2022
A New Adolescent Crisis: The "Loneliness Epidemic"
In the last decade, there has already been a significant deterioration in the mental health of adolescents partly due to the escalation of social media. But, since if onset of the pandemic, the emotional fallout for adolescents has been particularly cruel. Mindfulness For The Soul takes a deep look into why this trend is surging and what we need to do to change it.
June 09, 2022
Calming the Mind & Body: Deactivating the Threat Response
Whenever we experience worry, fear, anxiety or any emotional discomfort, our built-in "threat response," also known as the fight, flight or freeze mechanism kicks in and shifts into protection mode. This very uncomfortable and scary feeling leaves many stuck in perpetual survival mode. John Tsilimparis, MFT and Karen Pickett, MFT discuss valuable techniques to help you calm your central system and deactivate the threat response.
January 25, 2022
Ending Mental Illness Stigma: Exposing the Myths and Misconceptions
What is mental illness stigma? Where does it come from? How can we change society's perception? What are ways that we all can be more proactive instead of reactive with mental illness? John Tsilimparis, MFT and special guest Karen Pickett, MFT take a closer look.
January 02, 2022
Virtual Psychotherapy: The New Face of Mental Health Treatment
For most psychotherapists and mental health clinicians, it’s been a rough year. The emotional toll it has taken on us is immeasurable. But, it’s what we are trained to do. It’s what we love to do. Welcome to the future! The advent of virtual mental health treatment has fast-forwarded the practice of psychotherapy a few decades in one single year. For many of us, the jump feels abrupt and disconcerting. But interestingly, the new era of on-line therapy has brought about many shifts that are positive. The digital experience might not just challenge the model of two people physically meeting face to face, but surpass it as well.
May 27, 2021
Anxiety: An Asset for Success
John Tsilimparis, MFT discusses how some mental health conditions can have advantages to daily living. This episode focuses on "anxiety" and how stress and worry can assist not only with survival skills but also help us to succeed in life. Take a listen!
April 10, 2021
The Need for Nostalgia: Don't Quit Your Daydreaming Job!
You know how the common act of daydreaming gets a bad rap? Or when people tease you for being overly nostalgic because you're living too much in your past? Well, neuroscience actually encourages daydreaming and reminiscing. Research shows that mini "brain time-outs" are key to healthy living. MINDFULNESS FOR THE SOUL host John Tsilimparis, MFT takes a deeper look. Take a listen! Happy zoning out!
March 18, 2021
The "Selfie" Obsession - Staying Relevant in the Digital Age
Whether we like it or not, self-image is very important to us. Staying relevant in the digital age matters to people of all ages. With so many new social media platforms to promote yourself, you can't NOT get on the bandwagon. But, is it a normal, necessary form of self-promotion? Or is it excessive self-absorption? MINDFULNESS FOR THE SOUL takes a look at the psychology around the "selfie."
February 26, 2021
Surviving Pandemic Anxiety: Establish New Habits & Routines
We all know that human beings are creatures of habit. But why? Experts tell us that routines, rituals and performing important repetitive tasks help to predict the future, Hence it helps us survive. But with the pandemic raging for the last year, we have been deprived of many of our routines and habits. As a result anxiety levels are higher and people are scared. MINDFULNESS FOR THE SOUL takes a look into the benefit of re-establishing habits and routines and/or creating new ones as we navigate through this lingering pandemic.
January 14, 2021
Deconstructing the Psychology of Racism
In light of the "Black Lives Matter" movement, understanding how and where racism comes from is a critical question for everyone to explore. In truth, there isn't one single reason why. Instead its a confluence of influence. MINDFULNESS FOR THE SOUL takes an in depth look at the "psychological" reasons why racism persists in America.
July 05, 2020
Quieting Pandemic Panic: A Mindfulness Exercise
The Coronavirus pandemic has kicked us out of our comfort zones and has upended our world as we know it. And as we make our way through a "new norm" of social distancing and "shelter in place," its important to find new ways to cope with our worries. John Tsilimparis, MFT offers practical mindfulness tips to help you survive the crisis.
March 31, 2020
Coronavirus and Social Distancing: The Psychological Effects
Although "social distancing" is essential during the Coronavirus pandemic, if you are suffering from a mental health condition, isolation can increase symptoms of depression. MINDFULNESS FOR THE SOUL, takes a look at how we can best balance our lives while we self-quarantine and how we can stay connected.
March 18, 2020
How to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety: 6 Survival Tips
Are you excessively worried about the Coronavirus? Well, you are not alone, the pandemic scare has spread across the globe quickly, the likes of which we have not seen in a long time. But there are tips and suggestions to help you manage your anxiety. Take a listen and get some perspective today!
March 13, 2020
Letting Go of Morning Worry: A Mindfulness Exercise
Do you wake up every morning feeling anxious? Do you feel overwhelmed with everything you have to get done today? MINDFULNESS FOR THE SOUL offers easy techniques for detaching from the automatic thoughts of worry we experience every morning. Take a listen and change your mornings today!
March 11, 2020
Coping with Grief and Loss: The Myth of Closure
When someone close to us dies, what does "closure" mean? MINDFULNESS FOR THE SOUL looks at the pain of grief and loss as more of a beginning than an end. It looks at learning how to accept and live with NOT "forgetting" and NOT getting "over it." We learn to coexist with the liability of owning a human heart. Take a listen and email me your thoughts. John Tsilimparis, MFT
February 10, 2020
Kobe Bryant's Death: Why we Mourn Celebrities so deeply
In light of the tragic death of former NBA star, Kobe Bryant on January 26th, the question of why we are so affected when celebrities die is intriguing. Why do we mourn their lives so deeply? Are we a culture obsessed with death? How do we get psychologically attached to people we don't even know personally? MINDFULNESS FOR THE SOUL takes a look at this phenomenon and offers some insight.
January 29, 2020
3 Thinking Habits that Cause the Most Anxiety
Do you suffer from anxiety on a daily basis? Do you find yourself in a constant state of alert or fear? MINDFULNESS FOR THE SOUL offers a unique look into 3 highly "activating" negative thinking patterns that are causing your anxiety to be so intense. This podcast also offers ways to be mindful of them and subsequently reduce the distress you are experiencing.
January 24, 2020
Valentine's Day: Coping with the Hype
Valentine's day is a commercially generated pseudo holiday that promotes a fairy tale-like concept of ideal love. The kind of love that doesn't always exist. MINDFULNESS FOR THE SOUL offers suggestions on how to manage expectations, avoid disappointment and not get caught up in the hype.
January 22, 2020
What's the Best Treatment for Anxiety? CBT or Mindfulness Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Therapy are two of the most effective therapeutic modalities for the treatment of anxiety, panic and excessive worry. This podcast gives you insight and background on which of the two might be best for your anxiety. Or perhaps both might be helpful because they go hand in hand very well. Tale a listen!
January 05, 2020
Exercising Self-Compassion: A Mindful-Meditation
We all know the benefits of exercising compassion for others. But what about exercising SELF-compassion? Self-compassion is just as important because to be a compassionate and giving person to others, we must experience that same humanity for ourselves. And, we must also learn how to forgive ourselves too. MINDFULNESS FOR THE SOUL offers a simple, mindful-meditation practice to help you be kinder to yourself.
December 06, 2019
Holiday Stress? A Mindfulness Survival Guide
The holidays don't have to be stressful. If we open up our minds and heighten our awareness to how blindly we subscribe to expectations, we may be able to alter our reaction to it. Mindfulness For The Soul takes a in-depth look at how to best survive the season.
November 22, 2019
Morning Meditation: Practicing Self-Regulations Skills
Do you want to be more relaxed throughout your day? Learning self-regulation techniques is one of the most important life skills you can acquire. Through Mindful-Meditation, this podcast offers easy steps to achieve that.
November 19, 2019
What is Depression? How Do I Know I Have it?
Are you suffering from emotionally difficult times? Like mood swings, a negative outlook on life or having a persistent bad temper? If so, you may be suffering from depression. John Tsilimparis, MFT explores the many signs and symptoms we all experience. If these symptoms resonate with you, you are not alone. Depression is a very treatable mental health condition.
November 10, 2019
Do You Want a Healthy Relationship? Part II - Communication Skills
Learning healthy communication skills will not only improve existing relationships, but can heal them as well. Mindfulness For The Soul takes a closer look at how to improve all your interpersonal relations.
November 02, 2019
Why Do I Feel So Anxious? Understanding the Anatomy of Fear
Understanding the neuro-biology of fear and why our minds and bodies are so affected by it is a key element to reducing anxiety. Once we know the reasons why we feel so scared all the time, we are less likely to be so afraid of our symptoms.
October 26, 2019
Do You Want a Healthy Relationship? 6 Rules to Success
Do you want a healthy relationship? Do you want to improve your ability to communicate better with your partner and to foster deeper intimacy? Mindfulness for the Soul offers practical and effective tools for success.
October 21, 2019
Seasonal Affective Disorder: Coping with Winter Blues
Do you get sad, depressed or stressed out every autumn season? If you do, you might be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of temporary depression that can affect anyone. John Tsilimparis, MFT, takes a close look at why this condition occurs and how we can cope with it effectively. Take a listen!
October 17, 2019
Mastering Self-Confidence: 7 Sustainable Tips
We all know the benefits to feeling confident. Having confidence in ourselves and our abilities affects every area of our lives. Mindfulness for the Soul offers tips for powering your self-confidence. Follow these steps and feel better today.
October 13, 2019
Want to Reduce Stress? Change Your Perspective
John Tsilimparis, MFT takes a unique look into how we can improve our mental health by changing our perspective about things. He offers sustainable, stress-reducing tips to help you cope with your daily grind.
October 09, 2019
The Art of Acceptance: Letting Go of Control
Want to learn how to feel happier? This podcast offers effective mindfulness techniques to help you achieve that. “Extreme Acceptance” is a tool that you can use immediately to feel better and help you get through your day. Take a listen and reduce your stress today!
October 07, 2019
Find Your Purpose: Find Your Peace
Finding your purpose in life, even a temporary one, gives us peace of mind and helps us thrive in an otherwise uncertain world. Take a listen.
October 07, 2019
Panic Attacks: Effective Tips for Coping
Panic attacks are terrifying and for many, can be debilitating. John Tsilimparis, MFT shares effective coping tips to help you manage panic attacks in the moment.
October 06, 2019
Shame and Mental Illness: Understanding Stigma
John Tsilimparis, MFT, examines "internalized" stigma and the shame that results from society's negative views and misconceptions about mental illness.
October 04, 2019
Why We Worry
Mindfulness for the Soul takes an in-depth look into the origins of why we persistently worry and offers evidence based techniques for managing our anxiety. Take a few minutes and listen. It might change your outlook today!
October 03, 2019