Astrology & Self-Care: Scorpio

Scorpio marks the 6th installment of our Astrology & Self-Care series, which means we are halfway through exploring all the zodiac signs from this perspective.  Scorpio is strong, passionate, and stubborn with the creative energy to transform themselves when necessary. Not mild by nature, Scorpio is magnetic and seeks extremes in life.  Anyone born betweenContinue reading “Astrology & Self-Care: Scorpio”

Eating is an Act of Love: Healing My Relationship with Food

I had an epiphany last week while preparing dinner for my husband and me. As you may or may not know, I have been in recovery for disordered eating and exercise bulimia for several years. Obesity runs in my family, and it is something I have struggled with since I was about 17 years oldContinue reading “Eating is an Act of Love: Healing My Relationship with Food”

Gratitude, I Put that Sh*t on Everything!

When was the last time you felt truly grateful for everything you have in your life? The big things. The small things. All of it. And took the time to express your gratitude? Chances are you haven’t taken a moment to really express gratitude for all that you have. We tend to move so fastContinue reading “Gratitude, I Put that Sh*t on Everything!”

Astrology & Self-Care: Libra

We are cruising through the zodiac as we welcome Libra to the Astrology and self-care blog series. I have been enjoying exploring self-care through the zodiac lens, and I hope you have as well.  Libra is the second air sign in the zodiac ruled by Mercury. Libra season begins with the autumn equinox. A timeContinue reading “Astrology & Self-Care: Libra”

From the Desk of Dr. MC: Dear Chronicle…

For this week’s blog, I want to talk to you about a recent episode of Chronicle, which was dedicated to the topic of self-care. When I first learned of this episode, thanks to several friends texting me, I was excited. I had my mom poised to record it, and I researched options for streaming itContinue reading “From the Desk of Dr. MC: Dear Chronicle…”

The Importance of Listening to & Healing Our Bodies

We, as a society, glorify the idea of busy. We brag about working extra hours, burning the candles at both ends, and sacrificing sleep, but that is not an ideal way to live a healthy life. When we move fast through life, we often miss cues and warning signs that our bodies may be tryingContinue reading “The Importance of Listening to & Healing Our Bodies”

Self-Care for Your Eyes

As more people are continuing to work from home, I felt it was important to share this information on how to care for our eyes. It is not a shock that people are glued to their screens now more than ever, but that added screen time can cause some issues. Researchers have linked increased screenContinue reading “Self-Care for Your Eyes”

Bitmoji Mania – The Self-Care Cabaret Space

Teachers everywhere are creating Bitmoji classrooms to welcome their students to the 2020-2021 school year, which is kicking off remotely in many communities due to the ongoing pandemic. While teachers create these adorable interactive environments, I wanted to make sure that they do not forget about themselves in the process. Therefore, I created one too!Continue reading “Bitmoji Mania – The Self-Care Cabaret Space”

Come to the Cat-baret; Self-Care through Animal Videos

Science says that watching animal videos online can help boost productivity, combat loneliness, improve memory functions, enhance relationships, lower stress levels, and increase happiness! This may seem silly and like a waste of time, but it is actually an excellent way to take a brain break at work or when you need to unwind andContinue reading “Come to the Cat-baret; Self-Care through Animal Videos”

Astrology & Self-Care: Virgo

Hello, Virgo! Next up in our series of Astrology & Self-care, the second earth sign in the zodiac ruled by Mercury. Virgo swoops in during the late summer to help us transition to autumn. Anyone born between August 23- September 22 is a Virgo, according to Astrology. In a previous blog post, I introduced self-careContinue reading “Astrology & Self-Care: Virgo”

I Like to Move it, Move it…Joyfully

Exercise or rather “movement” is a critical part of self-care. Especially now during the COVID-19 crisis many of us are moving less as our regular options may be limited and we are working from home. However, now is a GREAT time to explore new options to move. Many studios are reinventing themselves to offer virtualContinue reading “I Like to Move it, Move it…Joyfully”

Slumber & Self-Care: Tips for Improving Your Sleep Routine

When you wake up in the morning, how do you feel? Refreshed? Rested? Or like you need the coffee to kick in before you can function? Sleep is an essential aspect of self-care, yet proper sleep is something that many people struggle with for a variety of reasons. It is recommended that you develop aContinue reading “Slumber & Self-Care: Tips for Improving Your Sleep Routine”

Astrology & Self-Care: Leo

Welcome to the Leo show, hear the Lion roar. Next to Pisces (which is me), Leos are my absolute favorite as both my mom and husband fall under this zodiac sign. I have also been blessed with many Leo friends over the years. I can say with confidence, you can spot a Leo from aContinue reading “Astrology & Self-Care: Leo”

Immune System Boosting Tips: What We Know & What We Do Not Know

There has been a lot of discussion these days during the COVID-19 crisis about vaccines and drugs with less dialogue about increasing our overall health and wellness. I would love to see more conversations on what steps we can take to ensure our systems are functioning at their best. To get started, let us lookContinue reading “Immune System Boosting Tips: What We Know & What We Do Not Know”

The Intersection of Trauma, Resilience & Self-Care

I have been researching trauma, and in my studying, I stumbled upon something that I find fascinating. When we think about healing trauma, we promote building resilience, but how? Resilience sounds like a mythical, unreachable goal (it is not), but it feels that way. However, if we re-frame our thoughts around resilience and view itContinue reading “The Intersection of Trauma, Resilience & Self-Care”

Self-Care as Self-Preservation: The Origins of Self-Care

Close your eyes and picture self-care. What comes to mind? Was it a person? What color was their skin? Most likely, you thought of a white, affluent looking woman doing something relaxing. Maybe she had cucumbers over her eyes while resting in a plush bathrobe surrounded by overpriced bath products, or something along those lines.Continue reading “Self-Care as Self-Preservation: The Origins of Self-Care”

What Astrology Can Teach Us About Self-Care

I find the zodiac signs to be exciting, and often, spot on. I started studying astrology back in middle/high school. While browsing the Square One Mall one evening with friends, I ended up purchasing a book titled, “Love, Sex, and Astrology” by Teri King at Contempo Casuals. This book was eerily accurate, in my opinion,Continue reading “What Astrology Can Teach Us About Self-Care”

Ayurveda: Improving Our Daily Routine (Dinacharya)

Two weeks ago, I introduced Ayurveda on the blog. To refresh, Ayurveda is the world’s oldest holistic healing system. The basic belief is that the mind, body, and spirit are connected, and the balance of all three promotes optimal health and wellness. During my Facebook LIVE session on May 19th, I also talk about/demonstrate theContinue reading “Ayurveda: Improving Our Daily Routine (Dinacharya)”

My First Guest Blog Appearance

This week I wanted to share with you my first guest blog appearance! I wrote this piece for my friend Tiffany. Her blog, “The Thrill of the Hunt ” by Tiffy G. is an awesome resource on fashion where you can find out everything from the season’s hottest trends to how to rock cute teesContinue reading “My First Guest Blog Appearance”

Thoughts from Quarantine Week #8: Incorporating Ayurveda into your Routine

We have completed the two-month mark of quarantine, and while some things of my new normal I love so much (ex: coffee with my husband every morning on our back porch), things remain challenging for many reasons. First off, my work seems to take longer in a remote world, and the construct of time isContinue reading “Thoughts from Quarantine Week #8: Incorporating Ayurveda into your Routine”

Thoughts from Quarantine Week #7: Routine Anchors & Daily Reminders

I cannot believe we are about to kick off week #8. It is wild to think back on how different life is now from what it was like several weeks ago. Wow. It is also hard not to worry about the future and what our “new normal” will look like and all the “what ifs.”Continue reading “Thoughts from Quarantine Week #7: Routine Anchors & Daily Reminders”

Thoughts from Quarantine Week #6: Just Do It

Last week I went on Facebook LIVE for “Talk-Back Tuesday at the Cabaret” for the first time with “Dr. MC’s Self-Care Cabaret.” My plan by going LIVE is to offer support to my followers and share quick and easy techniques to relieve stress and anxiety during these challenging times.  You can watch the video here.Continue reading “Thoughts from Quarantine Week #6: Just Do It”

Thoughts from Quarantine Week #5: Reflections from my Self-Care events

This week I was honored to be a part of two virtual events where I got to share my expertise on self-care with two different groups of educators. While preparing and participating in these events, I was reminded of some important aspects of self-care that I want to share with you in this week’s blog. Continue reading “Thoughts from Quarantine Week #5: Reflections from my Self-Care events”

Thoughts from Quarantine Week #4: Self-Care for Your Eyes

It has been one month since society came to a screeching halt, and our lives were altered. How are you doing with all of this? I sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying well. I was chatting on the phone with my mom earlier this week, and she was reading about eye health.Continue reading “Thoughts from Quarantine Week #4: Self-Care for Your Eyes”

Thoughts from Quarantine Week #3: Shifting Mindsets & Happy Anniversary!

I hope this blog post finds you well as we start week #4 of what I like to call, “living that quarantine dream.” I sincerely hope that you have settled into a routine and are feeling calmer among all the uncertainty. I want to focus this week’s blog post on three things, first the importanceContinue reading “Thoughts from Quarantine Week #3: Shifting Mindsets & Happy Anniversary!”

Thoughts from Quarantine Week #2

I hope this blog post finds you well. As we round off week #2 and kick off week #3 of quarantine, I sincerely hope you have been able to ease your anxiety and settle into a routine. Hopefully, you have begun to embrace the current circumstances and let go of your expectations. COVID-19 is forcingContinue reading “Thoughts from Quarantine Week #2”

Thoughts from Quarantine Week #1

Things are wildly uncertain right now. Covid-19 has dramatically altered our way of life and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I will admit, it has been challenging navigating the uncertainty, and I wanted to share what has helped me function under these circumstances. Over the past several days, I have foundContinue reading “Thoughts from Quarantine Week #1”

Dr. MC’s COVID-19 Quarantine Survival Guide: Bonus Blog!

I have been sharing resources for a few days now on my personal Facebook page, and I have had several people thank me, share posts, text me, and tell me how helpful it has been. So I figured, let’s take this one step further! I have put together a list of FREE resources and thingsContinue reading “Dr. MC’s COVID-19 Quarantine Survival Guide: Bonus Blog!”

Self-Care is NOT Cancelled!

This has certainly been a stressful and unsettling week. We are in the midst of unprecedented times, at least in modern society. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting our daily lives in ways many of us did not see coming. Lots of cancellations have happened with more likely on the horizon. The future seems uncertain asContinue reading “Self-Care is NOT Cancelled!”

It’s my Birthday & the Importance of Celebrating Small Wins

Today is my 37th Birthday, so a blog post about the importance of celebrating seemed appropriate. I love my birthday, and I have been known to turn it into a month-long celebration as opposed to just a day. This year I kept it pretty low key as the celebrations only spanned a weekend with dinnerContinue reading “It’s my Birthday & the Importance of Celebrating Small Wins”

Staying Balanced & Grounded with Reiki

One of the practices as part of my self-care routine is regular Reiki appointments with my Reiki Master, Amber McMahon located in Arlington, MA. I have known Amber since around 2011 when we worked in similar settings as counselors. I instantly felt a connection to her. Fast forward a few years, I found myself lookingContinue reading “Staying Balanced & Grounded with Reiki”

Having an Attitude of Gratitude

When was the last time you felt truly grateful for everything you have in your life? The big things. The small things. All of it. Chances are you haven’t taken a moment to really express gratitude for all that you have. Did you know that having an attitude of gratitude is a powerful self-care practice?Continue reading “Having an Attitude of Gratitude”

Where to Start with Your Self-Care Routine

“I don’t have time for self-care.” “I don’t need self-care.” “That’s not for me.” “I tried self-care once, and it did not work.” These are some of the lies we tell ourselves. Stop making excuses. Here is the bottom line: self-care is not optional. We must properly care for our well-being if we want aContinue reading “Where to Start with Your Self-Care Routine”

Buyer Beware

I am the first to admit that I can be easily persuaded to purchase goods that promise to change my life…apps, coloring books, candles, makeup, and gadgets, galore! Who else can relate? The $15 bath bomb that can bring joy and happiness or the latest app that can send reminders to de-stress with an annualContinue reading “Buyer Beware”

2020 Vision

I enjoy setting goals and of course, achieving them is even more awesome! One of the ways I do this is by creating a vision board to set clear, powerful intentions. This practice has evolved through the years, but typically during January every year, I create/update my vision board as a way to orient myselfContinue reading “2020 Vision”