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Cultivating Calm

By |2021-10-26T14:26:31-04:00October 26th, 2021|Breadcrumb Trail|

New science has shown us that the activity of our autonomic nervous system, in any given moment, is the grounding for our lived experience in that moment. The Polyvagal Theory describes the constant scanning for danger and safety that is nervous system’s critical role in survival, and the signaling to body systems to regulate according to the threat or safety detected.

When threat is detected, the system activates for fight or for flight, and routes all available resources to meeting the threat. If that threat overwhelms the system’s capacity, it collapses into a resource-conserving shut-down state. Anywhere along this continuum of […]

Environmental Importance for Mental Health

By |2021-07-06T15:33:19-04:00December 19th, 2020|Articles|

How does the environment affect our health?  

Humans have a natural strong need for safety. We look for physical comfort in environments, such as the right temperature. Humans need the right amount of stimulus and familiarity in environments. Comfort, entertainment, and safety are a few things that retailers and hospitality industries like to use. These go hand and hand with healthcare as well.
 
Another important factor is stress. […]
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Benefits of talking to people

By |2021-07-06T15:23:02-04:00December 19th, 2020|Articles, Mindfulness|

Why is talking to people important?

We are now in a world of technology and connectivity. All the information we need is practically at our fingertips. If we feel sick, we can search on our phones for answers based on our symptoms. Many treatment solutions can be found online and with a push of your finger. But along with medical help, there is assistance for mental or emotional problems.
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Creating Safety for your Nervous System and Coronavirus Protection

By |2021-07-06T15:24:03-04:00March 9th, 2020|Articles|

The outbreak and aggressive spread of Coronavirus is stealing our attention these days — alarming headlines, pictures of crowds in surgical masks, moment-to-moment update of statistics of reported cases, now in 53 countries and more by the time you read this. Collective alarm grips us. In our house, we’re preparing an emergency preparedness kit to stock up on groceries, coming up with coronavirus prevention tips and measures as well as other necessities against possible ‘supply chain interruptions’ that will happen if many workers get sick.

In the flurry of news, we are reminded of the things we can do to bolster […]

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The Tyranny of GO and Slowing the Flywheel

By |2021-07-06T15:34:54-04:00January 15th, 2020|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles, Health Coaching, Integrative Health Coaching|

We hope the holiday season provided you downtime to experience some disengagement from the press and drive of life’s demands. We call this slowing the flywheel — that instrument within that spins and keeps the engine roaring and the wheels turning fast.

This is actually our autonomic nervous system at work, reacting to the pressures it perceives as danger by sending the signal to the body to release more stress hormones. This is to activate our defense system, get our dukes up, be ready to slay the dragon in its many forms. Day after day, year after year of […]

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Explore the Five Pillars of Wellness

By |2021-07-06T15:39:46-04:00January 15th, 2020|Articles, Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles|

At Plum Spring Clinic, our holistic approach to healing chronic illness is grounded in the conviction that our well-being arises from our self-care in five major domains: happiness and resilience to stress; nutrition; exercise and movement; rest and sleep; and toxin avoidance and elimination. This article provides holistic health tips and features a brief discussion of each of the pillars of wellness.

Pillars Of Wellness

Happiness and Stress Resilience

First in the pillars of wellness, happiness, may seem to be simple;  however, it takes no less attention or practice to achieve and is certainly no less important than the other four. […]

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A note from your inner Customer Service Department

By |2021-04-07T09:32:57-04:00February 20th, 2018|Health Coaching, Integrative Health Coaching, Mindfulness|

inner customer serviceThat notorious Inner Critic — in health coaching partnerships with people carving a path to their healing, I observe this voice to be a shared entity. Like a weird uncle, we all seem to have one and it is important to be self-aware of such.

This ‘internal cattle prod’ has gotten plenty of attention. By now, no one is terribly embarrassed to confess to theirs, because we can be reasonably sure of a sympathetic audience. We know the feeling of squirming under its scrutinizing gaze and recognize its sharp disdaining tone as […]

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The Hole

By |2021-04-07T09:31:55-04:00February 1st, 2018|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles, Trauma Resolution|

Those of us who are in the recovery community often hear about “the hole”. It is the term used to describe a feeling associated with an unfulfilled need, or an uncomfortable emptiness that some people experience that they are driven to try and fill. The discomfort associated with this feeling is ever present and the first thing we come across that offers a feeling of relief we are very likely to come back to. If the relief is intense, the drive to come back is strong.  A curious aspect of this sequence […]

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Intention

By |2021-04-07T09:30:46-04:00January 15th, 2018|Health Coaching, Integrative Health Coaching, Mindfulness|

Albert Einstein, that master of the underpinnings of physical life, observed that the significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

Along that line, all of us who have been through the School of Sesame Street can see that there’s something wrong with this to-do list:

  1. Renew car registration
  2. Take the dog to the vet
  3. Get teeth cleaned
  4. Pay the bills
  5. Lose 15 pounds

An intention—to lose 15 pounds, to be less driven, to be more patient with our children—cannot be enacted from the usual way of thinking about our […]

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