The O’Brien Wellness Blog

Information and Random Thoughts From Me to You

OUR MIND IS LIKE A GARDEN

Our mind is like a garden. We can tend to it by being mindful of our thoughts, creating space for mindfulness and reflection, and treating it with compassion. We plant seeds, hoping to benefit from the fruits of our labor. But it takes more than hopes and...

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PERFECTION PARALYSIS

See this beautiful table right here? Let me share a little story with you. I asked my mom to make the runner with a STAT order. I tend to not plan out details in advance. I had a wellness fair in a week, and I asked my mom to just “whip this up...

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WHY YOU NEED A HOLISTIC OT IN YOUR LIFE

  ‘Cause we put the fun in FUNction!   But in all seriousness, OT’s have a breath of knowledge in all areas of the mind and body of human healing. We have studied the human body and its natural movements, human development, psychology, and more.   Once we graduate, we...

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STRESS HEADACHES AND SELF-CARE

My name is Andrea and I get stress headaches. Today I had a mother of a headache. So much that I almost lost my cookies while running a group. I had to tap out and leave work. This was by far the worst one I have had in a while; I was brought to tears. While I am...

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WHEN FEAR AND ANGER START TO CREEP IN

  It seems like daily we are hearing more and more negativity in our world. It’s not new, but the media seems to sensationalize even the most mundane events, which increases fear, anxiety, and anger within us.   This is then multiplied by social media. Everyone having...

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WHAT IF WE ARE LOOKING AT SELF-CARE ALL WRONG?

I'll admit it, for a long time I always thought of self-care as a luxury. You know, going to get your hair colored, nails done, a nice relaxing massage. I mean, don't get me wrong, those things are nice and all, but often times they are not realistic on a regular...

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WHY I STOPPED TRYING TO BE HAPPY

Why I stopped trying to be happy And what I am seeking instead   Have you seen the movie Inside Out? It’s a Disney movie that came out in 2015 (if you haven’t seen it- it’s a MUST). Anyways, the premise behind the movie is the main character Joy works to keep her...

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How to Make a Goal S.M.A.R.T

We all know how to create a goal, we can do that in our sleep. But how often do you make a goal and never accomplish it? Think about those New Years Resolution goals: I am going to go to the gym I am going to lose weight I am going to start a meditation practice While...

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