Unplug & Hug Blog

May 16, 2018

Electronic devices entertain us, educate us, facilitate multiple modes of our communication, and manage vital aspects of our lives.  Consequently, the extent to which we are able to take control of our growing obsession with technology is life-altering, and its effects are becoming increasingly more dominant at early stages of childhood development.

Technology has changed our lives and childhood forever.  I say this as a speech and language pathologist who has worked with children for more than 30 years. In this time, I have clearly witnessed the dramatic impact of technology on the early development of children’s language and social skills.

Parents play a key role in determining whether these changes are positive or negative.  Understandably, many parents encourage early use of technology in their children to experience its myriad advantages.  However, excessive use of devices minimizes the real-life, face-to-face social interactions that are critical for language and social development...

May 2, 2018

     How do you talk to yourself? Whether you are aware of it or not, you are constantly talking to yourself—everyone has a continuous inner dialogue that is endlessly going back and forth, ultimately guiding much of our behavior. More often than not, our inner dialogue is extremely negative, judgmental, and overly critical—of others, but also of ourselves. Furthermore, we are frequently unaware of just how critical we are of ourselves and how automatic it is. Mindfulness practice cultivates present-moment attention, awareness, and acceptance of our experiences, mental states, and emotions, including that inner dialogue we have with ourselves.

     As a graduate student and research assistant, the primary goal of our research in the Sport Psychology lab at Catholic University has focused primarily on how mindfulness practice impacts athletic performance and the overall psychological well-being of athletes. In order to teach mindfulness, I first had to develop my own consistent...

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