Is Chronic Pain All in Your Head? The Truth About Neuroplastic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

Chronic pain is an affliction that impacts millions of individuals around the world daily. Yet, despite its prevalence, chronic pain often remains misunderstood and stigmatized. One of the reasons behind this misunderstanding is the resistance to consider the brain’s significant role in chronic pain. Many people find it hard to fathom that chronic pain can be intricately tied to the … Read More

How Trauma in One Generation Can Impact Sleep in the Next

Annie MillerEMDR, Insomnia

Trauma is a powerful force that can leave a lasting imprint on individuals, affecting not only their mental and emotional well-being but also their physical health, including sleep patterns. What’s often overlooked is the potential for these traumatic effects to transcend generations, impacting the sleep of children and grandchildren. Let’s explore how trauma can alter the brain and nervous system, … Read More

Exploring People-Pleasing and Its Impact on Chronic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

Have you ever found yourself saying “yes” when you really wanted to say “no”? That’s the sneaky trait of people-pleasing. Many of us have been there, striving to meet the expectations of others while silently neglecting our own needs. Yet, could this habit not only impact our minds but also potentially contribute to physical symptoms in our bodies? People-pleasing is … Read More

Is a Sleep Divorce Right for You? Understanding the Benefits

Annie MillerInsomnia

Do you find yourself tossing and turning, unable to get a good night’s sleep because your partner’s snoring, tossing, or different sleep schedule keeps you awake? If so, you’re not alone. Many couples struggle with incompatible sleep patterns, leading to a lack of sleep for one or both partners and a whole lot of frustration. If you have a hard … Read More

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Transform Your Relationship with Chronic Pain

Annie MillerChronic Pain

As we get ready for a new year, it’s not just a time for resolutions focused on healthy eating, fitness, or career goals—consider turning your attention inward to address chronic pain through the power of intention. The intricate relationship between stress, anxiety, and chronic pain is often underestimated, with the key player being the complex network of neural pathways within … Read More

Your Guide to Better Sleep Over the Holidays

Annie MillerInsomnia

The holiday season is a time of joy, but it can also bring its fair share of sleep challenges. Late-night festivities, irregular schedules, and family activities often take a toll on our sleep and self-care practices. But don’t worry, strategies from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i) can help you keep your sleep on track, even during the holidays. The Impact … Read More

The Power of Perception: Why Your Feelings About Sleep Shape Your Well-Being

Annie MillerInsomnia

A recent study from the University of Warwick uncovered a new aspect in the complex world of sleep challenges. It emphasizes how your thoughts and feelings about sleep can significantly affect your overall well-being. Unlike the common belief that sleep trackers give accurate insights into sleep quality, this research suggests that how you personally perceive your sleep is more crucial … Read More

Embracing Discomfort for Chronic Pain Relief

Annie MillerChronic Pain

Chronic pain affects over 50 million Americans and many people struggle to find relief. Chronic pain isn’t just a physical ailment – it’s a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. Let’s dive into the connection between your brain, the fight-or-flight response, and how embracing discomfort can bring relief to chronic pain. Understanding the Brain’s Role in Chronic Pain … Read More

The Ultimate Guide to Climate Change Anxiety and Mental Wellness

Annie MillerAnxiety

Climate change is an unfortunate reality that triggers many people’s anxiety, sadness, anger, or guilt. This is called climate-related anxiety, and it is becoming more and more prevalent. Thankfully, there are ways to cope and take action!  Let’s look at why negative news stories make us anxious, five ways to manage your anxiety, and how science, education, and activism can … Read More

5 Effective Strategies to Manage Seasonal Affective Disorder

Annie MillerAnxiety

The transition between seasons can bring excitement and challenges, often affecting our mental well-being. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that can be triggered by these seasonal shifts, particularly in the fall and winter when daylight hours decrease.  Understanding the Roots of SAD Although not entirely understood, SAD is believed to be closely related to sunlight exposure. … Read More