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IndigoBlue Magazine July 2021

IndigoBlue Magazine offers content on health, wellness, and personal growth & development from authors sharing their personal perspectives and expertise. Since so many of us are feeling disconnected, the magazine offers an opportunity to feel more connected by seeing our experience through the experience of others. Learn tips and solutions to support your health, mental health, and overall well-being.

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United States
Imagine Communications, LLC.
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min
mindfulness matters: gifts and practices of summer energy

From chasing after the ice cream truck and catching fireflies, to spending hours riding bikes and having water fights, summer was my favorite season as a child. Now, after more than a year away from so many cherished people and places, heading into this summer feels reminiscent of those summers long ago, like I’m about to bite into a ripened peach anticipating its sweet, juicy goodness. Rejoining others this summer in fellowship and recreation, I draw upon mindfulness lessons on the energy of this season and its related practices. In the Chinese wisdom tradition of the Five Movements of Life, summer is associated with the element of fire and the characteristics of warmth, passion, maturity, and joy. According to my mindfulness teacher, John G. Sullivan, summer personified can be thought of…

4 min
here’s how you can set boundaries when returning to the office

“I just felt this overwhelming anxiety about going back to the office,” my coaching client explained to me, in tears. Moments before our call, she received an email from her boss announcing that everyone would be returning to the office. When her company went remote, my client found that she had greater flexibility and work-life balance working from home. She’s now worried about whether or not she can cope with the burden of returning to the workplace. My client isn’t alone in her fears. A recent study of U.S. employees found that two-thirds feel anxious about returning to the physical workplace and are fearful for their health and wellbeing. Now that vaccine rollouts are occurring across the country, many employees are questioning whether or not they want to return to the office. After…

4 min
a comprehensive approach to treating ptsd

From the day I had to leave my job because I was having yet another panic attack to the day I found CBD was roughly two years. My husband took me to our local behavioral health hospital where I was committed for three days for suicidal ideation, an unfortunately common symptom of PTSD. I found out later that I was having an adverse reaction to yet another SSRI I had just been prescribed. The medication had exacerbated my hypervigilance, to the point where relatively mundane interactions turned into overwhelming triggers. I had been on and off several SSRIs and SNRIs since I was 17, about 20 years. The medications varied in their effectiveness. Some made it hard for me to stay awake. Some made it so that I couldn’t feel anything.…

1 min
editor’s note–july 2021 issue

Healthy connections with others are key to our physical and mental health. But when connections are not possible, we need to focus on self-care. In this issue, we explore ways to quiet the mind, build more self-acceptance, and explore options for helping us achieve more balance in our lives. Once we do the inner work, we can better relate and connect with others. And as the world opens up more and more, now is the right time to reflect, focus, and generate awareness of what is holding us back and keeping us isolated. We hope you find the tips and solutions you need to improve your life. We remain committed to helping our readers achieve their goals, maintain their health and wellness, and establish lasting, healthy relationships.…

1 min
about indigoblue magazine

IndigoBlue Magazine is a product of Imagine Communications, a consulting firm that develops print and online products and material that support the health and wellbeing of clients, organizations, and individuals. The magazine provides online content on health, wellness, and personal growth & development from authors sharing their personal perspectives and expertise. Since so many of us are feeling disconnected, the magazine offers an opportunity to feel more connected and see our experience through the experience of others. If you are interested in submitting an article, access the Editorial Guidelines or reach out to indigobluemagazine@gmail.com.…

4 min
the art of staying embodied

In a world of distancing, how can you nurture yourself when what you really need is touch? Without the presence of another it may be hard to feel connected to our physical selves. Working from home, and spending hours on Zoom can also play havoc with our awareness of what our body’s need. How can you stay embodied and nurture your physical self in a world that is becoming increasingly virtual? Here are some practices that can help. Body Scan Find a comfortable position to sit down or lie. Starting with the head and moving downward, bring your attention to every part of your body in order. Notice what sensations are there, or if there’s any tightness or tension. Just focus on noticing and accepting whatever is there. (You can find plenty…