October is Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month


October is Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month

October is Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month

Did you know that October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month? This month can be a simple way to open the door to conversations about your feelings and your baby. You may want to talk to your family, friends, your community or maybe your spouse or significant other about your child who died.

You May choose to participate in Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Day, by lighting a candle in honor of your baby. Get more information and join others across the nation on October 15th.

Wearing a pink and blue Pregnancy Loss Awareness Ribbon during October, or anytime, is a great way to increase awareness and honor your baby.

Are You Feeling “Showered” By Grief or Addiction This Spring?

feeling rain of grief and addiction

Spring has sprung! You can see trees, flowers and plants beginning to awaken from their winter sleep. With spring always comes “showers.” While we know the rain is needed to nurture the flowers to come, it’s easy to become tired of the storms.

I’ve been going through a very stormy time in my life. My family and I have been dealing with

Feeling Down? Meditation Can Help!


HopeXchange is pleased to welcome guest blogger, Lucy Duncan. Lucy is a freelance writer and editor who loves self-improvement, meditation, and mindful living.

How meditation can help with depression

Depression is now considered to be one of the leading causes of disability and ill health worldwide. Psychotherapy or antidepressants are usually the first line treatments for depression, however a growing body of research suggest that meditating regularly could help with depression as it can change the way that the brain responds to stress and anxiety.

The link between stress, anxiety and depression

Stress and anxiety are two major triggers for depression. Meditation can help us get on top of that stress and anxiety before it escalates into depression, as well as being considered as a valid treatment for people who already are depressed.

With regular meditation practice the mind will become much calmer and more still, and you will find that you are more skilled at being engaged with the present moment, rather than carried away with thoughts, worries and concerns.

Meditation brings us back to the present moment

So often when we feel anxious or depressed, we find that our minds are busy with worried thoughts that are often about things that happened in the past or anticipated events in the future, this can trigger negative emotions and unhealthy thought patterns. It takes us out of the present moment, whereas meditation helps us learn to become more engaged with the here and now and find peace and calm within the present moment.

Meditation helps to focus the mind

According to Dr. John W Denninger, director of research at Massachusetts General Hospital “Meditation trains the brain to achieve sustained focus, and to return to that focus when negative thinking, emotions, and physical sensations intrude

Having Trouble Sleeping? Try Meditation!


Tossing and turning when you lay down at night can be frustrating and tiring! If grief, worry or random thoughts are keeping you from getting restful sleep, it can affect your state of mind as well as your health. Numerous studies have shown that a lack of sleep can affect your bodies natural defenses against illness and disease.

If you are having trouble sleeping, it is important to take steps to improve the amount and quality of your nightly zzz’s.

Here is a great article on ways meditation can help – no sleeping pills needed!

Check it out and Start Sleeping better tonight!