Watch video: Start the new year with more self-love

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  • Too often, we forget to reserve some compassion, care and love for ourselves. 
  • This simple exercise can help foster kindness in our self-talk and in the way we speak to other people. 
  • By making this meditation a regular practice, we can give ourselves the gift of lovingkindness all year long. 

The stressors of daily life can deplete our ability to bring compassion to our interactions and sharpen our internal and external voices in ways we might not like, or even notice. In this short video, Christina Cress, Psy.D., an integrated behavioral health provider at Providence Swedish, shares a simple meditation to help soften life's edges. Try it and give yourself a gift of self-love for the new year. 

Learn more and find a provider

If you have questions about behavioral health services or would like to schedule an appointment, contact Swedish Behavioral Health and Wellbeing. Whether you require an in-person visit or want to consult a doctor virtually, you have options.

Swedish Virtual Care connects you face-to-face with a nurse practitioner who can review your symptoms, provide instruction, and follow up as needed. If you need to find a provider, you can use our provider directory.

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Whether it's stress, anxiety, dementia, addiction or any number of life events that impede our ability to function, mental health is a topic that impacts nearly everyone. The Swedish Behavioral Health Team is committed to offering every-day tips and clinical advice to help you and your loved ones navigate mental health conditions.

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