34 Articles by Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW

3 Tips To Throw A Productive Pity Party

We’ve all had them: pity parties. You know, those moments when the feel like you're carrying the weight of two worlds, and it becomes too much to...

Maria Mooney
July 29 2013

Why You Should Practice Preventative Wellness Today

When I was diagnosed with a neurological disease that has no known cause, cure or truly viable treatment, it was a blessing in disguise.

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW
July 22 2013

3 Ways To Stay Motivated On A Strict Healing Regimen

About two months ago, I began Gerson Therapy, a rigorous, holistic detoxification and nutritional therapy, for a severe and debilitating neurological...

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW
July 17 2013

3 Attitudes Athletes Should Ditch Before Starting Yoga

Whether you are an elite endurance athlete or a weekend warrior, yoga can be an extremely beneficial complement to your other athletic endeavors....

Are You An Achievement Junkie?

For as long as I can remember, I have set a high goal, taken the necessary steps to achieve said goal, and reveled in my success and feelings of...

What They Don't Teach You In School: 21 Life Lessons

I adore academia. I was consistently in school until my mid-twenties, and at 28 years old, I now teach college-level Sociology to classes filled with...

How To Ride The Chronic Illness Roller Coaster

You start going up, traveling toward new heights, slowly, slowly, slowly making progress. Your adrenaline flows and the excitement builds as you rise...

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW
April 4 2013

Life With Chronic Illness: Is Today The Day I Give Up?

It's indescribably saddening to see a disease detain you in the prison of your own body. You look back at your former life with nostalgic envy,...

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW
March 26 2013

Life With Chronic Illness: Actually, I’m Not Always Fine & You Don’t Have To Be, Either

I'm not always fine. There I was again last night, crying into my salad, snot and tears streaming down my face, just missing my bowl of greens as I...

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW
March 18 2013

What's The Difference Between Healing And Curing?

When we experience dis-ease, there is a tendency to think in terms of absolutes — curable or incurable — partly due to Western medicine’s Biomedical...

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW
March 8 2013

5 Ways To Deal With Criticism About Your Plant-Based Diet

I've never been susceptible to peer pressure. Today, when it comes to my diet and lifestyle choices (raw veganism, yoga, meditation and New Age...

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW
February 6 2013

How To Stick To A Plant-Based Diet When Everyone Says It's So Hard

The transition to a whole foods, plant-based diet can be daunting. To newbies or those not familiar with veganism, it screams social, emotional, and...

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW
January 28 2013

Do We Need Pain To Grow? Can We Learn From Joy?

Being diagnosed with a “progressive and incurable” neurological disease at the age of 23 has been my greatest burden but also my greatest gift because...

Maria Mooney
January 22 2013

4 Unique Ways to Handle a Toxic Relationship

Toxic people – we all know them and some of us may be currently engaged in unhealthy relationships with them. They push you down instead of lifting...

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW
June 21 2012

My Father, My Hero

The father-daughter relationship is one of the most important relationships on earth, but many fathers often grossly underestimate their importance in...

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW
June 14 2012

5 Ways to Give Everyday & Attract Abundance

"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." - Kahlil Gibran

One Social Worker's Take on Self-Care

Recently, I attended a conference held for my profession so that I could fulfill the continuing education requirements needed to sustain my...

The Best Kept Secret for Successful Communication

The skill of validation is an important tool that can be learned and may be one of the most profoundly powerful aspects of successful interpersonal...

3 Tips to Recover From a Breaking Point

We all hit breaking points eventually, despite years of acquired healthy coping mechanisms and intellectual understandings that the world has not...

4 Unexpected Benefits of Going Vegan

I am a proud, passionate, and tried and true vegan for almost five years now. My initial transition to veganism was precipitated by the devastating...

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW
April 25 2012