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Mental health is often approached from a purely cognitive angle – it can feel like you’re told to ‘think your way through’ an anxiety attack. If you struggle with mental health conditions like anxiety and depression, you know how ridiculous this sounds. When your anxiety is flaring, or you’re in a depressive episode, consciously thinking your way to calming down can feel downright impossible.

Hi, I’m Kelly Mahler, and as an occupational therapist and interoception groupie, I believe that cognitive approaches to mental health can neglect one of the most important and powerful tools for emotional and physical regulation – Interoception. This term is the perception and awareness of how our body feels, and it can provide key insights into how to approach, regulate, and understand mental health conditions.