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Managing Holiday Stress

The holiday season is upon us and with it, increased stress. Greeting cards and television programs make holiday events look so easy and careless; a fabulous meal, well-behaved family members, house guests with manners, gifts presented in flawless wrapping, and the list goes on.   How many times have we envisioned a similar event for our […]

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Spark Your Emotional Recovery with Exercise

Most of us are aware of the physical benefits of exercise. Lower blood pressure,  controlled weight, increased endurance etc. But less well known are the emotional benefits. Decreased anxiety, improved sleep, greater self-confidence  and a renewed appreciation for the natural world are also attainable. Our concept of time can change as well as a 30 […]

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Dr. Google, Health Anxiety , and Cyberchondria

According to Wikipedia, cyberchondria refers to the unfounded escalation of concerns about common symptomology based on review of search results and literature online.  Cyberchondria is a growing concern among many healthcare practitioners as patients can now research any and all symptoms of a rare disease, illness or condition, and manifest a state of medical anxiety. […]

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Help for Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety Disorder is the third most common psychiatric illness, and depending on the definition one uses- the incidence is believed to be anywhere from 5 to 13 percent of the population in the United States suffer from it in their lifetime. Social Anxiety manifests in various ways some of which can be fairly innocuous. […]

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Wisdom Through The Ages

How can we benefit and enrich our lives from the ideas of great thinkers in history? Can their writings from eons past in any way be relevant to our lives today? As you probably guessed, I am going to suggest that, yes, indeed they can.   Let me suggest a book called “The Consolations of […]

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Creating Renewal and Self-Care in 2015

The holiday rush includes the upcoming New Year, bringing with it a feeling of hope for renewal. Many seek self-improvement at this time, most commonly by getting in shape, losing weight, or setting goals of ways to be a better, more fulfilled person. Whether you are setting any grand goals or looking for simple changes, […]

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Control: The Anti-Happy

I recently read this passage in Pema Chodron’s “When Things Fall Apart” and couldn’t help but see myself, and many of my clients, needing the lesson in Pema’s words: “We think that if we just meditated enough or jogged enough or ate perfect food, everything would be perfect. But from the point of view of […]

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Anxiety Disorder Game III: Playing with Fire

“We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Pogo (Walt Kelly) We have been learning from Dr. Reid Wilson, a leader in the field of anxiety treatment, that anxiety disorder is not just a matter of experiencing anxiety. It is when the anxiety takes on a life of its own and starts to play […]

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The Anxiety Disorder Game II: Shifting The Game Plan

“…after looking everywhere for the Queen…[Alice] thought she would try the plan, this time, of walking in the opposite direction.  It succeeded beautifully.” Lewis Carroll, Through The Looking Glass In Part I, we saw that disordered anxiety plays a game with certain rules, and that anxiety wins when the client plays by those rules. Ordinarily, anxiety is […]

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The Anxiety-Disorder Game

When You Run From Your Fears, Anxiety Wins Anxiety is a good thing! Worrying is hard-wired into the human brain. Worry helps us prepare for potential challenges. It’s only natural to be anxious when turbulence causes a plane flight to be particularly bumpy, for example. It is also to be expected that the next time […]

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