Category Archive: Stress Relief

Beating the Winter Blues

Posted by on February 24, 2018

About 20% of people experience mild to moderate feelings of the blues during the late fall and winter months. In its more serious form, this is referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder. Long nights and short days can make you feel like you never see the sun. Some signs you might have the winter blues include sadness, low energy, lethargy, anxiety, social withdrawal, excessive sleeping, or loss of interest in things you formerly enjoyed. When you notice any of those feelings kicking in, it’s time to take action. Here are some tips for beating the winter blues: Try to get outside at least 20 minutes a day during the winter months,…

Improving Overall Health

Posted by on January 1, 2018

Focus on Health this Year! With a New Year often comes new goals, dreams, plans, and aspirations. I love starting a new year with focus and direction. This post focuses on goals for improving health this year. What does it mean to be “healthy?” The first thing that comes to mind is physical health in the form of exercise, eating well, and getting enough sleep. While all of these things are very important, health is so much more than the physical. The five areas that comprise overall health are physical health, emotional health, social health, intellectual health, and spiritual health. At any given time, your focus on one area of…

Top 10 Picks for Best Motivational Books

Posted by on December 6, 2017

I've complied a list of my personal favorite motivational/self-help/psychology books. There is literally something for everyone on this list! Give them as a gift to yourself or someone else and start making positive changes and living the life you want to live TODAY! "10% Happier" by Dan Harris After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant,…

5 Reasons to try a Fidget Spinner for Anxiety

Posted by on July 29, 2017

I have treated many individuals with anxiety disorders. In therapy we discuss understanding, coping with, reducing, and managing symptoms of anxiety. We explore triggers, problematic thinking patterns, childhood experiences, fears, worries, etc. We also work on breathing exercises, relaxation strategies, and changing anxious thoughts. At the University where I previously worked, we even handed out stress squeeze-balls in our office, so students could use them for anxiety relief. There are other strategies and practices aimed at reducing anxiety, from quiet meditation to aerobic exercise and, many things in-between. Enter, fidget spinners. These fidget spinners have both interested me, and created some skepticism, so I decided to try to get to the bottom of their value for people with anxiety.…

Meditation and Anxiety Reduction

Posted by on November 1, 2016

A key component to emotional health is to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.  Did you know meditation helps with anxiety reduction? One common trait of anxiety is racing thoughts. People with anxiety often report feeling like their thoughts are spinning out of control, they feel like they can't turn off their mind, and they can't stop thinking. Often racing thoughts lead to problems with concentration (you're too distracted to stay focused), problems sleeping (your thoughts are literally keeping you up at night), and depression (your thoughts might be negative which contributes to low mood). The purpose of meditation is to keep your mind focused on the present. This has…

Slow Down

Posted by on December 24, 2015

"Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around for a while, you could miss it."  Remember that line from Ferris Bueller's Day Off?  You've probably heard things like- life is short, enjoy the moment, don't work your life away, spend time with your family, kids grow up so fast, etc., etc.  But how do we really enjoy the moment and not let life pass us by?  I was walking through the mall yesterday, quickly trying to make some long overdue purchases and a return.  I actually had two hours to complete this, but I still found myself rushing though the mall, passing the slow walkers on the left,…

You Must Chill

Posted by on November 22, 2015

We live in a fast-paced culture where being busy is glamorized.  Many people even think that if they take a moment to relax that they're being lazy or wasting time.  We also live in a culture where many suffer from various health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and depression.  Stress causes all kinds of physical and mental health problems, and many of these could be prevented if people take some time to chill.  You need to have relaxation time built into your day.  Try to designate one hour of everyday to relaxation.  If you're raising your eyebrows right now, thinking there is no way you can find an hour…