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Another Look At Stress: Biofeedback
(created June 12, 2018)

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Biofeedback gives you the power to use your thoughts to control your body, often to improve a health condition or physical performance.

There are many biofeedback methods that can be used for stress. ...   READ MORE 

 

 


Another Look At Stress: A New Framework
(created June 5, 2018)

stressed woman​​​​​Cutting-edge research has given us some new insights into the science of stress and its effects on our emotional and physical health. Cognitive-behaviorist, mindfulness researchers, and neuropsychologists have been re-focusing on the construct of  "eustress", or physiological aspects of stress, originally introduced by endocrinologist Dr. Han Selye in the 1960s.  These researchers have been re-examining the positive response, or adaptation, to stress...   READ MORE 

 

 

 


Another Look At Stress: Making Stress Work
(created May 29, 2018)

three men laughing together​​​​​In the game of life we are constantly trying to do what matters. Intense, or high levels of stress, is not healthy for you, but, daily or "perceived stress" always exist and having no stress is just not possible. Life without stress can be a life of "nonexistence" in which nothing really matters. Your goal when trying to understand your relationship with stress is to figure out how to manage it effectively; how to use it to build and support a meaningful, resilient life. If not, you can become consumed, overwhelmed, and immobilized with stress.   READ MORE 

 

 

 


It Just Gets Better with Time
(Created  August 28, 2017)

three men laughing together​​​​​Although we may walk slower, lose our agility, experience aches and pains, and struggle remembering things, it is nice to know that we get happier with age (Stone, Schwartz, Broderick, & Dean, 2010).   Developmental researchers commonly referred to this happiness trend as the “U-Shape of Happiness”.   READ MORE 

 

 

 


Getting By with a Little Help From My Friends: Healthy and Successful Aging
(Created  August 21, 2017)

three men laughing together​​​​​Our worlds are constantly changing, as we get older our family, social, and community structures change over time.  Loved ones may get sick and require personal care, lifestyles and priorities change, and marriages/family relationships change.   Seasons constantly change, work comes to an end, we retire, and other future plans become more important. Our lives evolve—and eventually, life comes full circle and has an end.  It is important to note, as we grow older and wiser, social relationships and activities evolve with our changing lives and should be maintained...  READ MORE 

 

 

 


Childhood:  Knowing and Doing Better
(Created  August 14, 2017)

Man, woman, and baby hand on top of each other​​​​​As our children will be returning to school, leaving the joyful, long, hot summer days of leisure activities, digital games, and sometimes endless hours on social media, community educators and researchers have been actively involved in developing many primary intervention programs designed to promote positive and prosocial behaviors...  READ MORE 

 

 

 


The Importance of Keeping Connected for Healthy Living and Successful Aging
(Created  August 14, 2017)

Man, woman, and baby hand on top of each other​​​​​Keeping socially connected is important to facilitate healthy and successful living at all ages.  From making new friends during childhood to establishing and maintaining social relationships in young adulthood to keeping positive individual, family, society, and community networks when we mature with age. The next few blogs will explore some important things to consider with social engagement at any age...  READ MORE 

 

 


Supporting Others With Open Hands
(Created  June 26, 2017)

Man, woman, and baby hand on top of each other​​​​​Oftentimes, we are faced with many of life's challenges that make us anxious, overwhelmed, worried, and perhaps, feel a sense helplessness.  One such situation that we often feel very uncomfortable openly discussing (and sometimes can be culturally taboo) is deciding just how involved we should get when a co-worker, close family member, or friend experiences a crisis, perpetual personal problems, or difficult situation...  READ MORE 

 


Coping With Loss Over The Holidays
(Created  December 14, 2015)
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Holidays are celebratory times spent or shared with loved ones.  Since holidays involve spending time with those we love the most, if you’ve lost someone, it can be a difficult time of the year.  When you have lost someone special, your world loses its celebratory qualities... READ MORE

 

 


Healthy Relationships Over The Holidays: How Our Emotions Play an Essential Role
(created November 9, 2015)​​​​
Its that time again! We are approaching one of the most stressful times of the year, holiday times. Some of us may travel near or far in attempts to celebrate various traditions with our loves ones. Visiting with family and friends over Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Milad un Nabi, New Years and other religious observances can sometimes be like an obstacle course; navigating through emotional triggers and the emotional senstivities of others... READ MORE


 

A Little Bit of Kindness Can Make You Happier and Healthier!
(Created October 5, 2015)

Kindness is a simple answer in a sometimes difficult and challenging world. I know that to be true. Life happens! Sometimes things happen that can be empowering, heartfelt, loving, and humbling, or traumatic, devasting, embarrassing, and/or excruciatingly painful.  As a skilled helper in the transformational process of change, I try to help others feel better in numerous ways.  One such way involves acknowledging and appreciating all people and to encourage others to do the same... READ MORE

 


Healing Mind, Body, and Spirit
(created September 7, 2015)

Within all of us lies the ability to reach our full potential, to become, or self actualize:  an essence of wisdom, peace, joy, and love. When we are relating from this center (i.e., inner self), rather than from the periphery (i.e., outer self) we are honoring and validating the spiritual core of who we are. I often to refer to this as "loving the skin we're in".  To express this essence means to have  purpose in your life.... READ MORE

 


On The Mend, Rebuilding Trust
(created August 2, 2015)

What did I do? I Didn't Mean to...

Relationships are built on trust. Relationships flourish when partners, friends, or relatives trust each other to be honest, faithful, respectful, kind, consistent and open to resolving conflict... READ MORE

 

 


I Didn’t Mean to…..Healing from Shame.
(created July 6, 2015)

Finding our way in the world does, in fact, require a healthy dose of self-reflection and focus. It requires us to look objectively at our own strengths and weaknesses…and we all have both! But working on the self should be a self-loving task, and cannot be accomplished in an atmosphere of self-depreciation, self-blame or shame. It doesn’t matter how well we perform on the job, at home, or on a skill-based task or competition. When we feel a sense of shame it tends to color the way we perceive everything.READ MORE


Setting Healthy Financial Boundaries with Family Members
(created June 1, 2015)

A common concern that is often raised by some of my clients involves the repeated requests for money from family and friends. These clients are often described as the “hub” of their families; they are hard-working, financially stable, compassionate, and value their relationships with their community, friends, and families. They report a number of mixed feelings with repeated financial requests from their relatives. Some of these reported feelings may include anger, frustration, guilt, worry, mental exhaustion, sleeping difficulties, and simply—being totally overwhelmed... READ MORE

 


The Balancing Act
(created May 1, 2015)

Does this sound like you? You are sitting at your desk or in your kitchen, idly glancing at your daily schedule, which is laid out in an elaborate time-management system with binders busting with "to-do" lists, phone logs, dates, meetings, play dates, and events in your Outlook, mobile organizer apps, or the latest high-tech efficiency electronic organizers charts. Suddenly, you sigh and realize that you no longer want your day to be so complicated... READ MORE

 


Worry Less
(created April 1, 2015)

"I will not should myself today!"

Worrying is a common thought process that involves dwelling negatively on something that is bothering you. You typically worry about situations, people, or events that you feel you have little or no control. When you worry, you tend to think about all possible negative outcomes to a situation. ... READ MORE

 


Self Nurture, Self Care
(created February 16, 2015)

Self-care does not mean being selfish. Self-nourishment means maintaining a daily routine of sufficient sleep, recreation, and downtime. Taking time for yourself provides you with the energy, presence of mind, and stamina that you need to pursue your daily activities and achieve your goals. Rest and relaxation also contributes to a calmer, more serene outlook, and thus, reducing anxiety. ... READ MORE

 


Are You Emotionally Fit?
(created January 12, 2015)

Being emotionally fit involves building emotional strength, positivity, or being resilient during puzzling, troubling, and/or disappointing times, periods of sadness, and crises. During times of stress, your emotionally fitness involves identifying and using many strengths and traits that you already possess... READ MORE

 


Depression and Intimacy
(created August 1, 2013)

Depression doesn't just happen to you. It happens to the people closest to us. Depression is tough on strong relationships, threatens the foundation of weaker ones, and can make forming new connections almost impossible. It doesn't matter whether depression begins as a feeling just a little down, or a feeling stuck, or totally immobilized, the result is the same... READ MORE

 

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