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Mindful Monday Tip #3: Use Nature to Combat Sensory Overload

By |2017-12-17T14:41:14+00:00June 25th, 2012|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |

Are you living in sensory overload?  It could wind up your anxiety by taking your body where you don't want to go.  After all, our bodies process whatever we take into them - from substances we ingest to high stimulation from the environment.  Read my article here  about how changing intake can reduce anxiety, and try [...]

How to Improve Communication with Teenagers

By |2017-12-12T21:40:59+00:00June 20th, 2012|Categories: Relationships|Tags: , , , , |

Last Friday night, my teen daughter and I watched as Nik Wallenda crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope.  For too many parents, talking to teenagers can feel like walking on a tightrope (minus a safety tether).  How can you avoid this feeling and find a connection with adolescents?  Here are some suggestions to help keep your [...]

Mindful Monday Tip #2: Tune into Your Body

By |2017-12-17T14:40:41+00:00June 18th, 2012|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , |

Remember when we had to adjust the rabbit ears on a TV in order to get a clear picture and undistorted sound? Mindfulness is basically about eliminating distractions so we can tune in to awareness of the present moment.  Today, dear readers, we  focus on tuning in to the body.  Many of us move through our [...]

Mindful Monday Tip #1: Mindfulness on the Tip of Your Tongue

By |2017-12-17T14:40:00+00:00June 11th, 2012|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , |

I've been reading a lot about mindfulness lately, and realizing just how often we eat, drink, communicate, spend money, or live without awareness, in a mindless manner.   To challenge each of us to live in the present moment, I will post a Mindful Monday Tip each week. Tip 1: Palm to Tongue   I discovered [...]

East, West, and Chocolate

By |2017-12-17T14:39:23+00:00June 10th, 2012|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , |

"In the sky, there is no distinction between east and west, people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true" (Buddha). When I look up in the sky from my front yard, I see no indications of direction.  Taking a few steps down my driveway, I see a somewhat rusty reminder of [...]

Abandon Ship! Abandon Self?

By |2018-03-25T20:50:05+00:00May 11th, 2012|Categories: Anxiety, Relationships|Tags: , |

We usually cheer at scenes in movies when someone yells, “Abandon Ship!” and crew and passengers safely jump to lifeboats in order to escape a sinking ship.  Understandably, we are shocked and disturbed when someone abandons an adequately safe and secure seaworthy vessel facing no peril. Sadly, some of us were conditioned to abandon ourselves when [...]

Mindfulness: Being in One Place at One Time

By |2017-12-12T21:44:03+00:00May 8th, 2012|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |

In  A Walk to Remember, Landon shows Jamie a painless way to be in two places at once.  In reality, many of us experience this dynamic without straddling a state line: our minds draw us away from the present moment.  Maybe it's not so stressful when we daydream while driving, but it could be dangerous.  And [...]

Positive Affirmation: A Dog’s Tale

By |2017-12-12T21:44:20+00:00May 3rd, 2012|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , , |

Leroy, Ambassador of Positive Affirmation I love our Black and Tan Coonhound, Leroy.  He has a good relationship with everyone in our family – except for Mrs. Claws, our cat.  She grew up with our former Bedlington terrier, Lance. Weeks after Lance’s death, Mrs. Claws was unwilling to befriend our new big puppy.  Two years later, [...]

Point of View is Worth 80 IQ Points

By |2017-12-12T21:44:37+00:00April 25th, 2012|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , |

Linda Stone · via Point of View is Worth 80 IQ Points. I like the story Linda shares in her post.  It has applications for numerous fields, even mental health therapy.  As a therapist, I embrace the need to approach each client with an open and curious mind, resisting the pull of attachment to a specific [...]

Inaccurate Family Lessons… A Droll Tale

By |2012-04-24T14:42:30+00:00April 24th, 2012|Categories: Relationships|Tags: , , , |

As children, we learn many lessons from our families.  By demonstration (more than by lecture) families teach us things like how the world works, who we are, and what our value is.  They teach us how to communicate and demonstrate what words mean.  Yet sometimes family lessons pass inaccurate information through several generations. A while back, [...]