Making Snow Angel

Joyful Snow-showers

Posted Posted in Resiliency

Snowflakes, soft and fluffy, were floating down, atop the 8 inches of snow on the ground. I watched my dog delightedly running circles in the yard as if to say, “Yey! Fresh snow! Look at me!” I called my 12 year-old son to the window. “I wonder why all dogs, big or small, short coats […]

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Emotional Regulation: 3 Steps to a Healthier Emotional System

Posted Posted in Coping, Latest News, Resiliency, Self-care

Emotional regulation seems like a complicated process.  But in fact, it is something that we all use every day.  Consider these examples where self-regulation may be helpful: Situation 1: You are driving home from work, and a car cuts you off in traffic, proceeding to drive very slowly in the lane in front of you.  You are frustrated […]

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Music for Strength: 10 Songs That May Help Get You Through Tough Times

Posted Posted in Depression, Gratitude, Latest News, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Resiliency, Self-care

Music is powerful  Music has existed from the earliest of times to the streaming services of today.  Many of us can think of a song connected to something important in our lives.  It could a vacation, a fun day with friends, or graduation.  When we hear that song again, it often brings back memories of people, events, and […]

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Finding Your Way Through Status Anxiety

Posted Posted in Family, Parenting, Resiliency

Issues related to status and college pressures are familiar to many people, particularly given the college admission scandals in the news lately.  Recently, federal prosecutors filed charges against a group of parents who paid someone to “help” admit their children to particular colleges. Specifically, these parents paid to have someone else take standardized entrance exams for […]

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The Power of “AND”

Posted Posted in Coping, Relationships, Resiliency

“And” is a word that we don’t often think about.  It is quite powerful Let’s start by looking at the following examples “I really liked your presentation, but I think you could make a few improvements” What do you take away from that statement? Do you think you would walk away thinking “boy, that person […]

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Stop Saying “Sorry” So Much

Posted Posted in Coping, Resiliency

The other day, someone bumped me with their cart on the way by, while I was quietly searching for a nice soup for lunch. And I turned around and said, “Oh, sorry!” A friend was talking to me about the loss of her pet, and when her tears came (which, of course they would) she […]

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The Easy, Quick Solutions are Usually NOT Best: Beware of Common Thinking Errors

Posted Posted in Coping, Latest News, Resiliency

Life is not easy.  At some of the most difficult times, we are asked to make complex decisions about out health, our family, our job or other important parts of our lives.  When it comes to mental health, easy answers are particularly tempting. Thinking errors are common for ALL people, including people who are well-educated, […]

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Underdog Is My Spirit Guide: Lessons in Self-Trust

Posted Posted in Coping, Resiliency

It was a beautiful day on the equator, particularly on this stretch of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador. The sun was shining, birds were singing, and everywhere I looked the flowers were blooming in splendor. It was also hot, and the direct sunlight was intense. Although it was the wet season, it was uncharacteristically dry. […]

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