It’s the first thing I forget about when I’m stressed or anxious: My breath. When I feel overwhelmed with whatever is happening in life, I seem to forget about my breathing. In a way, I end up taking it for granted. This is the brilliance of the human body. The systems essential for keeping us alive – the heart and the circulatory system, the lungs and our respiratory system – are all done non-consciously
Have you ever been so frustrated that you ‘felt your blood boil’, ‘got all steamed up’, and ‘started seeing red’? While we have a wide range of colorful expressions about how emotions can affect us, there’s a grain of truth in these phrases — because our emotional states can have a significant impact on us physiologically. Stress can negatively impact just about every part of our bodies. Stress can make it harder to
A few weeks ago, I talked about a strategy I share with my clients for managing anger. This was to respond instead of react. Today, I wanted to share a tip that can be used to manage anger and/or stress (the two often occur hand in hand). It’s about recognizing the difference between acceptance vs. agreement. Acceptance vs. Agreement I don’t agree with everything that everyone says, and by the same token, not
A client once asked me when counselling and psychotherapy would be over. It was a really good question, and there are actually a multitude of answers. Today, in honor of APA’s Mental Health Month Blog Day, I thought it would be an ideal time to share some of those answers. For some clients, therapy is over whenever they say it’s over – I can’t force anyone to stay in therapy. For others, therapy is over w
There’s only 1 day left in February. Do you know what’s associated with this month? Let me give you some options. February is…. 1) Black History Month 2) Heart and Stroke Awareness Month 3) Psychology Month 4) All of the above If you chose #4, you’re right! Given that I’m a psychologist myself, and that my blog is about psychology and psycho-social health topics, I thought I would use this post to essenti
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