I’ve been writing about balanced living these last few months. But a recent phenomenon known as The Momo Challenge illustrates the importance of balanced thinking. That is, you have to balance what you think is happening from what is really happening. The Momo Challenge: How Fear Perpetuates Anxiety The Momo Challenge started blowing up across major news outlets and social media apps a couple of weeks ago, but it’s b
Relationships are an important part of living a balanced life. But during the holiday Christmas season, relationships can lead us to feel a host of uncomfortable emotions. If you are experiencing stress in any one of your relationships (i.e., romance, friends, or family), it’s easy to feel like a major part of your life is out of balance. During the Holidays, you might feel obligated to spend time with people you are
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
We’ve all experienced something painful in our lives. The ending of a relationship, the death of a loved one, an experience of failure…the list can go on and on. These painful events are often referred to as trauma, and they can lead us to feel, think, and behave differently. One of the things that happens when we think of the traumatic event is that we might “zone out.” This “zoning out” is known as dissociation. Ev
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
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