Just Breathe: Kids Talk About Difficult Emotions and Using the Breath to Relieve Stress

Much is known about the power of the breath to reduce stress.  Slow, deep breathing triggers the relaxation response that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress.  It decreases your heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension.  Many throughout the… Read more »

The Importance of Sleep for Emotional Health, Brain and Body

Linda Graham, MFT examines ways that adequate sleep serves your emotional and physical health; the brain, nervous system, heart, mood and stress levels.  She offers ways to set up the conditions for replenishing sleep. I’ve often written about resilience in… Read more »

Feel Whole

Rick Hanson, PhD encourages us to be open to all of our experiences rather than be derailed by the parts that can get in the way. He offers a practice in how to “widen the spotlight” to feel more whole,… Read more »

How to Get Your Fear to Back Off

Amy Eden Jollymore, an adult child of alcoholics and long time writer on the subject, dives into ways to get unstuck from fear.  She believes if you start with the small stuff, you will develop the courage to tackle bigger… Read more »

What’s Holding You Back? Understanding the Payoff of Having a Chronic Problem

As a therapist and coach, the symbolism of this “break free” sculpture speaks to the deepest part of my soul. It resonates with me for all the work I’ve done in my life: my own personal growth work and my… Read more »

Disempower Your Shame

Shame is sneaky.  It lurks in the shadows.  Shame is secretive and compelling in it’s ability to impact the way you feel about yourself at the very core.  But in your creativity and wisdom you have learned to deploy defense… Read more »

Rest in Center

Rick Hanson, PhD takes a look at the experience of being “all over the place” and how to get centered.  He encourages you to seek your wisdom, especially in the face of fear, anxiety and self doubt. Gravity and entropy are powerful processes… Read more »

Emotional Victimhood: Viewing Life Through a Lens of Injustice

Jennifer Lehr, MFT examines “emotional victimhood” as a reflection of how we see ourselves, the pain and consequences associated and the power we have to change. Sue and her husband Dave were talking in the morning before leaving for work…. Read more »

Tools for Resilience: “Hand on the Heart” for Calm

Linda Graham, MFT looks at oxytocin’s ability to calm the mind/body and increase resilience.  She offers an exercise to do that. Oxytocin is the neurotransmitter of the “calm and connect” response and is the brain’s direct and immediate antidote to… Read more »

Are We There Yet?

Rick Hanson, PhD, examines how we can spend too much time trying to get “somewhere,” the impact on the brain  and offers tools to be more present. We spend so much of our time trying to get somewhere.  Part of… Read more »