What Can You Do When You’re Shaken?

Rick Hanson, PhD, looks at the need we all have to find a place to stand firmly; whether it be physically, psychologically or spiritually.  He offers ways to find stability when you feel shaken or out of control.  I’ve been to… Read more »

Mitigate the Stress Response with a Hand on Your Heart

Linda Graham, MFT and author of Bouncing Back:  Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, shares a highly effective stress relieving exercise that encourages the release of oxytocin, the brain’s antidote to the stress hormone, cortisol. Barbara Fredrickson, a pioneering… Read more »

I Tried to Prove Myself to the World

Indhira Rojas is the founder of Anxy, a new magazine that de-stigmatizes emotional struggles and normalizes the fears we all have.  She shares the story behind starting Anxy, when she realized her feelings of worthlessness were driving her into the ground…. Read more »

Ways to Stay Relaxed Throughout Your Day

If you’re like many, your life is go-go-go.  You do your best to balance family, friends, social life, work and other obligations.  The expectations that you and others place on you are always there.  Making it all work well may… Read more »

The Elusive Balance Between Work, Family, Intimate Relationships and Self

Life balance.  A destination or way of being? It’s like some kind of mysterious creature that many of us seek.  For a brief time it reveals itself, we think we’ve honored and befriended it then just when we look away and… Read more »

Being Compassionate and Being Too Busy Often Don’t Mix

Linda Graham, MFT looks at the challenge that being “too busy” creates for maintaining a sense of kindness and compassion to others.  She offers an exercise to help you slow down and practice self-compassion so you can be more mindful… Read more »

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 »

Staying Calm in an Unsettled World

It seems to me the news has been particularly disturbing lately.  Whether it’s ideological groups thrusting aggressively forward with psychologically terrifying tactics, a disturbing disease stealing the lives of thousands and seeping past our borders or an unusual strain of… 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 »