anxiety

No Resolutions for Me

I’ve decided not to make any New Year’s resolutions. This just isn’t the year for that. There are a lot of suggestions being offered for constructive ways to approach this upcoming year. There are the traditional self-improvement resolutions. Then there is gentler advice that focuses on gratitude and self-compassion. But I’m going to ignore them… Read more »

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5 Natural Ways to Overcome Anxiety and Depression

Do you ever feel anxious or depressed – especially in these times? It’s easier than we think for our brain to get conditioned into an anxious or depressive loop. In this video I’m going to share with you what I’ve learned over the last 20 years as a psychologist, around what are natural ways to… Read more »

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How to Help Yourself Through Change

It’s impossible to overstate the way this pandemic has changed our lives. Chances are, at this very moment, you are right smack in the middle of that change yourself. Maybe you’re reading this article from your dining table when you’d normally be in your office. Maybe you’re cramming it in after a long day of… Read more »

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Denial: The Danger in Rejecting Reality

“Denial was a weapon; it killed truth, numbed the mind, and I was a junkie.” – John Hart If you read the title and thought, “Oh, I don’t struggle with that,” then this post might be for you. In fact, one of Western society’s biggest problems is rooted in the defense mechanism theorized by psychoanalyst… Read more »

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The Critical Inner Voice and Addiction

It would be hard to overstate the massive impact of this past year’s pandemic on individuals’ mental health. Last August, the Centers for Disease Control reported results of a survey that showed anxiety  disorder symptoms in 2020 to be three times those reported in the same period of 2019, and depressive disorder about four times… Read more »

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7 Practices to Keep Calm in the Face of Uncertainty

“Uncertain” is likely a mild way to put how we’re all feeling right now. This year has presented so many shocks to our systems, many of us are struggling to retain any sense of equilibrium. The deer in the headlights feeling of “what comes next?” has our anxiety at peak levels. While there are real… Read more »

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Experts at Home: Dr. Katayune Kaeni on the Mental Health of New Parents

  For people who are becoming parents during this pandemic, life is presenting a new set of challenges that go beyond the already huge shifts one faces when having a baby. In this Experts at Home conversation, Dr. Lisa Firestone talks with Dr. Katayune Kaeni (Dr. Kat) about caring for maternal and perinatal mental health… Read more »

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The Second Wave: The Emotional Impact of the Prolonged Pandemic

Everyone is struggling to cope during these unprecedented times. The second spike that was predicted for winter has already begun. We have no idea if and when a vaccine will be developed and then distributed. We are basically in the same alarming situation we were in when Covid first appeared in March and our future… Read more »

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Dealing With Today’s Trauma

Two weeks ago, I was talking to a friend who has been depressed. Because of COVID-19 and her age, she is quarantined and has been unable to visit with many of her friends. As she described the details of her life and her loneliness, she broke down crying, “I don’t recognize my life! I don’t… Read more »

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It Is Possible For You to Reduce Your Stress

It is normal to have increased anxiety right now as we learn to navigate life in the midst of the recent pandemic. Everyone is feeling this way! And if your baseline is regularly higher in anxiety or hyperarousal, this will feel like even more to you! You may be feeling more triggered than usual if… Read more »

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