What does it mean to be Mindful?

What does it mean to be Mindful vs Mind Full? Mindful is described as “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn) One person describes their experience of being “mind full” as the following, “Sometimes, my mind feels like an enormous noisy hall filled with thousands of busy… Continue reading What does it mean to be Mindful?

When avoiding the situation isn’t helping

A client I will call "Joy" came to see me and related that she had been excited about a new job but quickly found herself with increased responsibilities and a need to do training of other employees. The first time she met with the employees she was horrified when her heart started pounding, her mouth… Continue reading When avoiding the situation isn’t helping

I am way more relaxed when I am relaxed…

Recently during a "stay-cation" I started to mentally plan for an upcoming family gathering and noticed that my usual worry and anxiety did not kick in. I had an epiphany at that moment - "I am way more relaxed when I am relaxed!" My ability to make decisions from a relaxed state caused me to… Continue reading I am way more relaxed when I am relaxed…

Are you making your anxiety worse?

Do you believe the symptoms of anxiety are "real". "I am nauseated - I must be sick!" "I have a thought I am going to get in an accident if I drive - this must mean I better not drive today" "I feel frightened - this must mean something bad is going to happen to… Continue reading Are you making your anxiety worse?

How can we “caregive” for the caregiver?

As the baby boomers get older and their parents get even older the generation that had it all is now looking after it all!  Often still parenting they are now faced with caregiving aging parents; making financial, medical, household and a myriad of other decisions while dealing with a rollercoaster of emotions concerning their changing… Continue reading How can we “caregive” for the caregiver?

Questions to ask yourself if you are experiencing Anxiety Symptoms or Panic Attacks

When, where and with whom do you experience Anxiety Symptoms* or Panic Attacks? What type of physical activity is helpful to decrease your anxiety symptoms?  What have you tried?  What can you try in the future? What can you do to minimize distractions in your environment (s); be more organized? simplify daily routines? What can… Continue reading Questions to ask yourself if you are experiencing Anxiety Symptoms or Panic Attacks

What is the difference between “Baby Blues” and Postpartum Depression?

Partners and significant others of a new mother should expect some level of emotional challenges after birth of baby– approximately 80% of new mothers experience baby blues or postpartum depression (PPD) Baby Blues occur within a week or two of birth and last 3 weeks or so A new mother may be sad and weepy and… Continue reading What is the difference between “Baby Blues” and Postpartum Depression?