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Time for a Retreat?

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When times get tough, what’s one of the best things you can do for yourself? Perhaps it’s time for a retreat. You may protest, saying you don’t have the time or money, but check out these three different types of retreats: The at-home retreat: This…

What is Healthy Stress?

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You hear a lot of talk about stress: “I’m so stressed out” or “My job is so stressful”, but how what exactly is stress? I’ve read a lot of definitions; most of them focus on the worry and anxiety that come with stress. But what…

Have your Best Summer Ever. Here’s How:

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Summers are supposed to be happy, right? Carefree, easy, laid-back…and, yet, so often, they’re not. This column is about how to make this summer one of your best ever. Let’s start with:   Lower your expectations…of everyone. For example: don’t think you have to lose…

Shyness and Social Anxiety

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As a psychotherapist, lots of clients ask me if shyness or social anxiety is normal.  It’s a tricky question: aren’t we all a little shy in new situations? Most of us are, but some people are energized by a room full of strangers and find it…

Hard Times; Powerful Lessons

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Most of us don’t learn through happiness; we learn through difficulties, and hard times present us with many opportunities to learn more about ourselves. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of financial blogs, and would like to take the best of what I’ve read and…

Youthfulness and Your Mental Health

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I recently entered what is commonly known as “middle age”. Sure, I have my share of wrinkles and gray hair, but I FEEL youthful and healthy. I’d like to share some of what works for me – and my clients – in hopes it will…

The Psychology of Gaining Weight

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Recently, a local news reporter interviewed me about why people gain weight. Weight gain (and loss) is, for many of us, right up there with sex and money on the anxiety scale.  Anxiety and weight gain are linked. As the level of general anxiety continues to…

Loving Your Inner Teenager

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There are lots of articles out there in the self-help world about loving your inner child. John Bradshaw made that really big a while back. But, recently, I’ve wondered about what comes next? In other words, what about our inner teenager? You know your inner…

Slower is Better

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Are you afraid to slow down? Do you think only stupid people go slowly? You’re not alone. Why do we rush so much?  What do we think we’re achieving?  Is happiness basically a numbers game – whoever does the most stuff wins – or a matter of…