The Space Between

  The space between. No, I’m not referring to the Dave Matthews Band song. I’m talking about honoring the space between the no longer and the not yet–Life and all of its transitions. We are futuristic beings, impatient, and always on-the-go. When we meet a goal, it’s on to the next thing, the next achievement, the next accomplishment. Life happens in the transitions. Those moments of uncertainty and doubt. The times when we are questioning who we are, what we’re doing, and how we got here. We’ve all experienced change, big or small, and transitionary periods of life where we feel… Continue Reading This Article

Living with Anxiety and Panic

Racing heartbeat. Sweaty palms. Flushed face. Feeling like you’re going to pass out. Hyperventilating. Tightness in the chest. Throat closing up. Feeling like you’re going to die. Panic attacks are no joke. If you’ve experienced one, you know that the combination of physical and mental symptoms can make you feel like you’re going crazy, completely out of control. You think, “Why can’t I just stop?!” and “How can I get them to go away?” We all have experienced or will experience anxiety at some point in our lives. After all, anxiety is adaptive. But for some, it feels like anxiety… Continue Reading This Article

The Art of Saying “No”

No. It’s a complete sentence, but how many of us say it on the regular? If you’re a Netflix fan, you’ve probably seen or heard of the new series “Dead to Me” with Christina Applegate starring in the main role. I, for one, have been hooked on this series and it’s excellent depiction of how grief shows up in different ways for everyone. As I’ve been watching, I picked up on a theme in this show–saying “No.” In response to the abundance of questions she’s receiving by neighbors, strangers, friends, and her mother-in-law, Jen responds with an unapologetic and firm,… Continue Reading This Article

Distract, Relax and Cope

When emotions become overwhelming and life feels like a rollercoaster, it can be helpful to Distract, Relax, and Cope to control our emotional urges. A distraction might include engaging in a pleasurable activity (…/Pleasurable-Activities…), doing something for someone you love, tidying up the house, or people watching at the mall. Distractions aren’t meant to serve as avoidance behaviors. Instead, they give us time to take a step back without acting on an impulse in order to choose the appropriate future action. Stay tuned for ways to Relax and Cope in our next posts! #DBT #distresstolerance

Avoid Holiday Anxiety & Stress!

    Do the holidays make you feel stressed and filled with anxiety? New month, new season, new intentions. For many, the holidays are filled with excitement, energy & happiness but also stress, anxiety and being over scheduled. To avoid feeling rundown and “”bah humbug” consider the following process: 1.Decide what is most important to you this season. Is it quality time with family, getting the perfect gift for someone very special, rest and relaxation? Narrow down that list. 2. Let your friends and family know your intentions and be specific about how you will stay in line with what… Continue Reading This Article

3 Great Phone Apps to Help Improve Self Esteem

People who struggle with low self-esteem often hold themselves back from making intimate connections with others and reaching their most desired goals. Luckily, technology is making it easier for these people to give their self-esteem a boost. Here are 3 great phone apps that can help you improve your self-esteem: Simply Being A positive self-image is the result of a positive mindset – and that can be the result of daily meditation. Simply Being is a guided meditation app. Users can intensify the experience by adding their own choice of music or selecting from a list of soothing nature sounds. The app… Continue Reading This Article

Afraid of Failure? Here’s Advice on Coping with Failure

Fear of failure causes us to put the brakes on our life. When we’re so afraid of failing at something, we either don’t try at all, or we subconsciously undermine or own efforts to avoid an even bigger failure. Without question, fear of failure is immobilizing and, when we allow it to dictate our choices and sit on the sidelines, we miss great opportunities and potential for success. Signs of Fear of Failure While none of us like to fail at anything, how do you know if your fear is an actual phobia (called “atychiphobia”) and one that is likely limiting your… Continue Reading This Article

Feeling Bad About Your Unexpected C-Section? You’re Not Alone

Bringing a baby into the world is supposed to be one of the happiest events in a woman’s life, but often there are things that can make a new mother feel sad, exhausted, and overwhelmed. One of those things is having an unexpected C-section. If you’ve recently had an unexpected C-section and are experiencing mixed emotions about it, you’re not alone. The following feelings are common after having a C-section that you were not planning: Shock Many women, especially young women, assume they will have a natural birth. But sometimes, life throws us a curveball in the form of unforeseen… Continue Reading This Article

Do You Suffer from Anxiety? Yoga Can Help!

Life is full of moments that cause us to feel stressed or nervous. Getting up and speaking in front of a large group of people, starting a new school, and trying to ace that important job interview – all of these scenarios can make us fearful, resulting in sleepless nights and performance jitters. The problem starts when this fear becomes persistent and overwhelming and interferes with everyday life. At this point “normal fear” becomes a full-blown anxiety disorder. While a certified therapist should be consulted to develop a plan for treating your anxiety disorder, yoga is an effective and natural… Continue Reading This Article

Low Self-Esteem: What is it? What to Do About it

Self-esteem is an opinion we have of ourselves; a way of placing value on ourselves as people. While we may voice characteristics such as “I’m American” or “I have brown eyes,” these are facts that don’t carry a negative or positive connotation. A low self-esteem suggests we carry a negative opinion of ourselves. For example, “I’m unattractive” or “I’m not good enough.” Most of us have mixed opinions of ourselves, but if your overall opinion is that you are an inferior or inadequate in some way, if you feel you have little worth and are not entitled to experiencing good… Continue Reading This Article