The Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for Getting Your Optimal Sleep

We all want and need to get a good night’s sleep in order to feel our best every day.  Unfortunately, increasingly, our industrialized habits have encouraged an extended day which squeeze our precious hours for sleep on either end, leaving the majority of us chronically sleep deprived.

Here are my top 10 Dos and Don’ts for a Getting Your Optimal Sleep:

  1. Being too sedentary: when your body hasn’t had enough physical activity, your brain may be tired, but your body isn’t tired ...
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The Three Pillars of Optimal Mental Wellness

normal name tagOne of the most frequent questions I get asked by my clients is “Am I normal?” This question generally elicits from me a shrug and the rejoinder—what is normal? I’m not trying to let them down easy, or avoid the question. It is really increasingly absurd to determine “normal” in a culture that embraces all kinds of extremes that used to be considered very abnormal. For example, it never ...

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Can You See It?

“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” –Zig Ziglar

 

Those of us who actually remember Kevin Costner when he was kind of hunky and not so dorky, will recall his movie Field of Dreams in whichbaseball field he builds a baseball field following a voice and a vision instructing him to do so.  Ultimately, (spoiler alert!), the act of building the baseball field brings about a fulfillment of his ...

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Mind your Mindfulness!

IMG_0923 - CopyOver the past decade, there has been a veritable tidal wave of books, speakers, products, and media on the subject of mindfulness. Literature, both popular and psychological, is literally abuzz about mindfulness. And while this may turn some away as smacking of faddishness, mindfulness has actually been around for literally thousands of years and is embraced as a central ...

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Holiday Self-Care

How to survive the holidays without tearing your hair out.

So, it’s getting to be that time of year again—lights are beginning to appear on houses, tinny carols are getting piped through store sound systems, and everywhere there is a feeling of….anxiety? For many of us, the holidays are a fine stew of mixed emotions: often stress, anxiety, dread, loneliness, as well as grief. Hardly the Holiday Spirit, in a culture of mandated holiday spirit, but the (sometimes not so) hidden ...

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Emotional Eating

Sometimes You Just Want to Eat Something That’s the Size of Your Head

“I don’t eat all day long, and then, when I get home, I just pull up a chair in front of the fridge and start shoveling it in.” “I just forget to eat.” “I would rather die than have to give up sugar.” “I use food as a weapon against myself.” “They can’t make me eat.” “Sometimes you just want to eat something that’s the size of your ...

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This is Your Brain On Exercise

So, I’m waiting for Jill (not her real name), my 3 p.m. client to arrive, and she does—fifteen minutes late and hitting the ground running. She’s talking very quickly, and fidgeting like mad with some fidget toys that I keep on the coffee table in my office. Jill tells me that her anxiety has gone through the roof over the past three weeks since we last talked.  So, we start exploring what might have caused her “relapse.”  (What I call ...

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The Rat Race

Back when I first starting practicing therapy (and here I date myself), I had a paper appointment book for all my appointments. I didn’t have a website, and it likely wouldn’t have occurred to most, if not all of my clients at the time, to have looked for me on the web, anyway. The Yellow Pages was how most people found services “back in the day.”  I remember, too, when I got my first “PDA” and was recording appointments and ...

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The Morning After Blues

Looking through song lyrics trying to come up with a good title for today’s posting on alcohol as a trigger, all I keep finding are lyrics that glorify getting drunk and how alcohol is an antidote to all life’s pains. The only references to how alcohol really makes you feel are the morning after hangover songs. In truth, however, the hangover is pretty minor compared to the long term effects alcohol has on your overall mental health.

It is interesting to ...

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Hungry Like the Wolf

In Alcoholics Anonymous, there’s an acronym they use to remind people when they might be most susceptible to relapse and it’s called HALT. HALT stands for “Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired.” You don’t have to be an alcoholic to be negatively impacted by HALT, in fact, I would go so far as to say that most of us are negatively impacted by HALT. Yesterday, I covered why “tired” sets you up for disaster, and today I’ll be addressing “hungry” and our ...

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