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Paper Napkin Mental Health Challenge #4: Goal Setting

People of all ages love to set goals. In fact, according to the stats, the top three New Year’s resolutions for 2017 were to:

1) Lose weight or eat healthier

2) Improve life or self

3) To make better financial decisions

Buried in the stats, however, is a more telling number: this is the huge percentage of people that feel they rarely or never realize their resolutions. In short, the issue is not necessarily setting the goal, but rather carving a path to achieve it.

Here’s the good news--creating a...
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Child Anxiety

What is the Opposite of Anxiety?


I wanted so desperately to talk to Suchin and Lucky, the 8-year-old sons of my parents’ friends visiting us from India. But my anxiety, circular thinking, and “what-if” questions got the better of me. So, I stood in the corner of our living room pretending to be obsessed with a Lego castle I had constructed earlier that day.

My dad finally moseyed over and knelt down next to me. In his ever-gentle...
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Child Anxiety

When Your Anxious Child Rejects Your Help, Try This


The worry begins as a trickle in your son's (or daughter's) mind. It develops momentum and drops into his body causing his palms to sweat, heart to race, and tummy to ache. Finally, your child’s worry erupts:

“Mommy, what if I have a new teacher in school?”

“Daddy, what if I can’t find someone to play with?”

The words hit you. You, too, begin to worry both vicariously for him and about your ability to quell the worry. No...
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