Anxiety

Rules For Life: What Improv Teaches Us

What if there were a fun, low-pressure way to reduce your anxiety, build resilience, improve your connection with other people, and strengthen your ability to adapt to life on life's terms?

Welcome to the world of improvisation. Improv, or the art of making something up on the spot, without a script, score, or any sort of planning, or “of composing, uttering, executing, or arranging anything without previous preparation” () is frequently utilized by popular comedians such as...
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Addiction

How To Conquer Fear and Pursue Your Dreams

“Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second we can turn the tables on Resistance. This second we can sit down and do our work.” (Steven Pressfield)

Whether or not we recognize it, we all have our unique gifts to share with the world. And when we bury these gifts and don’t use them,...
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Depression

Is Brain Inflammation Contributing to Your Depression?

Most of us associate having the flu with not only coughing, sneezing, and sore throat, but also intense fatigue, apathy, brain fog, irritability, and loss of appetite. Being sick can wreak havoc with our emotions and throw us psychologically off-balance.

It’s common to feel as if our “get up and go” has got up and gone.

With good reason.

It turns out that there is indeed a significant connection between a heightened state of inflammation and depression.

When we’re under attack...
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General

Are You Skipping This Crucial Step When Setting Goals?

At the beginning of each calendar year, many of us set lofty goals, with the hope and expectation that with such achievements we’ll be happier. For instance, we vow to lose that extra 20 pounds, go to the gym more often, find a more rewarding job (or find a job, period), and improve our financial situation.

While setting goals can help us determine where and how to focus our energy and time, why is it that...
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Anxiety

Stress-Busting Tips for Election Day (and Thereafter)

Given the volatile and angry nature of this current national election, how do we manage our anxiety? Regardless of our political affiliations, this particular election cycle has involved unprecedented negativity and sensationalism, driven in part by people’s dissatisfaction with governmental gridlock, concerns about our economy, health care, foreign affairs, and racial issues, to name only a few.

We also live in a digital age where 24-hour access to late-breaking news (some being erroneous) is...
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General

Essential Life Lessons, Part 2


As Labor Day approaches, some students have returned to school, while others are enjoying their last days of freedom before classes begin. For those of us who have graduated from formal education, the school of life remains in session, and some ground rules still apply.

Put in the time.

Continuing to stick with an assignment even if you’d rather check Facebook or play a video game will strengthen your self-discipline and impulse control. Persevere. “A year...
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Anxiety

How to Prevent an Emotional Meltdown

"F-E-A-R has two meanings: 'Forget Everything and Run' or 'Face Everything And Rise'. The choice is yours. - Zig Ziglar

The alarm clock goes off. You roll over and slowly rise from your bed. Make your way to the kitchen. Grab a cup of coffee. Open your laptop. And read an accusatory email, perhaps from your boss, best friend, or significant other. Or open an unexpected and exorbitant bill. And you immediately launch into panic...
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Addiction

Nine Ways to Heal Your Relationship With Food

Why is it often difficult to have a healthy relationship with food, our bodies, and our weight? Why do we eat past the point of satiety, relentlessly criticize our thighs, belly, or other body parts, or base our self-worth on a number on the scale? Or why do we obsess about that ideal diet that will magically restore us to perfect health and also somehow heal our relationships, finances, and career woes?

The answers are...
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Communication

The 4 Steps to an Effective Apology

 It takes courage to apologize. Saying we're sorry puts us in a position of vulnerability. We aren't in control of other people's responses. They might reject us. They might yell at us. They might not accept our apology.

However, these are all risks we can choose to take, in the spirit of wanting to make things right in terms of our behavior. Whether the apology is for a major or minor offense, saying that...
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