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Your parents may have wronged you, harmed you or neglected you - whether it is now or in the past. And because of how your parents treated you or what they taught you, you may very well have developed core beliefs about yourself and the world around you that are negative and self-defeating. HOWEVER, those beliefs and r...

The importance of gut health

More often than not, I have clients struggling with anxiety and depression that also have problems with digestion. Our "gut" says a lot about our overall health, especially our mental health. If our digestive system is not in balance and our parasympthaetic nervous system is not properly act...

In previous posts, I have written about the importance of self-care and how to practice it. I know that sometimes we may not believe we have time to take care of ourselves, or even have the desire to do so. Therefore, I want to give you a 30-day challenge that you can complete on your own -- to help learn how to put yo...

1. They don't hit the snooze button.

At night, plan your outfit, to-do list and tasks for the next day. Wake up early. Start your day with positive affirmations and review your goals for the day. Meditate for at least 5 minutes. If possible, exercise in the morning as a way to allow yourself to burn energy all day long....

Both maintaining old and forming new friendships as an adult can be difficult. As we grow older, move away, get new jobs, maybe get married and create families, we may find it more and more difficult to maintain friendships we made when we were in middle school, high school, college, first jobs, etc. Below I will share...

Anxiety is both a physical and cognitive issue. Anxiety can plague our body and our thoughts -- leading to the tightening of our chests, to us not being able to catch our breath, to cycling negative thoughts. So here I present to you a specific practice to utilize when you experience anxiety, both in your body and in y...

People often get stuck in negative thought, reaction or behavioral patterns. What we often don't realize is that those patterns may no longer serve us, and can actually stand in the way of us experiencing serenity. So, here are some of my tips (easier said than done, of course) to help you be happier. Let's change your...

It is not uncommon to find ourselves in a toxic or unhealthy relationship - whether it be romantic, familial or friendly. Once we become involved or enmeshed in toxicity, we may find it difficult to get ourselves out. I want to emphasize the importance of removing yourself from an unhealthy relationship or environment....

It is very easy to get stuck in a pattern of negative thinking. Negative and distorted thought patterns can be unhelpful and detrimental to us. The next time you get stuck in a negative thought pattern that causes distress, ask yourself the following questions:

1. Am I falling into a trap of negative thinking? (i.e., ca...

Here are some do's and don'ts with anger management:

DO: 

  • express how you feel clearly and concisely

  • recognize your early signs of anger to keep it from escalating

  • take a time-out for at least 20 minutes to calm down

  • find healthy outlets (vigorous exercise, free writing) to express your anger safely

  • ...
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