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I’ve been thinking a lot about resilience, that quality that some people have that helps them bounce back from adversity, rather than be crushed by it.  Rather than try to write an article which might not get finished for weeks, I decided to offer a list of links instead.  I found a great link from… Read more

I finally had a wonderfully relaxing Friday at home for the first time in a while, and it sure made a difference.  I feel more relaxed, I actually got things done, but I didn’t rush.  This is is one of things I wish I had learned when my kids were little, and even more so… Read more

The final post in our “Best of Families Counseling” series is one we can all use — how to do deep breathing and progressive relaxation for stress management. It was originally posted on 8/10/2008… Read more

I’ve been waiting for New Year’s Day for quite some time, I realize. 2012 has been a rough one in multiple ways, for my family and for so many others, and I know I’ve been waiting for the calendar to flip over. Surely 2013 will be better, I’ve thought. But 2012 was also full of… Read more

There’s a new song making the rounds that is supposed to be “the most relaxing sound of all time”.  Wikipedia says, On October 16th 2011, Marconi Union created an eight minute track, ‘Weightless’ [6] in collaboration with the British Academy of Sound Therapy. In a scientific study commisioned by Radox, it was labelled as the… Read more

Are you anxious? Not everyone experiences anxiety in the same way, so it’s not surprising that some anxiety management techniques work for some and not for others. Recently I found an old handout lying around the office, with no source quoted, so I apologize in advance to the original author. It talks about 3 “symptom… Read more

There are some wonderful breathing techniques that can quickly help relieve some of the symptoms of anxiety and depression.  If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you may be familiar with them.  If not, give this one a try and see if it helps.  It’s a great idea to practice this when you are not… Read more

Who doesn’t have too much stress?  We all could use better ways to manage stress, and reduce its effect on our health and well-being.  In a recent article in Parade magazine, author Michael Shea discusses Integrative Body-Mind Training, developed by Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang from China.  The idea is to learn to develop a state of… Read more

At certain times, we all suffer from fears, anxiety and phobias. Learning about how our brains create and deal with fear, and what to do about it, can really help. Fears, phobias and anxiety — What are they? Our brains and bodies are “wired” to protect us. When we encounter something that we think might… Read more

Financial stress comes to us all at certain points. It can feel very scary when it seems to hit everywhere at once. A hard economy, high oil and food prices, banks failing, and most recently, the bottom seeming to fall out of the stock market … all of this can make us feel very edgy… Read more