What Self-Care is & What it Ain’t

I am a clinical psychologist who specializes in integrative care, or whole-health care. Self-care is a big part of my personal and professional value system. Most people think of self-care as: -Massages and spa trips -Bubble baths -Get your hair, nails, and feet done (i.e., get a mani/pedi) -Relaxing on the beach on faraway island […]

What is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)?

EFT is a method people use to help manage anxiety and stress. It is often referred to as “tapping.” It involves tapping your fingertips on specific points on your head, face, and body. The points you tap on for EFT are like those used in acupuncture. They are your body’s energy meridian points. How to […]

Tips for Reducing Stress at Work

Work-related stress is a common experience most of us have experienced. Acute stress levels can help you meet deadlines and pressure you to work on challenging tasks. However, when stress becomes chronic, it can negatively impact your physical and mental health. Here are three ways to help you reduce stress in your workplace.  Set Boundaries […]

Stress Management: Coping Strategies for Busy Students

Being a student can be stressful. Between classes, extracurricular activities, and social obligations, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Here are three coping strategies that you can use to manage stress and improve your well-being. Practice Mindfulness Mindfulness is a technique that involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment or distraction. By practicing mindfulness, you can reduce […]

DBT Skills for Everyday Challenges and Stress

What is DBT?  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that helps individuals to learn and practice skills in areas of emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, and distress tolerance. DBT is present-orientated and skill-based. Here are four ways DBT skills can help you in your life.  Mindfulness Mindfulness is about the […]

Lifestyle Habits to Slow Memory Decline

Researchers found that a healthy diet, cognitive activity, regular physical exercise, and abstaining from alcohol/smoking were significantly linked to slowed cognitive decline. Factors that affect memory include aging, chronic diseases, and lifestyle patterns. Few studies examined how lifestyle patterns can impact memory decline. Out of the 6 healthy habits, researchers found four were the most […]

3 Ways to Improve Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is a feeling of self-worth. It is how we perceive ourselves. Self-esteem is very important to our mental health. People with high self-esteem tend to be happier and enjoy healthier relationships. They also tend to be more resilient. People with lower self-esteem often doubt their abilities and feel unworthy. Here are a few habits […]

Meditation May Effect Gut Microbes for Improved Health

Did you know that your brain and gut are connected? A new study reports that regular practice of deep meditation helps regulate the gut microbiome and may have the potential to lower anxiety, depression, and heart disease. The researchers studied 56 Tibetan Buddhist monks by examining their intestinal flora through fecal samples. Researchers also examined […]

How Exercise May Lead to Better Social Cognition

Social cognition refers to the mental processes involved in understanding and interpreting social information such as emotional regulation. Recent studies have shown that physical activity can benefit social cognitive abilities.  The researchers hypothesize that improvements in physical fitness (due to exercise) can promote a state of automatic balance that leads to better social cognition.  Automatic balance […]

3 Simple Grounding Techniques 

What are grounding techniques? Grounding techniques help you connect with the present moment and become more aware of your surroundings. These practices can be helpful in reducing stress, anxiety, and negative thoughts. Here are three grounding techniques you can use today!  Focus on Your Breath Find a comfortable seated position or lie down. Close your […]