Moderation: The Key to a Great Holiday Season

We are surrounded by images of the holiday season that promote, encourage and normalize abundance and excess. No wonder so many of us have become accustomed to the idea that the holidays are a time when it’s okay to overdo it. This one time of the year, we spend too much, eat too much and drink too much. But the holidays don’t have to be about excess. You still can have a great time and enjoy the holiday season without overdoing it.

Stress Busting Lessons from Kindergarten

You’ve heard the expression, “Everything you need to know about life, you learned in kindergarten.” Here are some ideas for simplifying your life this summer, based on those lessons we learned way back when.

Getting Control of Impulse Control Disorders

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 10.5 percent of the U.S. population has an impulse control disorder. Impulse control disorders occur when we can’t resist the urge to do something. When people with this disorder have these urges, they can’t stop their behavior, even if there are negative consequences. There are many psychiatric disorders that have these features, including substance abuse, gambling, compulsive shopping, mood disorders, internet addiction and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Transformation 101: From Resolution to Reality

Most people make New Year's resolutions to fix something so they’ll feel better during the coming year than they did during the previous year. Seems simple, right? Not really. While three quarters of New Year's resolutions fail, it’s helpful to look at the reasons why one quarter succeed.

Keeping a Positive Attitude at Work

In 2011, when the Cardinals were several games behind first, everyone thought it was over but them. But they kept their positive attitude and went on to win the World Series. There are many benefits (aside from winning the World Series) to having a positive attitude at work. 

Mindfulness: More Than Just Meditation

Mindfulness is being “aware” -- aware of what you are choosing to think every moment, and then using simple techniques to evaluate your own thoughts. The idea of being mindful requires being present and being more conscious of life as it happens. I frequently discuss mindfulness with my clients and suggest that they focus on staying in the “here and now.” 

Motivation: What It Is and How to Get It

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, motivation is a force, stimulus or influence, i.e. incentive or drive. Motivation is what causes us to act, whether it is to get a glass of water, do work, read a book, or drive to work every day and do your best. It seems that some people have more motivation than others, and many clients have come to my office asking how to increase their own motivation.

The Importance of Developing a Support System

Part of life is experiencing ups and downs. We want people who understand us and can be depended upon during tough times. We need people who will listen to us and give us honest feedback. Research has proved that having a support system has many positive benefits, such as higher levels of well-being, better coping skills and a longer and healthier life. Studies have also shown that social support can reduce depression and anxiety. Some people do best with a large support group, while others need a small support system. Giving and receiving support from others is a basic human need.