How Mindfulness Can Help Your Clients Manage Anxiety: A Short Practice for “Befriending” Fear

Some degree of fear and anxiety is inevitable in life. But for some people, these emotions can become truly debilitating, keeping them trapped in cycles that can lead to depression and even chronic pain. So how can we help patients better manage fear and anxiety when they come up? Below, you’ll find a simple exercise that anyone can use to work through these painful feelings. It’s courtesy of my friend Ron Siegel, PsyD. Ron is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School, an internationally-renowned teacher, a long-time student of mindfulness meditation, and a well-known author. ____________________________________…

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The Power of Mindfulness in Schools

Despite our best intentions, the holidays can be demanding . . . . . . so it’s probably not surprising that levels of anxiety, stress, and depression tend to ramp up around this time of year. Now imagine living at a high level of stress year round (and trying to learn at the same time). For many of the kids attending public schools, especially in the inner cities, it’s largely become a way of life. But mindfulness could change that. No, it can’t cure poverty, but it can transform the brain, and it can help with self-regulation. So what if…

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Treating Trauma in Children

Trauma’s victims are often among the most vulnerable in society . . . . . . especially when they include children. When trauma occurs at a young age, children can face biological effects that change the way their brains are developing. This includes parts of the brain that are critical for processing emotions like trust, affect regulation, impulse control, and identity (amongst other things). So as caregivers, we look for ways we can help kids feel safe so that they can learn to regulate their emotions and begin to heal. One promising intervention might be group therapy for kids sharing…

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One Way to Lessen the Stress of Holiday Travel

Ever feel a twinge in your stomach on the way to the airport? Many people are nervous travelers to begin with, and when you add things like leaving behind something important or running late for a flight, it can be a recipe for extra stress (perhaps especially around the holidays). But here’s something that’s quick and easy that anyone can do if they’re feeling anxious about traveling, courtesy of my friend Elisha Goldstein, PhD. Elisha is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice, Co-founder of The Mindfulness Center for Psychotherapy and Psychiatry in West Los Angeles, and author of the book…

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Using Mindfulness to Confront Fear

Fear can sometimes limit us . . . . . . and often, one of the last things we want to do is confront what scares us the most. For Kelly McGonigal, PhD it felt like avoiding her biggest fear was only helping to reinforce it. But when she started using mindfulness practice just a little bit differently, she was finally able to face it and move beyond it. Have a look at how Kelly did it, and why her technique could work for you. Click on the video below to check it out – it’s only 4 minutes. Click…

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Mindfulness and Fiction – Is There a Connection?

Have you ever gotten lost in a good novel? The imagery so distinct, and the characters so well-described that it almost seems real . . . . . . and when you get to the last page you might feel sad that it’s come to an end. Fiction has a way of taking us to places we wish we could be – places that aren’t necessarily accessible otherwise. In the short video below, Joan Halifax, PhD tells us about a different kind of fiction, and how it can help people cope with uncertainty. Click here to sign up. Not only…

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