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What if I told you there is a 10 minute exercise you can do to build your brain. This one activity can build grey matter in the part of your brain that makes planning, emotional management, and stress reduction a lot easier. I started meditating for stress reduction 15 years ago and nothing else has helped more. Since then I have helped bring meditation and mindfulness to hundreds of people through trainings, groups, and individual therapy. That being said, when it comes to ...
540 PointsSilver

Naj Alikhan

/ Life tested and state licensed therapist / LMFT
IF I’M NOT FIRST, I MIGHT AS WELL BE LAST NOTHING GOOD EVER HAPPENS TO ME SHE IGNORED ME BECAUSE SHE DOESN’T LIKE ME I’M NEVER GOING TO FIND LOVE These are the kinds of thoughts that keep us feeling anxious. On some days they are the quiet background music to an otherwise healthy and productive day. On other days they define us and are all we can think about. But these types of thoughts are actually emotionally driven lies about who we are and the world around us.  In ...
540 PointsSilver

Naj Alikhan

/ Life tested and state licensed therapist / LMFT
Many of my friends are doctors. A few of them have been experts on TV and the radio, some are scholars, real estate investors, business owners, professors, parents, therapists. Some are married or in committed relationships that they passionately fight for every day. They are bosses in every sense of the word. One walked on her campus, literally got a new job offered to her, and was in awe when she walked out. I, however, was not surprised. No haterade in my BPA-free water bottle, I was ...
2670 PointsGold

Stephane Louis, LMFT

/ Licensed Counselor | LGBTQIA / LMFT
It's a classic ADHD situation: You have something to say during a conversation and your brain is racing. You feel anxious because you want to get that thought out before you forget. So you interrupt someone mid-sentence, or finish their thoughts for them. And just like that, the discussion becomes a dilemma. ADHD blurs the boundaries between what you should say, what you shouldn't, and when to speak up. Impulsive behavior, one of the main symptoms of the disorder, can make others feel ...
2700 PointsGold

Lauren Roberts Stidger, MS, LPC

/ Licensed Professional Counselor / LPC
When she’s 9 years old, Rose Edelstein, the protagonist in Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, can’t wait to bite into her mom’s made-from-scratch lemon-chocolate cake. It looks absolutely delicious. But when she does, instead of savoring the sugary, spongy sweetness, she’s shocked to taste hunger, hollowness, and absence. Rose discovers that she can taste people’s emotions through their food, and her outwardly cheerful mother is anything but cheerful on the ...
2700 PointsGold

Lauren Roberts Stidger, MS, LPC

/ Licensed Professional Counselor / LPC
Imagine your best friend comes to you deeply distraught—her father died six months ago, and her mother’s health is rapidly deteriorating. Over the past year, she has been consumed with managing care and legal issues, making funeral preparations, and grieving. Naturally, some things at work and at home have slipped through the cracks here and there. She comes to you feeling sad, helpless to stop her mother’s decline, and angry at herself that she just can’t seem to get it ...
2700 PointsGold

Lauren Roberts Stidger, MS, LPC

/ Licensed Professional Counselor / LPC
“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” ~Ernest Hemingway The chances are good that at some point in your life you had to deal with a loved one who consistently frustrated you. They were caught in a destructive pattern of behavior that made life difficult for them and everyone around them. How do you cope when this happens? Perhaps you start avoiding them. And when that’s not possible, you choose to check out of any difficult conversation or ...
2700 PointsGold

Lauren Roberts Stidger, MS, LPC

/ Licensed Professional Counselor / LPC
How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids Help yourself, and them, by learning techniques to manage stress in a healthy way Brigit Katz On a recent afternoon, JD Bailey was trying to get her two young daughters to their dance class. A work assignment delayed her attempts to leave the house, and when Bailey was finally ready to go, she realized that her girls still didn’t have their dance clothes on. She began to feel overwhelmed and frustrated, and in the car ride on ...
2700 PointsGold

Lauren Roberts Stidger, MS, LPC

/ Licensed Professional Counselor / LPC
There is an abundance of information about how anxiety impacts our health—mentally, emotionally, and physically. Have you considered the impact anxiety may have on the health of your relationship? Anxiety can cause periods of panic , feelings of fear or overwhelm, and a general sense of unease and tension. It can take over your thoughts and bleed into many areas of your life. If you are feeling a strain on your relationship, anxiety may be playing a role. Could your anxiety (or your ...
2700 PointsGold

Lauren Roberts Stidger, MS, LPC

/ Licensed Professional Counselor / LPC
                                                              Emotions are universal, and most of the time we go through life without thinking about them. However, when we experience feelings of discomfort, our souls become uneasy, and sadness, stress, anger, fear, grief, loss, and relationship problems can begin to complicate life. So ...
680 PointsSilver

Mama Sue

/ Advice Columnist
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