Reducing Anxiety in Children

In this technological age of instant news and social media at our fingertips, children are bombarded daily with news of school shootings, bombings, war, nuclear threats, genocide, and political extremism. At school and in their neighborhoods children experience peer pressure, bullying, and social isolation. As a result there is a continued increase in the diagnosis … More Reducing Anxiety in Children

Embracing Radical Self-Acceptance

One of my favorite DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) concepts is Radical Acceptance. It speaks to accepting something as it is, right now. Radical Acceptance reminds me of the title of an old movie ‘The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.”  It’s about letting go, not fighting against what is, and allowing things to be as they … More Embracing Radical Self-Acceptance

A Mindful Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day is often filled with hearts, flowers and high expectations. A recent visit to the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit in Seattle reminded me of the complexity of relationships. Like this chandelier art piece, life swirls and changes. The deeper you look into your life, the more you see. Take a few … More A Mindful Valentine’s Day

Take a Walk on the Mindful Side: Visual Imagery

It’s been a tough day. There is too much going on and your emotions feel frayed. At this moment, you would like nothing better than to get away from it all. However, you only have a few minutes to decompress. So you decide to revisit your favorite place without leaving your current space. A Peace … More Take a Walk on the Mindful Side: Visual Imagery

Mind Over Stress: One Minute Mindfulness Activities

Stress happens to the best of us. There are pressures at work and at home. Daily meditation and mindfulness practices help to reduce overall stress and anxiety and support focus. Sometimes, however, you just need a quick reset to get grounded. Below are seven of my favorite mindfulness activities that can help you to regain … More Mind Over Stress: One Minute Mindfulness Activities

What Give You Hope?

“to cherish a desire with anticipation” “to expect with confidence” “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best” “to look forward to with desire and confidence” “to place trust, rely” “He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.” ~ Proverb … More What Give You Hope?

Creating a Culture of Wellness: Emotional Wellness (Part 1)

Wellness is a holistic way of managing life. When health permeates every part of the human experience, wellness is present. The National Wellness Institute (www.nationalwellness.org) identifies six dimensions of wellness including: Emotional Occupational Physical Social Intellectual Spiritual As we move into this new year and look forward to what will unfold for us, focusing on … More Creating a Culture of Wellness: Emotional Wellness (Part 1)