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Surviving the Flu

by Rosina Pzena, M.S.

I am writing this blog currently from home, where I have been stuck in my bed sick with the flu for the past few days. I spent a lot of time, at first, thinking about how unfair it was that I had to lay around all day (my body couldn’t handle much else) but couldn’t quite get rested, as I was regularly interrupted by coughs, breathing difficulties, or spiking fever disrupting my sleep.… Read more...
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Overcoming Anxiety About Kids Going to Camp

by Johna Hansen, LCSW

One of my children is going to camp this weekend for the first time. This will be the first time he has stayed with someone other than his family for more than one night.  He is excited about getting away, but also sad about being away from his family for a couple of nights.  I am also experiencing mixed feelings, although, at first, one of my feelings was not healthy.  I’m excited for him and for this opportunity to spend quality time with friends; however immediately after we made the decision for him to go, my heart started racing and my palms were sweaty as I felt anxious about all the ways this trip could go wrong. … Read more...

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How Much Alcohol?!?!

by Raymond Moody, M.A. 

Over the holiday break, while back home visiting my family, I took the opportunity to look at a few wedding venues with my fiancé. We set up a few appointments in the city where we met, which is great because anywhere that is not New York City is much more affordable. We both want to have a nice ceremony and reception and it is important to us that we are able to have a lot of family and friends attend.… Read more...

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Ringing in the New Year with Acceptance

by Amanda Rosinski, M.A. 

Happy 2017! Our New Year has just started, which is often coupled with many different New Year’s resolutions. This tradition emphasizes a person changing something that is undesirable about themselves. This could be a trait that someone has, such as being unassertive, or a behavior that someone has, such as eating a lot of fast food. New Year’s resolutions aim to target those undesired aspects of oneself and change them to something more desirable.… Read more...

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Impulse Purchases

by Stephanie Schwartz, M.S.

In the past month I have done a lot more shopping (particularly online) than I typically do. It’s not a coincidence that my shopping habits have increased right around holiday time, when stores typically run sales. When something is on sale, I tend to be more impulsive about making the decision to buy it. I’m even quicker to make a purchase when I’m browsing online and can purchase something with a few clicks.… Read more...

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Rational New Year’s Resolutions

by Rosina Pzena, M.S. 

It’s the first week of a new year, and that likely means many of us have settled on a New Year’s Resolution. Normally I only last about a week or two before I give up on my resolutions, and this is quite common. What is it about resolutions that cause many of us to say “forget it!” the moment we make one slip from our resolved exercise plan, diet, or other behavior?… Read more...

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Don’t Overthink, Just Do

by Megan Sy, M.S. 

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” –Carrie Fisher 

Often in cognitive behavioral therapy, there is plenty of focus (understandably so) on thoughts and how thinking affects feeling. We may tend to forget that our behavior is also part of the disturbance and that it’s not just our thoughts that need to be changed.… Read more...

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Waiting in Long Lines

by Johna Hansen, LCSW

Have you ever stood so long in line at the post office that signs start to read “Pinot Noir” instead of “Please Note…”?  That happened to me this week.  After 30 minutes of being at the post office, my mind began to wander and I started to think about all of the other things I could be doing instead of standing in line.  At this point, I start feeling angry at the postal workers and people around me.  … Read more...

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Travel Grinch

by Raymond Moody, M.A.

A friend of mine travels a lot and he would complain so much that he earned the nickname “Travel Grinch.” He was even given a stuffed Grinch in a Santa suit that he would take with him on his travels. Today, I am the travel Grinch.

I am sitting on a plane at LGA waiting to head over to Chicago for my connecting flight. The plane is overcrowded: there are too many people, everyone has too many bags, and the winter coats stuffed between the seats just adds to the discomfort.
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Where’d Winter ‘Break’ Go?

by Amanda Rosinski, M.A.

I just finished my classes and final assignments for the fall semester, which normally leads to a winter break. Usually, the month of January is my winter break from classes, and a time I can take to focus more on self-care in preparation for the spring semester. For example, this past January, I was able to take a small vacation for a few days where I relaxed and didn’t focus on school.… Read more...

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