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Sleeping Your Way to Healthy Beliefs

by Carly Mayer, M.S.

Repeatedly, I hear about the importance of self-care for living a happy and healthy life. I know it would be beneficial to exercise, eat healthy, and get involved in activities that I enjoy. However, I am constantly forgetting about the most important factor in self-care: sleep. I miss a few hours of sleep and I think it is fine and then I feel myself struggling to form coherent thoughts. A 2016 study linked sleep disturbance to an increase in anxiety-related symptoms such as worry and rumination.… Read more...

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Humor in Disputing

by Johna Hansen, L.C.S.W.

Among all of the other things that did not go according to my plans the other day, at one point I got stuck in traffic and became angry thinking “there should not be any traffic on this street!” and “these cars must move now!”  Then I saw a sign that said “SPEED BUMP” and I started laughing.  I realized life is full of speed bumps.  After laughing at the speed bump sign, each time something else did not go according to plan I just laughed again and said “SPEED BUMP” and carried on.… Read more...

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El árbol

by Raymond Moody, M.A.

As I write this blog post, I am sitting in front of a great tree in Seville, Spain. The tree reminds me of a meditation I learned that focuses on imagining a giant redwood tree in the forests of California. Bringing the redwood to mind, one can visualize the strength and stability of the tree. The massive redwood, with its roots stretching deep underground, is able to stand still and tall through changing seasons and harsh weather.… Read more...

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Is it Time to Clean Again?

by Amanda Rosinski, M.A.

It seems like I just cleaned my apartment yesterday and today it is filthy again. My bathroom needs to be scrubbed, things need to be put away, the floor needs to be vacuumed, and it seems like the list goes on and on, and I can never catch up. As I noticed my messy apartment, I thought to myself, “I can’t believe it’s time for me to clean again already.” But how long has it really been since the last time I cleaned?Read more...

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It’s My Birthday and I Could Cry, But Don’t Want To

by Stephanie Schwartz, M.S.

Tomorrow, September 20th, is my birthday. For the most part, I LOVE my birthday! I usually celebrate with many of my favorite things – family, friends, fun activities, and good food. While my birthday is predominately filled with positive feelings and behaviors, there have been times when this is not the case. As my birthday approaches this year, I can reflect on some of the ways that I have disturbed myself in the past on my birthday.… Read more...

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On Patience When Learning a New Skill

by Megan Sy, M.A. M.S.

I recently decided that I’d like very much to learn Spanish again, after studying the language in college. I unearthed an old textbook and downloaded an app with the hopes of brushing up on my skills. However, it’s not going quite a smoothly as I had hoped. In fact, it’s going pretty badly and I am finding myself more and more frustrated and angry to the point that I have avoided working on my goal of 15-minutes of daily practice.Read more...

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I Have Been Here Before

by Mark Schiffman, M.S. 

Having been a professional student for my entire life, the beginning of September is always a challenge for me.  Every year it seems that this year’s schedule is going to be crazier than last year’s and this year’s workload will surpass last year’s.  This may or may not be a factual observation but the source of anxiety is the statement lurking behind this inference – “This year’s schedule/workload is even crazier than last year’s”, followed by the belief – I don’t think I can handle it this time!” This lack of confidence and frustration intolerance can engender injections of anxiety throughout the day. … Read more...

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(Not) Buying Shoulds

by Rosina Pzena, M.S.

Over the past week or so, I found myself beginning the exciting yet overwhelming task of car shopping. Shopping is fun for most of us when we are “just looking”- window shopping, trying on clothes for fun, test driving a convertible, etc. However, when salespeople start to put pressure on us to make a purchase, that’s when we can feel a variety of unhealthy negative emotions – such as anxiety, which is what I felt at the car dealerships. … Read more...

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Just You Wait

by Carly Mayer, M.S.

Every single day, I enter the Hamilton ticket lottery. I would pretty much do anything to see it and anything these days means entering the ticket lottery (since I’m not actually willing to move out of my apartment to raise the money to buy tickets). Then, every single day at 4 p.m., I see those unfortunate words: “Lottery Results: Try Again.”

Repeatedly, I continued to get my hopes up. Moments before I received the ill-fated news, I would be overwhelmed with excitement that on that day I would finally win.… Read more...

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First Day of School Jitters

by Johna Hansen, L.C.S.W.

School begins soon for my children and they appear excited to see old friends and make new ones.  However, I noticed myself becoming anxious about the amount of things I need do for them before the first day of school.  When I saw that the amount of school supplies doubled since last year, one kid needs a whole new set of uniforms, both kids’ shoes are worn out, and their hair needs a trim, I started to tell myself “I “must” get this all done before the first day of school, otherwise I will be seen as “that” mom, the “bad” mom” and I “can’t stand” to be a “bad” mom. … Read more...

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