These behaviors are not just dramatic postures for star-crossed lovers anymore! Yes, it's true, this study from Scientific American details how vision and breathing, including <sighs>, work together to reduce feelings of stress or panic. During COVID many of us have increased screen time because of online meetings. The up close portrait view is similar … Continue reading Sighing and gazing wistfully into the horizon…
Author: Elizabeth Valera
Managing Anxiety During COVID-19
For most of us, this is the first time we have experienced a global pandemic. We may be able to compare parts of this experience to some events from the past, but there is no one-to-one match. So, how do we manage the stress, anxiety and uncertainty on a daily basis? First: Be Mindful We … Continue reading Managing Anxiety During COVID-19
Why Walk & Talk?
Is sitting on the couch a requirement for good therapy? As we learn more about the mind-body connection, therapies that incorporate physical movement are gaining more and more attention. Walk & Talk sessions are one way to add physical movement to psychotherapy. Why is Walk & Talk helpful? Walking is generally considered beneficial for both … Continue reading Why Walk & Talk?
Old Dreams…New Year
Old Dreams....What to do with them? It seems that most of our focus at year's end is setting intentions or even resolutions for the new year. When these resolutions don't take hold we often get into a spiral of negative self-blame. Before moving toward new goals and setting resolutions, I think it's important to acknowledge … Continue reading Old Dreams…New Year
“I lost that person that I was, before all this.”
These words describe the impact of a non-death loss. We encounter so many losses throughout our lives, yet very few are actually acknowledged. Often, we may dismiss our own feelings about the loss because there seem to be more important, serious, or 'real' deaths happening that require our attention. In reality, it is just as … Continue reading “I lost that person that I was, before all this.”
Winter Blues? Tip #5
It's down to the bitter end, and yet the cold temperatures and overall rainy days might be really testing you at this point! There is another option: Get Creative! Draw, dance, drum, write, sculpt, sew, knit, collage, chisel, hammer, glue, paint, play pretend, prepare for Spring. Look for new sources of inspiration from your own … Continue reading Winter Blues? Tip #5
Winter Blues? Tip #4: Appreciation
The gray skies are back in Atlanta today. Even though reduced sunlight and cold temperatures may be difficult to take, there are also many gifts of Winter. We recently witnessed a complete lunar eclipse--the night sky is more easily visible to us without the full leafy trees of Summer. (I know, I'm searching hard for … Continue reading Winter Blues? Tip #4: Appreciation
Winter Blues? Tip #3
Good Eats Although I am not usually a big fan of turnips, I recently discovered how tasty they can be in a slow cooker soup with butternut squash, potato, onion and pear. Yes, I said pear! We have learned more and more that there is a strong connection between our physical health and our mental well-being. … Continue reading Winter Blues? Tip #3
Winter Blues? Tip #2
Stay Active Colder and shorter days mean it may be more difficult to find time to exercise. But, don’t let the drop in the temperature stop you from getting your weekly dose of endorphins, a natural mood booster. Try a new gym membership…winter may be the perfect time to perfect your swimming stroke at an … Continue reading Winter Blues? Tip #2
During winter months, sunlight is limited and especially this year in Atlanta, we have had some extra-grey, cloudy, rainy days. For those who are sensitive to this change in light it may feel more difficult to get out of bed and to stay positive over the winter months. Today is a rare sunny day....and the … Continue reading Winter Blues?