Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Using Mind-Body Connections to Increase Positive States of Mind

By Renee Podunovich  “I’ve been able to show that fear closes down our minds and our hearts, whereas positive emotions literally open our minds and hearts… they really change our mindsets and our biochemistry” –Dr. ...

How to Avoid Being Emotionally Drained by the News

Many of us have ups and downs. We all encounter both good and bad things during the day. Sometimes it can be more of...

Overcoming Infidelity: Reconnecting and Rebuilding

The summer of 2015 the breach of the Ashley Madison cheating website left many marriages affected and even allegedly led to five suicides in the United States and Canada. It left many couples wondering, “Can a marriage be saved after an affair?&r...

Mind-Body Connections For Anxiety Reduction

There is a terrible feeling most of us have experienced before during stressful times. It’s that vague sense of dread that something is going to go wrong and that we should do something but don’t know what that is. The heart starts racing o...

When A Blush Exposes You

You may have blushed at times when you were embarrassed, humiliated, discouraged, or mortified. Although blushing is an innately patterned emotional response, it can be conceived most simply as a reaction to heightened self-consciousness. 1 Blushing ...

The Intolerance of Pain

So often when we are in physical, mental or emotional pain it feels overwhelming. Often, we begin to become consumed by the pain and it becomes all we can think about even when we try to distract ourselves away from the pain. The pain we all feel is ...

The Purpose of Loneliness

You can be lonely whether or not you have a partner, relatives, or many friends. When you have a need and desire to be interpersonally connected and recognize that it’s missing, you may become wrapped in the emotion of loneliness. Emotions, by de...
Giving thanks

Giving Thanks

In my work as a clinical psychologist, I am faced daily with stories of tragedy, trauma, illness, conflict, and loss. Each therapy session is a window into private suffering. “Isn’t it hard?” people ask me. “Isn’t it awfu...

Inner Compass: Tuning In

As we learned in my last post Inner Compass: Inner Child, emotions can help us make choices by giving us a vital compass that tells us where to go and who to get involved with. If we follow the directions of our inner compass, then we can make cho...

The Power of Self Love

Even on the most beautiful of days, the world may seem like it’s against us. Every one of us experiences this sometimes- feeling drained and emotionally exhausted. While it might be tempting to search for an outside source to alleviate these nega...

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