My New Hobby is WORRYING?

This week I reflected on the fact that I haven’t spent time on any of my hobbies. You might think that during a lockdown I would have ample time to pursue all my favorite hobbies like playing music, developing recipes, gardening, writing, meditating, and hiking on trails next to my house. There are so many…

8 Strategies for Working at Home with Kids During a Lockdown

As a psychologist, I’ve identified 8 strategies to help parents more effectively work from home with their children. With children out of school, no sports, no camps, no activities, and no playdates it is a tremendous upheaval and disruption. At first kids will enjoy having no school or activities but in the coming weeks it…

Understanding Thought Addictions

When we think about an addiction, we usually think about addictions to drugs or alcohol, gambling, sex, video games or even food. We rarely think about addictions to our thoughts. Many of my clients have thought addictions. I have even suffered from a thought addiction. In graduate school, I threw myself into my studies and…

Thought Distortion #1: Overgeneralization

Overgeneralization can contribute to a restricted thought process and lifestyle. This form of distorted thinking intensifies feelings of shame and unworthiness as well as thoughts of inadequacy.

Navigating Conflict with Unreasonable People

Everyone knows that it’s impossible to avoid conflict in our personal and professional life. At times, the people in our lives can be completely unreasonable when it comes to conflict. If you are facing conflict with an unreasonable person, it is critical to find effective conflict management strategies. As a psychologist, I spend countless hours…

Eliminate the Word Worry from your Vocabulary in 2020!

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.” – Eckhart Tolle If someone asked you, “Do you think worrying will change your situation?” I am sure you would say, “No,” so why keep doing it? Worry never changes anything. Start listening to yourself and other people and each time you hear, “I’m worried,” say…

15 + Power Thoughts

Our thoughts have everything to do with our life from how we manage difficult situations to how we cope with ordinary life challenges to the extent we keep our peace when faced with a crisis to how we handle mundane daily tasks. Most of us do not realize: Our thoughts can make us powerful or…