I was talking to a friend recently who lives in Minnesota, who got me thinking about compassion and understanding. Last month the Midwest and Eastern states experienced the Polar Vortex. Temperatures dipped to -30°F with wind chills hovering near -70°F. Schools, businesses, restaurants, malls and even the mail was canceled during the coldest of these
As a licensed marriage and family therapist in San Francisco, I hear often how Valentine's Day was a disaster. Usually the holiday is so overhyped, it's impossible for anyone to meet the expectations of their spouse. Usually women, but not always. While older couples were less likely to get upset about missed expectations, younger couples have
Have you ever found yourself feeling completely overwhelmed and had no idea what to do about it? Have you ever had one of those days where everything went as planned without a hitch and without any effort? If you're like most people you've experienced both of those kinds of days - sometimes back to back.
We've all heard the jokes about the midlife crisis, especially in men - the red convertable, gym membership, maybe a divorce and a trophy wife are in the mix - those things are cliche, but the midlife crisis isn't necessarily. What is a Midlife Crisis? A midlife crisis is an existential crisis of identity. Often
Spring is here! What a wonderful time to start fresh. For many people that means cleaning the house from top to bottom. Airing out the house and clearing out the cobwebs. It's great to do it for your home and even better to do some spring cleaning for your brain. What is spring cleaning for
All month long we've been talking about ways to kick anxiety to the curb. We've talked about getting more exercise and less screen time as well as joining a group or taking a class. We've offered some strategies to get unstuck from overthinking, too. Today, we're going to talk about mindfulness. Mindfulness is the ability
According to recent studies Americans sit on average 11 hours a day!! Being sedentary can lead to all kinds of health issues including obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis and even an increase in anxiety. Researchers at the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University found a correlation between a person's total sitting time each day and an increased risk of anxiety.
It seems the world is becoming more and more chaotic. Record numbers of people, including children, are struggling with anxiety. This can include ruminating over a particular thought. For most of us, thoughts float in and out of our heads each day. Most don't register much consideration. However, when the news and other media outlets
Depression and anxiety happen at any time of the year, but the stress of the holiday season, difficult family relationships and high expectations can make anyone feel sad and anxious. Holiday depression is not a clinical diagnosis, however many people suffer through the holidays. The short days, lack of adequate sunshine (vitamin D), poor eating
The holidays officially begin in just a couple of weeks. No doubt if you have stressful relationships with family members this time can be challenging and anxiety producing. As a San Francisco therapist I work with people to help them manage stressful relationships during the holidays. The holidays are particularly difficult to navigate if you