Monthly Archives: January, 2012

Psychology Tip of the Day: Help Your Child Breathe Slower

Help children breathe slower by coaching them through the process. As they breathe, say, “Breathe in…2…3…4…and out…2…3..4…” Repeat several times. Advertisements

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Breathe Slowly

Deep breathing works better when it’s done slowly. Slow your breaths down by counting slowly to four as you inhale and again as you exhale. To slow your breaths even more, hold for an additional count of four between in and out breaths.

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Teach Deep Breathing to Your Children

Children can benefit from deep breathing, too. Teach your child how to breathe deeply  by having him lie on his back with a toy on his stomach and practice making the toy rise with each deep breath.

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Breathe Deeply

Deep breathing is a great way to trigger your body’s relaxation response, but it can take practice to do effectively. Try putting one hand on your chest and the other hand on your stomach and take a deep breath. Which hand rises when you breathe in? Most people find that the hand on their chest …

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The Impact of “Helicopter Parenting”

As a parent, you love your children and want only what’s best for them. There’s nothing wrong with that, right? After all, isn’t it your job as a parent to protect and provide for your child? The answer isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Protecting and providing for your children are, of course, two of …

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Remember to Breathe

People often “forget” to breathe when the are stressed or upset; they hold their breaths or breathe shallowly, reducing their blood-oxygen level. This can increase feelings of anxiety and tension and make it more difficult to manage the situation effectively. Next time you’re faced with a stressful or upsetting situation, check to make sure you’re …

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Let Go of Tension

Most people carry around more tension than they realize, which can lead to physical complaints such as headaches,  muscle aches, and difficulty sleeping. The neck, shoulders, and jaw are common areas of the body to hold tension. A few times a day, mentally scan your body for tension (paying particular attention to those areas that …

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Psychology tip of the Day: Face Your Fears

Anxiety makes us want to avoid things, but avoiding them makes us more anxious. Instead of feeding your fears, try taking small steps toward facing them.

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Why do people see psychologists?

Seeing a psychologist doesn’t mean you’re “crazy” or mentally ill; it means that there are areas of your life you’d like to improve, and that you want professional advice from someone with specialized training about how to improve them.

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Girl Scouts Promote Mental Health

Two thumbs up for the Girl Scouts for fostering the emotional wellbeing of young women. Girls can earn a variety of badges, patches, and charms for engaging in activities that encourage knowledge, skill development, self-exploration, and healthy choices, all of which can positively impact emotional health. In the fall of 2011, they introduced the Science of Happiness …

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