Monthly Archives: July, 2012

Psychology Tip of the Day: Setting Goals Can Be a Balancing Act

Looking to make a change? Take a lesson from the playground. Setting goals effectively can be a bit like a seesaw or a swing; you don’t want to start at the top. Whether you have a large ambitious goal (like running a marathon) or a less defined desire to change something (like a desire to be …

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Book Review: “What to Do” Guides for Kids: What to Do When…

…your temper flares…your brain gets stuck…you dread your bed…you grumble too much…you worry too much…bad habits take hold. “The What to Do” Guides are a series of books by psychologist Dr. Dawn Huebner for helping children deal with a variety of problems ranging from every day difficulties, like how to respond to anger, to diagnosable …

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Mental Health vs. Mental Illness

I’ve never met a single person who could not benefit from the knowledge of a psychologist at some point. Does that mean I think everyone is mentally ill? Not even close. Does it mean I think everyone needs to see a psychologist? Not necessarily. (It also doesn’t mean I analyze everyone I meet!) What it does …

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Help Kids Relax their Muscles

Just as tensing muscles first helps adults ;earn to relax (see yesterday’s post), it also helps kids learn to relax more than they would by just thinking relaxing thoughts. To keep the exercise interesting enough to keep kids engaged, a little creativity is needed. You don’t want your kid acting out more to avoid a …

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Learn to Identify Tension

Because many of us are so used to carrying around tension, it can be difficult to recognize when our muscles are tense. Even when we scan our bodies for tension, we may overlook it because it feels “normal.” In order to increase your awareness of tension, you have to learn to recognize it. Try intentionally …

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Positive Thinking for Children

Tracking positive events is a great exercise for children, too. This can be especially helpful if your child tends to complain or focus on the negative. Sit down at the end of the day and make a game out of seeing how many positive events you can list for the day. This can help them …

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Track Positive Events

Keeping track of positive events is a great way to improve your mood. Each day,  make a list of every positive event that occurred that day. Nothing is too small to count for this exercise. Did you enjoy the weather? That counts! Did you hear a song on the radio that you really liked? That …

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Take a Break

In our go-go-go world, it can be hard to find time to relax. Worse yet, many people find themselves feeling guilty or anxious about taking time to unwind. If you feel like you need to be productive all the time, give yourself permission to take a break. Not only will you feel better, but research …

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Be Present

Have you ever noticed that your mind is rarely where you are? We’re usually either thinking about what we’ve already done, what we plan to do, or what we wish we’d done differently. This can detract from truly experiencing your life, and can result in negative emotions. Try taking some time each day to be …

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Increase Relaxation

Try combining deep breathing with the intentional release of muscle tension to increase relaxation and further reduce tension.

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