Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Coping With Anxiety - Episode 11

There’s garden-variety anxiety, and then there’s panic attacks. Heart-thudding, breath-catching, mind-racing panic that comes out of nowhere. In this podcast, you’ll explore what panic attacks can be about, and some ways to deal with panic so it doesn’t ruin your life.


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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Cinderella’s Shoes

Ever wonder why, when you try so hard to fit in a certain job or relationship, it just doesn’t work? Like there must be something wrong with you? In this podcast, we’ll explore how to get past your “what’s wrong with me?” and into healthy self-respect.


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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A Unique Holiday Gift – Cute Critter Viewing!

 

Just when you thought things were going to get better, the pandemic surged, causing yet again a slew of restrictions right in time for the Holidays. No, really?! It feels like 2020 can’t find its joy, not even a tiny sparkle of happiness, nothing to light up the Holidays. No family get-togethers, endless Zoom encounters, restless/moody children and no weekend escapes somewhere maskless and free. 

Which leaves many of us depressed, lonely, getting crankier by the day, and wondering if we shouldn’t just nix the Holidays and pull a Rip Van Winkle until some time next year.

So go look at a collection of cute animals on the web. Truly! I don’t care whether you’re a sappy sentimental sort or a macho man/woman who wouldn’t dream of a moment of soft-furry-cuddle imaginings. Go look at an assortment of cute animals. Recent research out of the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, in partnership with Western Australia Tourism, has shown that watching 30 minutes worth of pictures and videos of cute animals has tremendous positive impact on our health and mental well-being. You don’t even have to own a pet or befriend one “live.” The virtual version works just fine. Who would have thought it possible? 

All this time you thought those cute animal pics and Internet videos were for children and bored web surfers. Not. They’re for you! Viewing them actually reduces your blood pressure, evens out your heart rate and lowers your anxiety. The researchers reported that average blood pressure dropped from 136/88 to 115/71, which is considered to be within ideal blood pressure range. Average heart rates lowered to 67.4 bpm, a reduction of 6.5%. Best of all (in my view), anxiety rates dropped on average 35%. This is hard science, measurable facts, not wishful thinking.

The added benefit is that viewing cute critters has none of those pesky side effects you might risk from anxiety-reducing pharmaceuticals (prescription or other). 

So give yourself a unique present this Holiday Season. And if you feel so inclined, invite a friend or loved one to share the joy. Ditch Netflix (temporarily) and snuggle into the couch for a nice session of “cute-animal viewing.” Your body and mind will thank you.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

All You Have to Do Is Ask

Do you ever get frustrated with people not knowing what you want and totally ignoring your very legitimate needs? In this podcast, you’ll discover the easiest, quickest way to get those needs met!

 


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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Anger: Dumping versus Dealing

Don’t you just hate it when you’d love to lash out at someone, but for a whole host of reasons, you absolutely cannot? In this podcast, find out how to deal with your anger and resentment without hurting yourself or another!

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