Is It Normal to Be Nervous in Social Settings?

The short answer: Yes! It is actually healthy for you to be a little on edge in social situations. From an evolutionary standpoint, an increase of alertness and self monitoring helped our ancestors decide who to trust and w...

So… you’re tired of being anxious and you’ve decided it’s time for a change. 

You want things to be different so you want to make BIG changes to reflect the BIG shift in how you want to feel. 

But to make this happen, you need to accept that, in order to feel differently...

Black and White Thinking 
This type of thinking evolves from a desire for certainty. It hinges on the belief that perfection is possible and there is a single ‘right’ decision. This type of rigid thinking can lead to a lot of angst because you may spend a considerable...

January 11, 2019

At some point in time anger became a dirty word. Instead of acknowledging that something has made us upset and working through it, we’ve been shamed for feeling provoked. Shame is a powerful feeling that we are flawed, and it can manipulate one into suppressing ‘negati...

What is an Automatic Thought:

An automatic thought (AT) is a cognition you have that is out of your control. We have thousands of automatic thoughts a day. We are aware of some of our ATs, but not most of them. It’s okay to not be tuned into every thought you have becau...

June 20, 2018

As a society, we value progress. People like to see the tangible results of their labor and the phrase, “no rest for the weary” is used to motivate a constant state of striving.

Unfortunately we end up being programmed to seek without end and view rest as failure. The t...

June 19, 2018

What is the nervous system?:
 

The nervous system is comprised of your brain, spinal cord, nerves, and nerve pathways. It is essentially a complex roadmap of electrical wiring that allows your body and mind to communicate. One of its most important roles is managing our...

June 12, 2017

When we think about having a healthy diet, we often solely reflect on tangible food consumption.  We frequently praise ourselves for eating “healthy” foods and punish ourselves with negative self talk for eating “unhealthy” foods. We get so consumed with the types of f...

January 12, 2017

Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal part of life and can be healthy when it’s perceived in a way that stimulates you to reach your goals. Healthy anxiety helps facilitate adaptive functioning. For example, the person who is anxious about speaking to a large group may rehearse...

November 21, 2016

How many times have you been told to “trust your gut” or to “listen to your heart?” People are often advised from a young age to do “what feels right” and this type of mood dependent decision-making spills over into adulthood. From deciding what to eat for dinner to en...

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