by Dr. Patricia Leigh

New Year, New You

Happy New Year! I love, love, love the New Year. A fresh start with the intrigue of what the next year has in store. So exciting! Did you know that you can trick your brain into keeping your New Year’s Resolutions and that it is actually MORE powerful and healthier than the old school way...

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Flip the Coin to Kick the Musturbation Habit

How many things have you done today that you felt you had to do? That you simply “must” do. How many things have you projected on to others that they “must do”. You guessed it, this is musturbation. As much as I wish this term was mine, sadly it is not. It was coined by Dr. Albert Ellis, a renowned psychologist of the 20th century.

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Gatherings, Grandparents and Group Activities: How to Deal with Social Anxiety This Holiday Season

Holidays are stressful for most of us, indeed, but the holiday season can wreak havoc on the emotions of a person with social anxiety. Fear, sadness, hurriedness, anxiousness, and extreme nervousness are just a few top contenders for messing with you during the holiday season. However, the top 2 New Year’s Resolutions, last year, of people who suffer from social anxiety included: (1) feel more confident (58% of people) and (2) meet new people (47% of people). So now is the time to start working on these resolutions.

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The Neuroscience of Gratitude

Is gratitude good for my Brain?
Yes it is. In fact, it is one of the easiest things you can do to boost the “feel good” neurotransmitter release in your brain and it is proven by Science to work.
What are you grateful for? Say it to yourself, “What am I grateful for?” Now, come up with 5 things, not a million things, just five. Perhaps you have friends, family, or children to be grateful for. Maybe it is as simple as the sun is shining or I have fresh air to breathe. The reality is, no matter how bad your day is, there is always something to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude is especially important if you suffer from anxiety or depression. Your brain needs a boost in this direction.

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