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The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution: A Conversation with Dr. Lynn Rossy

The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution: A Conversation with Dr. Lynn Rossy

Many of us have trouble regulating our intake of some foods, as well as anxiety about our eating habits. How do we get back to feeling sane and happy around food? How can we cope with the part of our mind that never stops craving and demanding more? Psychologist Dr. Lynn Rossy, author of the audiobook “The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution,” say the secret is in mindfulness eating.

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Break a Habit: The Power of a Pause

Break a Habit: The Power of a Pause

Often the difference between making a rash decision and the right decision is a just matter of moments. It’s much easier to break a habit when we learn to pause, assess, and then plan before we act. Even a pause of just a few moments can help us regain control. In this episode, we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook “The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit,” written by psychologist Amy Johnson.

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Emotional Eating: Bad Moods Can Lead to Bad Choices

Emotional Eating: Bad Moods Can Lead to Bad Choices

Today we’re sharing an excerpt from “End Emotional Eating: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Cope with Difficult Emotions and Develop a Healthy Relationship to Food” by Dr. Jennifer L. Taitz. If you’ve wondered about the science behind emotional eating, then you’ll appreciate this investigation into why we eat when we feel poorly, and how we can break free of that pattern.

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Psychologist Shawn Smith: Why Our Brains Make Us Anxious — and What We Can Do About It

Psychologist Shawn Smith: Why Our Brains Make Us Anxious — and What We Can Do About It

Your mind is not built to make you happy; it’s built to help you survive. But in the process, it may have developed some bad habits—like avoiding new experiences or scrounging around for problems where none exist. Is it any wonder that worry, anxiety, and self-critical thoughts so often get in the way of enjoying life? Today we’re sharing an exclusive interview with psychologist Dr. Shawn Smith. He discusses his audiobook The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It, and offers helpful tips to eliminate worry and anxiety.

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Dealing with Loneliness

Dealing with Loneliness

Most of us want to avoid being touched by loneliness. When we sense it coming into our awareness, we may feel nervous, fearful, angry, or frustrated—feelings we’d rather not experience. But Robert Rabbin, author of “The Sacred Hub,” has some inspiring words today about dealing with loneliness: when we make the tough decision to walk through loneliness instead of running from it, we realize there was nothing to be afraid of in the first place.

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Find What Makes You Feel Passionately Alive

Find What Makes You Feel Passionately Alive

Jeff Foster is a spiritual teacher and author of the audiobook Falling in Love with Where You Are. Today he asks: “What will you do with this one precious, fleeting gift of life?” The answer, he says, is simple, because life is short. Do whatever makes you feel passionately alive. Find a way – however much you have to struggle at first – of doing what moves you and connects you to the deepest truth of yourself.

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Find What You Want Most

Find What You Want Most

What do you want more than anything in your life? You might be surprised to learn that it’s probably not what you first think! In this episode, noted psychiatrist Dr. Shelley Uram offers a simple exercise from her audiobook “Essential Living: A Guide to Having Happiness & Peace.” This exercise will help you peel back the layers to find what you want most.

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Overcome the Fear of Flying

Overcome the Fear of Flying

One out of every six people fears flying. It’s a solvable problem, and yet many people who’ve tried to face their fear of flying find that the harder they try to control it, the worse it gets. Anxiety expert and clinical psychologist Dr. David Carbonell has helped thousands of people overcome fears of all kinds. Today he’s sharing some helpful information from his audiobook, “The Fear of Flying Workbook” for anyone who wants to overcome the fear of flying.

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Emotions and Anxiety: The Science of Emotion Regulation

Emotions and Anxiety: The Science of Emotion Regulation

Dr. David Klemanski, psychologist and author of the audiobook “Don’t Let Your Anxiety Run Your Life,” talks about the science of emotion regulation and the latest and most effective techniques available to reduce and eliminate anxiety. If you’re ready to take steps to skillfully manage anxiety, then you’ll appreciate this informative interview with an expert in overcoming anxiety.

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Anxiety and Depression: Ancient Tools for Modern Times

Anxiety and Depression: Ancient Tools for Modern Times

In moderate amounts, anxiety and depression can improve our focus and performance. That doesn’t mean that depression and anxiety are always useful. In large doses, they are debilitating. However, one of the most important truths about our minds is this: we don’t always have to obey them.

In this episode, we hear from psychologist Dr. Shawn Smith, author of the audiobook “The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It.” Dr. Smith talks about the biology behind anxiety and depression. He calls them “ancient tools”—tools that aren’t well-suited for modern times. While anxiety and depression can often be debilitating, in small doses, these seemingly negative feelings can actually help you excel.

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