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We can all benefit from a quick and easy way to stop stress and bring ourselves back to the present moment. QUIET is an acronym for a simple technique that helps you quiet your mind in any given moment. Best of all, it only takes a few seconds!
In this episode we’re sharing an excerpt from psychotherapist Dr. Arnie Kozac’s audiobook “The Awakened Introvert: Practical Mindfulness Skills to Help You Maximize Your Strengths and Thrive in a Loud and Crazy World.” In “The Awakened Introvert,” Dr. Kozac shares mindfulness and cognitive behavioral tools that will help you unlock the full potential of the introvert brain. In this excerpt, Dr. Kozac shares a great technique to access mindfulness on the go—a series of five steps designed to interrupt automatic mind patterns that lead to stress. You can do the QUIET technique multiple times a day to help feel grounded and calm.read more
In the short term, it might seem like it makes sense to avoid things that trigger fear or anxiety. But this strategy to manage anxiety can actually increase your anxiety response in future situations. This cycle can lead to increased anxiety and worry, and a loss of confidence in your ability to cope. In this episode we offer an excerpt from the audiobook “Don’t Let Your Anxiety Run Your Life,” written by doctor of psychology David Klemanski and Joshua Curtiss. In this excerpt, David and Joshua discuss the problems and pitfalls of common strategies to avoid anxiety.read more
Belonging is a basic human need. Any rejection we experience tends to create a normal sense of discomfort. When rejection triggers a deeper feeling of pain, it may come from a belief that we are worthless or unlovable. We may also feel an emotional intensity that is greater than the situation calls for. But even in the midst of an intense reaction, we can learn how to handle rejection and find our way back to emotional balance.
In this episode we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook “Stop Overreacting: Effective Strategies for Calming Your Emotions” written by marriage and family therapist Judith Siegel. Stop Overreacting helps you identify your emotional triggers and neutralize overwhelming emotions—choosing healthy responses instead of losing control.read more
We know that good self-esteem can help us have a better, more fulfilling life. But if you’re exhausted from the pursuit of high self-esteem, clinical psychologist Dr. Christina Hibbert says may be time to consider something more holistic, gentle and effective.
Today we’re sharing an excerpt from Dr. Christina Hibbert’s audiobook “Who Am I Without You? 52 Ways to Rebuild Self-Esteem After A Breakup.” While this audiobook is full of tips for anyone struggling with the end of a relationship, it’s equally valuable for anyone looking for a life with more energy, gratitude, and focus.
In this episode, Dr. Hibbert speaks from her experience with many clients who have tried and failed to improve their lives by working on their self-esteem. Instead, she suggests re-framing our concept of ourselves—and it begins with acceptance, rather than striving.read more
Frustrated with outdated forms of spirituality that emphasize rejecting the thinking mind and the ego, best-selling author and pioneering philosopher Tim Freke has created a fresh approach to spirituality for the 21st century. Today he presents an inspiring talk about the ‘deep awake’ state, which offers what he calls an “engaged, sensual enlivenment.”
In this episode, Tim encourages us to embrace our humanness and break through old, “either/or” thinking. His inspiring perspective sets us free to experience a new way of thinking and a new spiritual paradigm.
We hope you enjoy Tim’s great sense of humor and profound love of life!read more
If you’re an emotionally sensitive person, you’ve probably heard this before: “Stop being so sensitive.” These words can be frustrating because you can’t just switch off your emotions. But there are effective techniques that can help you manage your emotions before they take over your life.
Psychologist Dr. Karyn Hall joins us to offer advice for emotionally sensitive people and to talk about her audiobook, “The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You.” This audiobook provides proven-effective cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques to help anyone who struggles with intense emotions.
In this informative conversation, Dr. Hall talks offers advice for those who are emotionally sensitive. She also discusses mindfulness, and why it’s especially helpful for the emotionally sensitive person.read more
Do you ever wish you could manage intense emotions more confidently? Anger, hurt, grief, worry, and other intense feelings can be overwhelming. If you find yourself feeling out of control or overly emotional then you’ll appreciate this episode which features an excerpt from the popular audiobook “Calming the Emotional Storm: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Manage & Balance Your Life,” by mental health therapist, Sheri Van Dijk, MSW. Sheri draws from her extensive experience teaching dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills to offer a comprehensive audiobook full of helpful tips for managing intense emotions. Today Sheri discusses three different ways we think about the events and people in our lives. At any time, we can be processing with our “emotional self,” our “reasonable self,” or our “wise self.” Sheri discusses how to access or wisest self, expand self-awareness, and begin living an emotionally balanced and harmonious life.read more
Anxiety is an epidemic in our modern world. Almost everyone experiences some anxiety regularly. In this episode, Psychologist Dr. David Klemanski talks about the latest and most effective techniques available to reduce and eliminate anxiety, including practicing mindfulness to overcome anxiety. He also discusses his new audiobook, “Don’t Let Your Anxiety Run Your Life,” step-by-step guide for managing the thoughts and feelings that cause anxiety, worry, fear, and panic. If you’re ready to take steps to skillfully manage anxiety, then you’ll appreciate this informative interview.read more
Staying within our comfort zones is reassuring and very tempting. However, many experts agree that our lives improves when we break out of our comfort zones. In this episode we’re sharing a humorous excerpt from the audiobook “How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use,” written by psychologist Randy Paterson. In this tongue-in-cheek audiobook, Dr. Paterson outlines 40 specific behaviors and habits, which—if followed—are sure to lead to a lifetime of unhappiness. On the other hand, if you do the opposite, you might just find yourself living a happy, fulfilled life. We hope this excerpt will inspire you to try new things, take some new chances, and expand beyond your comfort zones into a world of new possibilities!read more
How often do you crawl into bed after an exhausting day only to find that you can’t sleep? What’s often overlooked in getting a good night’s sleep is the importance of preparing for sleep. In this episode psychologist Dr. Ted Zeff offers some practical techniques to help you transition from your wakeful, daytime life to a night of deep, restful sleep.
Today we’re sharing an excerpt from “The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World,” written Dr. Ted Zeff.
In this episode, Dr. Zeff addresses a problem that many highly sensitive people suffer from—sleep issues. While some people can sleep through sirens and earthquakes, the highly sensitive person feels they can’t sleep with light background noise or ambient lighting. While there are many possible reasons for sleep problems, over stimulation can often block natural sleep signals, and leave you tossing and turning. Dr. Zeff offers essential strategies to help you make the transition from alert and awake to deep sleep.read more