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When you have difficulty managing your emotions, it can feel like you’re losing control of your whole life. Anger, hurt, grief, worry, and other intense feelings can be overwhelming, and how you react to these emotions can impact your ability to maintain relationships, succeed at work, or even think straight! If you find it difficult to understand, express, and process intense emotions—and most of us do—we have some helpful information from the popular audiobook “Calming the Emotional Storm: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Manage & Balance Your Life” by Sheri Van Dijk.read more
Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the popular audiobook “The Power of Focusing: A Practical Guide to Emotional Self-Healing.” Focusing is a gentle yet powerful self-awareness technique that lets you tap into your body’s wisdom and make positive changes in your life. It is the process of listening to your body in a gentle, accepting way, honoring the wisdom that you have inside you, and hearing the messages that your inner self is sending you.read more
Many people struggle with panic attacks and phobias. Dr. David Carbonell is a psychologist, anxiety expert and author of the audiobook: “Panic Attacks Workbook: A Guided Program for Beating the Panic Trick.” Today he tells us there’s good news and bad news about panic attacks, and the phobias that usually accompany them. The bad news is that panic is a devious, insidious trick that can make you a prisoner in your own life, home and head. The good news? It’s only a trick! People can, and do, overcome this trick.read more
In this episode, we’re going to help you relax, let go of stress, and experience a tranquil inner oasis with an abridged guided meditation for letting go from the audiobook “Guided Meditations for Letting Go.” This guided meditation utilizes relaxation, mindfulness and visualization to help you recover a sense of inner quiet and spaciousness.read more
Psychologist Dr. Amy Johnson shares great advice about how to break bad habits without using willpower. Your habits and addictions are the result of simple brain wiring that can be easily changed. If you want to understand the science behind any bad habit, make the decision to end it, and commit to real, lasting change, her audiobook, “The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit” will help you to finally take charge of your life—once and for all!read more
Today we’re exploring the power of cognitive restructuring and ending anxiety by rewiring the brain. We’re sharing an excerpt from the audio book “Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry.” Thought patterns that are illogical or unhealthy can exacerbate anxiety or stress. Cognitive therapists focus on identifying and changing thoughts that are self-defeating or dysfunctional, particularly thoughts that lead to increased levels of anxiety or depression. This approach is known as cognitive restructuring. By changing your thoughts, you can establish new patterns of responding in the brain that become stable and lasting!read more
In this episode, author, coach and spiritual teacher Robert Rabbin explores the issue of addiction. He begins by breaking down the components of addiction and addresses our burning desire to break them. He asks us to look more closely. Instead of thinking of our addictions as problems waiting to be solved, he suggests that not only do we have more addictions that we may even realize, but that there is a spiritual view of addiction—addictive behavior is a sign of yearning for true freedom.read more
How often do you grab a meal and eat it in the car, or eat while standing over the sink, thinking about the thousand other things you need to do? When was the last time you truly savored a meal? Today we’re sharing the benefits of eating mindfully with an excerpt from psychologist Susan Albers’ audiobook “Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food.” Learn about the Buddha’s insights into mindful eating, and discover the joy of eating―and living―mindfully.read more
When you first meet someone special, it’s common to feel overwhelmed by your desire for them. It’s possible to fantasize a whole life with someone before we’ve ever even spoken to them! Often, our response to this attraction is, “This is the one!” But the problem with this type of desire is the danger of being caught up in romantic fantasies.read more
Dr. Jennifer Taitz, clinical psychologist and author of the audiobook “End Emotional Eating,” offers a four step process to help you learn how to handle urges of any kind, followed by an exercise to help you “urge surf,” to minimize the amount of self-control you need.read more