Your ‘Surge Capacity’ Is Depleted — It’s Why You Feel Awful

August 19th, 2020 - By Melisa in Anxiety, Uncategorized

In those early months, I, along with most of the rest of the country, was using “surge capacity” to operate, as Ann Masten, PhD, a psychologist and professor of child development at the University of Minnesota, calls it. Surge capacity is a collection of adaptive systems — mental and physical — that humans draw on for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations, such as natural disasters. But natural … Continue reading

8 Techniques to Help You Master the Art of Relaxation

August 18th, 2020 - By Melisa in Anxiety, Uncategorized

Life is stressful. From health and safety worries to balancing work and family, we have a lot on our plates.” What I hear from my clients the most is that it’s hard to turn off their minds. They’re constantly going, which prevents them from relaxing,” says psychologist Susan Albers, PsyD. “But we need to think of relaxing not as a stopping point, but as a necessary … Continue reading

The Creativity of ADHD

June 29th, 2020 - By Melisa in Information on ADD/ADHD

But ADHD may also bring with it an advantage: the ability to think more creatively. Three aspects of creative cognition are divergent thinking, conceptual expansion and overcoming knowledge constraints. Read full article: Pocket, “The Creativity of ADHD.”

Stoicism and Tigers who come to Tea

April 13th, 2020 - By Melisa in Anxiety

Children spend a lot of time worrying: that there may be a crocodile under the bed, that a gigantic cat may take them away in the night, that a flood might sweep away their home. When they seek comfort in the early hours from the terrors of their dreams, they tell us of having imagined being buried alive, of being chased by dogs down underground … Continue reading

Mindfulness during the coronavirus: Harvard professor’s tips to help lower anxiety

March 15th, 2020 - By Melisa in Anxiety, Uncategorized

The coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, continues to disrupt life as we know it.  As the World Health Organization officially declared the virus a “pandemic,” cities across the country are implementing preventative measures, like “social distancing,” to try to mitigate the number of cases. To combat the scary news and anxiety around it, meditation and mindfulness can be your best friends. Read full article: ABC Action News, “Mindfulness during … Continue reading

Three Ways to Change Your Parenting in the Teenage Years

February 14th, 2020 - By Melisa in Teens

Though teenagers can be hard to parent, the good news is that parenting teenagers is in many ways a hell of a lot easier than raising little kids. For this to be the case, however, our parenting needs to shift. Here are the three big shifts that parents of teenagers need to make to survive their kids’ adolescence. Read full article: Greater Good Magazine, “Three Ways to … Continue reading

The Science Is Extremely Clear: You Need to Prioritize Sleep

December 9th, 2019 - By Melisa in Sleep

The more scientists learn about the slumbering brain, the more they realize how vital sleep actually is. Now some researchers hope to develop it into a form of medicine. Read full article:, “The Science Is Extremely Clear: You Need to Prioritize Sleep”

Controlling attention with brain waves

December 5th, 2019 - By Melisa in Neurofeedback News

Having trouble paying attention? MIT neuroscientists may have a solution for you: Turn down your alpha brain waves. In a new study, the researchers found that people can enhance their attention by controlling their own alpha brain waves based on neurofeedback they receive as they perform a particular task. Read full article:, “Controlling attention with brain waves.”