The End of the Pandemic Is Now in Sight

November 19th, 2020 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

For all that scientists have done to tame the biological world, there are still things that lie outside the realm of human knowledge. The coronavirus was one such alarming reminder, when it emerged with murky origins in late 2019 and found naïve, unwitting hosts in the human body. Even as science began to unravel many of the virus’s mysteries—how it spreads, how it tricks its … Continue reading

What it Really Means When You’re Overwhelmed (and 4 Ways to Move Past It)

October 15th, 2020 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

Raise your hand if you’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed. Aside from the fact that being in the middle of a pandemic makes everything more stressful, you’ve got work obligations and family commitments, then there are food choices to make, at-home workouts you think you should be doing, and non-stretchy pants you’re feeling bad for not fitting into. It’s a lot. I get it, and … Continue reading

Why writing by hand makes kids smarter

October 2nd, 2020 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

New brain research shows that writing by hand helps children learn more and remember better. At the same time, schools are becoming more and more digital, and a European survey shows that Norwegian children spend the most time online of 19 countries in the EU. Read the full article: Medical Xpress, Why writing by hand makes kids smarter

Parental Burnout: What to Do If You Feel Overwhelmed as a Parent

September 23rd, 2020 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

Last year, an article in the New York Times described “The Relentlessness of Modern Parenting.” That word struck me at the time and has stuck with me ever since. Speaking as a mom of two, the expectations and pressures weighing on parents can indeed feel relentless. Read Full Article: Mark’s Daily Apple, Parental Burnout: What to do if you feel overwhelmed as a parent.

Misophonia and Movement

September 16th, 2020 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

As many of us know, the greatest challenge regarding misophonia is learning to lower nervous system reactivity (or calm the body) “in the moment.” However, activities that calm the body in everyday life are equally as important because the two processes interact. Accordingly, this post is about proactive calming exercises and activities that play a role in how one responds “in the moment.” Read Full Article: Psychology Today, Misophonia and Movement, Movement helps … Continue reading

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


June 17th, 2020 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

Though it may seem trivial in the face of the momentous challenges we face right now (and some of you have told me that you may feel guilty experiencing joy when others are struggling), moments of joy provide a necessary rest — physically, emotionally, and mentally — making us more resilient over the long term. And summer, even an unconventional one like this one, offers … Continue reading