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

HOW TO FIND JOY IN AN UNCONVENTIONAL SUMMER

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

7 Ways to Change Negative Self-Talk

June 4th, 2020 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

Let me be the first to tell you that there’s nothing wrong with you. You may have some patterns to unlearn, some self-love to embrace, and some new behaviors to embody, but seriously, there’s nothing wrong with you. If you want to change your negative self-talk, you’ve got to first understand where it comes from. Read full article: Mark’s Daily Apple, “7 Ways to Change Negative … Continue reading

Covid-19 Testing Options

May 6th, 2020 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

SEVERAL TESTING FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO PERFORM MOLECULAR PCR NASAL SWAB TESTING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19: Read full article: Helios, “Covid-19 Testing Options”

Why some kids are happier right now, and other unexpected effects of quarantine

April 29th, 2020 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

(CNN) — Like most parents, Seagal Hagege, a mom of three in Irvine, California, wasn’t exactly looking forward to sheltering in place. Together all day? In one house? How would the kids respond? Much better than she could have ever imagined, it turns out. Over the course of the past month, she said her kids, ages 8, 7 and 4, have become better behaved, kinder to … Continue reading