Why Is Mindfulness Important? And 3 Simple Practices

June 18, 2020

If you’re learning about mindfulness, perhaps you’re curious whether mindful living will improve the quality of your life. So why is mindfulness important, and does it make a difference? There still may be many misconceptions about mindfulness, such as it’s a Buddhist practice, or it requires sitting in a lotus position for hours. Regardless, it is becoming more widely accepted—and for good reason.

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Searching for Inner Peace? 5 Ways to Love Yourself

June 13, 2020

If you’re looking for love outside yourself, you’ll be looking for a very long time. Feeling and experiencing love are dependent on how much we love and accept ourselves. And inner peace and a sense of well-being are by-products of the quality of your self-love and acceptance.

If inner peace is an inside job, then why do so many people wrestle with a harsh, inner critic and self-loathing? And is it possible to achieve lasting inner peace, or is it only a pipe dream? How to find inner peace? Are there actions you can take to find YOUR inner peace? 

Whatever We Repeat Becomes an Unconscious [...]

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Men and Empathy—Are They a Lost Cause?

June 01, 2020

Empathy and Men vs. Women: A Common Scenario

Recently, a couple came in for a marriage coaching because they were stuck in a rut. Whenever she was upset about something, she would seek emotional support from him. Instead of empathy or even reflective listening, he would cut her off and suggest a bevy of ways to solve her problem. She would get more upset as a result because she didn’t feel understood. “Why can’t you just be there for me?” she’d ask.

In our session together, he explained that he felt like he would be validating her “unproductive” behavior (i.e., being emotional without [...]

Posted in Emotional Intelligence, How to Build Empathy

Teachers Rise to the Challenges of Emergency Distance Education

May 05, 2020

As schools across the nation from Pre-K to Doctoral work have moved to online platform schools, teachers, students, and families alike are struggling to deal with the transition. As a Middle School Teacher, I have struggled with the transition from Brick-and-Mortar School Teacher to Coming to You from My Living Room Teacher.

The most critical concept that has helped me with this transition has been learning the phrase Emergency Distance Education (EDE). It has a few variations including Emergency Remote Learning and Emergency Remote Education.

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I'm so emotional! Is something wrong with me?

May 02, 2020

Are your emotions running your life? Does worry keep you up at night? Do you ever say to yourself, "Why am I so emotional?" Or does your partner say to you, "Stop being so emotional!" or "Why do you have to be so sensitive?" 

All of these described me years ago. I had little to no control of my emotions and the slightest provocation incited tears. I even remember my now-grown son teasing me because I cried at Bambi. Every day, a haunting doubt kept eating at me: "Is there something wrong with me?"

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Infuse Your Morning Routine with These Uplifting Habits

April 14, 2020

When life is full of uncertainty, what suffers most is your routine. With schools closed, sporting and social events canceled, and work now transferred to your home office; everything is topsy turvy. It's time to readjust and create new routines that support you during this unexpected cycle.

Routines can make us more efficient, reduce our stress level, and benefit our overall mental and physical health. With the coronavirus affecting people on a global scale, we've had to adapt to a new lifestyle that we didn’t see coming and definitely didn’t ask for. Whether you live by yourself [...]

Posted in Habits for Health, Emotional Intelligence

Shining through the Chaos:  Resiliency and Greatness!

April 08, 2020

There's no avoiding the unprecedented event of COVID-19 and the havoc that the virus is creating in our lives, businesses, and the world. It is disrupting our routines, leveling our way of life, depleting our financial well-being, and challenging us in ways we've never known before.

One moment we may think we're doing pretty good (no matter how fleeting); maybe we even feel at times confident that we'll make it through okay. Then the next minute, we're anxious, watching the unfoldment of a viral tsunami that no one understands entirely nor has a clue as to where it will take us.

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Emotional Intelligence

Why Everyone Needs Empathy and Self-Compassion—Especially Now!

April 04, 2020

Without exception and across the globe, people’s lives are disheveled. A major disruption has changed our way of life. Schools and businesses are closed; it’s uncertain when they will reopen. Many families are confined to their homes; it’s uncertain for how long. Entire countries are in lockdown. Those who are working at the front lines are risking their health to support others. Will this time make us more unified or divided? It all depends on empathy.

Empathy is the ability to understand what others are feeling and experiencing, no matter who or where they live. The coronavirus is [...]

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Practicing Gratitude in a Time of Uncertainty and Unrest

March 23, 2020

With an international crisis upon us, many are grasping to regain a sense of control—or at least feel hopeful that this pandemic shall pass sooner rather than later. Although the enormous impact of the coronavirus continues to grow and will be felt for months ahead, there are things that we can control in these times of uncertainty and increased anxiousness.

The first and biggest one is our response. We can choose to quiet our fearful thoughts and emotions. This act alone may seem small, especially when you may be cooped up, have a business whose doors have closed, or you're watching [...]

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Emotional Intelligence

Why People Pleasers Desperately Need Healthy Boundaries

March 05, 2020

People-pleasing is a way of life for many. Yet, a happy life depends on healthy boundaries and being true to ourselves. One of the greatest skills anyone can learn is how to set healthy boundaries but for a people pleaser, the thought of setting a boundary can be scary and feel threatening.

A few months ago, a new client told me that she had a bad habit of saying “yes” when she really wanted to say “no.” At the end of the day, she felt exhausted and resentful because there was never any energy or time left over for what was important to her. Even when she was maxed to the hilt, she'd take [...]

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