Depression and the Mind, Body and Spirit

We are weighed down as a society.  The daily assault of news stories, overwhelmingly bad, and  the feeling of helplessness to affect change has, at times, felt too overpowering and dark.   Many of us feel weighed down by the demands of our everyday lives, leaving little time for self-awareness or self-care.  Our culture values achievement, […]

Cortisol and Stress

Stress. Everyone knows this one little word. Some of us all too well.When you are stressed, levels of the stress hormone cortisol spike, and it can wreak havoc throughout the body.Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands just above the kidneys. It plays many roles in different body processes, including controlling blood sugar levels, regulating […]

Taming the Inner Critic

It’s a New Year which comes with the inevitable, and often dreaded, New Year’s resolution! We often find resolutions hard enough because we are trying something new, and one of the things which often impedes our progress is our inner critic. I’ve written about the inner critic before, but as a reminder – our inner critic […]

Making Assumptions – What is Really Happening?

A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog about Brené Brown’s Rising Strong, a book where she introduces a three-part process to help us sort through our (often) negative emotions when feeling we have failed. (You can check it out here: Today, I want to invite you to focus a bit more on […]

So is Communication on your New Year’s Resolution Goals?

If you are like me, sometimes the things that come to mind quickest as New Year’s resolutions are things that are focused on me as an individual: getting back into my practice of running regularly, reading more, etc. But what about my relationships? What about my significant other, my family members, my friends? Is there […]

New Path For a New Year

We’re about to embark on a new year, which for many of us feels like a new opportunity to change patterns – to better ourselves. Lots of people do this through New Years resolutions. I’m sure you know the reputation of resolutions though – the joke is that the resolution might not even last a week […]

Excited to Begin with Life Skills!

    My name is Veronica Zazzaro and you may or may not have seen me write an occasional blog here before! I’ve been the assistant here at Life Skills for a few months now but I am excited to announce that I will be beginning my career as a counselor with this group as […]

Resting during the Holidays?

  The holidays – Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, etc. are times that come loaded with expectations. The winter holidays are a time when most of us feel that we should feel happy, we should have some time off to rest, we should have people to be around – people that love us […]

Saying YES to Things That Scare Us

  Saying YES (and also No, when necessary).   You may recognize the name Shonda Rhimes as the creator of the shows Greys Anatomy and Scandal. A few years ago, she wrote a book, “Year of Yes: How To Dance It Out, Stand In The Sun, and Be Your Own Person.” She talks about how […]

Controlling Anxiety By Cultivating Inner Calm

    In this current climate of political unrest, public outrage, violence, natural disasters and the like, it is hard not to feel the turbulence within our psyches and our emotions.  We are inundated with immediate news, as our technology allows instant documenting and reporting of some heinous incident or another.  All day long, we […]

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