Tag Archive: New Year’s resolutions

Jan 06

FREEDOM FROM GUILT

As I mentioned in last week’s blog we all experience both healthy and unhealthy guilt.  Guilt can be related to things we did or didn’t do.  People often deal with guilt, like other negative emotions, through various defense mechanisms.  For example, addictions are one way we attempt to numb our emotional pain and avoid dealing …

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Jan 05

EXERCISE AND BRAIN ACTIVITY

What are the benefits of exercise?    Studies have shown that exercise enhances mood and physical well-being.  Preliminary results from researchers at Princeton University studying the brains of rats have found that exercised rats respond more positively to stress.  Tara Parker-Pope of The New York Times reported the results of this study which showed that …

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Dec 27

RESOLUTION OR RESIGNATION

What have you decided to change for 2011?  What determines success or failure with change?  For starters, was it your decision to change or someone else that encouraged you to change?  Change is more likely to be successful when the decision is made independent of others.  Many of us change out of fear or guilt, …

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Jan 01

2009, A YEAR TO FORGET!

Why was 2009 a bad year for you?  The economic recession, home foreclosures, or job losses could be enough to contribute to a bad perception of 2009.  In my practice, I’ve seen increased depression, fear, and anxiety as result of the issues just mentioned.  I’ve observed that people are waiting too long before entering counseling …

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Dec 30

RESOLUTIONS REALIZED

Why do we wait till the New Year to make resolutions?  Many of us need a catalyst for change and the annual ritual is for self-improvement.  What are your motivators for change?  In my practice, I find that people are often motivated by fear or guilt.  These emotional motivators don’t stick and need to be replaced with …

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