Blog for Better Living

Self-Care for the Caregiver – Part 2

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | July 1, 2016

Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, but it also involves many stressors. Caregiving can make an impact on your health, relationships, and state of mind. That’s why taking time to relax, rest, and recharge isn’t just a luxury – it’s a necessity! In this second part of the two-part series, Self-Care for […]

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Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation, Stress

Self-Care for the Caregiver – Part 1

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | June 24, 2016

On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before your assist anyone else. If you are a caregiver, this rule often is the first to fly out the window. Caring for yourself is […]

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Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation, Stress

Cognitive Behavior Therapy 101

By: Asal Azizi, Psy.D. | May 31, 2016

As a therapist who provides Cognitive Behavior Therapy, I often meet with new clients who have heard a thing or two about CBT work, but have never experienced it. As a new client, you may be intimidated by the idea of undergoing CBT or believe it is the answer to all your problems. This brief […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress, Therapy

Mindfulness for You and Your Family

By: Asal Azizi, Psy.D. | April 8, 2016

As the morning alarm goes off, family members of all ages rush off to start the daily grind of everyday life. Children and teens hurry to face a day of getting ready for school, learning all day, sport practice or music lessons after school, dinner with their parents, and an evening spent doing chores and […]

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Anxiety, Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Stress

The Psychological Benefits of Spending Time in Nature

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | April 1, 2016

I recently took a trip to Death Valley National Park to see the “Super Bloom” of wildflowers – a rare event that is worth seeing. Located in eastern California and Nevada, Death Valley is a unique and special place that has always inspired awe for me. Being in nature helps me with Finding Perspective, as […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement, Stress

The Importance of Self-Care

By: Kelly Anderson, Ph.D. | March 28, 2016

Like many people, I find that I wear different hats throughout my week. In addition to being a psychologist, I am also a mother, wife, friend, sister and so on. Each and every role I fill is important to me and deserves my attention, time and consideration. However, like many people, I am often so […]

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Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Stress

Mental Health – Let’s Talk About It

By: Asal Azizi, Psy.D. | February 15, 2016

As a Psychologist I am often subjected to a variety of jokes or comments regarding my field of work when others discover what I do for a living. There is misguided humor about “those crazy people”, awkward moments when someone tells me they once saw a “shrink”, but “it didn’t work”, or remarks about how difficult […]

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Anxiety, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress, Therapy

Healthy Ways to Express Anger in a Relationship

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | January 29, 2016

No matter how much we love our partner, or how happy we may be in our relationship, feelings of anger are inevitable. Bottling up your anger or expressing it in the wrong way can damage trust and result in a loss of intimacy in your relationship. However, expressing anger in a healthy way will help […]

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Family, Personal Improvement, Relationships

Activities to Brighten Your New Year

By: Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. | January 18, 2016

A new year brings a sense of refreshment. A fresh time of hope, reflection and opportunities for change. There seems to be a general consensus that 2015 was a more difficult year for many people. Our World has been exposed to great tragedies, locally and globally. Many have experienced personal heartache, loss, stress and illness. […]

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Holidays, Personal Improvement