Blog for Better Living

A Mind Game

By: Joy Francisco, Ph.D. | July 21, 2017

Mindfulness, meaning focused awareness, is a concept of increasing popularity among mental health professionals. Mindfulness training for clients focuses on internal and external experiences in the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness interventions can be beneficial in everyday life. Not only adults stand to benefit from focusing awareness on the present moment. Research shows that mindfulness […]

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Children, Mindfulness, Sleep/Relaxation, Stress

The Importance of Physical Health for Psychological Wellbeing

By: Kelly Anderson, Ph.D. | October 7, 2016

Numerous research studies have found an association between physical health and mental health. When such studies have found a correlation, or link, between physical and mental health, several themes have emerged consistently: Those with mental health concerns are at a higher risk of developing chronic health issues Poor mental health has been found to be […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation

Sleep Hygiene

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

A good night’s sleep serves many important functions for our overall health. Physically and psychologically our bodies need to rest and repair overnight, which is essential as one gets older. Specifically, the brain relies on sleep for many cognitive functions such as retaining information and consolidation of memory. Unfortunately, sleep can be negatively affected by […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Sleep/Relaxation

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

Relaxation Exercises for Your Body and Mind

By: Kelly Anderson, Ph.D. | May 13, 2016

Stress! It’s a feeling that most people can relate to and it happens more often than we would like. Not only does stress cause us to think negatively, but it can make us feel physically uncomfortable too. Coping with stress effectively, before you feel overwhelmed, can help to prevent longer-term negative physical and mental health consequences. […]

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Mindfulness, Sleep/Relaxation, Stress

Emotionally Preparing for the Holidays

By: Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. | December 7, 2015

As we arrive in the holiday season we journey through a powerful emotional experience. While the magic of the holidays can be a wonderful time, most of us do not experience bliss at every step of the journey. There are often emotional highs and lows experienced throughout the season. We can experience intense joy and […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships, Sleep/Relaxation

Health and Mood

By: Stefanie Platt, Psy.D. | March 10, 2015

Eat, Sleep, and Be Merry: How Your Health Regimen Impacts Your Mood As a child, I grew up in a household where my parents were ill-informed on the significance of nutrition. They were blessed with fast metabolisms; subsequently, they did not feel compelled to focus much attention on dietary needs or exercise in their lives […]

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Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation

Stress Relief: Take a Mental Vacation

By: Francine Martinez, Ph.D. | July 24, 2014

It is summertime and people all around you are planning their getaways, except you. You hear stories of snorkeling in the Caribbean, hiking in the Sierras, or cruising the Alaskan coastline and your thoughts are, “It must be nice….” Vacations, short or long, are great stress relievers; the literature on the importance of vacations for […]

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Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation, Stress