Blog for Better Living

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: Other | May 13, 2016

Written by Kelly Anderson, Ph.D. 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 […]

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Mindfulness, Sleep/Relaxation, Stress

Emotionally Preparing for the Holidays

By: Other | December 7, 2015

Written by Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. 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 […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships, Sleep/Relaxation

Health and Mood

By: Other | March 10, 2015

Eat, Sleep, and Be Merry: How Your Health Regimen Impacts Your Mood Written by Stefanie Platt, Psy.D. 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 […]

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Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation

Stress Relief: Take a Mental Vacation

By: Other | July 24, 2014

Written by Francine Martinez, Ph.D. 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 […]

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Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation, Stress

Need a vacation from your vacation?

By: Other | April 11, 2014

Written by Missy Betts Many of us either just got back or are getting ready to leave work or school for a week-long Spring break. During long vacations, we can sometimes load ourselves up with activities to utilize and take advantage of all that free time. This can lead to coming back from your vacation […]

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Family, Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation

What Do Dreams Mean?

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | April 17, 2013

Have you ever had a dream so vivid and realistic that you had the sense that it had actually happened? If the answer is ‘yes,’ then you are not alone. For some, dreams can be so powerful that they find themselves thinking of the dream for days, or even weeks at a time. New research […]

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Tips to Manage Your Stress

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | February 14, 2013

We live in stressful times. Merely turning on the news or talking with friends can bring on new concerns. Personal issues, too, can create stress about your health, your job, financial security, as well as relationships with family and friends. Even everyday annoyances, such as getting stuck in traffic, dealing with a computer problems, or […]

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Sleep/Relaxation, Stress