Blog for Better Living

Spring Time: A Time to Nourish your Well-Being

By: Other | March 26, 2015

Written by Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. Spring is in the air! It is a season filled with hope, growth, new life and excitement. The weather is warming, the plants are in bloom, ideas and plans of new activities begin to emerge.  If you are a gardener, you know that Spring is a time to nurture your […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress

Finding Perspective

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | February 17, 2015

I recently came back from a dirtbiking trip to Death Valley and the surrounding area refreshed and refocused. There are many things that I love about dirtbiking like the opportunity to explore new places and be physically challenged. However, the aspect of the sport that appeals to me the most is the ability to Find […]

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Children, Family, Grief, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress, Therapy

Surviving the Holidays after Divorce

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | December 24, 2014

The holiday season is typically a time of great anticipation and excitement. But for those who are in the early stages of transitioning through divorce, the prospect of facing the holidays without your partner or children may cause some anxiety and sadness. It is okay to accept the difficulty of this time of year and […]

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Children, Family, Relationships, Stress

Families Having Fun!

By: Other | November 6, 2014

Written by Francine Martinez, Ph.D. I remember when my daughter was still a young girl and October marked the beginning of “FUN”, and I found myself exhausted just thinking about Halloween, Halloween Parties, Holiday School Events, Thanksgiving, and the Celebrations that followed.  My feeling overwhelmed at the big events sometimes obscured my ability to see […]

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Relationships, Stress

The Psychological Benefits of Yoga

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | October 17, 2014

“Come with me to a yoga class!” said my friend Caroline to me sometime last year. “Why on earth would I want to go to a stretch class with strangers that I don’t know in a blazing hot room?” I thought to myself. “No thanks,” I quickly replied. Despite my reluctance and skepticism about the […]

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Stress, Therapy

Emotional First Aid

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | September 27, 2014

Most people experience some emotionally traumatic events, ranging from the manageable to the overwhelming, over the course of their lifetimes. Yet, few people know how to help with the emotional aftermath of traumatic events. Both victims and witnesses of trauma may experience feelings of confusion, fear, sadness, and isolation, and often feel at a loss […]

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Grief, Stress

The Personal Impact of the Death of a Public Figure

By: Other | August 15, 2014

Written by Francine Martinez, Ph.D. Like many of you I found myself shocked and dismayed with the recent death of Robin Williams. He was a public figure who made us laugh, showed us that humor and silliness is an acceptable way to understand the world, and he helped us reflect on critical social issues like […]

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Grief, Stress, Therapy

Laughter is the Best Medicine

By: Other | August 6, 2014

Written by Missy Betts Why can’t you trust atoms? …Because they make up everything! Did you laugh? No? I’ll admit that maybe this isn’t the most hilarious joke of all time, but if you read this with someone else who did laugh, chances are, you would have too. According to an article in Real Simple […]

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Personal Improvement, Stress

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