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Holiday Food - Is Your Eating Out of Control?

Holiday Food - Is Your Eating Out of Control

Question: I am stressed about have eaten so much over Thanksgiving. The worst of it is that I can't seem to get myself in balance again. I feel like I will keep eating into oblivion. Is there any way to stop this?

I know what that feels like! Whether it is the biology or psychology of eating...it sometimes takes a lot to calm down, pay attention to ourselves--INSIDE-- to differentiate between body hunger and psyche hunger. Luckily, many people have considered this problem of how to deal with food over the holidays and there are several things you can do to prepare yourself for "holiday food" intake. Part of our emotional health comes from knowing how to return to that balanced place inside after we've stepped over our own food boundaries. Next time, try a few of these suggestions:

The Hazards of Going Home for the Holidays

The Hazards of Going Home for the HolidaysAnnouncement!!! Ladies and gentlemen, right now, this very moment, time-travel is possible. During the holidays you may return to when you were a child or any other time in your past. If everyone around you agrees to travel at the same speed to the same time, this can be fun. But fasten your seat belts...if you're traveling to different time zones, all hell can break loose. Also, you can get stuck in time without others knowing where you are.

Coping with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Coping with Generalized Anxiety DisorderBrian was a bright, highly successful businessman. He was happily married. He and his wife owned a well-appointed luxury home in an upscale part of suburbia. The two were very much looking forward to a life together, which included having children. As much as he wanted to enjoy his life, he could not. He would constantly worry about paying bills, how much money he had in the bank, and whether he was competent enough to do his job (in spite of always receiving rave reviews from his boss). Much of the day, and more days than not, he would feel an uncomfortable feeling in his stomach, experience tension headaches, muscle twitches, and even begin sweating for no apparent reason. He had already seen a medical doctor several times, a nutritionist, and a chiropractor, but to no avail; the problems persisted. So when his wife suggested that he see a Psychologist, he wholeheartedly agreed.

Five Pieces of Furniture that will Improve Your Life

Five Pieces of Furniture that will Improve Your LifeFurniture has come a long way in terms of functionality. Today, many chairs, beds and desks are specially designed to offer life-enhancing attributes to boost both your physical health and mental wellbeing. From ergonomic designs to adjustable features and built-in massage systems, here are some of the most innovative pieces of furniture that can improve your daily life:

Hurry Up and Grieve: Society’s Sometimes Strange and Callous Response to Death

Hurry Up and GrieveOn average, working adults are permitted to take off three "personal days" from their regular occupations to mourn the loss of their loved ones.  In our fast paced, often hectic society — one which places a premium on hard work and productivity in the workplace — this time to oneself is usually deemed sufficient for making funeral arrangements, burying the dead, and mourning the loss. With the exception of offering the bereaved person some heartfelt expressions of condolence, (i.e., a sympathy card), the prevailing notion of our peers, including co-workers, members of our community, and even close friends and family is that the mourning process should be brief, rather than a long-drawn-out process. Continuing outward signs of distress are therefore deemed excessive, if not abnormal.

Can Sleep Make You Smarter?

We've all heard that sleep plays an important role in health, and most people have suffered through the misery of a work day spent sleep-deprived. When life gets stressful, it can be easy to convince yourself that you're better served by working one more hour instead of going to bed. And while this strategy might make you feel like you're being more productive, you're not necessarily working smarter.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes that sleep deprivation is a public health crisis. A shocking number of adults—ranging from 2% to 7%, depending on age and sex—reported to the CDC that they fell asleep while driving during the last month, and 34% to 52% of adults report accidentally falling asleep during the day.

There's strong evidence that sleep plays a vital role in memory and learning. The best thing you can do to maximize your productivity could be getting some extra shuteye.

Here Is a Way to Understand Your Midlife Crisis

Midlife crisis has unfortunately become the stuff of made-for-television movies. The weekly crisis of a middle-aged man leaving his wife of twenty years for a woman half his age has become almost a cultural stereotype. Sadly, the profound quality and significance of midlife crisis becomes lost in the process such that men and women in the midst of this upheaval minimize its significance.

Midlife crisis is a fundamentally spiritual event of great power. It can lead to either tremendous spiritual growth or can generate more chaos. To emerge from the dark forest of midlife crisis, we need to understand the substance of the crisis and we also need to be aware that the healthy resolution of midlife crisis brings with it a newly discovered gift. What provokes a midlife crisis? First of all, there is age.

Mothers' Behavior Seems to Influence Child's Problem-Solving Abilities

Temper tantrums are common among many 18- month-olds who get frustrated while learning new skills. If mothers become overly cautious or overly critical when this happens, it could interfere with the child's problem-solving abilities later on, says research. Parenting toddlers is an unending challenge. This article describes why and how a parent can improve their skills with a difficult toddler. A study found that a child's temperament - difficult, moody, withdrawn, physically active - can affect how the mother will view him/her and then have an influence on their interaction. This in turn could hinder a child's problem-solving abilities and cognitive development in the future. This chicken-and-egg problem, that is, which comes first is often difficult to sort out. Both these aspects are relevant: a child's temperament can easily wear out a tired mother, and likewise, a tired, potentially more impatient or disapproving mother's reaction to a difficult child can lead to yet more problems with the child's development. The bigger problem of course, is how to resolve it.

Coping with Loss: Understanding the Grieving Process

Coping with LossIn my part-time private practice as a Psychologist, a sizable portion of my clientele consists of individuals who are grieving a loss. Their losses can take many different forms. The most frequent types of loss I see are death, the ending of a relationship, or a significant debilitating injury. In some cases, the losses have been of a sudden and traumatic nature. When listening to my patients' experiences, I am so often moved by their strength and resilience in having coped with, and, in many cases, transcended their circumstances.

The Courage to Find Freedom

The Courage to Find Freedom

It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person,
"Always do what you are afraid to do."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It was 4:00 AM. I walked through the dark, cold, and lonely maze of more than 100 apartment buildings. I would go in the front door, throw a couple of newspapers in front of apartment doors, and go out the back door. It was 1974, and I delivered newspapers seven mornings a week. I was a year out of treatment for alcoholism, and life was difficult as I sought find the courage to compose a new life.