By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Quick Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Self Help Tip For Worry, Anxiety, Depression

I write a lot on this blog about balanced thinking skills. The following is one easy experiment to try. Step 1: Think about something that causes you worry/anxiety. Pick a specific worry (e.g. how a particular other person might be thinking about you, or something specific you’re worried will go wrong). Pick something that you...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Neuropsychology of sleep and emotional coping: Why a 90 minute Nap Can Reset Your Emotional Coping Resources or Get an Unproductive Day Back on Track

A couple of weeks ago, I watched an interesting Fora.tv talk by psychology PhD Dr Matt Walker (a Professor at University of California, Berkley). Most of the talk was about how sleep affects learning and memory. This is well established stuff that gets taught in undergraduate psychology classes. Basically, adequate sleep before learning is necessary...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: What Am I Feeling?

Something EXTREMELY important (and reasonably simple) you can do to improve your psychological health and coping abilities is to improve your ability to correctly identify your negative emotions. Identifying what specific emotions you’re feeling is a psychological skill that people often don’t learn how to do very well in the normal course of growing up....

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Julie Powell Interviews and a Discussion of the Psychological Benefits of Projects

A couple of months ago I wrote about Julie Powell – the real Julie from the Julie & Julia movie (you can read my earlier post here). Julie’s year long cooking project, and the blog she wrote about her project, is such a cool example of how quirky, creative (very broadly defined) personal “projects” or...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

How To Stick to Any Goal in 2010 (or Now)

I wrote this for a local gym and thought I’d post it here too. The examples are related to eating and exercising but the info is just as relevant for other types of goals. How to Stick to Any Goal in 2010 1. Understand the emotional reasons your goal is important to you. For example,...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Link for Article in University of Canterbury Alumni Magazine

The University of Canterbury Magazine article I mentioned in yesterday’s post can be read at the link below Just the article University of Canterbury Magazine – interview with Dr Alice Boyes by Breeze Robertson Full Magazine If you’d like to look at the full magazine or past editions of the magazine, you can find them...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Free copy of my article from the September issue of Fitness Life Magazine: 3 Steps for Dealing With A Dieting Lapse

To access (these instructions are for PC users), right click on the link below and choose “save link as” (Sorry Mac Users, I’m not sure of the procedure for you.). “Getting back on the horse” article http://www.aliceboyes.com/Fitness-Life.pdf Thanks to Fitness Life for making this available online....

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

What Perpetually Irritates You About Your Partner?

Consider that people have basic personality styles and then a range of different behaviours that stem from those basic styles. Sometimes the personality styles we love most about our partners are a double edged sword – they lead to a mixture of desirable and undesirable consequences. Often what perpetually irritates us about partners is behaviour...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Depression Skills: Self Monitoring

This is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) activity that might be useful for people to do as a self help activity. It’s usually used as part of depression treatment but is potentially useful for anyone who wants to better understand their moods. The activity involves doing ratings once an hour (which can be inconvenient but...

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By Alice Boyes, PhD.

Ideas for Life Experiments

I said in my last post that I would write some ideas for life experiments. There is also some info about reducing anxiety included later in this post (not particularly related to life experiments but you’ll see why I’ve included it here). This list is mostly to stimulate your own ideas. If these ideas seem...

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