Depression

This is a very easy and quick exercise. What’s awesome about it is that it’s experiential. It requires you to physically experience something rather than attempting to learn only on an intellectual/logical level. Experiential learning...

Read More →
no image

Practical Sleep Tips (Insomnia)

September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

– Only use your bedroom for sleep and sex. – Have a bedtime routine for cueing yourself into winding down for sleep, just as you would for a child. Stop doing stimulating activities at least...

Read More →

Last month I answered some questions for a journalist writing an article on circadian rhythms and mood disorders (including depression and bipolar disorder). The article isn’t out yet but I wanted to give some practical...

Read More →

One of the most stress-reducing and time-saving things I’ve done in the last year has been to stick up a plastic 3M hook that I hang my keys on when I walk in the front...

Read More →

Here are 3 cycles I frequently see in people who are having relationships problems. These particularly commonly occur when one or both partners has low self esteem. Person feels frustrated > Person acts out in...

Read More →

Are there things YOU think would/might be helpful to you if you did them, but for some reason you feel resistant to trying your idea? It could be anything but examples include: – devising a...

Read More →

How you talk about the things you feel negative emotions about can have a surprisingly large impact on how you feel and on your thought processes. When I say “how you talk about things” this...

Read More →

Lots of people don’t do things they’d like to do for fear of rejection and the corresponding disappointment. If this is you, then you can break this pattern of avoidance by practicing exposing yourself to...

Read More →
no image

Worry

August 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Often, the “solutions” we use to try to feel happier are actually part of the problem. Here’s an example of how the solutions we use to deal with worry are part of the problem of...

Read More →

One of the super cool concepts from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is about being “willing” to feel whatever you are feeling right now. This might mean being willing to feel, for example: – panicky...

Read More →