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Fear of Driving: Why Am I Terrified of Doing Something I Used to Enjoy?

Fear of Driving: Why Am I Terrified of Doing Something I Used to Enjoy? by Ken Goodman, LCSW, and Michelle Dadoun, MA, MFT It’s easy to understand how a major car accident would cause someone to fear driving, but most driving fears have nothing to do with accidents. The most comfortable drivers, those who once loved cruising along the coast, weaving through canyons, and jetting down highways, are now baffled by their avoidance of these places. The new norm is sticking to small streets within one’s comfort zone, relying on others to drive, and avoiding night driving, left turns, freeways,...

Mindfulness: What It Is and How It Can Reduce Stress

Mindfulness: What It Is and How It Can Reduce Stress by Michelle Dadoun, MA, MFT (MyLATherapist.com)  You know how it is: Get up at the crack of dawn, make breakfasts and lunches, get the kids dressed and ready, shower, shuttle everyone to school, and you’re doing all of this while thinking about your chores for the day. You have to go to the market, get the dry cleaning, clean the house, make dinner, get the dog groomed… What else was there? Oh, yeah…me time! But when is there time for that? After all, you’re in the car for half the...

16 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Stress

16 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Stress by Erika M. Krueger, MFT According to the American Psychological Association, stress in America is on the rise. In 2010, 73% of parents surveyed reported family “responsibilities” to be the number one reason for stress in their lives. Thirty-two percent of parents reported their individual stress to be extreme and rated their stress level an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. Yet, in spite of all this self-awareness, only 32% of parents surveyed reported that they are actually doing a good job of managing their stress. Your body is unable to...

Santa’s Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

Santa’s Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season by Santa Claus and Ken Goodman, LCSW If anyone knows how stressful the holiday season can be, it’s Santa Claus. I've often wondered how he's able to keep his cool when things heat up at the North Pole. I recently interviewed Santa and asked him how he handles holiday stress. Here's what he had to say. KEN: Tell me, Santa, how do you stay so jolly during the holiday season? SANTA:  Mainly I think about all of the things I have to be grateful for. Just last week, my doctor told me that I'm too fat...

Why Anger Can Be a Good Thing

Why Anger Can Be a Good Thing by Molly Lyda, MA, MFT Anger gets a bad rap. It always gets blamed for those explosive outbursts you hear about in the news—road rage, post office shootings, and domestic disturbances. I wouldn’t want to be blamed for all those things. Would you? Does anger really deserve such a bad reputation? Could it be possible that anger is actually a good thing, but it just gets used in the wrong way? Could it be something healthy and helpful if used or channeled in productive ways? ____________________________________________________________ Anger is energy. It is also a...

11 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

11 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep by Ken Goodman, LCSW Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Do you wake up in the middle of the night and stay awake for hours? You’re not alone. Millions of people struggle with falling and staying asleep. Including me. I’m writing this article on how to get a good night’s sleep at 3 a.m.! I was unable to fall back to sleep after 20 minutes of lying in bed, and I think I know why. More about that later. Stress, depression, changes in work schedule, chronic pain, the Internet, medical problems,...

The False Beliefs That Cause You to Procrastinate

The False Beliefs That Cause You to Procrastinate by Ken Goodman, LCSW We all procrastinate from time to time. It’s human nature to put off tasks we perceive to be difficult, unpleasant, or just plain boring. The problem is, when you put things off, you may think you’re giving yourself a break, but you’re not. You’re actually making things more difficult on yourself and causing yourself unnecessary stress and anxiety. And that’s the real problem with procrastination. I admit it. For me, writing is hard work. I could have procrastinated and put off writing this article, but I made a...

7 Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

7 Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions by Ken Goodman, LCSW About 45% of American adults ring in the new year with a resolution. But according to research, almost half will give up on their resolutions within six months.  No matter what you’ve vowed, here are few tips that can help you reach your goals. Be specific and realistic: Instead of making a vague resolution, such as losing weight or getting into shape, set a concrete goal that you can realistically achieve. For example, commit to exercising three times or replacing one dessert with something healthier, like...

My Gut Reaction: Stress and the Brain-Gut Connection

My Gut Reaction: Stress and the Brain-Gut Connection by Ken Goodman, LCSW Stomach problems are one of the most common symptoms of stress. Our gastrointestinal tract, also known as our gut, is especially sensitive to stress and emotions. Because of this, stress can exact a very real physical toll on your digestive system and greatly impact your quality of life. Like the brain, the gut is full of nerves. It contains the largest area of nerves outside the brain and for this reason is often referred to as “the little brain.” Our brain and digestive tract share many of the...

6 Foods That Can Help Combat Anxiety

6 Foods That Can Help Combat Anxiety by Ken Goodman, LCSW  Feeling anxious? Have some chocolate! In a previous article, I wrote about foods that can make your anxiety worse. In this article, I’m going share with you foods that can help reduce anxiety symptoms, relieve depression, and improve your mood. Dark Leafy Greens: Studies have shown a strong link between magnesium and mental health. Magnesium deficiency can cause irritability, depression, and anxiety. Leafy greens such as spinach, Swiss chard, and kale provide high levels of magnesium as well as folic acid and an array of antioxidants that can ease...
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