Flourishing Despite Anxiety & Depression

I got this!

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 31, 2014 |

My yoga teacher shared a story last week that I love.His five year old son recently went cross country skiing for the first time.The boy loved it!His dad noticed that whenever his son fell down, his son talked aloud to himself.The words he spoke were enthusiastic, joyous, and confident.“He’s down, but he is back up!”“You got…

Surf’s Up

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 28, 2014 |

Feelings are natural. Feelings are normal.Some are easier to recognize, regulate, and tolerate than others.Most of us can easily list the feelings we like, and the feelings we would rather avoid.  Who wouldn’t choose joy over anxiety? The perennial pursuit of enjoyable feelings and avoidance of unpleasant feelings are what fuel addictions, overeating, and mindless…

Are you Authentically you, in Relationship?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 15, 2014 |

Note: I originally wrote this article as a guest blogger for the blog “personaldevelopmentcafe.com”How to be Your Authentic Self in a Relationship Being your ‘Authentic Self’ can be difficult. Being in a relationship can be difficult. Put the two together, and you have a real challenge on your hands! What/Who is your Authentic Self? There…

Combatting ANTs

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 28, 2014 |

Inspirational & Self-Affirming Quotes to keep in mind, and to offset ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts)Find and repeat your favorites, until a more natural, automatic neural pathway is established.Whatever you practice, strengthens.The thoughts you repeat to yourself change the structure of the brain. ​Use your mind to change your brain in a favorable way.​ “Don’t compromise yourself.…

Whatever it is, try the savored version

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 21, 2014 |

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” —Anatole France What do you think when you look at this picture? My Nana and I used to look at pictures and then take turns telling a story about the picture.She was a phenomenal story teller! I miss that. I miss her. I…

Take Pearl Jam’s Advice: Just Breathe

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 15, 2014 |

Breathing  is free, can be practiced anywhere, occurs about 20,000 times per day, and requires no special equipment.The benefits to improving  the way you breathe are vast. Taking deeper and slower inhales and exhales can help your  body increase immunity, lower blood pressure, and heal faster. Taking fuller breaths – inhaling, exhaling– makes you feel more…

What are you practicing?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 26, 2014 |

Just like the piano teacher tells his students about playing piano, practice is the only way to get better at piano playing.The coach reminds her players to practice, practice, practice. Then there is that joke about Carnegie Hall. You know the one that goes something like this: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Answer:…

The Science of Happiness: The Big 7

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | November 7, 2013 |

Relationship.  People who have one or more close friendships are happier. The size of our network of close relationships does not seem to matter. What seems to make a difference is if and how often we spend time doing fun activities together and that we share our personal feelings with a friend or relative​​ Caring.  People…

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​Here I get real on body image, eating, sex, yoga and more. Sometimes the topics are more random. All relate to psychology (after all, I am a psychologist!)             --Dr.D