Build Resilience for Life

Resilience is oftentimes thought of as the ability to bounce back from a challenge — something you find in yourself (or not) only at the moment of crisis. But we don’t have to wait to experience something negative if we build resilience for life. If I have never experienced the loss of someone very close…

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Graded Exposure Meets Us Where We Are

We can feel very overwhelmed by life’s demands but utilizing Graded Exposure meets us where we are. Deciding to engage in a new exercise regime or starting a new diet will likely be a short-lived change unless we ease into it. If someone decides to start running for health reasons, they don’t go out and…

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Coping With Loss

The culture of the United States of American is not particularly conducive to coping with loss. This is unfortunate, as loss is a fundamental and inescapable feature of human life. Experiencing a loss can result in feelings of numbness, being lost, fear, and/or sadness. Loss can take many forms as well: death of a loved…

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Moving from Motivation to Grit

When we want to remain steadfast, determined, and successful with an endeavor, we are likely moving from motivation to grit. Motivation is extremely important to help us work through challenges and difficulties, give the effort necessary to progress, and focus our attention to succeed. Motivation can also be divided into intrinsic and extrinsic, a determination…

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Flow State and Memory

There are considerable similarities of flow state in a vast number of accounts but that does not mean the experience is uniform. Flow state generally reveals a slowing of time (sometimes a loss of time is described, which is sometimes associated with the subject of memory), ease of challenge or effortless action (although the challenge…

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Coping with COVID: Year 2 (Part 2)

Coping with COVID in the second year leaves us to question “What will ‘normal’ look like once we have a system in place that protects us from this pandemic?” The adverse impacts of COVID on our social lives, economy, entertainment, and perception of trust in the system meant to protect us will, in my opinion, never…

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