emotion regulation

Vinitha Pastor's picture

The Transition

That time of year has arrived again! The time that makes every kid groan and every parent leap for joy!

School has started!

As much as I adore my boys (ages 7 and 4), there are only so many conversations I can have with them about Pokemon cards and video games, as was most of our summer. So I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t looking forward to the start of school. My youngest was also starting pre-k this year, which means no more weekly payments for daycare. Most of you know what that means. ;)

Amy Eisenman's picture

Purpose the Positive

Okay, I'll admit it. I have, in a way, not been practicing self care lately. Prime time for the Olympics starts at 8pm and I can't help but keep my eyes glued to the television until coverage ends well past midnight. While staying up that late does not work for my sleep schedule, especially a sleep schedule with an infant involved, I'm justifying the lack of sleep (and self care) with the addition of the self care of doing something (watching the Olympics) which I love so much. Plus, it only happens once every four years!

Vinitha Pastor's picture

Breaking Down A New Year's Resolution

Towards the end of every December, we start thinking about what New Years’ resolution we are going to achieve in the next year. It has always been fascinating to me that on January 1st, everyone decides that they are going to make a change. They are going to do something to better their lives in the following year. Which is a wonderful idea! There is always something in our lives that we want to be better. And January 1st seems like the ideal day to start. Let’s get the new year off to a fabulous start!

Vinitha Pastor's picture

Is Self-Care Selfish?

We have all heard the term “self-care,” and we all know what it means.  Eat right. Get enough sleep. Get exercise. Take care of yourself when you get sick. All those things we know we “should” do and yet we somehow still don’t “have the time” to do them.  Many people believe that if they take time away from their responsibilities to focus on themselves, they are selfish. Is it?

Amy Eisenman's picture

Throwback Thursday Benefits You

Each Thursday my newsfeed becomes inundated with pictures of friends and family members from a time long ago. The pictures, while embarrassing at times, seem to always put a smile on my face. It doesn’t matter what ridiculous outfit my mother dressed me up in or the perm she thought “looked amazing” – the pictures just make me smile.

Vinitha Pastor's picture

Snowpocalypse 2014

(Read:  Even therapists have to use skills sometimes…)**

January 28, 2014 will easily go down as one of the most stressful days I have ever experienced in my life. It took me almost 10 hours to get the 12 miles home, and after I had time to process the experience, I was amazed at how many DBT skills I used to get through those incredibly stressful moments. I wanted to share them because it was a good reminder that no matter who we are or where our lives are at the moment, skills are helpful.

Vinitha Pastor's picture

Managing The Holiday Blues

Happy 2014 everyone!

This is my least favorite time of year. We have spent so much of the last couple of months preparing for the holidays, buying gifts, dressing up for parties, decorating our houses, seeing friends and family, and remembering to hide that elf every night. (Fred in our house.) In addition to all of that, I will also admit to spending even longer (the last eight months or so) being completely consumed with Braves baseball and Falcons football. Yes, I would even say obsessed.

Megan Kumming's picture

Take A Deep Breath

Breathing is an automatic function of our bodies. We do not have to consciously think about inhaling and exhaling, so we usually do not focus much of our time and energy thinking about our breath. I certainty do not; honestly I have spent many days not thinking once about my breath and its function, much less the degree to which it effects my mind and emotions.

Amy Eisenman's picture

Bend Into Change

For those of you not familiar with Game of Thrones let me introduce you to Daenerys Targaryen. She is one of the lead female characters in the series and consistently breaks current day societal norms. She is powerful, ambitious, sympathetic (at times), and the mother of dragons (literally has three dragons, pretty cool, right?). While Game of Thrones is a fictional tale, I can't help but be in awe of this woman. While the season is unfortunately over I'm excited to see what the next season brings for this vivacious character.

A.B. Kaplan's picture

It's a Mad MAD World!

Have you looked around lately and noticed just how many angry people we encounter each day, every day? I find myself asking, “Where did all this anger come from?”

People are angry with co-workers, bosses, significant others, friends, neighbors, fellow drivers, the waiter, the doorman, the person behind the counter, customer service and even. . .  pets. Unfortunately, anger is one of those intense and frequently scary emotions. Although it certainly has its place among all the others, when experienced by or directed at us, we oftentimes want to run away from it. 

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