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Amy Scher's picture

3 Rules Of Releasing Worry

3 Rules of Releasing Worry

Worry is a form of prayer for something you don’t want. Do you need any better reason to stop worrying? – Bhagavan Das

What’s the Deal With Worry, Anyway?

Worry is a very strong feeling of fear. It’s fear of the unknown or the repercussions of what we think will happen. 

Romila Mushtaq's picture

Mindset Matters: Choose To Respond Not React

Choose to respond instead of reacting

As many of you already know, I enjoy my time daily on Twitter. My bio lists my services, one of which is that I am a professional speaker. To my surprise, a company reached out to me to offer their services.  They specialize in “teaching physicians how to speak proper English.”  They sent me a direct message asking if I was in need of English lessons.

Amy Scher's picture

How To Feel Good: This Post Will Change The Way You Make Decisions

Change The Way You Make Decisions

We can drive ourselves crazy trying to plan, decide, analyze, and apply logic to every situation. The rational brain that takes up pretty much all the space in our lives is saying “I will get to the right answer or ‘thing’ if only I push hard enough.” You’re laughing because you know what I’m talking about, don’t you?

Carolyn Hobbs's picture

The Power Of Conscious Choice

loving compassion

Anxiety woke me abruptly at five o’clock this morning. The frantic voice in my head sounded my alarms, chanting, “You don’t have enough time to do everything!” My adrenals jumped into fight/flight mode, instantly waking me all the way up. But luckily, after 35 years as a body-centered therapist, I knew better than to stay focused on this all-too-familiar-chant. I quickly shifted into asking, “Where do I feel anxiety in my body?” It appeared as a tight knot in my belly. From years of experience, I sent five deep breaths directly into the center of the knot and watched it soften and dissolve into spacious peacefulness.

Emma French's picture

Cry Me A River – Communing With Your Tender Heart

Eye with tear.

In the blog before last I talked about focussing on the positive in order to have more peaceful circumstances show up in your life. But it’s no good trying to push unhappy thoughts and feelings under the carpet either, because they’ll just seep, and they’ll fester, and they’ll come back to bite you on the bum. In order to cultivate the space for happier new ones to appear, the old thoughts and feelings need to have somewhere else to go: “releasing carbon dioxide”, as my friend Joshua calls it.

Dr. Danielle Dowling's picture

Do These 7 Things To Feel More Empowered Today


We love to bandy the term ‘empowered’ about, don’t we?

We see it in on the cover of self-help books, our yoga teacher breathes it in our ear during Sukhasana, and it fills the taglines of one million life coaches, the world over.

Starla Fitch MD's picture

The Worry Tree

worry, tree, deep breath, let go

Doesn’t it feel like we always have a bit more on our plate as fall approaches?

I don’t know about you, but it seems like, suddenly, some of my patients appear out of the woodwork to schedule surgeries and exams.

Maybe it’s because they’ve already met their deductibles for the year, or maybe they have a bit more time free now that the kids are back in school.

Trouble is, other patients are already on the schedule and there’s often little room to accommodate the new requests.

Patients often grumble when they can’t be seen right away.

Amy Scher's picture

If Robin Williams Was Your Dad: A True Story

 “Take your goddamn meds.”

That’s exactly what one of my most favorite authors wrote on her blog after Robin Williams’ death. It was a genuine effort to make sure no one feels shame in taking the prescription drugs that many people do; just to get through the day, and maybe even, to stay alive.

But, it stopped me a little in my tracks. Okay, a lot.

Eric Nelson's picture

Patients Require Compassion, Not Just Competence, From Doctors

True story: A man who severely cut his hand while using a table saw ran screaming into the emergency room of a local hospital. The attending doctor asked that he be given a dose of morphine to calm him down. When he continued screaming, he was given a second dose. And then another. And then another. Realizing that the drug was having absolutely no effect, the doctor put his hands on the man’s shoulders, looked him in the eye and said, “You’re going to be just fine.” Immediately the man relaxed and fell asleep.

Amy Ahlers's picture

The Most Important Question To Ask When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed Or Anxious!


Dear Darling One,

Maybe there is an area of your life where you're feeling anxious, worried or overwhelmed? Maybe it's worries about your finances, health, career, kids, or relationships that are keeping you up at night. (I so get it!)

Or maybe you just completed a fabulous project or had an unexpected life transition and you're asking yourself "now what?"

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