Embrace Nature for Your Mental Wellbeing

We’ve all heard the phrase, “stop and smell the roses.” I often use our difficulty noticing the beauty around us, such as flowers or animals, as an example of how we get caught up in the busyness of daily life and miss important aspects of our surroundings. Learning to be mindful is a key goal…

Read More

De-clutter to Reduce Stress: 4 Tips to Cut the Junk

The Psychology of Clutter You’ve probably heard of the new hit Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. In the show, Marie enters the home of typical American families who collect too much junk and have no plan for what to do with everything. Of course, the family is always stressed and fighting more than…

Read More

Fatherhood: Expectations vs Reality

I was honored to be asked by Dr. Zack Isoma at Harbor Psychology to write a guest blog on my experience with fatherhood. It was a far more difficult adjustment than I ever expected, and I finally realized that it wasn’t just me who had that experience. This post is intended to help other fathers…

Read More

Supporting a Friend with Social Anxiety

We’ve all got those friends who struggle in social situations. We don’t want to leave them out, but we know they get uncomfortable when in large groups. This article by Christine Warner (Real Ways to Support Your Friends Who Struggle With Social Anxiety features some suggestions from me on how you can help you friends…

Read More

Panic Attacks are THE WORST

I’ve had one panic attack in my life, and I’m thankful it came during grad school after I had already learned about them so I didn’t freak out too much. We were about 2 months out from the birth of our first daughter taking a birthing class at the hospital. Everything was going swimmingly… until…

Read More

Mommy Burnout: Supermom Complex

Supermom complex We have an epidemic of supermom complex in our society. You may have never heard of it, but it can be a severe disorder that negatively impacts physical and mental health, as well as relationships. Supermom complex is when mom feels the need to be excellent at… everything. Parenting. Cleaning. Work. You name…

Read More