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Article Retrain Your Brain: The Key to Anxiety Relief

Every day in my practice at the Renewed Freedom Center, I see patients seeking anxiety relief. In order to gain relief from anxiety, the first step is to understand what it is and why we experience it. Anxiety is the result when a person perceives danger. Anxiety is not unhealthy or abnormal. However, for some of us, anxiety elevates to a…

Article Productive, Successful YOU!: How to Bust Stress, Eliminate Procrastination and Increase Productivity

Productivity is key toward leading a rewarding, fulfilled life. When you are productive, you typically experience a sense of accomplishment that increases your self-confidence to achieve further endeavors. However, any productive effort is dependent on motivation and morale – your belief in yourself to reach your established goals. Certain factors contribute to motivation and morale that can lead to either…

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Article How to Stop Procrastinating

Procrastination comes in all shapes and sizes. Some people are just underwhelmed and disinterested at the tedious task at hand, and would rather spend their limited time on earth on more rewarding activities. Other people become completely overwhelmed by the unrealistically high standards that they set for themselves, and prefer to avoid anything short of perfection. Still others are crippled…

Article Can your Child be Misdiagnosed? The Need for Child Anxiety Treatment

Timmy is an 8-year-old in the 3rd grade. He has always been known to be a shy, nervous kid who prefers to keep to himself and wait for others to approach him. He favors routine, and becomes anxious to change or when he is in a new, unfamiliar situation. When Timmy is in the classroom, he gets bored easily, often…

Article Your 2014 Mental Health Resolution: Productive, Successful YOU!

With the start of a new year, this is the time when people make resolutions for self-improvements. Goals are established, agendas are planned, and motivation is high. Yet, somewhere in February, most, if not all, of those early initiatives get lost in the shuffle of life. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help your mental wellness when you set out to do something…

Article 10 Tips to De-Stress Your Holidays

1) Loneliness? Plan a Date with YOU! Many people don’t have family to spend the holidays with. If this is the case, then use this opportunity to treat yourself to something you normally wouldn’t do. Keep yourself busy by looking in advance to attend events. Aid the less fortunate and volunteer at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. You can…

Article Understand Anxiety in Children So You Can Take Action – Go!

Many children exhibit behavioral and/or attentional problems. Some of these symptoms are age appropriate and disappear as the child matures, while others require further attention from professionals. However, when it comes to childhood mental health, school personnel, pediatricians, therapists, and other professionals are often quick to label a child simply from pure observation, rather than understanding the symptoms from the…

Article Mindfulness Demystified

According to Merriam Webster, the definitions for mindfulness are: 1) bearing in mind; 2) inclined to be aware. Neither of these truly captures the Eastern tradition of simply “to be”. The fact is that there is no one specific word in the English language that encapsulates the state of ‘moment-to-moment awareness of present events that is absent of judgment’. Sadly…

Article Mind Training: Positive vs. Optimistic Thinking

Welcome to the New Year. This is the time when many people make resolutions for self-improvement to achieve a new, improved ‘you’. Whether it is a new exercise regimen or a new diet craze that you must stick to 7 days a week, the truth is that most resolutions fail before February even begins. Many of us get stuck in…

Article Red Pill or Blue Pill? What You Don’t Know May Hurt You!

If you are one of the millions of people who have seen the Matrix, then you would remember that Neo was given a choice to take either the red pill – which would open his eyes to reality, or the blue pill – which would keep him living behind rose-colored lenses. What would you have chosen? To live in eternal…