Posts in the ‘Mental Skills’ Category

The Weight of Gold

“The Weight of Gold” is an HBO documentary that highlights several Olympic athletes and their mental health struggles specifically related to being an Olympic athlete. Even if you are not an Olympic, I am sure that there will be parts of this documentary which you can relate to.  It certainly is an interesting topic and

Stress, Anxiety, or Depression? Treatment Starts With the Right Diagnosis

Long before the coronavirus pandemic mixed fear and uncertainty into daily life, Americans felt stressed out and daily life stress will continue once the pandemic has passed. It is important for an individual to have effective ways to their manage stress. This article from Yale Medicine Journal, offers tips for reducing stress both during the pandemic and

Mental Health: No Longer Dirty Words in Macho World of NHL

I always like to bring attention to professional athletes speaking out about mental health and mental health issues. I believe that it is imperative that high profile professional athletes speak openly about mental health to serve as a role model for others both athletes and fans. This particular article is written about NHL athletes. That archaic code about

Mental Health Crisis in the U.S.

Mental health specialists are working now to help Americans who are suffering from feelings of despair, hopelessness, and helplessness in order to be able to prevent an increase in suicides among people who are under increased pressure during the coronavirus pandemic. A report jointly published last week by two foundations that support mental health issues estimates that,

Is This Tightness in My Chest the Corona Virus or Anxiety?

Many of my clients that I am working with right now are experiencing anxiety, even if they did not have anxiety prior to the coronavirus outbreak, but it is a difficult time not to have anxiety because of everything that is going on.  For those patients who are less familiar with anxiety, many of them

Psychological Support/Resources During COVID-19

COVID-19 has brought on so many psychological challenges and at a time when people may feel as though they cannot access mental health services.  Please be aware that mental health services are still available during this time.  Although you may not be able to meet with a mental health provider in their office, most are

Redefining Success in Sports and Life

Former UCLA gymnastics coach, Valerie Kondos Field, helped her team win 7 national titles and she recently spoke at the PAC 12 conference. Her message is quite inspirational, and she talks about the need to change the culture of -win at all costs- and redefine what success looks like in sport and life.  Watch below

Why the Shame Around Postpartum Needs to End

It has become aware to me the lack of knowledge and understanding of postpartum depression and anxiety in our society.  It is important to know that if you or someone you know is experiencing postpartum depression that it is nothing to be ashamed of and hopefully you feel comfortable enough to ask for help.  What

NBA Mental Health Initiatives

The NBA had made big strides this year regarding how they are screening for and treating their athletes with mental health issues.  Hopefully, this will help to reduce the stigma for athletes who suffer from mental health issues and they will be more likely to seek professional help.  This also gives hope that other professional

How to Put Yourself in a More Positive and Productive Mood

Many people believe that how you start your day is going to set the tone for the rest of your day.  So, for example, if you get in an early workout, you will have more energy for the day.  Or if you think positive thoughts on your way into work, then you will have a

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