Posts in the ‘Mental Skills’ Category

Learn How to Think Like an Elite Athlete by Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky is arguably the best player in NHL history.  If you listen to him speak, he says that he was not the biggest player and he did not have the hardest shot, but he had the will to want to score which is what helped him to be so successful.  Wayne Gretzky is now

44 Positive Affirmations for People Struggling with Depression

Many clients in my practice report low self-confidence and/or low self-esteem as a part of their presenting concerns.  I often get asked the question, “what is the best way for me to build self-confidence and/or self-esteem?” and my answer is Positive Affirmations. A positive affirmation is a self-statement that emphasizes your strengths, values, and favorable

The Long Tail of Covid-19: Is the Us Healthcare System Ready for the Mental Health Crisis That Will Follow the Pandemic

In all the years that I have been practicing in the mental health field, I have never seen so many people reaching out for mental health services.  I am glad that people are asking for help, but what this means is that so many people are suffering from mental health issues as a result of

6 Tips on How to Effectively Manage Worrisome Intrusive Thoughts

We ALL have intrusive thoughts, most of which tend to be worrisome in nature. If you do not feel as though you do, you probably do but just are not consciously aware of it. It is very important to pay attention to our thoughts because our thoughts affect how we feel which impacts our behavior

Ways in Which the Pandemic Is Negatively Affecting the Mental Health of Teens

This pandemic is having a negative affect on pretty much everyone around the world but kids and teens is a population that needs special attention on how the pandemic is affecting them. Specific ways in which kids and teens are being affected by the pandemic include: -More socially isolated -Inability to participate in after school

3 Ways To Sharpen Your Mental Skills

When it comes to sports or elite performance at any age, mental skills are required to perform at an optimal level. Here are some suggestions to help strengthen your mental skills: Use relaxation and breathing exercises- When there is a lot of pressure on you to perform and you get nervous or anxious, your muscles

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,

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