8 “do-able” things you can do to reduce stress, increase joy in life

8 “do-able” things you can do to reduce stress, increase joy in life

From NPR.org, an excellent summary of research on stressed people (caregivers for loved ones with dementia) that identifies ways to cope that make a difference, and are do-able. Take a moment to identify one positive event each day. Tell someone about the positive event or share it on social media. This can help you savor the moment a little longer. Start a daily gratitude journal. Aim to find little things you’re grateful for, such as a good cup of coffee, a pretty sunrise or nice weather. Identify a personal strength and reflect on how you’ve used this strength today or

From NPR: Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp

In my own practice I am seeing more and more people who are “older” (this gets more and relative as each year goes by) and who are concerned about developing cognitive problems as they age. Of course, demographic info indicates that we are going to be seeing more and more people with risk of dementia. NPR had an interesting article 0n 5-5-14 about research that supports behavioral (eg., what we are good at!) “interventions” that help sustain, or even improve, cognitive functioning.

Dan Goleman on ADHD treatments: anti-medication, pro-meditation

The New York Times had an interesting article 5-13-14 by Dan Goleman. He provided a brief, but very concise, summary of current ADHD statistics, concerns about medication (eg, it’s effectiveness tends to wear off), and interesting thinking about use of mindfulness training, including meditation, to help people with ADHD. He notes, “Poor planning, wandering attention and trouble inhibiting impulses all signify lapses in cognitive control. Now a growing stream of research suggests that strengthening this mental muscle, usually with exercises in so-called mindfulness, my help children and adults cope” with ADHD.

Strib opinion piece in support of psychological services

The Star Tribune published an interesting article written by a non-psychologist on 1- 22-14.  The author is  highly supportive of psychological treatment, and, appropriately, comments on the limitations of mental health medications. The author, Paul John Scott, from Rochester, is an award-winning writer and journalist.