STRESS: The Ups, Downs, Do’s and Don’ts

STRESS: The Ups, Downs, Do’s and Don’ts

We are all familiar with stress — that feeling of emotional or physical tension when our body and mind react to a demand or challenge. Whether we like it or not, stress is an inevitable part of life. So let’s figure out how to manage it and make it work...
Fostering Resiliency in Kids

Fostering Resiliency in Kids

Growing up in a single-parent home, with a mother who struggled with alcoholism and other mental health issues, meant my sister and I witnessed more at a tender age then we should have. As a result, we were mature beyond our years, we learned to overcome, and we...
When “Normal” Doesn’t Feel Right

When “Normal” Doesn’t Feel Right

Given the recent devastation, loss, and confusion for many of us in the Santa Barbara area, it’s hard to imagine getting back into “normal” life. Here are some reminders to help: 1. Go easy on yourself; practice self compassion. One way to do this is by...
Helping Children Cope with Trauma

Helping Children Cope with Trauma

As I continue to hear stories of loss and trauma – many involving children – and listen to the helicopters fly above transporting people to our hospital, I wanted to offer 10 quick reminders of how we can talk to children about disasters. 1. Be present...
All Things New

All Things New

It’s that time of year – the morning air is crisp, the quality of sunlight somehow different, and sunset comes noticeably earlier than only a week ago.  These harbingers of Fall signal we are in “back-to-school” mode.  In that spirit, this post is for all students...