Postpartum Depression

Each year, more women will experience postpartum depression than there are new cases of tuberculosis, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and epilepsy combined—for both men and women. That means a little more than 1 in 7 women will suffer from postpartum depression. In lower socio-economic ar...

How to Recognize Depression and Anxiety in Teens

Suicide rates in the United States over the past 15 years have skyrocketed, making suicide a growing epidemic in our country. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that a suicide occurs in the United States once every 12 minutes. And the Centers for Disease Control reports that in children and young adults ages 10 to 2...

7 Ways to Make Your Home a Haven for Youth

Five years ago, the American Psychological Association (APA) published the results of an intensive survey on the youth of America and the pressures they face. The results were somewhat surprising—and quite troubling: Today’s youth report stress levels higher than those experienced by adults. Norman B. Anderson, PhD and CEO of the ...

Helping Men Reach Optimal Mental Health

One of the more common tropes in television and movies is that of the man lost on a country road, stubbornly refusing to look at a map or ask any passersby for directions back to the interstate. We all laugh at the character’s expense, many of the women knowingly nodding their heads, some of the men getting just a little defensive. These ficti...

Nine Things Not to Say to Someone Who Is Grieving

Death is often referred to as life’s great equalizer. And, it’s true, we all die eventually. But the manner in which a person grieves the loss of a loved one is varied, complex, and unique to that individual. Grief is multi-layered and full of many other emotions, such as anger, guilt, and abandonment. Because of its complexi...

12 Ways to Boost Emotional Intelligence

Very often in life, we look at a person who has made it through a difficult time—the death of a loved one, abuse, a natural disaster, a horrific accident—and applaud that person’s ability to persevere by using words like brave and courageous and fearless to describe them. Sometimes these words are, indeed, true descriptors of th...

Ten Tools for Getting Through the Dog Days of Summer—or Life

This week marks the beginning of that stretch of year often referred to as the Dog Days of Summer. In ancient times, the Greeks noted that this period of time (July 12 to August 20 on our current calendar) followed the appearance of the star Sirius—often called the Dog Star. It was a time associated with drought, heat, mad dogs, bad luck, malaise, lethargy, ...

Identifying and Healing Negative Family Patterns

The late American screenwriter Frank Howard Clark once said, “Habit is something you can do without thinking, which is why most of us have so many of them.” And where are most of these habits developed? In our families of origin. Many patterns of behavior learned in the home thrive for generations simply because no one in the family realizes ther...

Facing Addiction Head On

Addiction is a tough word—one that no one wants associated with themselves or with a loved one. In reality, however, addiction touches nearly all of us in some way or another. Consider these statistics for the year 2017: • 19.7 million American adults battled a substance abuse disorder • Nearly 74 percent of those adults also s...

How to Embrace Success

After a whirlwind of travel, and with another week of flights and workshops ahead of me, I settled into my plane seat and complained via text to my friend, Hayley Hobson, about how exhausted I felt. She replied, “Well, then, tell yourself another story! Tell yourself you aren’t exhausted.” I was a little perplexed at first, but then I dec...

4 Ways to Use Essential Oils to Help Heal Your Gut

Recently on my Emotions Mentor podcast , I spoke with functional medicine practitioner Melissa Esguerra about the connection between the brain and the gut. It’s a topic I’ve written about before and one that’s receiving increased interest in medical and psychiatric ...

Mindfulness Meditation and Essential Oils

Healing from anger , frustration, anxiety , stress, exhaustion , or any other emotional ailment that blocks happiness—and often productivity—isn’t easy. It takes time, commitment, and a willingness to change. And sometimes, the hardest part can simply be getting started. Through years of study...

6 Tips for Changing the Way You Think about Yourself

Learning to feel comfortable in your own skin, to truly love who you are, takes a lot of work. But, as Brené Brown wrote in Daring Greatly, “Owning [your] story and loving [yourself] through that process is the bravest thing that [you’ll] ever do.” Recently, on my Emotions Mentor podcast , I spoke with energy and ...

Releasing Trapped Emotions

“She died of a broken heart.” “He’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.” “Butterflies danced in her stomach.” Phrases like these make a connection between physical pain and emotional pain and are used frequently in literature, film, and television to convey just how deeply em...

6 Essential Oil Recipes to Help Balance Hormones

, From the time a pre-teen girl starts puberty to the time she reaches her 40s and 50s, the hormones in her body ebb and flow, carrying out silent but vital tasks that impact how she feels, acts, and behaves. When hormones are out of balance or working to move the body through natural transitions (puberty, pregnancy and postnatal phases, perime...

How to Understand PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, affects millions of Americans each year—men, women, and children alike. The numbers are sobering. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that 10 percent of women who experience trauma each year will develop PTSD, compared to 4 percent of men who experience trauma. The rates for children a...

7 Sensory Tools for Better Mental Health

Sight. Smell. Hearing. Touch. Taste. Our primary senses do much more than enable us to see, smell, hear, feel, and taste. We are learning that, if nurtured regularly and deliberately, our senses can also help us heal. Cherie Burton , a holistic psychologist, speaker, and writer, joined me recently on the Emotions Mentor podca...

6 Ways to Build Resilience

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” I love this thought from the renowned poet, writer, and activist Maya Angelou! It speaks to her own resilience in the face of adversity and inspires me to remember that I, too, can determine how I will react to challenges. This week on the Emotions Mentor podc...

Emotions and Physical Health

A growing body of research over the past few decades has demonstrated a clear link between emotions and physical health. Emotions like doubt, shame, anger, resentment, and fear, when not properly worked through, can lead to serious physical illnesses, such as chronic digestive issues and debilitating migraines. This week on the Emotions Ment...

5 Traits—and Essential Oil Tips—for Developing a Winning Mindset

Winning takes talent, hard work, some inspiration, and often a little luck. But there is one other element so crucial to being a winner that it often contributes more to a winning outcome than all of these other things combined. What is it? A winning mindset. People with a winning mindset recognize that true success is determined by the way a person...