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 there is any oth...

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...

Hope and Healing in Adoption

The moment of adoption is a joyous occasion for parents who have prepared their hearts and homes to welcome and love a child. For the child, however, that moment is a transition—a colossal change that can invoke a range of emotions. Even children who are adopted at birth subconsciously feel a shift as they begin hearing unfamiliar sounds and v...

How Your Gut Health Impacts the Brain

Over the past few decades, a growing collection of research has explored a connection between the workings of the gut and the health of the brain. The findings? The bacterial makeup of the gut not only regulates intestinal health, but also directly affects the immune and central nervous systems, thus playing a large role in a wider variety of disea...

Everything Energy

Everything surrounding us and within us is made up of energy—energy that affects how with think, see, feel, and react, energy that guides our lives. Even our thoughts form energy. This week on the “Emotions Mentor” podcast, I spoke with my friend and reiki master Sharon Ho about the energy we create, how it affects us physically and mentally, and...

Emotions Mentor Podcast

(Featuring Dr. Danielle Daniel) Success in life is determined by how well we regulate and manage our emotions. Science has shown us that our Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a higher indicator of success than our IQ. Join Dr. Danielle Daniel and me, as we talk about how you can manage your emotions, improve your mental health, and become more...

Essential Oils for Moving Forward and Releasing the Past

Three years into her husband’s first term as president and after a somewhat discouraging day in early January, Eleanor Roosevelt shook off her stress and wrote that “with the new day comes new strengths and new thoughts.” I like to think of the new year this way too—as a gift—a chance to start over with a clean slate, to try something different, ...

Healthy Social Interactions Can Change Your Life

If I were teaching a class and asked students to list several factors that lead to being both healthy and happy in life, I’d likely get responses such as exercise, eat right, get enough sleep, stay away from drugs, drink enough water, and never stop learning. And, of course, all of those answers would be correct. But one—even, perhaps, the most importan...