Author: Linda Esposito

The Not To-Do List for Anxious People

  Raise your hand if you grew up hearing, “Stop being anxious!” I’m guessing a fair amount of you. And thanks for being honest, because next to, “Your life would be sooooo much better if you’d just quit worrying,” and “No, for the last time, you can’t wear black to church,” I don’t know what […]

How to Rewire Your Brain for Health and Happiness

When was the last time you got caught up in a frenzy of motivation and promised yourself that this time, yes—no holds barred, you were going to break free from anxiety or depression, or lose weight, or benchpress 250, or find healthy relationships, or get your dream job, or see a shrink? Most of us […]

Why Perfectionism Is Not Your Problem

    If you’re an anxious person, or if you spend time with a worrier, chances are your plans get derailed…a lot. The weekend getaway at the beach that turned into four hours, or the date night that became disaster night because ‘what did you really mean by that…?’ had to be examined from every […]

3 Habits Calm People Never Practice

    One of the hardest lessons to master when it comes to your emotions is internalizing the fact that calm is an inside job. Whether you’re worried about tomorrow’s job interview, or an impending break up, channeling calming thoughts is not easy. But before you give up in resignation or tell yourself, “I’m just […]

4 Simple Exercises for Anxiety Relief

Ever feel like you need a mental health tuneup, but not the whole check-up? You’re not ready to call your therapist, but you feel yourself slipping… Maybe your sleep is disturbed, your worries too intense, or you snap at your kids when you’re stressed. There’s a time and a place for deep psychological work to […]

How Hope Helps You Heal

    One of my primary roles as a psychotherapist is infusing hope in my clients, especially at the onset of the therapeutic journey. This is due in part, because people often wait until a psychological crisis to seek psychotherapy. The beauty of reaching out and asking for help is the inherent good will within—no […]

“Help! My Anxiety Is Out of Control…”

  A 5-Step Process for Calming Your Anxious Mind (Mp3 recording)     *The “If you’re at work and forgot your ear buds” version 😉 : A common subject of email I receive is along the lines of, “Help! My anxiety is out of control. I don’t know what to do to stop worrying. Can […]

Lose This Mental Habit, Gain Peace of Mind

  As an anxious kid, I picked up the habit of pre-emptive worrying. Much in the same way happy-go-lucky kids absent-mindedly pick a dandelion, blow and make a wish while walking home from school. Wait…kids nowadays don’t actually walk home from school, do they? Helicopter parenting and visual appeal aside, when I blew on the […]

The Headshrinker’s Guide to Writing for HuffPost and Psychology Today

  “Do not let us despise the word. After all it is a powerful instrument; it is the means by which we convey our feelings to one another, our method of influencing other people. Words can do unspeakable good and cause terrible wounds.”—Sigmund Freud A privilege and perk of being a psychotherapist is promoting the […]

Attack Anxiety: 6 Steps to Deactivate Your Body’s Alarm System

Whether you’re an occasional worrier or you suffer full-blown panic attacks, executing a solid action plan means finding your calm place quicker. Here’s the catch, you have to intentionally practice self-regulation strategies daily. Too often we neglect our calm plan and then scramble to problem solve when we’re hijacked by worries. No matter if you […]

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