Category Archives: Eric McClerren

Mindfulness and Managing the Stress of Holiday Travel

Mindfulness and Managing the Stress of Holiday Travel

For many people, the holiday season involves travel and inevitably stress and anxiety. However, a little bit of mindfulness can help turn that anxiety around. Being crammed into a steel tube with a hundred complete strangers (most of whom have a cold) and being catapulted through the air at 20,000 feet can bring out anxiety…

In Defense of Journaling

In Defense of Journaling

The idea of journaling or keeping a diary seems to conjure up different images in different people. Some of us think of scientists in lab coats keeping a research journal of their latest findings. Others of us think about tiny pink notebooks and schoolyard crushes. Regardless of our preconceived notions, research shows that there are…

What exactly is adolescence?

What exactly is adolescence?

For many parents, understanding a bit about their teenager’s brain development can be helpful in navigating the sometimes difficult adolescent years. But first, what exactly are the adolescent years? What does the term “adolescence” even mean? Researchers and scientists have had a pretty difficult time coming to a consensus definition. Broadly speaking, the term means…

What is the big deal about mindfulness?

What is the big deal about mindfulness?

It’s graced the pages of the Wall Street Journal. It’s taught in classes at Google. It’s even shown up in an episode of Parks and Recreation. But what exactly is mindfulness anyway? And why is it becoming such a big deal? According to one leading psychiatrist, mindfulness is simply the practice of “focusing our awareness.”…

The Science Behind “Flipping Our Lids”

The Science Behind “Flipping Our Lids”

Have you ever gotten really upset about something only to look back on it a day or two later and realize it wasn’t that big of deal after all? Most of us have had a similar experience. We find ourselves apologizing to a partner, child or co-worker for something that we said in the heat…

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