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Calm Anxiety in 45 Seconds

Dr. Jennifer Sweeton reveals the key to making deep breathing work for your clients—and a simple tool to help even the most agitated clients get started

Jennifer Sweeton, PSY.D., M.S., M.A.

As therapists, we know breathing is a helpful tool for calming anxiety. But clients are often skeptical about how something they do every day can help them. Discover how a specific kind of breathing reduces stress and anxiety, and helps even the most anxious people relax.

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How Trauma Creates Narrow “Windows of Tolerance” in Survivors

Why trauma survivors react dramatically to stimulus, and how you can help them handle stress in healthy ways

Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200

Trauma survivors can struggle to self-regulate and control their responses to everyday stressors and the unexpected. In this short video, Irina Diyankova, Ph.D., RYT-200 reveals why trauma survivors are more prone to extreme reactions to stress such as rage, binge drinking and self-harm.

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21 Daily Practices to Improve Your Relationship

Use the science of mindfulness and CBT to strengthen your bond.

Seth J. Gillihan, PhD

Nothing has a bigger influence on our well-being than the quality of our closest connections. In this blog, Seth Gillihan PhD, offers 21 ways to build stronger and closer relationships. Plus, he's giving away his FREE Worksheet: 10 Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety Every Day.

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Breathing Is the Key to Managing Stress and Anxiety

Simple breathing exercises can calm you down when you’re overwhelmed by stress and anxiety.

Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD

Stress and anxiety are a part of life, no question. But chronic stress and worry, if left unchecked, can harm both your physical and mental health. The first step to controlling your body’s responses to stress is to control your breathing, using these simple techniques.

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PESI Book Club: October 2019

Four children-focused books to add to your reading list.

PESI Team

This month's suggested reads include four products to help improve the well-being of the children in your life.

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Calm & Alert

Yoga and mindfulness practices to teach self-regulation and social skills to children.

Helene McGlauflin, MEd, LCPC, KYT

Calm and Alert is an innovative approach to teaching self-regulation and social skills to children by utilizing their bodies, minds, and breath through yoga and mindfulness practices. Get started with three basic practices available for FREE here.

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Use Your Pause Button: Stop, Drop, and Breathe

A Self-Regulation Strategy for Parents

Laura Markham, PhD

If you want to experience a happier family life, with a lot less drama and a lot more love, then check out this FREE Exercise and Worksheet.

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When Therapeutic Breathing Isn't Effective

Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, RYT

You don't always have to know what's going on with your clients in order to help them...I had a client that just didn't benefit from therapeutic breathing, so I tried something different. Let me show you in this short video.

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S.T.O.P.: An MBSR Practice for Developing Awareness

Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW

One of the things we practice in MBSR is becoming aware of the triggers of dissatisfaction and suffering. A wonderful way to maintain a greater sense of well-being is the ability to notice when things get a little off kilter and we start to experience unhappiness. It is in this moment that we can use the method of S.T.O.P. to allow ourselves to listen with open hearts and minds and commit to being freer and happier.

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Breath of Joy

A Yoga Practice for Children with ADHD

Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT

Sometimes children with ADHD just can't stop moving...Here's a quick and enjoyable strategy to help restore attention and focus.

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