Tag Archives: psychology

Is Anxiety Simply Amplified Fear, or is it Actually Something Else?

anxietybannerHave you noticed most people use the words anxiety and fear to mean the same thing? This is because there are overlaps in the physical sensations that people experience with fear and anxiety — but does that mean they are the same? 

Mainstream medicine, psychiatry and psychology often acknowledge a minor difference. They suggest that anxiety is a set of responses to an unknown or ill-defined threat, whereas fear is a set of responses to a precise, well-defined treat. In terms of brain activity, anxiety and fear are reported to be in different parts of the brain but largely end up in the same place. Both involve the amygdala, the hypothalamus and the brain stem.  Continue reading

New Podcast: Unleashing Potentials in Training & Life

I am thrilled to announce my new podcast — launching on July 15 — called Unleashing Potentials In Training & Life, and I invite you all to listen. Here’s why: 

Podcasts are a great way to be both educated and entertained. There are truckloads of brilliant shows available covering a massive range of subjects. 

But with all due modesty, none is quite like mine. 

If you’re interested in health and wellness, and like to exercise, work out, play sports and generally keep in shape, you’re going to love this new podcast. My goal in launching it is to uncover and explore the connections between body, brain, emotions, consciousness and metaphysics in strength, fitness, performance and success –- as they relate to fitness and to life in general.  Continue reading

Can You Change Your Feelings By Changing Your Thinking?

One of the most common assumptions I encounter is the idea that feeling follows thinking, and that in order to alleviate uncomfortable or stressful feelings you need to change your thinking. In fact, there is an entire industry based on this idea. The strategies and techniques that fall out of this theory operate on the notion that all emotions follow thought, so if you change your thinking you will change your emotions. The implication being that changing your thinking and adopting a positive mental attitude will help alleviate stress, discomfort, and emotional turmoil, and enable you to experience a happy life. Continue reading

How To Avoid A Hangover…

I’m not going to be a total smartass and tell you to simply avoid drinking.  My intention with this blog post is to give you some insight and opinion on how and when to drink in order to minimize your chances of a nasty hangover.  There is plenty of nutritional advice on what to eat to recover from a hangover, but this information is proactive, this is about knowing how and when to drink. 

This is not a normal topic for me to be writing about, and it’s not a regular topic that arises in my client sessions.  However, earlier this week at the end of a session with one of my personal mentoring clients, I was asked this question. Continue reading

How Do I Know If I’m Healthy?

Do you ever wonder what it really means to be healthy? Do you think you are healthy? Do you follow procedures, protocols, plans and programs to achieve or maintain good health? 

The word ‘health’ comes from an old English word hælþ, which has its origins in old Germanic language and means wholeness, being whole, sound or well. The World Health Organization defines health as: 

“…a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” 

So the experience of health is more than the absence of symptoms. My own definition of health implies adaptability: an experience wherein you not only feel good but also can pretty much eat what you like and engage in whatever activity you feel you want to without experiencing devastating side effects. Continue reading

Beyond Food & Fitness

Are you someone who knows how to take care of yourself? You train, you eat well, you know what you need to do to get healthy and stay healthy. Or maybe you’ve recently decided it’s time to take those steps. You’ve taken up running, Crossfit, boot camp or weight training. You’ve consulted a nutritionist and read the latest articles to learn exactly what to change to have a healthier diet.

Regular exercise and optimal nutrition are important for a healthy life. However, it is worthwhile to think about the core reasons you’re taking these actions and what you hope to achieve. What will better food and fitness do for you? How does the exercise you take and the food you eat really affect you? Continue reading

Guest Blog – Yoga: The Space In Between

As I was running the other day I was listening to a conversation a couple were having nearby. “You should do yoga”, one said, “But for the mental aspect.” I was so happy to hear this! As a fledgling yoga instructor I’m always interested in what brings a person to yoga class. Some people come for the exercise, some for stress relief, and others for an adjunct to other exercise they are doing. Whatever the reason, I hope they will gain so much more from their yoga practice! Continue reading

Overcoming the Fear of Failure

As we witnessed incredible examples of dedication and performance at this year’s Winter Olympics, we were reminded that one thing these athletes did not suffer from that many of the rest of us do, is a fear of failure. In order to attain and achieve such high levels of sports performance, fear of failure — if it was ever present — for them was conquered. Continue reading

Stress, Exercise & Depression

According to popular wisdom, exercise is supposed to be a panacea for depression and stress, right? Then how do we explain recent news reports about various elite athletes at the top of their games, winning championships, medals and the adulation of their fans, yet struggling with debilitating depression? In some extreme cases, this has even led tragically to suicide. Continue reading

Tired of Making New Years Resolutions That Fail? Try This Instead…

newyearsWhen it comes to the New Year we begin to think about what we might like to be different, what we might like to change. So we focus on the bad things, the negative aspects, as we see them, and we resolve to change them.  We decide to eliminate those unwanted habits, those things about ourselves that we’ve decided we either don’t like or society as a whole doesn’t like. In turn we seek to make ourselves better so those around us can view us more positively.

We call these New Years resolutions, and every year, thousands of people focus on the ‘toxic’ aspects of themselves and attempt to lance them like an unsightly boil that’s perched on the end of their nose. But how often are these resolutions merely superficial representations of a general lack of self-acceptance? And how often do they represent an ideological societal notion of ‘goodness’ that may not even resonate with your core, with who you really are? Continue reading