Eating Disorders

I was 14 years old when I first thought I was “fat” and started to restrict my eating.  Throughout the years, I starved myself, made myself vomit, and over-exercised.  Unfortunately, my experience is not uncommon. 10% of college women suffer … Continue reading

Dear Teenage Self

Dear Teenage Self, It saddens me to see how you hurt yourself.  There are no good reasons for you to do this.  I wish that you would take care of yourself.  Be better to yourself. Eat You think that you … Continue reading

About Anxiety

Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life.  You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. However, anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear.  For a … Continue reading

Managing Grief and Loss

Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away.  Everyone grieves differently, and there is no time frame for the grieving process. Some emotions people grieving may experience … Continue reading

Healthy Holidays

Many people struggle to keep up with exercise and eat healthy foods during the holiday season.  Holiday parties and vacations can disrupt your normal workout schedule and tempt you with sweets.  Here are some tips for keeping on track during … Continue reading

Prevention of Injury in Youth Sports

Injuries are common in youth sports.  With proper training, many injuries can be avoided. The facts about injuries in youth sports: 48% of young athletes have at least one injury during an athletic season.  65% of these injuries are minor. … Continue reading

Managing Performance Anxiety

Do you feel dread about performing? Do you feel stage fright before a presentation or anxiety before the big game or test? Athletes and students often experience performance anxiety.  The anxiety not only influences their performance, but it can also … Continue reading

Managing Mistakes

Teaching Children and Adolescents to Manage Mistakes We want our children and teenagers to perform well, and so do they.  However, the pressure of perfectionism can lead to the fear of making mistakes.  When there is so much pressure to … Continue reading

Productive Positive Thinking

How do you make positive thinking work for you? Gabriele Oettingen, of New York University and the University of Hamburg has been researching positive thinking and motivation.  In her book, Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation, she states that … Continue reading

Prevention of Stress in Children’s Sports

Excessive stress, injury, being burnt out, along with other negative aspects of youth sport can be avoided. Here are some simple ways to avoid putting too much stress on athletes and creating problems. The thrill should be competition, not winning. … Continue reading

Children in Sports – Benefits

There are many benefits of a young child’s involvement in sport.  Through sports, children learn physical skills, gain an appreciation of physical fitness, and grow emotionally and socially. Learning Physical Skills Young athletes learn both fundamental motor skills and sport-specific … Continue reading