Finding Stability in Chaos: Five Tips for Grounding Yourself
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Finding Stability in Chaos: Five Tips for Grounding Yourself

Trauma can feel like being caught in a storm, with emotions overwhelming us and our thoughts spinning out of control. During these moments, grounding techniques can be a lifeline, helping you find stability.  Let’s review five tips to help you stay present, connected, and anchored. When anxiety or dissociation strikes, take a deep breath and…

Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating? 
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Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating? 

Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating?  By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CEDS As a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), the most common questions I get about eating disorders (EDO) involve the difference between a full-blown diagnosable eating disorder versus the more mild ‘disordered eating’ patterns.  Introduction Sometimes people might state, “My child is just a picky eater,”…

Understanding The Toxicity of Perfectionism
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Understanding The Toxicity of Perfectionism

By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CCATP-CA Having worked almost a decade with clients who suffered from eating disorders, severe anxiety and depression as well as trauma, one of the common themes among many was this push for “perfection” across many areas of their lives. This showed up in body image and appearance, school performance, friendships, relationship…

Shame vs. Guilt
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Shame vs. Guilt

By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CCATP-CA Guilt and Shame can be confusing to many, and yet they influence our mental states and mental health. Understanding the difference between the two can be helpful in changing how we speak to ourselves in our own head (our self-talk). If we are parents, it can also be influential in…

How Do We Manage “Re-Entry Anxiety”
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How Do We Manage “Re-Entry Anxiety”

How Do We Manage “Re-Entry Anxiety?” How it Developed and Tips on How to Reduce It By Shannan Blum, LMFT, CCATP-CA   It’s everywhere right now. Can y’all feel it? Kids are hummin’ with it, Moms and Dads are feelin’ it, too. Employers are not exempt, either! It’s the mix and presence of both hopeful…

HALT to Manage Tough Emotions
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HALT to Manage Tough Emotions

Many of our behaviors stem from something deeper, so take a moment to HALT and check in with yourself. ⁠ Step back and evaluate, “Am I feeling…”⁠ ⁠ Hungry. (Do I need something?) -Find what will fill you.⁠ ⁠ Hunger can be either physical or emotional. We generally feel bad when we are hungry. You…

Perfectionism and Anxiety: A Complicated and Complex Connection
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Perfectionism and Anxiety: A Complicated and Complex Connection

If you’ve ever been described as a perfectionist, there are probably several different ways you can take it. In some cases, perfectionism can be a good thing. For others, though, it can cause a lot of turmoil—including anxiety.  Perfectionists tend to work very hard to appear as though they have their lives together. Unfortunately, that…

Panic Attacks in Children: 3 Ways Parents Can Help Calm the Storm
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Panic Attacks in Children: 3 Ways Parents Can Help Calm the Storm

More children are being diagnosed with anxiety disorders than ever before. Some data has even suggested that many children feel worried most of the time. Unfortunately, anxiety and worry can sometimes manifest themselves in the form of panic attacks. Panic attacks are scary enough for adults to handle, let alone watching your child go through…

Biofeedback for Stress Management – How Does It Work?
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Biofeedback for Stress Management – How Does It Work?

Biofeedback can help with a variety of health conditions—from headaches and asthma to chronic pain and high blood pressure. But it can also be used for stress management and anxiety. During a biofeedback session, electrical sensors are connected to different areas of your body. These sensors give you information about what’s going on in your…

The Connection Between ADHD and Anxiety: Why Your ADHD Child May Also Be Anxious
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The Connection Between ADHD and Anxiety: Why Your ADHD Child May Also Be Anxious

Did you know that nearly half of all children with ADHD also have some other type of mood disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or learning disability? And that includes anxiety. Both ADHD and anxiety have a laundry list of symptoms to keep track of. But, as a parent, you might not automatically think your child is dealing…