Dr. Robert Heller’s Mind-Body Newsletter
“Strategies for Mental and Physical Well Being”
“Quote of the Month”
If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.
If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.
Learning gives life meaning. Challenge yourself to grow a little more each day in some way. Discover something new that adds to or enriches your life.
News, products and events:
I will be visiting the Lucida Treatment Center in Lantana this month, a new treatment facility for drug and alcohol rehabilitation featuring the areas first SMART RECOVERY treatment option, based on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy. For more information on this approach you can visit the national website of at www.SmartRecovery.Org.
A new colleague of mine, Sarena Morello has put out a beautiful relaxation CD based on autogenic training. It is about 20 minutes long with soft background music and a biofeedback stress card to measure you relaxation before and after listening to the CD. It is available through her website at www.ShaktiMusic.com.
If you are visiting the weekly Green Market in West Palm Beach, be sure to check out the book run by the Palm Beach Psychologist Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association. Psychologists will be on hand to talk with you personally and handout useful information on various mental health topics. You can also access the membership page of licensed psychologists who are members of the Florida Psychological Association at http://www.flapsych.com/?page=PalmChapter.
The holidays sometimes bring stress and sadness. A thoughtful present to yourself, friend or a loved one might be one of the pocket sized self help guides available on the products page at www.cognitivetherapy.cc. The guides are convenient, easy to use, beautifully illustrated and under $10. Topics include, Managing Stress, Anger Management, Dealing with Worry and many more titles.
The Andrew Kukes foundation for social anxiety provides professional and community education, research, on-line workshops and wellness education. I am proud to be part of their referral network of providers who works with individuals suffering from social anxiety. Visit their website for additional information at www.akfsa.org.
Yoga and Injuries
With the ever increasing popularity and participation in Yoga, injuries can and do occur. To reduce the risk of injuries, know what your limitations are, understand and share any medical conditions with the teacher, know the level of the class you are participating in, know the “style “ of yoga the class is based on, research the background of the instructor, never do a pose you are unsure of or uncomfortable with, don’t compete with other students in the class. Seek classes with a small number of students that allow greater supervision and attention by the instructor.
In most cases, a yoga “studio” will provide a better and safer experience then the local gym or health club. Check with a medical professional before engaging in yoga or any exercise program.
I have been studying yoga and yoga therapy in a serious way for six years now and can attest to its physical and mental benefits when practiced regularly with expert teachers. There are many styles of yoga but the one I practice is called Iyengar Yoga, named after its founder, B.K.S. Iyengar who just turned 95 years old. It uses various props and equipment that allows very stiff individuals like myself and those with injuries and physical limitations to practice yoga poses safely. Also, the certification process to become a Iyengar teacher is very thorough, so you can be confident in getting a teacher who knows what he or she is doing!
“A Comparison of Rational Emotive Therapy and Tibetan Buddhism: Albert Ellis and the Dalai Lama”
This article highlights some of the key similarities and some of the differences of two approaches, which provide guidelines and strategies for healthy, happy living and avoiding psychopathology. According to Ellis, “ People can acquire skills allowing them to debate their irrational thoughts and acquire a realistic view of the world.” According to the Dali Lama, a positive mental attitude is very important and makes a real difference in our state of happiness.
In my work with clients, I have attempted to blend the best of both Western and Eastern approaches to well being.
Thanksgiving is more than a day. It is not about a day off from work, great shopping deals or even spending time with loved ones. It’s an attitude, a lifestyle, a way of behaving towards yourself and others EVERY day. It’s an attitude of gratitude, and a lifestyle of treating yourself and others with kindness and respect. Create a healthy habit of giving thanks every day!
On a professional level, I give thanks to my clients who have trusted me to help them live healthier and happier lives. I thank the late Dr. Albert Ellis for inventing Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and giving me the opportunity to learn from him and the other great teachers from the Institute of Rational Emotive Therapy, now called the Albert Ellis Institute in his honor. I give thanks to Dr. Francine Shapiro for developing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and providing me with a wonderful and powerful methods for helping those suffering from trauma and post traumatic stress disorder. I give thanks to Dr. Daniel Brown who helped take my skills as a hypnotherapist to a newer and higher level. I am thankful to my yoga teacher, Colleen Gallagher for helping me integrate yoga theory and practice into my own life and to those of my clients.
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