Dr.Robert Heller’s Mind-Body Newsletter
“Strategies for Healthy Mind, Body and Mind”
Quote of the Month
“Channel your worry to concern and concern to action”- Dr.Robert Heller
This is one of my favorite quotes. Worry is such a waste of time and energy drain. It leads to nowhere fast. Concern is when you figure out what you are going to do about whatever it is you are worrying about. Action is your response to the initial worry. The power is in the doing!
Book of the Month
Yoga For Depression by Amy Weintraub
Amy is a yoga teacher and writer who has put together a compelling argument for incorporating yoga into the treatment of depression. She describes her own battles with depression and how yoga has helped her. In fact, many of the case studies she presents are of other well known yoga practitioners, medical doctors and researchers who have found yoga to be a major tool in their own lives to alleviate major depression. Weintraub presents a mountain of research studies to add to the evidence of yoga’s powerful effect on reducing depression. She also describes and presents several examples of specific yoga poses and practices beneficial in alleviating depression.
However, Weintraub is not talking about taking a once a week yoga class at the local Y. Rather she generally is describing a major lifestyle change that involves daily practice of breath, postures and philosophy.
Like most things in life, big problems require big changes. No easy outs or quick fixes!
Perfectionism: Your Guide to Self Defeat
Perfectionism results in setting the bar too high, well beyond you can realistically reach. Perfectionists are never satisfied with what they have achieved. It is never quite good enough. On the rare occasions that it is, they worry that they won’t be able to keep it up. These attitudes create intense and chronic pressure that can lead to overwhelming anxiety and /or depression and an assortment of physical problems such as headaches, difficulty sleeping and related physical problems.
Here is some straight thinking you can use to change your feelings and behaviors.
1. Being human means being IMPERFECT.
2. Strive to do your best and appreciate your efforts.
3. Let the results take care of themselves.
4. Making a mistake doesn’t make you stupid or a failure, just human.
5. By learning from your mistakes you are already a success.
Upcoming News and Events
It has been a busy few months of writing and a number of articles are now out or soon to be published.
“Vision Training and Sports Performance” describes how imagery and vision exercises can enhance performance in sports. This article appeared in the February edition of Baselines, the magazine of the Florida Professional Tennis Association.
My article, “Mental Skills for Coaches”, will be published in the February issue of ADDvantage Magazine, the publication of the United States Professional Tennis Association.
Finally, “How to Enjoy and Profit from Public Speaking” will be published in the newsletter of the Florida Psychological Association.
My next speaking engagement will be coming up soon. In March, I will be presenting a talk on “Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy” to the psychology interns at the Center for Group Counseling in Boca Raton, Fl.
This month’s special on the self help pocket series features a FREE guidebook with every one you buy. Check out the titles on the products section of www.cognitivetherapy.cc
Until next month…Stay well!
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