Lessening the grip of repetitive thoughts with Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory and Mindfulness.

By Nicole Urdang | April 25, 2020
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One quick way to burn yourself out is to be on red alert 24/7. A constant litany of negative thoughts, while it can seem protective, is a sure fire path to emotional and physical depletion. If you grew up in a toxic or traumatic environment it’s easy to have unconsciously developed protective parts that seek […]

Insight Timer: My Curated List Of Their Best Meditation Teachers

By Nicole Urdang | June 24, 2019
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I am a huge fan of the free app: Insight Timer. It has over 150,000 meditations. While I certainly haven’t listened to all of them, I have sampled many. With such an embarrassment of riches it’s a bit daunting to sort through them and bookmark all the ones you love. I thought it might be […]

Insomnia: Non-Drug Solutions

By Nicole Urdang | September 29, 2018
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Lately almost everyone I see in my practice complains of some insomnia. Here’s a list of everything I could conjure up to help you if you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep. PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL BEFORE USING THESE OR ANY OTHER REMEDIES, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE ON PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION, AS […]

Use Tapping (EFT) to Relieve Stress, Clear Negative Emotions & Feel Safe

By Nicole Urdang | April 22, 2017
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Have you heard about Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or Tapping? Nick and Jessica Ortner regularly host the Annual Tapping Summit which explores many different ways this method helps you deal with stress, physical issues, anxiety, grief, guilt, depression, relationships, work challenges, parenting, and trauma. All of these benefit from Tapping’s almost-immediate calming of your nervous system. It’s amazing […]

How to feel safe in the midst of suffering

By Nicole Urdang | May 31, 2016
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People are like plants: they grow toward the light. I chose science because science gave me what I needed—a home as defined in the most literal sense: a safe place to be. Hope Jahren   If you had a childhood full of drama, yelling, violence, addiction, over-controlling or neglectful parents, it can be especially difficult […]

Sitting With Discomfort

By Nicole Urdang | September 1, 2011
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I have a confession to make: I don’t believe you can feel happy 24/7, any more than you can feel anything every minute for your entire life. We are designed to feel a broad spectrum of emotions because, so far, they have kept us safe and helped perpetuate the human race. We all know how […]