Ask Joanna: A Therapists Advice on Saying You’ll Be Fine

When my child is anxious about an upcoming situation, I often just say, “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine.” Is there a better way to respond? It’s been a really long week and your child was invited to sleep at a friend’s house, offering you some well-needed adult time. You’ve been looking forward to this night...

Reducing Anxiety: Why I Meditate and You Should Too

When we’re anxious, our thoughts can get hijacked by the “what-ifs”, the “shoulds/coulds” and the “psychic mind readers.” It can become very easy to suddenly believe everything we’re thinking, which triggers even more worry and anxiety. By practicing meditation, however, you can become more accustomed to observing your thoughts in a non-reactive, non-judgmental sort of...