Stress Can Hijack Your Brain

You slept well, you’re getting ready for work, and then… you find a little surprise your dog left for you on the bathroom floor, your kids start bickering, you spill something on your shirt and have to change so now… Read more »

Halloween: Fun or Fearful?

Halloween is coming up, and people across the country are getting ready for the delicious thrill of creepy costumes, the sugar rush of Trick or Treat candy, and the sense of freedom produced by masks that hide our true identities…. Read more »

Outside the Box? What Box?

In 1954, Roger Bannister first ran a mile in four minutes — about 15 miles an hour. Before that time, no one had ever run that fast. Now, it’s considered a standard for male distance runners. That’s right. Before 1954,… Read more »

Taking Criticism Well

There are two places where you’re likely to experience criticism: first, in a room with someone who is criticizing you; second, in your mind after the criticism takes place, maybe over and over for an extended period of time. “I… Read more »

Is a Positive Attitude Enough?

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England during the war years of the 20th century, is known for his encouraging statements: “I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.” “A pessimist sees the difficulty in… Read more »

Relaxation and Sports

You practice your sport to make sure that your body is in top form and your skills are the best they can be. Did you know that you should also practice relaxation? It’s easy to get overstimulated, overstressed, and overwhelmed,… Read more »

Sports Parents — Are You That Guy?

Emergency room physician and author Dr. Louis M. Profeta wrote about some of the interactions he had experienced with parents in the ER. “When I inform you as a parent that your child has just ruptured their ACL ligament or… Read more »

The Unexamined Life

Socrates famously said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Looking back on our lives can show patterns in our choices. The times we wanted to speak up but didn’t. The times we decided to do something just once more…. Read more »

Can PCA Help With Personal Growth?

“Personal growth.” It sounds so… personal. Like you should be able to do it all by yourself with the help of a couple of inspirational quotes or a self-help book. But sometimes having an objective helper can make your own… Read more »

A Climber’s Guide to Mental Blocks

photo: Gideon Haden

Rock climbing is gaining in popularity, and thanks to high profile climbers like Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, and Kevin Jorgeson, climbing is becoming a spectator sport. Spectators focus on the physical aspect of climbing. They might see a professional climber… Read more »