Mental Health Moment with Lori Miller

Mental Health Moment with Lori Miller

By Lori Miller
You get to have a few minutes in your busy day to shift gears and focus on your best performance. Take a moment — or even five minutes — to set yourself up for success. Join mental health professional Lori Miller as she delivers a new tip every day that you can use to reduce stress and improve your mental health!
More places to listen

More places to listen

Running to Intention - Episode 98
It's easy to make plans and draw lines in the sand with our intentions. But our world doesn't change until we start running. To move forward, we have to take action. I was confronted with that reality last week while waiting for a storm that, thankfully, never came to South Florida. But it gave me the time and space to reconsider my intentions - and resolve to run with intention.  ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:29
September 9, 2019
Wait for it.... Episode 97
Still waiting for Hurricane Dorian. 😬 It’s been quite a test for us here in South Florida. Waiting is a test on a few levels. Here are a couple of things you can gain from a season of waiting.
03:36
September 2, 2019
Facing the storm...
A few weeks ago I used an analogy from hurricane season to share some thoughts about handling anxiety. Now that Hurricane Dorian looks like a sure thing for us on the Florida coast, this message still holds up. Sometimes the thing you fear actually comes onshore. And when it does, preparation and faith take center stage. Stay safe! 😀
07:19
August 30, 2019
Silent Anger at Work - Episode 96
Most of us don't want to show our anger at work too much. You can get a reputation for being difficult. But you can show anger in less visible ways and still put yourself under a lot of stress.  Here are a few things to know about anger and how to handle it at work. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:33
August 29, 2019
Find Your Own Little Breeze - Episode 95
So yesterday I was talking about how it's okay to quit sometimes. Now today, I want you to find ways to give yourself a break and keep going. Life sure is confusing sometimes! 😂 I find inspiration everywhere, and a few years ago I found it in a simple song that helped me refocus on a bad day. Here are a few things to remember when "one of them days" blows in.  ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:59
August 28, 2019
When Is It Okay to Quit? - Episode 94
We all know that saying, "Winners never quit and quitters never win." Is that true? There are plenty of folks in history who stopped doing one thing that wasn't working for them so they could pull a lever on something that does. But  how do you know? We can get a few clues from this weekend's kerfuffle over NFL quarterback Andrew Luck. He's a quitter. For all the right reasons. Here are a few things to take away from his story.  ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
07:05
August 27, 2019
Does social media stress you out? - Episode 93
After a little more than a decade on social media, the luster has rubbed off a bit. It's become as much of a stressor as a stress reliever. Yet, we still feel obligated to keep up with it for some weird reason.  How can you find a rightful place for social media in your life? Here are a few of my thoughts. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:21
August 26, 2019
How Not to Change Your Mind - Episode 92
Changing your thoughts isn't really all that easy, is it? It takes a lot of effort to interact with your thoughts and create thinking habits that will get you where you want to go.  Here's a concept called flexible attention that lets you go straight to the actions that will help you build a healthier life. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:58
August 23, 2019
The Little Beanie That Could 🌱- Episode 91
Have you ever looked at a plant growing up through your driveway and thought, "Man, that's impressive!" It is, but not for the reasons you think. Plants understand how to use the existing structure to get where they want to go.  You can do the same in your own life.  ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:27
August 22, 2019
How do you Want to Finish? - Episode 90
What's the prize for all that you do? It feels anymore like our days are consumed by the race to achieve and just keep afloat for another day. It's easy to lose sight of the finish line you envisioned when you started this whole thing.  Here are a couple of ways to get the finish line back in your sights. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:09
August 21, 2019
How You Feel and What You Do - Episode 89
Do feelings matter the most in good mental health? Or is it more about how well we function? Well, it's both, really. But I think we place so much value on how we feel that we forget how much our behaviors contribute towards our mental health.  Here are a few ways to use behaviors to influence your feelings.  ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:15
August 20, 2019
Take Care of your Own “At-Bat” - Episode 88
Okay, I managed to go 87 episodes without bringing up baseball...until today! ⚾😀 I was hoping for a comeback win in today's Yankees game, but alas, it was not to be. But if they had pulled it out, it would have been because each player owned his turn at the plate.  You can find some parallels for this in your life outside the ballpark.  ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:35
August 19, 2019
895 Ways to Find Impact and Purpose - Episode 87
We want to have a great impact in our lives. But sometimes it's not as hard as we think. It's less about grand actions and more about just being consistent and steady in the small things.  I found some great lessons on impact and purpose in a documentary about Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:37
August 15, 2019
Handling the Small Leaks - Episode 86
Do you find yourself frustrated by the small things that pop up? Sometimes you can miss the larger things because you spend so much time taking care of the small leaks. Here's a lesson from me and my little Pony. 😀 ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:05
August 14, 2019
Your Awkward Self - Episode 85
Sometimes we think we’re the only ones who feel awkward. But it’s something we all go through. Here’s one of my own spectacular displays of awkwardness. Not only did I survive it, but it has given me something fun to look back on.
07:11
August 13, 2019
Moving to the Center of Conflict - Episode 84
We spend a lot of time avoiding conflict because we're not always sure where it might take us. But avoiding conflict keeps you stagnant and can take you right off the board.  Learn how to embrace conflict and make it work for you to create the healthy relationships you want to have. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:29
August 12, 2019
Forecasting Fear - Episode 83
Do you get caught up in the worry and fear of "what if" and "what could happen?"  To be ready for a storm, worry and fear won't cut it. Just like how your anxiety and worry don't help you live your best life now.  What red flags shouId you really pay attention to? I found a few larger life parallels from South Florida meteorology. Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:26
August 9, 2019
The Trappings of a Small Life - Episode 82
It's easy to think that what you're doing now is all you're capable of. That's how we get stuck with small visions. This episode came out of a little motivation for myself earlier this year. I'm always challenged to think bigger and more expansively, because I get so comfortable with where I'm at.  Maybe this helps you a little, too.  ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:52
August 8, 2019
Fail to plan, plan to fail, but you'll fail for sure if you don't start - Episode 81
Do you struggle to just get started on your plans? Maybe you’ve given your goals and plans a lot of thought and consideration, but you may just be missing one thing. How do you just get started?
07:27
August 7, 2019
Focus on the Nuts in Front of You - Episode 80
The effects of stress are what can sneak up on us and cause us the most grief. Research is showing just how important it is to engage in something for the sake of being in that moment.  Hear about that research, and also how I found some stress relief with an assortment of nuts.  ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:50
August 6, 2019
Power Blend: a lesson from my favorite coffee mug - Episode 79
The small stuff can take us to powerlessness in a flash. We manage so much anymore that even one unexpected event can leave us scrambling to get some control. I had a little mishap last weekend that illustrated this dynamic in my own life. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:18
August 5, 2019
The Most Wonderful Time to Have a New Year - Episode 78
The back-to-school frenzy has begun. But did you know you can model your own goals and plans around an academic year? It may be a bit more effective than setting goals right after the holidays, when we're still in sticker shock over all that spending and eating.  Here are a couple of ways to piggyback on all that energy you're spending getting your kids ready for new school adventures. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:04
August 1, 2019
What are you running from? - Episode 77
We find all kinds of ways to avoid discomfort, don't we? We're kind of wired to find ways to run away from pain and uncomfortable feelings. I don't care how early you get up in the morning to start your uber-productive day, we all fall victim to avoidant behaviors.  Learn how you can use your scary thoughts and feelings to stop running and keep moving. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:22
July 31, 2019
What Do You Want on Your Plate? - Episode 76
We've gotten pretty good about identifying priorities. But how do you know those priorities are the ones that will take you where you want to go? You need to understand your values first to know how to load your plate each day. Learn a few ways that better values can help you set your priorities and make decisions. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:53
July 29, 2019
Go ahead and Be the Square Peg - Episode 75
We spend so much of our lives trying to fit in. But there's great power in just rolling along with being that square peg. Here's a sad tale from my adolescence to illustrate this. 😂 ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:07
July 24, 2019
You might be passive aggressive... - Episode 74
 How do you know you might have some passive aggressive behaviors? The same way you know you might be a redneck. You make a list! 😂 Here's a fun and informational take on the Jeff Foxworthy classic, "You might be a redneck..." ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:39
July 23, 2019
A River Runs Through It - Episode 73
I had a bit of trouble staying focused on the present today. Even using my usual tricks to keep me relaxed, I still found the weight of the coming days bearing down on my life right now, today. Here are a couple of things that worked for me. Maybe they can help you be more mindful of your present moments. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:54
July 22, 2019
Use a Flight Checklist to Pilot the Small Stuff - Episode 72
I first discovered this idea a few years ago after reading an article by Dr. Atul Gawande in The New Yorker. I've used the concept of a flight checklist to help parents of kids with ADHD get mastery over things like remembering the backpack and finding the homework.  You can use it for grown-up stuff, too. Check out this super simple tactic for managing the small stuff to help you reduce stress. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:43
July 18, 2019
Do the Math - Episode 71
How do you stay on your path to your goals? First you have to know what you’re working towards. Where do you want to end up? You may have to run some numbers on your goals. I found some parallels for this in the series “Breaking Bad.”
05:28
July 16, 2019
Three Practical Ways to Believe in Yourself - Episode 70
So many songs and movies preach the virtues of believing in yourself. But what does believing in yourself look like? I think our idea of belief in what we can do has been a little hijacked by hero movies. Learn some practical ways to believe in yourself that doesn't require big life moments. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:25
July 16, 2019
Pear Trees in Tulsa - Episode 69
You don't know how much you've grown until you have to step up and do something useful. Here's a little lesson about growth from two little pear trees in Tulsa, OK. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:14
July 15, 2019
Find your carefree - Episode 68
What does it mean to live carefree? Is that even possible today with so much grabbing for our attention? So much of being carefree is in letting go of what's not serving you. Here's a little of my experience. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:50
July 1, 2019
Best of MHM - Stop Chewing Your Cud - Episode 15
This is one of my favorite illustrations about rumination. I love the expressions on my client’s faces when I describe their thinking patterns this way. This early episode of Mental Health Moment helps you understand just how destructive your thinking habits can be. These are my dad’s cows in this photo by the way... 🐄
03:23
June 20, 2019
Best of MHM - Don’t Hate on Anger - Episode 14
Anger is the most misunderstood emotion. We’re raised to believe it’s something we should run from. But anger can be a very powerful tool in understanding what’s important to you, and what’s causing you pain. This early episode of Mental Health Moment unpacks what lies beneath anger.
02:52
June 19, 2019
Best of MHM - Create Your Own Smell O' Vision to Manage Stress - Episode 13
Smells are powerful, one of our most heightened senses. Smell is anchored deep in our limbic system, where many of our emotions and memories live. Check out how you can use certain smells to relax you right in the middle of your day. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:54
June 18, 2019
Best of MHM - What Spoons Can Teach You About Stress
This has been one of my more popular episodes so far. I think this illustration really helps put stress and energy in perspective. How will you choose to spend your spoons today?
03:39
June 17, 2019
Best of MHM - The Miracle Question - Episode 11
Do you know what you want? If you woke up tomorrow and everything was like you wanted it to be, what would that even look like? How can you solve your problems if you don’t know what your life should look like? This early episode looks at Solution Focused Therapy in answering your miracle question.
02:28
June 14, 2019
Best of MHM - This is gratitude - Episode 10
 Gratitude is a big part of a healthy, happy life. But gratitude is more than just feeling good about what you have. Hear some interesting research about gratitude that may change your perspective. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:16
June 13, 2019
Best of MHM - What’s your Story? - Episode 9
We all have a story that we tell ourselves. You may not realize it but you’re narrating your story every day with your thoughts and perceptions. So how important is it to have the right thoughts? How can you create the story where you’re the hero? This early episode explores this with the help of a childhood literary friend.
02:56
June 12, 2019
Best of MHM - It is What it Is - Episode 8
One of the most powerful ways you can gain real control over your mental health is to practice radical acceptance. We really don’t own much, but we do have the power to decide what to let go of. In this early episode, I share a bit about this radical acceptance and why it’s so important to add this tool to your toolbox.
02:35
June 11, 2019
Best of MHM - Churning up Change - Episode 7
We can look at change as a bad thing, or we can consider it a welcome force to uncover new possibilities lying just under the surface. You can learn to create your own change and churn up your own opportunities.  In this early episode, I compared change to what a hurricane does to our shores here in South Florida.  ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
02:38
June 10, 2019
Best of MHM - Manage Stress by Living in the Present - Episode 6
Our society encourages us to think ahead, plan for the future, work towards something. The future is not where we live. It's always out there, just in front of us. The tension between where we are and where we want to be can turn into anxiety if we don't manage it. How can we just enjoy where we are? How can we enjoy the present? ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:00
June 7, 2019
Best of MHM - Five Things (and also 20 things) to Reduce Stress - Episode 5
We try to take on too much, and it keeps us from doing our best. It’s great to live in a time where we have so many options. But having too many goals can derail you. This story about Warren Buffet resonated with quite a few listeners. Here’s one way to hone in on your most important goals.
03:11
June 6, 2019
Best of MHM: Deep breathing isn't just "take a deep breath"
I've gotten a lot of feedback since this episode was first published. Many want to know how to use this simple technique to relax.  I can tell you that this is my "go-to" tactic to calm myself when things start spinning. It always works. If you want to learn more about how to practice deep breathing, visit my article, which goes into more detail. 👇 http://www.lorimiller.me/2019/02/14/deep-breathing-isnt-just-take-a-deep-breath/ ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
02:54
June 5, 2019
How to be intentional about change and transition - 📺 From YouTube
 This time of year is full of change and transition. Everyone's coming and going, and some are starting new adventures.    I reflected on a couple of years ago when everything changed all at one time for me.   It was the first time I was ever this intentional about managing myself through something.   I found out that it's possible to weather change and not let it turn you upside down!  ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:50
June 3, 2019
When Do You Know It's Time to See a Therapist? - Episode 67
 We know life can just be challenging and stressful. That's part of living in today's modern world.  You may have your stress under control now but you may need some help keeping it together. Is that serious enough for therapy? This episode gives you a few things to look for to decide if it's time to see a therapist. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:29
May 31, 2019
You Can Change Your Brain to Reduce Your Stress - Episode 66
We tend to think we are stuck with the brain we're born with. But apparently brains love to change, grow and regenerate. There is so much you can do to create new ways for your brain to help you respond to your challenges. Learn about a couple of them in today's episode. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:35
May 30, 2019
What is self-care, really? - Episode 65
Healthy self-care is a key part of good mental health. But what does self-care look like for you? Is it an event you schedule when life overwhelms you? Or is it a daily practice that lets you invest in and care for yourself? Here are a few ways to understand how self-care can fit into your crazy, busy life. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:48
May 29, 2019
How to Stay Focused During the Summer Season - Episode 64
 The summer season brings fun and relaxation. We welcome the change in routine and can't wait to kick it in low gear. But we feel pressure to perform at high levels in spite of the change the summer season brings. Here are some ways to have a productive summer while keeping your expectations manageable. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:46
May 28, 2019
Mental Health Moment - Summer Beach Edition 🏖
It's Saturday! Here's a little inspiration from one of my favorite beaches in South Florida.
02:20
May 25, 2019
Face your Problems by Taking the Next Step - Episode 63
The answer to solving your problems isn't actually solving your problems. 😳 The answer lies in just focusing on taking the next step.  Your success in therapy or personal development is more about trusting yourself to take a whole bunch of brave little steps on your path. Learn how to find that path. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:47
May 24, 2019
How to Regulate your Emotions When Under Stress - Episode 62
How do you regulate your emotions when you feel like everything is bearing down on you? How can you set yourself up to respond to your emotions in a healthy way? There's no one answer but here are a few ways that will set you up to regulate your emotions on those stressful days. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:14
May 23, 2019
The Difference Between Thoughts and Feelings - Episode 61
How can you tell the difference between thoughts and feelings? It starts with the way you use the word "feel" when describing what's happening around you. Reframing your thoughts starts with identifying your emotions. Learn how pumpkin lattes can help you discover the difference. ☕❤ ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:41
May 22, 2019
Why You Should Identify Your Feelings - Episode 60
Have you had those moments when you can't quite put words to what you're feeling? You may not have a well developed emotional vocabulary. Part of handling your emotions is to know what those emotions are to start with. Here are some ways to identify your feelings and improve your emotional language. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:49
May 21, 2019
Are Strong Emotions Bad For You? - Episode 59
Did you grow up thinking your strong emotions are bad for you? We get the message early on that emotions are either bad or good. This is mostly based on what we do with those emotions.  It's easy to avoid emotions that make us uncomfortable because we don't think they have a role to play in our lives. But emotions, especially powerful emotions, can tell us a lot about ourselves.  Learn how to let all your emotions find their natural place in your life. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:26
May 20, 2019
The Gopher Tortoise Dilemma - 📺 From YouTube
  Why did the turtle cross the road? 🐢 😜 Like the chicken, he was trying to get to the other side. But turtles don't move nearly as fast as chickens. 🐔   So the bigger question is, What is the turtle supposed to do when he gets stuck in the middle of the road?  He does have some options.   Here's a little life lesson from a Florida gopher tortoise and his dilemma in the middle of a busy road. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:36
May 18, 2019
Finding Meaning and Purpose through Resilience - Episode 58
Meaning and purpose isn't an event you work toward in your life. You create it every day with those around you. Tapping into your strengths and looking forward -- the ingredients for resilience -- frees you up to settle in to your purpose by doing what you do best. This is the final installment in my series on resilience. You can catch the previous episodes here on this podcast platform, or on mymentalhealthmoment.com. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:16
May 17, 2019
Use Power and Confidence to Build Resilience - Episode 57
Resilience is all about finding your strengths and using them as power to move you forward. You can use power and confidence to build resilience. We get a little confused by personal power and confidence. We think they're emotions. And neither of them are things you're born with. Action always precedes power and confidence. That's where you build the courage to put yourself out there. Learn how that can play out in your own life by listening to the fourth episode in my series on resilience. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:33
May 16, 2019
Get What you Want Without Feeling Entitled - Episode 56
 You know you can't always get what you want, the Rolling Stones told you that. But when when entitlement sets in, it's easy to focus on what you're not getting. Maybe you don't think entitlement is a problem for you. That's for celebrities or younger people, you might think. I used to think that, too. But when I looked over some of my more stressful times, I realized that one common theme was always in play: Why can't I get what I deserve? If you are focused more on how to get what you deserve, instead of how you're moving forward, you might be swimming in some entitlement waters. Feeling entitled can take away your ability to stay resilient to stress because it removes your power to change your situation. Learn a few ways to get yourself out of those choppy waters. ________________ Don't miss another episode! Make sure you subscribe by hitting the button up above. 👆 Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:01
May 15, 2019
Hang on to Your Handle Bars to Deal with Change at Work - Episode 55
Change at work has become the new normal. You can fight it, or you can figure out where your power lies in the midst of change.  Part of being resilient is knowing what you can hang on to to get through change. In this episode I share a story from the fifth grade to illustrate how you can find resilience in the midst of change. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:45
May 14, 2019
Practice Building Resilience to Fight Stress and Find Opportunity - Episode 54
Building resilience isn't just something that happens after you go through something challenging. You can build resilience every day. It's a skill, a habit that will help you weather whatever comes your way. In this episode, learn how you can focus on building resilience for creating a buffer against the stress of change and find opportunities to feel more powerful. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:18
May 13, 2019
Dig Right Where You Are - Episode 53
 A trip to the beach earlier this week had me thinking about opportunity and childlike wonder. If you're a kid, there's not much else to do at the beach besides dig in the sand. It's where you can create whatever you want, or just see how far you can dig.  How do we rediscover some of that same curiosity in pursuing what we want?  ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:07
May 10, 2019
How to Stay Flexible When you Feel Like you Might Snap - Episode 52
This episode is where architecture, physics and mental health come together. 😂 The ability to stay flexible isn't just about stretching and letting life contort you in fourteen ways.  If you want to be able to bend and flex with what comes your way, you have to learn how to keep things balanced, too. Here are a few ways I've learned to stay flexible. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:15
May 9, 2019
Stop Howling and Start Moving - Episode 51
I love the story of the old dog on the front porch. I think it illustrates the place most of us are familiar with at some point in our journey. What changes will you make to stop your pain and start moving in a new direction?
02:50
May 8, 2019
How to Worry Less and Figure Out What to Let Go Of - Episode 50
 Worry always seems to be with us. I hear from people every day who ask me how they can simply worry less. There's no magic technique, I'm afraid. Worry is a hard habit to break, and you might wish you could just let go of it like a red balloon at the fair. But part of working to figure out what to let go of is to know what healthy things can replace your worry. I have a little exercise here that might help you. It includes a Worry Less Action Plan downloadable exercise you can work through over the next few days.  This episode will take you through the exercise. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
08:03
May 7, 2019
How to Handle Sensory Overload at Work - Episode 49
We take in so much at work through our senses. At times it can feel like too much. Other times, we don’t notice how these sounds, sights, smells and touch are affecting our stress levels.  Learn a few ways to identify these sensations and how to manage them to reduce anxiety and stress. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:46
May 6, 2019
Play the Long Game to Manage Your Energy - Episode 48
Earlier this week I experienced a stressful day that kind of drained me. When I worked backwards, I saw a few places where I could have intervened to help myself.  Hear some of my own solutions for being intentional with stress at work.  ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:50
May 2, 2019
How to Feel Better About Speaking up for Yourself - Episode 47
Speaking up for yourself helps you get what you need. But that can be scary if you're not sure how to go about it. You don't want to seem like you're always the one with an ax to grind, right? You can use "I statements" to help you find the courage to speak up. Learn a little formula for speaking up for yourself in this episode. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:48
May 1, 2019
Commit to Small Changes to Keep it Real - Episode 46
I read a terrific book this weekend that helped give me some practical tips on starting a solid writing process. One of the principles was called "Inflating the Investment." I saw some parallels with this principle and how we like to manage our mental health. Learn a little more about "Inflating the Investment" and how to keep it at bay in your life. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:40
April 29, 2019
The Best Way to Change Others - Episode 45
You know full well you can’t change what others do. But it’s hard to live this out in real life. Instead of worrying about whether or not others are changing, you’ll feel less stress and anxiety if you focus on what you can change about you.  Learn a few ways this might show up in your life. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:13
April 26, 2019
Get Unstuck and Focus on What's Ahead - Episode 44
These are the very questions I pull out of my own stress toolbox on the days when I feel overwhelmed. It helps me right the ship a bit and figure out where the heck I’m going. 😀  I've found that for me, this is the best way to get unstuck because it forces me in to action. I hope they’re helpful for you! ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
02:20
April 25, 2019
Don't be Afraid to Just Scrape Off Some Paint - Episode 43
Today's episode is inspired by a quote from the unmatchable Bob Ross. There are so many good words to live by in his show, "The Joy of Painting."  Learn why scraping off some paint isn't such a bad idea. It just might help you get where you  need to go. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:10
April 24, 2019
How Obedience to the Process Can Free You Up - Episode 42
We don't use the word obedience too much these days. It's not a word that demonstrates power and mastery.  But obedience is the main driver behind anything you do. In order to see real change you have to submit yourself to a process that will get you moving. In this episode, learn three ways to make obedience work for you.  ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
06:13
April 23, 2019
Series Recap: Cognitive Distortions
Where to find all the episodes in last week’s series on thinking errors. 😀
01:21
April 22, 2019
How Labeling Keeps you From Change and Growth - Episode 41
Labeling is the final cognitive distortion we’re looking at this week. This thinking error has a very narrow focus and keeps you from exploring the possibilities that will help you grow.  Learn more about how labeling yourself and others can keep you from progress and cause more stress. ________________ Check out the Mental Health Moment on Alexa, too!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:58
April 19, 2019
Don't Make it Personal - Episode 40
 Do you find yourself thinking you are the reason for everyone's actions? Personalization is an easy thinking error to slip into. We don't need any help to focus on ourselves and make it personal. But when you do that first, instead of considering other reasons for how people behave, you might need to make things a little less about you. In today's episode we take a closer look at personalization. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:19
April 18, 2019
Stop Predicting the End of the World - Episode 39
Catastrophizing is a common thinking error. It’s easier to predict the end of the world than find a workable solution. But catastrophizing leaves you hanging out there with no where to go. In this episode, learn some ways to counter catastrophic thinking.
04:43
April 17, 2019
Two Ways Thinking Goes Wrong - Episode 38
In this episode we continue to look at cognitive distortions, thinking errors that keep us from getting where we want to go. Today we look at "All or Nothing Thinking" and "Emotional Reasoning."  Learn how to reign in your thinking so you can get to creating solutions. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:42
April 16, 2019
How Do You See Your World? - Episode 37
Our experiences help us form rules about the way life works for us. But it's easy to get a distorted vision of life that keeps you stressed out.  Over the next few days, I'll be unpacking some common thinking errors that may be adding to your stress. Learn what to look for in this episode. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:45
April 15, 2019
Make Peace With the Plateau - Episode 36
A little encouragement as you go into the weekend. Sometimes life seems to level out and it’s hard to see how far you’ve come. You might be on a plateau right now but your curve is getting ready to move up! Have a great weekend! ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
02:57
April 12, 2019
Simple ways to feel less disengaged at work - Episode 35
It’s easy to start feeling disconnected from your work. There’s so much going on at work that takes our focus and concentration away from what we do best. All that can add up to real stress.  Here are a few simple ways to reconnect with your work. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:53
April 11, 2019
How to Get Going When You're Not Feeling It - Episode 34
Some days just make you feel kind of done. You may have low energy and your mood is tanked. So you just sit still. That's okay.  But when it stretches into longer days, it might be time to try to activate yourself. Learn how behavioral activation can help you get going. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:32
April 10, 2019
Make Sleep the Most Important Stop of Your Day - Episode 33
Your brain starts its real work of the day when you finally give it up and go to sleep. It functions a bit like a pit crew in a race. It knows exactly what to do and gets started the minute you pull off the road. Learn why sleep should be the most important pit stop you make today.
04:47
April 9, 2019
Write Yourself a Nature Prescription for Stress - Episode 32
Nature can be a key part of your stress toolkit. It turns out that being in nature has some quantifiable effects on your body.  Learn how nature can help ease the effects of stress and anxiety. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:33
April 8, 2019
Make Your Weekend Count With a Vacation Mindset - Episode 31
It's easy to let the weekend become another couple of days to get more accomplished. How can you make those two precious days truly help you recharge and refresh your outlook? Here's some research that found an interesting practice that can boost your weekend. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
04:51
April 5, 2019
Use Discipline to Find Inspiration - Episode 30
How do you find inspiration on the days when you're not feeling inspired? Many times we rely on external things to pump us up for our day.  But inspiration comes after the work. Disciplined action always precedes motivation.  Learn where to place your focus so you can inspire yourself. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:04
April 4, 2019
How Writing Helps You Find Solutions in Your Stress - Episode 29
Writing is a pretty basic tool to express emotions and discover new insights. But writing can also help you gather the data you need to generate solutions. Maybe you don't consider yourself a writer, but you can use this powerful skill in a strategic way to hone in on what you want to see change in your life. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:17
April 3, 2019
Five Ways Anxiety Shows Up in Your Life - Episode 28
If you've ever had a panic attack then you know what anxiety feels like for sure. But you can experience anxiety in some different ways that are more subtle.  Learn some undercover symptoms of stress and how you can learn to manage them. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:56
April 2, 2019
How to Stop Playing the Tapes in Your Head - Episode 27
Do you replay your day over and over again in your head? Do you overthink your mistakes? Looking back on the day to try to learn from it is one thing. But using it to beat yourself up isn't cool. Learn how to stop playing the tapes back in your head.  ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:40
April 1, 2019
How to Be a Good Listener - Episode 26
Being a good listener is important in your relationships in all areas of life -- at home, at work, and at school. But being a good listener isn't just keeping quiet when others are talking. There's so much more to it.  It's not that hard to be a good listener. Try these skills to improve your listening game.  ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:27
March 28, 2019
Reduce stress in four quick ways right now - Episode 25
Some days can leave you feeling so stressed out. How can you take some of the heat out of the day so you can keep going? Here are four quick ideas you can try right now. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:05
March 27, 2019
What Do You Think People Think About You? - Episode 24
Why do we worry what people think of us? Do we even know what they're really thinking? Here's a way to let go of getting bothered by what other people think of you. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:11
March 26, 2019
Pay Attention to What You Pay Attention to - Episode 23
Do you know what influences  you? Everything you take in today -- at work, at home, on your commute -- influences how you feel about yourself and your role in your world. Here's an easy way to have more control over those influences. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:08
March 25, 2019
How to Survive Winter at the Zoo - Episode 22
You can always be sure that seasons will be part of life. But what do you do in a season you didn't expect? Hear a couple of lessons I picked up from a trip to the Bronx Zoo.  ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
05:23
March 19, 2019
What's Keeping You Crazy Busy? - Episode 21
If we're not careful, we can let "crazy busy" define us. And we can use crazy busy to keep us from making better decisions for our life. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
02:45
March 17, 2019
Just Keep Throwing Your Line - Episode 20
Last year I went on a fishing trip to Missouri. While casting and casting and casting....I discovered some lessons for managing life.  ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
01:58
March 14, 2019
Keep. It. Simple. - Episode 19
Simplicity always wins the day.  Your greatest successes will come because you had a simple plan in place and you followed it. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
01:42
March 13, 2019
Why TV Reruns Make Us Feel Good
Do you ever wonder why you keep watching the same episodes of your favorite show? It's totally okay and it turns out there's a bit of science behind it.  Hat tip to this article for inspiring this Mental Health Moment:   https://www.huffpost.com/entry/why-we-love-rewatching-shows_n_566b102fe4b0f290e522fd95. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
02:01
March 12, 2019
The Curious Way to Reduce Stress - Episode 17
How often do we take everything we see and hear at face value without even being curious if it's true? Learn how you can use curiosity to empower yourself to challenge the things that stress you out. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:14
March 11, 2019
An Anxiety Roadmap for Your Day - Episode 16
Even though your anxiety may try to run you off the road from the minute you wake up, you can be in the driver's seat before you get out of bed. You just need a roadmap to help you get started.  ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:30
March 8, 2019
Stop Chewing Your Cud - Episode 15
Rumination is a nasty mental habit that keeps you stuck and sends your mood spiraling down. Learn more about rumination and how to tackle it. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:07
March 7, 2019
Don't Hate on Anger - Episode 14
Could your anger be telling you something? We tend to think of anger as a bad emotion and something to be avoided. But anger can be an indicator of what's not working for you. You can learn from your anger and use it to discover what you need to work on.  ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
02:36
March 6, 2019
Create Your Own Smell O' Vision to Manage Stress - Episode 13
Our sense of smell doesn't get a fair shake when it comes to managing stress. Smells are all around us and can trigger some very interesting responses. Here's how to use smells to purposefully manage your stress.  ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:38
March 5, 2019
What Spoons Can Teach You About Stress - Episode 12
Sometimes we just have too much on our plates. There's constant tension between what we need to do and what we have the energy for.  Learn how an approach for chronic illness can help you manage your energy and stress. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:23
March 4, 2019
The Miracle Question - Episode 11
Have you ever thought about your life with no problems? Do you even know what that might look like? Ask yourself this simple question to start figuring out what you really want. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
02:13
March 2, 2019
This is Gratitude - Episode 10
Gratitude is a big part of a healthy, happy life. But gratitude is more than just feeling good about what you have. Learn how you can use gratitude to help others, and help yourself in return. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
03:00
February 28, 2019
What's Your Story? - Episode 9
Do you know your story? How can you know your story if you haven't left yourself any clues? Learn how childhood supersleuth Encyclopedia Brown can help you create a powerful narrative for yourself.  ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
02:40
February 27, 2019
It is what it is - Episode 8
Where you are now is where you  are now. You know that. Now how do you deal with it? ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
02:19
February 26, 2019
Churning Up Change - Episode 7
Nothing good happens without something changing first. Change, on your own terms, can create new opportunities. Don't be afraid to be the instigator of your own change. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
02:22
February 21, 2019
Manage Stress by Living in the Present - Episode 6
So many of our anxious and depressive thoughts stem from focusing on some ambiguous future moment that will make us happy.  What are some practical ways to appreciate the present moment you have right now? ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
02:44
February 20, 2019
Five Things (and also 20 things) to Reduce Stress - Episode 5
Warren Buffet knows a thing or two about achieving goals. Hear the story of how he decides what gets his attention, and how it can help you lighten your load. ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
02:56
February 18, 2019
Deep Breathing Isn't Just "Take a Deep Breath" - Episode 4
 Deep breathing isn't just breathing deeper, as crazy as that sounds. There's a specific technique that allows you to use your breath to actually change how your body responds to stress.  ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
02:38
February 16, 2019
Don't Stress Exercise - Episode 3
How do you make exercise work for you in spite of all the craziness around you? Don’t stress it. Just move! ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
02:12
February 15, 2019
Sticky Note Wins the Day - Episode 2
Here’s a quick way to set yourself up to find your wins for the day. And it uses an old-school office favorite - the sticky note! ________________ Check out the Mental Moment on Alexa and Google Home!  For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit www.lorimiller.me. 
01:41
February 14, 2019
Ep. 1 - What is a mental health moment?
An introduction to Lori’s new podcast.
01:37
February 10, 2019
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