Understanding Emotions

Embracing Compassion

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Ann Pardo, M.A., L.P.C., B.C.C.

There’s a scientific reason you exhibit compassion—one that explains why you can share emotions with people you don’t even know. Expressing this emotion can be harder for some people than others. Finding it difficult, however, doesn’t mean you’re completely void of compassion.

Facing Your Fears

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Ann Pardo, M.A., L.P.C., B.C.C.

Few said it better than Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.” And while that’s a powerful quote, making it a reality is far easier said than done.

Five Surprising Mood Boosters

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Ann Pardo, M.A., L.P.C., B.C.C.

No doubt you’ve experienced how a bad day can be turned around by a friend or loved one. Strong social connections can help lift a bad mood, but you may also want to consider other factors that may be influencing how you feel.

Get Inspired by Winter

Written by 
Cathy Garrard
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Ann Pardo, M.A., L.P.C., B.C.C.

Recognizing the gifts of winter can help you turn what may be a time you dread into your most empowering months of the whole year. A fresh perspective on this special season can help you celebrate it for all its worth.

Nurturing Your Self-Esteem

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Ann Pardo, M.A., L.P.C., B.C.C.

A boosted self-esteem also makes you stronger during difficult situations, building an emotional resilience that helps you better handle tough times. Learn how to give yourself this gift.

On-the-Spot Ways to Deal with Anger

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Ann Pardo, M.A., L.P.C., B.C.C.

Anger is a normal, human response. But the more it goes unchecked, the harder it can be to temper your reactions and prevent a tense situation from escalating in the future.

The Angry Brain

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Jeffrey Rossman, Ph.D.

We’ve all been there—when you’re so angry about something that it consumes you. Later you might wonder, Why did I lash out like that? If you’re lost on a concrete answer, you may be surprised by what is likely at the root of it all—your memory.

The Root of Jealousy

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Ann Pardo, M.A., L.P.C., B.C.C.

Jealousy is an emotion that can be difficult to sit with. It’s an uncomfortable feeling—one that can surface at different times and for different reasons. And for many of us, though we may recognize it when it pops up, jealousy isn’t something that’s easy to get past.

The Shades of Depression

Written by 
Teresa Dumain
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Jeffrey Rossman, Ph.D.

It’s unsettling when you just don’t feel like yourself, and while getting back there may seem impossible at first, acknowledging that what you’re feeling is more than you can handle is a good first step in doing something about it.

Your Emotional Check-Up

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Jeffrey Rossman, Ph.D.

Getting an annual physical is something many of us do without much thought. An emotional check-up is just as important, because your emotional state affects the quality of your life and your health.

Your Emotional Resilience Plan

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Jeffrey Rossman, Ph.D.

Everyone experiences the occasional slump. Your ability to bounce back has a lot to do with your emotional resilience. Just as you would put fitness knowledge into action by creating a workout program to follow, consider taking the time to write down an emotional resilience plan.