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Resolving to Change: How to Ensure a Successful New Year’s Resolution

I’ve been making New Year’s resolutions for almost 10 years now and have never managed to follow through in making any of them a reality. I try to keep them realistic, like losing a few pounds each month or saving a couple of hundred dollars here and there to purchase a new car. A few weeks into every new year, though, I end up giving up because I just can’t seem to find the willpower, time or strength to see my resolutions to the end. Is there anything I can do or keep in mind that can make my resolutions...

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Keeping it Together: How to Go About Dealing with the Stress of Final Exams

I’m an absolute nervous wreck. I’m taking four classes this term and exams for each are coming up next week. I’ll admit, I’m a procrastinator. Not once throughout the term have I gone through my notes or studied. During regular testing, I always waited until the night before to go over the material. Luckily, I’ve passed all of my tests, but barely. The final exams are entirely different. I’ll have to go over ALL of the material we’ve gone through since August and I’m feeling extremely overwhelmed. I regret waiting until the last minute, and it’s my own fault if...

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Small Acts: How Kindness Can Help Brighten Anyone’s Day

To say I had a bad day is an understatement. First, I forgot to set my alarm, which made me late for class, then I got a flat and I couldn’t find the jack! Now I need to pay for towing and a replacement. To top it all off, the electricity in my apartment complex went out, making it impossible to do homework. Lucky for me, my friend Steve offered to let me stay at his place so I could use his Internet and complete my assignments. Then he treated me to dinner since he was aware of how rough...

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It’s Just a Game: A Look at How Sports Affect Fan Behavior

My husband is a huge fan of baseball. Although he enjoys the game in general, the Tampa Bay Rays are by far his favorite team. He lives and breathes anything that has to do with them. He follows them on social media and never misses one of their games. This is fine with me, but sometimes I notice he gets extremely competitive and defensive when they aren’t doing well. Just the other day, he got into a heated discussion with his brother about the team not doing well this season. It got so bad that he started shouting. Whenever we...

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5 Ways to Reduce Everyday Stress with Your Smartphone

Over the last few years, smartphones have become a staple of our daily lives. We use them to stay connected with our friends and family, organize our days and even pass the time when boredom strikes. Our smartphones undoubtedly have many uses, but wouldn’t it be great if we could also use them to reduce stress? After all, our everyday lives can be overcome with pressure more often than we’d like. The good news is that Rice Psychology Group has five helpful ways to reduce your stress with the help of your handy smartphone. Stress can spin your life out of...

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Pokémon: GO Socialize!

I promise you I hadn’t seen him do something like that in so long! You know how teenagers are, they come home from school, get on the computer and that’s it! Well last week, after dinner, he grabbed his phone and told me he was going to the park. Now, I know he has friends, but they’re just as shy as he is; I assumed something was up. He came back a couple of hours later with a huge smile on his face and I immediately got suspicious. That’s when I decided to ask him what was going on. He...

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Keep Calm and Color On

By Elaine Spencer, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist   I walked into Michaels Craft store the other day and was pleasantly surprised to see the front display was advertising coloring books for adults and I thought to myself, “Wow! Coloring really is the new craze!” So What is This New Coloring Phenomenon All About? The simple answer is that coloring can actually be therapeutic.  If you were like me as a child, you spent hours with your coloring books and your parents probably thought you enjoyed coloring because ‘that’s what kids do’.  We now know that children are on to something because not only is coloring...

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The Zen Approach to Treating Mental Health

By Megan Sutsko, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist Close your eyes.  Focus your attention on your breath.  Follow your breath in.  Notice the tiny pause between inhale and exhale.  Follow your breath out.  Try to clear your mind of thoughts and tune in only to the sensation of your breath flowing in and out.  Stay in the moment… Meditation, the act of quieting the mind, can be an invaluable tool for mental and physical health. It is taught by yoga instructors, Buddhist zen masters, and even psychologists.  This ancient Eastern technique is finding increasing acceptance in the Western world. According to Swami Rama “Meditation is a...

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The Magic of Teams – A Place for Everyone

By Wendy Rice, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist 'Tis the season for trying out and participating in new or familiar sports and activities. I am a horseback rider and while it is my therapy, my love and my sport – it is also my arena for competition. Riding is an individual sport that allows for competition from the most basic beginner levels (for adults and children) through national, international and Olympic levels.  Interestingly though, when I compete, I am also very much part of a team. I cheer on my barn-mates, even when I am competing directly against them; and they do the...

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Taking Measures: Do Noncognitive Skills Affect Social and Academic Success?

Leading experts in the field of education have long claimed that noncognitive skills, such as motivation, grit and mindset, play an important role in social and academic success. Now, a leading federal testing program in America is preparing to take a look at how these factors affect our nation’s children and their development. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) will include gages of these noncognitive factors in their background information tests starting in 2017. Your child’s development is our biggest goal. Contact Rice Psychology to schedule your appointment today. Sensible Crafting According to researchers from the Educational Testing Service, the NAEP background...

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