Welcome

Counseling Practice of

Jessica Loftus, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

National Certified Career Counselor

(708) 448-1306

jesiphd@gmail.com

 

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In light of the coronavirus (COV-19),

I am offering telehealth sessions via Doxy.me, a simple online video health tool that is HIPAA compliant. Please call or email me to request an appointment and simple instructions. Once social distance bans are lifted, precautionary procedures will be used to suit your individual needs.

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Pet Ways to Ease Stress

Prominent members of the pet community share their insights on easing stress in this blog (link below) which is listed on PsychCentral.com.

Pet Ways to Ease Stress

Easy Ways to Ease Stress

Practice these tried-and-true tips to ease stress. 

Breathe deeply and slowly for one minute.

Try doing the unpleasant task for only five minutes. Stop after five minutes if necessary. However, you will often find that you are motivated to finish the task.

Affirm that I will not “should” on myself today. Shoulds put unnecessary pressure on us.  Instead, strive to make a good effort.

Imagine a white light filling you with peace.

Try aromatherapy using lavender essential oil.

Listen to soothing music (like Native-American flute)

Pamper yourself with a bubble bath or massage.

Savor a favorite food slowly and mindfully.

Get moving. Only a few minutes will boost mood.

Worry well.  Focus on what is in your control.

Consider forgiving someone who has hurt you. Prepare a list of reasons.

Limit Screen time. Avoid screens for at least 30 minutes before bedtime. 

Write down 3 things for which you are grateful.

What to do Instead

 

What to do Instead

Say things unsaid

Bake wholesome bread

Clear well your head

Cry tears unshed

Rest plenty in bed

Tend the homestead

Hear talks by Ted

Savor books unread

Allow creativity to spread

Laugh till you’re red  

Play with Mr. Potato Head

On gratitude be fed

Through God be led