Entries by Shirley Boone-Sanford PhD

Managing Holiday Stress

The 2021 holiday season is upon us, and many of us will be gathering with our families for the first time in nearly 2 years. There is bound to be excitement for the upcoming festivities, food, and reunions, but that excitement could cause us to forget how stressful family time can truly be. Whether you’re […]


Positive affirmations are statements and phrases used to combat negative and unhelpful thoughts. In the process, you will improve your self-esteem and positive thinking by reprogramming your subconscious to let go of your negativity. Stating positive affirmations to yourself will help you improve your behavior, thinking, and/or habits. Positive affirmations are statements or phrases meant […]

Fear, Anxiety, Stress and Worry, Oh My (Part 3)

Worry is the cognitive manifestation of stress, anxiety, and fear.   Worry involves negative thinking and rumination about stress anxiety and fear.  It erodes self-confidence, damages performance, and prevents rational or logical thinking.  Challenging negative thoughts with facts and reality often robs them of their influence.  It helps to write them down and review them to […]

Fear, Anxiety, Stress and Worry, Oh My (Part 2)

Stress is the response –  cognitive, emotional, or physical – to a demand or pressure, whether it is pleasant and anticipated, or unpleasant and dreaded.  Everyday life can be stressful. The inescapable demands of school, work, and family in this digital age create ongoing life stress, not to mention the current concerns about COVID19, racial […]