Dr. Barbara Collins | Mental Health
Dr. Barbara Collins is a midlife transition expert.
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Mental Health

  There are certain days when stress makes you feel like a "hot mess" and frustrated. You feel frustrated not knowing how to feel better. Creating simple and pleasurable experiences relieves stress and feels empowering because you control what makes you feel good. Knowing who you...

  Thoughts matter getting older. Greek philosopher Marcus Aurelius quotation “Our life is what our thoughts make it” is on my bathroom sink. Gratitude, peace, and fulfillment are thoughts to create a meaningful life. Notes in a gratitude journal is a reminder to live a meaningful life....

Mindful Meditation created a life that lessens stress in my What Now? In 1995, I went on a quest to find a meditation practice. I resisted meditation due to the perception that meditation is a religion, and you have to sit for a long time....

Dear Friends, What was your guess, 50, 60? I read an article written by Sarah Boseley, in The Guardian, Jan 5, 2012,“Memory loss can begin at age 45, scientist says.”  The article focused on the Whitehall II study that released scientific evidence that memory loss begins at...

What was the best compliment you ever received? Why is this question good for our health? “What is the best compliment you received?”, Is a question not typically asked in conversations? I’ve asked women this question in many seminars for the past twenty years. Noticeably, there...

  Getting Older “Play to Your Strengths –Something that challenges you a bit” Dr. Brenda Milner, Neuroscientist I was thrilled to read an article, by Sari Harrar, in the October issue AARP Bulletin. Harrar, interviewed Dr. Brenda Milner, pioneer neuroscientist, whose groundbreaking research helped to unlock the...

My mother and both grandmothers were major influences to create a meaningful life while getting older. Living unique lives with faith in God helped me imagine a life worth living. Mother received her Master's Degree in Gerontology at age 60. She was Director of a Senior...

  For many of my blog subscribers, summer is almost over.  I hope summer met your expectations spending quality time doing what you love.  My trip to Israel with my daughter was one of the most amazing experiences. Israel opened my eyes to another part of...

Friends in our past can slip away while getting older. Life kicks in and memories about old friends may fade away. Maybe you remember how your friend supported you during a tough time. Or you recall someone that always made you laugh. Sometimes a reason...

Dear Friends, I was shopping at Wegman’s yes, I admit my favorite food store. A woman was reaching for an air freshner. All of a sudden the entire shelf of air fresheners came tumbling down. She laughed watching them fall all over the floor. While picking...

Decreasing stress during these uncertain times is critical for good health. Stress is linked to major illnesses, heart disease, cancer, and depression.One of the ways I relieve stress is by creating a "Personal Board of Directors" (PBOD). My PBOD are people that play a significant role...

I did not write my blog for December because I wanted to take a break from any external chatter like smart phones, Facebook, texting, and TV shows that didn’t comfort me. I needed to rest my brain from all incoming information. I remember an idea that...

Not long ago in the airport, while waiting for my flight, I overheard a conversation between two women seated next to me. One woman was looking through a magazine and commenting on how all these new face lift procedures are very intimidating. She was trying...

I met a lovely lady while eating dinner in Hilton Head, S.C. Waiting for our dinner we shared a few thoughts about getting older. Before she left the restaurant she put this note in my hand, “Growing old is natural. Growing up is spiritual.“ I...

Retirement: time to relax, rest, pursue new hobbies, travel and potentially, argue! Argue? Perhaps, arguing during retirement seems far-fetched to you? However, married couples have different expectations as they face retirement which can lead to tension. Many things change; identities are shifted; work life is...

I recently went to Harlem, New York, to see the wonderful musical, “Alive! 55+ and Kickin” performed at the Dempsey Theater. The play is a musical conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro. I was thoroughly entertained and inspired! In April, 60 Minutes aired...

“Strong Like Bull” is a diverse, aging, funny, and active group of friends that meet at our local Y. We move our bodies, well, any part of our body that is willing to participate. There is no scheduled time to meet. It’s great when two...

One day I was waiting in line at the Post Office. The line was so long, I was tired and stressed out. I wanted to just leave, but I needed to get an important document in the mail. I thought, "This is not working for...