Be Your Own Valentine

February 14, 2017By The Calli Institute

The original meaning of Valentine’s Day has nothing to do with the now traditional customs of sending flowers, cards and candy. It had more to do with an early saint called Valentinus who was imprisoned and tortured. The history behind this day is an interesting read but not exactly the stuff of Hallmark and Godiva … Read More

Vulnerability Resolution

January 24, 2017By The Calli Institute

January, a time when most of us look for new beginnings. A time when we reflect upon the past year and resolve to change some aspect of our lives. In fact, according to statisticbrain.com, typically 41% of Americans make a New Year’s Resolution. The most common resolutions are: lose weight get healthy quit smoking/drinking exercise … Read More

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2017By The Calli Institute

Happy New Year! Here we are again, wrapping up another trip around the sun. As with any year, 2016 brought moments of happiness, hope and peace, along with violence and tragedy. This past year has been a bit of a bumpy ride for many, likely changing each of us, even if just a little bit. … Read More

Celebrate Tolerance

December 13, 2016By The Calli Institute

Growing up in a Jewish family in the 60’s meant that I primarily knew about Jewish holidays and customs. Our new year came in the fall. We had Hanukkah, not Christmas, and our traditional meals involved family jokes and TMI.  I had limited exposure to other cultures, as the suburban school I attended was not … Read More

The Power of Gratitude

November 24, 2016By The Calli Institute

The time of year we focus on being thankful has settled upon us.  Have you thought lately about what you are grateful for?  Do you know why this exercise so important?  Because it reminds us that there are positives in this world even in the face of adversity.  When we focus our attention on what … Read More

Stress, Anxiety, and the Holidays

November 9, 2016By The Calli Institute

The holiday season can be a time of joyful celebrations, thoughtful gifts, and family traditions. Homes are filled with beautiful holiday decorations, the delicious aromas of favorite baked goods, and cheerful songs. But the holiday season can also mean long travel delays, crowded stores, financial worries, family disputes, and over scheduling. What is meant to … Read More

Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 11, 2016By The Calli Institute

Each year, the first full week of October is dedicated to Mental Illness Awareness by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The event falls on October 2 through October 8 this year. During that time and throughout October, NAMI and nearly 1,000 state organizations and NAMI affiliates will raise awareness of mental illness by … Read More

Quit the Need For a Vacation From Your Vacation

July 19, 2016By The Calli Institute

Here we are, just past the middle of summer.  Tis the time of year many of us go on vacation.  Ahhhh, vacation.  Something we look forward to, plan for and possibly lose sleep over as we excitedly anticipate what adventure may ensue or the mere idea of sitting back and letting go of our everyday … Read More

“Would it Help?”

May 31, 2016By The Calli Institute

I have not seen the movie Bridge of Spies, but recently a patient told me about the film because it contains one of the greatest quotes of all times, “Would it help?”  You may be asking, “What’s so great about that?”  Well, this query seemed to be the cure for my patient’s struggle with anxiety … Read More

Change…Be in Charge of the Process

March 29, 2016By The Calli Institute

If you are reading this, chances are either you or someone you know is involved in . This means that change is somewhere on your radar. Change can be a scary thing.  We are indeed creatures of habit, where the inevitable act of doing something different and embracing change can make us feel nervous. Alongside … Read More