Deanna Pledge, Ph.D.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2017

Tags: Relationships, Mind/Body Connection, Stress Reduction, Social Support, Exercise, Healthy Body & Mind

Today is a day to cherish all those relationships that are important in our lives. Studies and anecdotal data have long supported the critical role that close relationships play in enhancing the quality of our lives, even contributing to the ability to live longer! The impact of stress is reduced by socializing with others. (more…)

New Year's Resolutions?

January 1, 2017

Tags: New Year’s resolutions, change, small successes, choices, awareness

New year, new you? Many people make New Year’s resolutions; however end up feeling disappointed soon after New Year’s Day. The key to lasting change is to make small goals that will build over time that help you maintain the change. For most people, maintaining the new behavior long enough to make (more…)

Holiday Stress

December 15, 2016

Tags: holidays, stress, “shoulds, ” priorities, self-care

The holidays can be such a special and stressful time. Unfortunately the stress often tips the balance, making it hard to enjoy special events and people. Try paring down your list of “should” to help you be in the moment and freely experience the holidays. Changing one thing can produce major results. Maybe you (more…)

Thankfulness in Everyday Life

November 29, 2016

Tags: thankfulness, mindfulness, anxiety, stress management

Now that we have officially recovered from Thanksgiving, it’s time to settle back into normal routines. I would like to challenge you to include extending the themes of simple gratitude and thankfulness for the people and pleasures of daily life as part of your routine. What did you find yourself feeling thankful about during the recent holidays?

Although uncertainty abounds in our lives, how you choose to focus your attention can help you manage anxiety and uncertainty. (more…)

Fall Nights

October 7, 2016

Tags: time change, seasonal affective disorder, sleep schedules, energy levels, coping

Have you noticed a difference in the amount of daylight you are seeing?

Sadly, the nights are coming earlier. It is that time of year, and many people struggle with some degree of SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, with the longer nights. This phenomenon is very much a byproduct of where you live. People near the equator rarely report the winter “blues.” (more…)

Managing Stress

September 16, 2016

Tags: stress, relaxation, moving meditation, positive mood, expectations

Now that fall schedules are well under way, it’s time to reclaim a little control by taking a look at self-care and coping strategies. Just getting out on the road during rush hour can have a negative impact on your mood and elevate your stress levels, but what choice do you have? (more…)

Nurture Your Creativity by Doing Nothing!

August 4, 2016

Tags: creativity, down-time, self-care, “aha” moment, insight

Creativity is the residue of time wasted. ~ Albert Einstein

Isn’t this the most delightful quote? What I love about it is the permission it grants to “do nothing,” not often a perspective relished by modern women. In our society, productivity is clearly more valued than idle time. However, creativity theorists also support the value of idle time in the creative process. Many major discoveries have been recognized after periods of time away from work. Of course, hard work in your creative endeavor is also needed in order to move forward, but knowing when to step back is also a necessary component. This is that “aha” moment that may be familiar to you as you recall a person’s name later in the day after being unable to retrieve it in the moment or unexpectedly solved a vexing problem.

The need for down-time is a new habit that I would encourage you to develop. Not only is this a good practice for your overall health and well-being, but it can also nurture creativity.

Go ahead and take a moment or an afternoon just for you!


July 7, 2016

Tags: energy, creativity, boredom, over-scheduled, tired, self-care, small successes, change

How is that done, you may ask? How do you keep going when you feel uncertain or tired?

Keeping up one’s energy is truly a matter of staying connected to your own creative direction. Granted, it doesn’t have to be what most people traditionally identify as creative. That connection can take the form of daily problem-solving or daydreaming. (more…)

Energize yourself!

May 5, 2016

Tags: creativity, rejuvenate, spring, walks, moving meditations, energize

Spring is a time of rejuvenation – who can’t help but feel energized by all the beautiful flowers and trees in bloom at this time of year? And the concept of rejuvenation applies to your own creative process as well. It can be all too easy to become distracted or sidetracked by leaky faucets, the laundry, or even a leisurely stroll. (more…)

What Made You Smile as a Child?

April 7, 2016

Tags: Childhood, satisfaction, joy, flow, creativity, fun

I recently attended the funeral of a long-time family friend – someone who had known me all my life. Reminiscing with their daughter at the visitation and after the funeral brought back many childhood memories and shared experiences. Those discussions also sparked the question, what made you smile – as a child? And how is that important in our lives as adults? (more…)