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10 tips for being your best self!


Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman, Ph. D, shares 10 tips for being your best self!

Caren Baruch-Feldman is the author of the upcoming book titled, The Grit Guide for Teens (July 2017). She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help children and adults with depression, anxiety, stress, ADHD and weight loss. She maintains a private practice in Scarsdale, works as a school psychologist in Westchester County and, for many years, was Camp Psychologist at Camp Ramah in Nyack, NY. Caren is an expert in conducting psycho-educational evaluations for children experiencing school-related difficulties. She has also trained hundreds of teachers, parents, children and health care professionals giving workshops and lectures throughout the country.

1. “It all starts and ends with a positive relationship” by Caren Baruch-Feldman.

I recently watched a Ted Talk by Rita Pierson. She states, “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” Therefore, before you do anything as a parent or as a teacher, make sure that a positive relationship has been established.

Check out the following Ted Talk. After watching it you will see the power of relationships and be inspired.

In addition, if you want to read a book that will inspire you to establish a positive relationship, read any book by Dr. Robert Brooks. Dr. Brooks writes, and more importantly lives his life, based on this philosophy.

2. “Change your thoughts and you change your world” by Norman Vincent Peale.

As many of you know, I am a big believer in mindset. We don’t always have control over our situation, but we do always have control over our thoughts. In an inspirational Ted Talk given by Dr. Kelly McGonigal, she demonstrates how to make stress our friend by changing our mindset.

If you want to learn more from Dr. McGonigal, I highly recommend her latest book, The Upside of Stress and her audiotape The Neuroscience of Change.

3. “If you can surf your life rather than plant your feet, you will be happier” by Amy Poehler (the comedian) from Yes Please.

I often find that people who expect life to follow a straight and sturdy path are frustrated and disappointed. However, if you expect life to be more like a wave you need to surf, you will be less disappointed and more at peace. 


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