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  1. Any Audios to Soothe Test Anxiety while She Takes Her Boards?

    Any Audios to Soothe Test Anxiety while She Takes Her Boards?

    A professional woman who is good at her work but not so great at taking tests is now facing some high stakes performance demands, in the form of a written exam to qualify for her state boards. She wonders what her best mind-body options are - in the form of guided imagery, hypnosis, meditation – to help her relax and do her best.

    Dear BR,

    I am preparing to sit for my written exams next month in order to pass my state boards. I love your guided imagery and wonder which one you recommend for soothing test and performance anxiety?

    Elaine T.

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  2. What Can this Grade School Teacher Do for Her Traumatized Kids?

    What Can this Grade School Teacher Do for Her Traumatized Kids?



    I need guided imagery for elementary school students living in violence. The Invisible Heroes book looks wonderful, but does it have anything for trauma in children?

    I am a counselor working in a large elementary school, and I need something that I can use with groups of children. Any suggestions?

    Thank you,


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  3. Can Guided Imagery Help Attract a New Job?

    Can Guided Imagery Help Attract a New Job?


    My son has been out of work for almost a year. He is a production artist. He had started working right after school and after a year they lost a client. He has had interviews but nothing so far. He loves that job. He now works part time as a cook until he finds something in his field. He went back to school for three months to learn web design. Can you suggest a CD to attract work? He will listen to it on his iPod.

    Worried Mom

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  4. Does Biofeedback Reduce Test Anxiety in Nursing Students?

    [Ed. Note: The findings from this study contradict a lot of other studies that conclude otherwise, but we thought we should post it just the same, to be "fair and balanced". It's not clear why this study showed such disappointing results – could be low numbers or the quality of the interventions – hard to say.]

    Researchers from National University School of Health and Human Services in Henderson, Nevada, developed a biofeedback-assisted relaxation training program to help nursing students who experience such debilitating test anxiety that they are unable to demonstrate their knowledge and therefore underperform academically.

    Anxiety was measured using Spielberger's Test Anxiety Inventory and also by monitoring peripheral skin temperature, pulse, and respiration rates during the training. Participants were introduced to diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation and autogenic training.

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  5. How to Short-Circuit Self-Sabotage

    Hello Belleruth,

    I have been in college for quite some time. As an adult, I went back to school at a later age. I recently discovered I have PTSD and have been using your guided imagery for that with great success.

    However, I have another problem. It seems as I get closer to graduating I get increasingly more self-sabotaging. So, do you have any guided imagery tracks that can help with self-sabotage? I mean preventing it! Thank you.

    James D.

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  6. Nice Guys Really Do Finish Last

    This 5K happened last summer, but the hero is awesome and the story is timeless.  It takes a very special kind of person to let go of striving to win, right smack in the middle of a competition, in order to look after a kid.  Check this out. Here’s the piece from the Huffington Post.

    While running in The Jeff Drench Memorial 5K in Charlevoix, Mich., Lance Corporal Myles Kerr stopped to help out a young boy struggling to finish the race. Kerr, 19, put aside his ambition to beat his fellow Marines and instead helped motivate 9 year-old Brandon Fuchs, who lost his party during the race, to make it to the finish line.

    According to the 5K results online, the Marine ended up with the slowest time in his age group.

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  7. How to Help Anxious, 17-Year-Old Musician Facing High-Stakes Auditions

    Dear Health Journeys,

    I used your pre-surgery CD a couple of years ago with great success (especially significant since I have PTSD around medical things & hospitals, after so many horrible experiences there when my chronically ill late husband was dying, over many years.) Thank you!  

    Now my question:  a colleague of mine has a son who is a gifted musician, now 17 & auditioning for prestigious conservatories.  He is having problems with the stress of these auditions impairing his performance.  Have you anything that might help him?


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  8. Do You Have Any Peak Performance Imagery for Tennis-playing Kids?

    Hi. I am a former professional tennis player. I would like to know if you have any tennis CDs for kids.  I would like to help them attune their minds to have fun with tennis.  We all learn a system of technique – the footwork and strokes and so forth. But I would like to teach kids a system for playing from the heart, tranquil, happy, relaxed and joyful.

    By the way, thank you for your CDs.  i just replaced my hip and the Successful Surgery was a big hit with me. Thank you for that. 

    Please let me know about the kids.  Take care.  

    Emilse Longo (Ed. Note:  We only use the writer’s actual name when specifically told that it’s okay to do so, as we were told by Emilse)

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  9. A Seven-Yr-Old Orchestra Conductor Nails It

    A friend sent me this enchanting video footage of a 7 year old boy conducting an orchestra in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  The orchestra is accomplished, and this wonderful kid, who definitely looks like somebody’s idea of Christopher Robin, has talent and aplomb.  Check it out. The music is as fabulous as it’s familiar.

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  10. Cognitive Training Improves Memory, Attention in Aging Population

    Investigators from Maastricht University Medical Centre in The Netherlands reviewed the efficacy of cognitive intervention studies with the aging population, assessing earlier reviews by taking into account the methodological quality of the studies.
    They performed a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCT) and clinical studies published between August 2007 and February 2012 in Pubmed and PsychINFO. The quality of the included RCTs was assessed according to the CONSORT criteria for RCTs. A total of thirty-five studies were included; twenty-seven RTCs and eight clinical studies.
    The content of the intervention studies differed widely, as did the methodological quality of the included RCTs.

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