Daniela Paolone

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Daniela Paolone LMFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist and founder of Westlake Village Counseling in Westlake Village, California. She helps those working through pain, illness, depression and anxiety either in the office or through online counseling which is done using a secure platform to ensure client confidentiality. Using education, helpful resources, unconditional support and understanding, she strives to help people transform their pain into power so that they can live their best lives!

Over the Hurdle of Medical Illness: How Do I Adjust to Life Now?

Have you recently moved passed the hurdle of your medical illness? Are you feeling better now for the most part? Do you find that you have more energy to interact with others and get back to what you enjoy? In the past, most of your time was put towards doctor appointments, medical treatments and more. But now all of that has changed. You have fewer medical appointments, giving you more time to get back to what it is you enjoy doing most.

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How To Survive and Thrive During the Holidays – Holiday Stress Edition

How can we get through the holidays more stress free? This can seem managing holiday stress is an impossible task, but by exploring some ideas shared here you will see that it is possible. After all, the holidays are not just about running around trying to please everyone. That desire to please others and be everywhere for everyone can leave you feeling both depleted and resentful. Instead, these ideas can help keep the stress and overwhelm at bay allowing more time for fun, enjoyment and connection.

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Top 7 Tips to Manage Social Anxiety This Holiday Season

Holiday parties, work parties and family commitments can really be stressful for people who have social anxiety. Under normal circumstances an anxious person might be able to come up with some excuses as to why they cannot attend a party or social gathering, but when it comes to the holiday season this can be even harder to manage.

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Just Breathe – Breathing Exercises to Feel More Resilient and Relaxed When Feeling Overwhelmed 

Practicing deep belly breathing is one of the most effective ways to help calm down the mind and body. To get an idea about what a deep belly breath looks like, I want you to place one hand under your belly button and the other hand on your chest.

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3 Myths and 2 Truths – Why is Self-Care So Hard and How Can I Overcome It?

Self-care is something we hear about often. We hear that adding in a self-care practice is important for our overall well-being. So then why is it so hard to actually get the ball rolling on taking care of our needs? Self-care may sound good in theory, but to actually implement it is an entirely different story. Do you ever wonder why that might be the case?

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Two Common Meditation Myths and What you Can Do To Overcome Them

There are so many studies showing the positive effects of meditation such as improved sleep, reduced blood pressure and greater focus to name a few. Even though we are aware of these benefits, it seems to be hard to actually implement this practice. Why is this? Well for many, the idea of mediating can sound a little intimidating.

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7 Helpful Steps for Pain Management Without Medication (Part 2)

Pain management often means incorporating a regular self care routine. That is because our bodies respond well when we stick to a schedule. This is especially true when talking about sleep routines for pain management. When we do this, our body intuitively knows when to go to sleep and when to wake up in the morning which aids in healing and repair work.

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For Quality Sleep, Just Say No to Blue Lighting

According to the National Sleep Foundation, we all should be relaxing two hours before bed. They share that this is very helpful in keeping stress levels down. I mean it is good to know what the experts say about this, however it is not realistic to follow what they recommend. In a perfect world, we would be able to follow these guidelines, but for those of us who are looking for more practical ideas; here’s one to consider.

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