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In order to help his clients stay on top of what’s working in the online world regarding marketing, Tim has maintained a blog for years.  In addition to marketing topics, Tim provides articles with topics like motivation, success and productivity to help his followers, clients and prospects in their quest for business success.

Tim has also written blogs for his clients in fields as diverse as mental health therapy, contracting, auto body repair and education.  He and his staff thoroughly research the client’s industry and specific “take” on a topic and always write with SEO best practices.

“Anxiety and Life: When It Becomes Too Much….”

            Since we’re biologically hardwired for the “fight or flight” response, like any other system in our body, it can get out of balance at times.  The fight or flight response is the physical manifestation of our body being on alert to perceived dangerous situations, where you can either run away or stay and face the impending threat.  Our heart beats faster so that it pumps more blood to our outer extremities so we can either stay and “fight” or run, our palms become sweaty, our pupils dilate so that we’re able to see better and our body produces adrenalin so that we’re able to have an abundance of energy.

            This is in our DNA and happens automatically when we’re faced with a threatening situation.  However, when this biological reaction happens—to a larger degree and on a regular basis with more or less mundane life situations— it may be time to get help.

            Let’s face it, we live in a high stress world.  And this stress—which can turn quickly into full-blown anxiety— can account for why anxiety can become a major problem for some people. An over 50% divorce rate, political turmoil, companies demanding more work for less pay and a hundred other reasons can cause people to start thinking high levels of stress and anxiety are “normal”, and thus blind them to the fact that the anxiety is impacting their normal functioning.

            It’s easy to let this kind of thinking slip insidiously into your day-to-day routine and make toxic anxiety seem like just a normal part of life. But it can take a toll on the body.  Sleep disturbance, changes in appetite and eating habits and even developing depression are all pitfalls of this. When anxiety develops into a full-blown disorder, it’s time to get some help.

            Here are 5 warning signs of an anxiety disorder:

1.     Bouts of panic or panic attacks. These are severe, unexplained episodes of anxiety that can occur sometimes out of the blue and without warning or anything that seems to precipitate the attack.

2.  Sleep problems. If your mind is racing at night or you can’t settle down enough to fall asleep or wake up in the middle of the night in a panic, anxiety can wreak havoc with your normal sleeping patterns.

3. It’s nearly impossible to stay calm.  Even when you try your hardest, you’re continually on edge and simply can’t settle yourself down normally.

4.  Shortness of breath. Particularly when an anxiety or panic attack sets in, rapid breathing with shortness of breath can occur, along with an impending sense of doom.

5.  Heart palpitations. When your heart flutters or beats rapidly in your chest, it can be a problem with your heart but in conjunction with the above symptoms is probably a symptom of anxiety or a panic attack.

            If you have any of these symptoms, help is possible.  Usually a combination of medication and therapy can help with most cases of anxiety.  Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most widely used type of therapy for this as it examines both the thoughts and behaviors that can cause or trigger anxiety.

            If you’re experiencing severe anxiety that is impacting your life negatively, there is help. Call my office by calling 310-614-0323 or emailing me at

Divorce Mediation Myths Debunked”

Divorce can be a muddled, messy process. When couples decide to go the traditional route, the road is usually filled with months of contentious court battles and thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees. When the dust settles, all that is left is animosity and resentment. Often there is irreversible damage to the relationships between family members, particularly the children.

            Because of the high emotional and financial costs of traditional divorce, many families are turning to divorce mediation as a healthier alternative.  Through mediation, couples are able to work out their disputes with a neutral third-party mediator as their guide. Together, they work to create a legally binding divorce agreement that works for both parents. This option is often much cheaper and less emotionally harming than hiring separate attorneys to “duke it out” in the courtroom.

            Though mediation has been around for some time, many people are still misinformed about how it works and the potential benefits. Couples are often hesitant to agree to speak with a mediator because of inaccurate information they have received about the process. Unfortunately, these myths lead families missing out on the opportunity to solve their problems amicably.

Myth #1 We Can’t Communicate = We Can’t Mediate

            One of the most common reasons people toss the idea of mediation to the side is that they falsely believe that only “friendly” parties can use mediation. This is not the case. Your divorce does not have to be simple to benefit from mediation. Complex cases are often better served through mediation since a skilled mediator is able to keep conversations focused. Couples in mediation are steered away from fighting the same old battles. Instead, they are encouraged to find common ground for the good of the children.

Myth #2 I’ll Have to Settle for Less

            Another reason mediation is avoided is the fact that parties often think they must “win” and negotiating with the other party eliminates their ability to do so. But unlike other aspects of life, divorce is not a “take-all” sport. Statistics show that in general, negotiated cases and those who allow a judge to rule have similar end results when it comes to who gets what. The difference? With mediation, you’re not losing thousands of dollars in expensive attorney fees.

Divorce mediation statistics also show that a majority (two-thirds) of parties walk away from mediation feeling satisfied. This is much higher than those who go through a legal judgement process.

Myth #3 Divorce is Much Cheaper

            Which leads to a third myth, divorce without mediation is much cheaper. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Mediation prices vary, but in general, mediators charge a set fee for a particular number of sessions and additional fees are minimal. Unlike attorneys, there is no hourly rate that continues to bill for every phone call or paper printed during the session. Often parties that go through traditional routes are horrified when they realize that the $299 divorce they had hoped for has now spiraled into a complex case attached to a lengthy attorney bill and thousands in court fees. If you’re concerned about price, check out this comparison page.

If you’re interested in mediation and wanting to know more about the benefits, visit the mediation section of our page and download our guide for shared parenting.

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