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Dr. Julia Becker

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Serving the greater Waco, TX area, including Woodway, Hewitt, Lorena, Bellmead, Robinson, and China Spring.

Perfect Time For Mid-Year Resolutions

Posted by Dr. Becker Tuesday, June 18, 2019 0 comments

Summer is a great time to re-think your goals and develop mid-year resolutions. People often set big goals at the beginning of the year, and lack of progress can lead to giving up. For more information about how to create AND achieve your goals, please read my Mind Matters article.

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Mind Matters: Mental Wellness is Part of Healthy Living

Posted by Dr. Becker Friday, May 31, 2019 0 comments

I'm pleased to announce that I have recently begun writing a monthly column for Waco Today magazine. My column is called Mind Matters, and each month's column will discuss different aspects of psychology and matters of the mind. My first article discuses what psychology is, and how our brains, thoughts, and emotions shape everyday decisions and behaviors. Please click here to read my Mind Matters article.

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Surviving Spring Break as a Working Parent

Posted by Dr. Becker Tuesday, March 5, 2019 0 comments

For many parents, work obligations do not stop when the kids are out of school. Additionally, changes in routine can be stressful and disruptive for parents. 

Ironically, spring break brings stress for many people. In my counseling practice, I have worked with teens, college students, and parents. Each has discussed the different concerns that spring break brings. To minimize stress and get the most out of spring break, consider the following:
Avoid comparison

Perhaps you are thinking of a trip you took in the past or a trip your friends are taking. Perhaps you see your non-working friends talking about fun and creative activities their family is doing over spring break. Try to catch yourself when you began comparing situations and wishing for a different outcome. Remember that spring break represents only a snapshot of time within your life and your child’s life. Additionally, taking time to practice gratitude will be especially helpful.

Address your child's comparison with their friends

Your child has been hearing friends talk about amazing vacations they will be going on, and they may see pictures on social media. In a child’s mind, whatever is happening right now represents their entire world. They have forgotten about the amazing trip they took over winter break, and summer vacation seems too far away. Teaching kids to cope with disappointment, delay gratification, and be appreciative are all part of your job as a parent, so turn these comparisons into teachable moments. Helping kids cope with disappointment now will help them make wise decisions in the future. We all know that not every moment can be fun, and sometimes difficult decisions have to be made about how we spend our time. Decision making is especially difficult for college students, who have many opportunities and can feel paralyzed by choices or regretful after making a choice.

Plan for flexibility and fun

Allow you children to come up with special spring break activities. Discuss the purpose and value of each activity. For example, is the activity educational, relaxing, productive, or fun? Does the activity allow for connecting and forming memories with friends or family?

Choose to take a break from something

We all need breaks, and unfortunately adults are not afforded the same scheduled breaks as children. Choose to take a break from something this spring break. Perhaps you will take a break from cooking one night and will eat out. Perhaps you will take a break from negativity and allow yourself to savor the moment. Or, you could choose to try something new in your routine. Even taking a break from things that you enjoy can be beneficial. For example, if you watch television from 7-9 pm each night, try taking a break from 7-7:30. Schedule time to do something else—you may end up enjoying or feeling rejuvenated by this break!

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