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Managing Race Anxiety For Optimal Performance

It’s spring race season! One of my favorite times of the year. Managing race anxiety and excitement is imperative for success this season, regardless of distance. Marathon, half marathon, 10 miler, 10k and 5k racers can all benefit from the same applied principles when lining up on race day in order to effectively manage race[…]

Comparison is the thief of joy, Dr Justin Ross Denver Psychologist

Comparison is the Enemy of Joy

Comparison is the thief of joy. ~Theodore Roosevelt (one of my favorite quotes) A prevailing concern in many clients who come to my office is an unhealthy level of comparison. Unfortunately, comparison is a deeply ingrained human tendency experienced by all of us in different intensities and with different targets. Look at the prevalence of such[…]

The Role of Commitment Devices in Behavior Change

At any given moment, a significant percentage of the population is working to change some form of behavior, often targeting health; with New Year’s resolutions, weight loss, smoking cessation, and stress reduction toping the list. When it comes to identifying positive behaviors, we mostly understand the general guidelines: get adequate levels of movement, stop eating junk food,[…]

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The Mental Side of Running: Sports Psychology for Running Podcast

This past week Sarah Bowen Shea from Another Mother Runner, and her dear friend Molly Williams and I sat down to chat more on the mental side of running. We had a engaging conversation that included using appropriate mindset skills for optimal performance. We discussed how cognitive framework is important when approaching a training plan. Other topics[…]

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Fall Mindfulness Group Denver

We are excited to announce the beginning of our next Mindfulness group, which will begin Thursday September 15 at 4pm. The group will be held each Thursday afternoon for 6 consecutive weeks. Groups will be 60 minutes in duration. The mindfulness group will consist largely of in session led exercises to learn the basics of adopting[…]

Sports Psychology For Runners Podcast

I had a great time chatting sports psychology with Dimity and coach MK on a recent Train Like a Mother Podcast, specifically in establishing a workable mindset for success in running. We talk about a lot of different topics throughout this podcast, including setting up a proper psychological framework of commitment, connecting to goals, and[…]

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The Top 5 Sports Psychology Tips for Runners

It’s that time of year again, when spring has sprung and runners are looking at their early season training and racing schedule. Some of you are in the middle of a training cycle and may have already raced. Others are dusting off the winter and preparing to embark on this seasons training. Sports psychology can[…]

Denver Health Psychology Cooking Class with Health Full Life MD

Nutrition Class w/ Health Full Life Md

On Friday March 11, Dr. Ross will be presenting Mindfulness and Mindful Eating with Abby Bleistein, MD from Health Full Life MD. The class will take place at the Natural Grocers in Golden. Following a 45 minute presentation on mindfulness for life-long wellness, the class will then shift gears and feature hands on instruction in[…]

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The World is Flat…

Once upon a time (as common lore tells us) we humans held a belief that the world was flat. This mindset led to fear that if we were to venture too far, we’d simply fall off. The fear then perpetuated avoidance behaviors in an effort to keep us safe. But playing it safe had a downside, as this[…]

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Changing Keystone Habits

Happy New Year! ‘Tis the season for making resolutions, and over the next few hours, days and weeks, a lot of us will be making resolutions (and hoping to stick to them) to improve our lives in some capacity. This post, helping you address your New Year’s Resolution in a meaningful way, is as ubiquitous[…]