Goldilocks and the three types of worry

canstockphoto10695808Fun fact: “Goldilocks” was my nickname in high school because I [Danny Pettry] had long blonde (and beautiful hair).

And here is another personal disclosure: I suffer from anxiety disorder. As a child, I didn’t know how to describe my experiences and I felt ashamed and embarrassed after panic attacks. In example: My parents were gone too long once to Kroger for bread and milk. I called my grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Three things had to have happened: 1.) the wrecked in the ditch by the soccer fields (that sucks up mini-vans every year). True fact – a lot of mini-vans went into that ditch right by Two-John’s Short-Stop gas station. Possibility #2: Aliens could have taken my parent’s mini-van up to space. I mean – as a ten-year-old with a creative imagination (that was a real possibility). Or # 3 the worst case scenario. My parents were tired of us kids and decided to move away to Florida and leave us. With option # 1- they’d live. With option # 2 – aliens bring people back. With option # 3 – now that is real worry.

The good news (this anxiety game) was all played inside my head. Two-Johns didn’t have milk or bread so they went on to Kroger about 10-minutres further away to get milk and bread. But I had a panic attack because of the images dancing in my head of wrecks, aliens, and abandonment.

Extra good news: 1990 (when I was 10) was a long time ago and my parents are still alive and together today (2017).


Today, I’d like to talk about my own three types of anxiety.

  • Type 1: too cold: that means there is no anxiety. That is dangerous because a person without any anxiety won’t worry about being late for school or appointments or getting assignments done or showing respect or following the laws. They’d just do things and not ever worry. Cold hearted in a way. This is dangerous.
  • Type 2: Just right: This is just the right amount of anxiety to keep a person in check. Eating healthy to avoid poor health, brushing teeth to prevent cavities, driving safe to avoid a wreck, completing assignments to prevent a poor grade (in school) or (disciplinary action) at employment. This anxiety encourages a person to take action.
  • Type 3: too hot: Worry overload. Panic attack. Freaking out. Can’t think straight. Take over-dramatic actions and steps. For me, “it was a freak-out moment” of calling my grandparents to talk about aliens and the ditch that eats mini-vans.

I hope you’ll find the “right just” goldilocks anxiety in your own life.

To learn more about type 2, read this interesting article posted at fox about how worrying could be a good thing:


Resources for Rec Therapy (individual or group sessions)

canstockphoto3355752One of my co-workers shared this amazing site today, titled:

It has:

  • Resources: worksheets, videos, articles, and links to products.
  • Help with Emotions: anger, anxiety, stress, depression, and grief.
  • Therapy models: DBT, CBT, Motivational interviewing
  • Topics: goals, education, communication, art, self-esteem, and values.
  • Ranges for: children, adolescents, and adults.

I think RTs will love this: 

Stress and the heart

Jacqeline Howard (CNN) had written an article titled:

This might be how stress and heart attacks are linked. 

CDC symptoms that are warning: irritable, fear, nightmares, powerless.

The ways she suggested for cutting down on stress were often recreation in nature, among her other suggestions.

  • Fun,
  • laughter,
  • get out with friends,
  • exercise,
  • talk to someone,
  • eat healthy,
  • keep mind active.

Read her article / watch the CNN video here:

Pain Management

Are you a recreational therapist who provides pain management?

I work at a psychiatric hospital. The recreational therapists are in charge of pain management assessments and interventions.

Traci Stein, Ph.D., MPH is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Traci  is also the author of the 2015 book, The Everything Guide To Integrative Pain Management: Conventional and Alternative Therapies for Managing Pain – Discover New Treatments, Regulate … Stress, and Nurture Your Body and Mind.

I think RTs who provide pain management interventions would enjoy this book.

Click here for my affiliate link. for her book.


Traci Stein gave me permission to “re-post” her blog entry at (as long as I gave credit. I decided that I wouldn’t re-post the text. I thought I’d just give a link to redirect people who are interested. Go here:


What Do Rec. Therapists And Coloring Books Have In Common?

By Kathi Casey, ERYT, CPI, Reiki Master (Guest Blogger at Rec Therapy Today)

You’ve probably already guessed the answer – Stress Relief!

Recent studies have shown that 20 minutes of coloring has the same physiological effect as a 20 minute meditation session. How cool is that?!

Coloring has been used by progressive mental health practitioners since back in the 1970’s, for relieving anxiety. Just like meditation, coloring allows our brains to turn away from other thoughts, and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate anxiety and reduce stress. Coloring is an easy and inexpensive way to bring “mindfulness” into your life (and your clients’). Some studies have even shown that activities like coloring can help improve cognition, and who doesn’t want that?

Today, my friend Dianna Mullane and I are launching our fabulous, stress relieving adult coloring book, “A Coloring Book For Women – 30 Divine Designs.” We have just completed this project of love and it’s getting rave reviews already.

A Coloring Book For Women – 30 Divine Designs,” was written by and for women. The book includes both complicated designs for those who want to spend hours basking in their own creative juices, and more simple designs, for a quick coloring session to relieve the day’s stress and tension. There is a wise old barn owl; Pele the fire goddess; Brigid of the Celts; Yemaya the African Orisha; a beautiful, flowing, long haired depiction of chakras, and so much more! Each design in this book has a description that will inspire, empower, or simply bring a smile to your face. For instance, did you know that the hummingbird’s wings flap in the design of a figure 8, the infinity symbol? Have you ever heard of Benzaiten? She’s a Japanese Buddhist goddess of everything that flows: water, time, words, speech, eloquence, music, and knowledge. Our design shows her playing a biwa, the traditional Japanese lute used in storytelling.

I had so much fun researching these designs for you, and my hope is that you enjoy them as much as I am!

Here’s what others are saying about the book:

  • “A Coloring Book for Women: 30 Divine Designs is a dream come true. An adult coloring book created just for women! The pictures are incredibly creative and inspiring. There are descriptions with each design that help you think, and contemplate your own inner path. It is a fantastic addition to the adult coloring book world. I highly recommend A Coloring Book For Women: 30 Divine Designs. A great gift for the holidays!!!” Elizabeth Helming
  •          “I can’t wait to begin coloring these designs!
  •  I tried adult coloring books before, but the designs were busy, geometric pictures that were difficult to color. They actually ended up frustrating me more than anything! A Coloring Book For Women, 30 Divine Designs is very different! The designs that Kathi Casey and Dianna Mullane have chosen are lovely and FUN to color! After all, that’s why we want to color again, right? To feel the joy we did as children when we sat down to color. I love this book and can’t recommend it enough!”  Jane Lafleche


The book is available on Amazon (go take a sneak peek), and also on my web site, where for the same price we’ll include a box of colored pencils to get you started!

Best of Health,



Kathi Casey, “The Healthy Boomer Body Expert” is a three time Amazon bestselling author, renowned health coach who has recently been chosen by The Psychology of Eating as one of their top 20 Health coaches, and her blog ranked # 10 in list of 50 top Health Blogs. She is a popular Baby Boomer columnist, has shared her programs on Fox 23, ABC-8 Evening News, and produces her own TV show, “To Your Health.” For the last 12 years, she’s been empowering people all over the US to take charge of their own health care through her workshops and trainings utilizing Yoga, Somatics, Pilates and Energy Healing (Reiki) techniques. Kathi holds certifications in Hatha Yoga, Pilates, Acu-Yoga (use of acupressure points while in Yoga poses), Ayurvedic Physical Health, Healing Touch, EFT, and is a Reiki Master. She grew up in the Berkshires, raised her 2 children there, and currently makes her home in Otis, MA. More info can be found at

a stress relieving adult coloring book for women

Over 95% of the people on my Rec Therapy Today email list are women. There are very few men who follow my newsletter and blog.

So, I asked Kathi Casey, a Reiki Master to share a post about her upcoming Stress Relieving Adult Coloring Book for Women!

The following blog entry is written by: Kathi Casey

The Holiday shopping season is upon us again and I know you are busy so I’ll get right to the point!

We have the perfect gift suggestion for many of your readers/subscribers!

On Tuesday Nov. 22,  my friend Dianna Mullane and I are launching our fabulous stress relieving adult coloring book for women.

Dianna and I have just completed this project of love and we’re asking for your help to spread the word!

This lovely book is called “A Coloring Book For Women – 30 Divine Designs,” written by and for women. The book includes both complicated designs for those who want to spend hours relaxing while getting in touch with their own creative juices, as well as more simple designs for a short coloring session to relieve the day’s stress and tension. There is a wise old barn owl, Pele the fire goddess, Brigid of the Celts, Yemaya the African Orisha, a beautiful, flowing, long haired depiction of chakras, and so much more!


The book is available on Amazon, of course,

Best of Health,


Kathi Casey, ERYT, CPI, Reiki Master

The Healthy Boomer Body Expert

Amazon International Bestselling Author

Competent employees are given more work duties (and they are stressed about it)


There was an interesting article by Bouree Lam in The Atlantic (based on research) (2015, May 22) that indicates that competent people are assigned more work duties.  Bourbee points that that it often causes additional stress on the high-performing employee. Bourbee points that that that the competent person is not always rewarded financially for those efforts and argues that mangers should compensate their high-performing employees.

Danny Pettry thoughts: I argue that the high performing employee very well “IS” being compensated more (over the long-run). The economy goes up and down. Sometimes employees are let go. I imagine those drivers (hard-workers) are going to be the ones that will turn out on top (keeping jobs and salary) and probably more apt to be the ones who will obtain new jobs (salary again) if they had to be let go or if the company closed. These drivers obtain the knew jobs because they have already built a Brand Name for themselves as in “Jennifer” is already well-known as being a hard-working, competent, person who gets results. In conclusion: it is stressful. Do the work. Make a great impact on the world. One day when you look back, you’ll more apt be satisfied with what you’ve done. Deal with the stress of being assigned more.

Danny Pettrys advice: Quote: “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur

Continuing your education and continue building your skills. The knowledge and skills you have today may be okay. However, the world is always changing. Go ahead and learn more to be prepared.

Danny Pettry: My tip for Recreational Therapy mangers: compensate more if you have the power to do so. I’d also like to point out that a lot of research based indicates that pay (extrinsic rewards)  for performance is not always the most effective. Intrinsic motivation is the real key to results. Read Daniel Pink’s Drive or Decie and Flaste’s why we do what we do. Rec Therapy mangers could give small tokens of appreciation: a pizza party, a small gift card from amazon, or other creative things.

The article can be found here: