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Prioritizing PTO & the Power of Mini-Breaks, According to Psychologist Dr. Jennifer L. Hartstein

Updated: Aug 10, 2022

Dr. Jen is a recognized child, adolescent, and family psychologist based in New York City. Read on to learn about the recurring themes she sees in her practice, the importance of taking mini-breaks, and why it’s important to prioritize Paid Time Off.

Dr. Jennifer L. Hartstein

We had the wonderful honor of getting to know Dr. Jennifer L. Hartstein, nationally known as Dr. Jen who is a recognized child, adolescent and family psychologist based in New York City. Dr. Jen is currently in private practice in New York City, specializing in the treatment of high-risk children and adolescents. She is the owner and founder of Hartstein Psychological Services, PLLC, a group psychotherapy practice. She’s the mental health contributor for Yahoo! Lifestyle and Yahoo! News. She’s also a frequent psychological contributor for NBC’s The Today Show, a national morning news program. Dr. Jen was a Mental Health Core Expert for The Dr. Oz Show and was the psychological/lifestyle contributor on CBS’ The Early Show. Dr. Jen is also the author of Princess Recovery: A How-to Guide to Raising Empowered Girls who Can Create Their Own Happily Ever Afters.


Dr. Jen has her hands full, to say the least. When we asked her about her personal mantras for staying focused, productive, and positive during COVID-19, she shared her top two mantras:


  1. “Breathe: Sometimes it is so easy to get wrapped up in the chaos all around that you forget to take that deep breath and focus on what you need. I frequently need a reminder.”

  2. “It’s okay to take a break: It’s the nature of my job to take care of others. And, if I’m not taking care of myself too, I’m not really of any help to anyone. It’s important that I remind myself to take a break, however that may look. Maybe it’s taking a walk, watching some TV, taking a nap, or just shifting from a Zoom meeting to a phone call. Whatever works in that moment is something worth doing.”


Read on to learn about the recurring themes she sees in her practice, the importance of taking mini breaks, and why it’s important to prioritize Paid Time Off.