Painted Rocks

Moraine State Park Bike Path Have you ever noticed painted rocks with nice messages on your walk, hike or at the park? The idea behind painting rocks and leaving them about in nature is for people to find them and to feel inspired or to receive a positive reminder. The person who finds a rock … Continue reading Painted Rocks

Let’s Talk about Anxiety with Sam Becker and Shannon Mick, NCC, LPC: Shannon’s personal story, counseling sessions, anxiety and management

Before we dive into a seriously good conversation on anxiety, here's some background information about Sam and Shannon. Sam Becker Sam Becker, born and raised in Los Angeles, California, is a Mindset Business Coach and creator of Entrepreneur With... After suffering through mindset issues of his own for 10+ years, he finally decided to make ultimate … Continue reading Let’s Talk about Anxiety with Sam Becker and Shannon Mick, NCC, LPC: Shannon’s personal story, counseling sessions, anxiety and management

Self-Care Assessment

Use this assessment to check-in with yourself to see how you're doing with self-care. Self-care activities are the things that we do to maintain our mental, physical, spiritual, and professional well-being. You’ll find that many of the activities listed below are ones that you already do in your daily routine. In this assessment, you will … Continue reading Self-Care Assessment

Toxic positivity and what you can do about people who say toxically positive statements to you

Toxic positivity is the flawed belief that people should only feel positive emotions and that just by having a positive attitude one can solve problems. Toxic positivity Scenario Recently, I spoke with someone who asked me if toxic positivity was a thing. She explained that she experienced something a not-so-close friend said to her that … Continue reading Toxic positivity and what you can do about people who say toxically positive statements to you

Amy the Amygdala: a silly way to remember the function of the amygdala and how to calm it

What is the amygdala and what does it do? Anxiety comes from two places in the brain. One is the cortex and the other is the thalamus. We receive information about our environment through our eyes and it goes to the cortex and thalamus. The cortex is usually the part of the brain that people … Continue reading Amy the Amygdala: a silly way to remember the function of the amygdala and how to calm it

What do you do to “get out of your head” when negative thoughts and self-doubt sets in? How do you keep yourself from thinking negative thoughts of yourself?

We can "get out of our heads" when negative thoughts and self-doubt sets in by working through acknowledging the negative thoughts, allowing the thoughts to slip through your mind, knowing that you're human and we all doubt ourselves. When it comes to our goals or trying to get to where we're going, we cannot succeed … Continue reading What do you do to “get out of your head” when negative thoughts and self-doubt sets in? How do you keep yourself from thinking negative thoughts of yourself?

Ways that We Keep Distance in Our Relationships in Order to Manage Anxiety

We have ways to manage our anxiety by distancing ourselves from others, which may be a quick way to relieve stress, but the behavior comes with consequences. We stay late at work to avoid our spouse, we might not share our true beliefs with friends out of fear that they will disagree, and due to … Continue reading Ways that We Keep Distance in Our Relationships in Order to Manage Anxiety

5 Ways That You can Set Boundaries without Explaining Yourself

A lot of times we dread or feel anxious about when we need to set a boundary because we feel like we have to explain ourselves or worry that we're going to hurt the other person. These are 5 ways to go about setting boundaries without having to explain yourself and saying them in a … Continue reading 5 Ways That You can Set Boundaries without Explaining Yourself

Be Your Own Sunshine: changing your environment and what’s going on inside of you

"You cannot expect to meet new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change." Les Brown Sometimes you have to be your own sunshine. We can't fully control our environment and what's going on around us, but we can change what's going on within us. Ugly weather, pandemic, dealing with grief, loss, depression, … Continue reading Be Your Own Sunshine: changing your environment and what’s going on inside of you

General Care Practitioners Are Not Mental Health Professionals

General care practitioners (GCP, I'll refer to it as) aren't mental health professionals although people, myself included, have visited their GCP for a mental health concern. Fortunately, we're moving away from this trend as more people are learning and understanding that they should see a mental health care professional to address their concerns. As a … Continue reading General Care Practitioners Are Not Mental Health Professionals