Lifestyle habits can have a strong influence on your amygdala. If you engage in regular aerobic exercise, especially exercise that uses large muscle groups, the positive effects on both your amygdala and your cortex can help improve your mood. Regular aerobic exercise can also improve your brain's neuroplasticity, making both your amygdala and your cortex … Continue reading Exercise, Sleep, and Anxiety: Rewire your brain
"Finish Stronger" Finishing stronger is one of my unspoken daily goals. It's not written on a to-do list, but it is in the back of my mind. At the end of the day, I feel satisfied with my accomplishments. "Finish Stronger" is a part of a growth mindset. I aim to finish my day or … Continue reading Will You Finish Stronger Today?
I wasn't always good at weight lifting, I enjoyed it, and knew that it played an important role in my health, but it can be difficult to stick with something until you are good at it. Over the years, I stuck with it, and then I wouldn't, and then I'd get back into it... I … Continue reading How to follow through when you’re not automatically good at something
Have you ever felt disorganized, overwhelmed, and unsure of how you are going to accomplish everything in your week? Utilizing a visualization strategy can help. They allow us to see a detailed, bigger picture. Visualizations can also improve our awareness, ways we problem solve, and builds our consistency to follow through on plans and tasks. … Continue reading Visualize How to Accomplish Tasks Throughout Your Week
Transition means change, and change is constant. When life asks us to transition, it is asking us to reexamine our current situation, and then to grow. We must continue to develop and grow. Transitions are challenging to us, but are also beneficial. Adjusting to change can be highly stressful and sometimes we experience symptoms of … Continue reading Get Through Life’s Difficult Transitions
Check out this list of supportive mental health rituals. Are you already doing any of these? If these are new to you, choose any two and begin to add them into your daily routine. While completing a ritual, take a mindfulness approach and practice being aware and non-judgmental in the present moment. Acknowledge and absorb … Continue reading Everyday Mental Health Rituals
Why don’t we take a shot? We miss opportunities in life when we pass on them. This can be at work, like if we decide to stay quiet in a meeting because you question whether or not what you have to say is valuable information. What if what you have to say is more valuable … Continue reading Why Don’t We Take a Shot?
Have you been feeling depressed or lost? By developing some healthy habits you can alter your mood for the better. The 9 habits in this video are small steps that you can take, plus little research tidbits. 1. Practice gratitude2. Give compliments3. Experience and go with the flow4. Savor the little moments5. Exercise6. Get enough … Continue reading 9 Habits that Boost Your Mood
Cognitive distortions are irrational thoughts that can trigger our emotions. Everyone experiences cognitive distortions, but after a certain degree of experiencing them, they can become harmful. You might have heard the phrase, “you are what you think,” or the quote by Henry Ford, “whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” Our … Continue reading 12 Types of Cognitive Distortions
I became a professional Christian counselor because God has created me with the characteristics and talents that it takes to be a great counselor. I recognized these characteristics when I was a teenager, as friends would often come to me for support or advice. My friends felt that I was a good listener and a … Continue reading Why I Became a Christian Counselor (and not an engineer)