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

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

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

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

How to Get the Most Out of Counseling

Things that you can do to get the most out of counseling: 1. Be picky about who you work with and make sure that they're a good fit. Find someone who you see yourself talking with and who specializes in what you need support with. Check out how to find the right counselor here. 2. … Continue reading How to Get the Most Out of Counseling

Are You Doing Any of These 3 Self-Defeating Habits? Here’s How You Can Fix Them

3 habits that destroy happiness and how you can fix them. Negative Self-defeating Voices Let's start with looking at our internal thoughts in order to better understand where our habits come from. We all struggle with our negative internal voices. They are critical, destroy confidence, and are stuck on repeat. These negative voices pop up when … Continue reading Are You Doing Any of These 3 Self-Defeating Habits? Here’s How You Can Fix Them

Reshaping Your Relationship with Something Negative that Happened to You: my Life-Threatening encounter with a cougar while on a trail run

FKT, Unsupported, Women's Record We all experience scary events, some are traumatic, terrifying and shake us to our core. Our bodies may have a strong reaction to what happened and hold onto it. We receive reminders from our environment of the event and upon reception, the body may react with a symptom or maybe more. … Continue reading Reshaping Your Relationship with Something Negative that Happened to You: my Life-Threatening encounter with a cougar while on a trail run

Never Lose Hope, Even When Times Feel Hopeless: seasons change

Never lose hope because things can change. Circumstances and situations change, sometimes in the blink of an eye and sometimes over a few years. I like spending time outdoors, so I think of change as weather patterns and seasons. Using this as a metaphor, we dress appropriately for the daily weather and for each season, … Continue reading Never Lose Hope, Even When Times Feel Hopeless: seasons change