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

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

3 Mindful Strategies to Increase Positivity During Hard Times

Limit Exposure Limit the time you're exposed to the situation. Be informed, but limit the amount of news, media, social media, that you take in. For social media, you can choose to follow and unfollow certain accounts and channels. Use social media to build yourself up, promote positivity, and connect with non-toxic people. Social media … Continue reading 3 Mindful Strategies to Increase Positivity During Hard Times

4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

People are under an increased amount of stress due to the ongoing pandemic, which has no concrete ending. People who don't have a mental illness disorder, such as anxiety, are also experiencing mental health vulnerabilities during this time. They report having issues like difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering things, sleep disturbance, and decreased mood. 4 "M"s … Continue reading 4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

Taking Care of Your Emotional Health During a Disaster

Information from the CDC on taking care of your emotional health during a disaster.A few steps that you can follow: Take care of your body.Connect with others.Take breaks.Stay informed.Avoid too much exposure to the news.Seek help when needed. Common signs of distress to look for: Feelings of numbness, disbelief, anxiety or fear.Changes in appetite, energy … Continue reading Taking Care of Your Emotional Health During a Disaster

Teachers Pay Teachers and Autism Adventures: autism resources; calm down kits; life skills; classroom; behavioral management; monthly activities; social narratives; visual supports; more

Teachers Pay Teachers Learn about their online platform, which was created by teachers for teachers. Join Teachers Pay Teachers for free or sign up for the annual account. You can also raise funds for Teachers Pay Teachers resources through TpT ClassFund. Autism Adventures If you're a teacher who works with students who have autism or … Continue reading Teachers Pay Teachers and Autism Adventures: autism resources; calm down kits; life skills; classroom; behavioral management; monthly activities; social narratives; visual supports; more

Beach Ball Metaphor for Coping with Emotional Dysregulation

I first heard of the beach ball metaphor while watching a video through PESI (one of my continuing education providers). Arielle Schwartz, PhD uses the beach ball metaphor to explain how we can manage our dysregulated emotions. Arielle Schwartz, PhD provides a mind-body healing exercise that can help trauma survivors process their negative emotions without … Continue reading Beach Ball Metaphor for Coping with Emotional Dysregulation

Do You Think That You Have Imposter Syndrome?: and what to do about it

Do I belong here? Who am I to be doing this sort of work? I feel like a fraud, though I'm not doing anything wrong, but sometimes this feels wrong. Dealing with imposter syndrome can be confusing. Someone who is feeling like an imposter may have these thoughts and emotions, one side telling you that … Continue reading Do You Think That You Have Imposter Syndrome?: and what to do about it

Spinning Your Wheels: ask for help when you’re stuck

We don't always like to ask for help, a lot of times we'll wait until we're feeling completely overwhelmed by emotions and stress. While there are multiple reasons that we might behave this way, such as fear of failure or rejection, for example... however, this article isn't about that. Let's get right to the point. … Continue reading Spinning Your Wheels: ask for help when you’re stuck