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

To All the Active and Runner Moms Who Experience “Mom Guilt”

[Note: I'm writing this from the perspective as a mother and an athlete, I feel the "mom guilt" creep in periodically, as I strive to balance training and motherhood. This short letter can be to any mother who experiences "mom guilt" and or who needs to make sure that they're taking enough care of themselves. … Continue reading To All the Active and Runner Moms Who Experience “Mom Guilt”

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

If You Could Speak to Your Younger Self

Journal prompt If you could speak to your younger self, what advice would you give? Give advice to your younger self by writing a letter. Psych research on reminiscence and regrets shows that this little talk can have value in helping you realize your current goals. Glacier Ridge Trail, Moraine State Park, PA Subscribe for … Continue reading If You Could Speak to Your Younger Self

“Unfinished Business” Letter

To help resolve any unfinished business that you have with another person, write a letter. This may be written to a person who has hurt or wronged you, and who is no longer a part of your life. DO NOT ACTUALLY SEND THEM (or anyone) THIS LETTER, this letter is for YOU. Keep it confidential. … Continue reading “Unfinished Business” Letter

What Advice Would You Give Your Past Self?

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your past self? Answer this question by either journaling it out or writing your past self a letter. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your past self? Advice to myself • Don't stress over the small stuff. • Don't worry about … Continue reading What Advice Would You Give Your Past Self?

Mindful Breathing Exercise

When you feel stressed or anxious, have you been mindful of your breathing? Notice if you're holding your breath, taking shallow breaths, or breathing too quickly. Take control of your breathing by trying a short breathing exercise: Lay, sit, or stand comfortably, with good posture to allow yourself to breathe easily. If you're laying or … Continue reading Mindful Breathing Exercise

How to Get Through the Day When the World Seems to be Falling Apart

These 12 tips are specific to living through a pandemic (COVID-19) where there are multiple tragic events and crisis occurring at once on a worldwide scale. A brief overview of the destruction that COVID-19 has caused • People are ill and dying from a virus. • People are socially isolated from family and friends. • … Continue reading How to Get Through the Day When the World Seems to be Falling Apart

Wise Mind: ACCEPTS Skill (Distress Tolerance from DBT)

Wise Mind: ACCEPTS The ACCEPTS acronym has skills that helps keep you busy and distracted when you would typically be preoccupied by a crisis. It is easy to dwell on what is going wrong, by focusing on the ACCEPTS behaviors, you can get yourself through hard times. The acronym A: ActivitiesC: ContributingC: ComparisonsE: EmotionsP: Pushing … Continue reading Wise Mind: ACCEPTS Skill (Distress Tolerance from DBT)

Mindfulness Walk Activity

Mindfulness and walking are highly beneficial to your mental health, especially when you do them routinely. Try combining them! Go on a walk. You can walk inside (yes, it still works) or outside, done alone, while walking the dog, or with another person. - just don't have a conversation with the other person while doing … Continue reading Mindfulness Walk Activity