9 Habits that Boost Your Mood

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

Gardening Improves Mental Health

Some people love gardening, they love getting in the dirt, being outside, the cultivating, and the rewards. Our ancestors' ancestors' succeeded through working the land. That positive behavior and impact on our reward systems is there and ready to be used. Even for novice gardeners, gardening improves mental health. Research reflects that there's a possible … Continue reading Gardening Improves Mental Health

Painted Rocks for Inspiration and Positivity

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 for Inspiration and Positivity

Toxic Positivity and What You Can Do About It

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 friend said to her that caused … Continue reading Toxic Positivity and What You Can Do About It

Be Your Own Sunshine: Make changes

"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: Make changes

Build This Healthy Habit To Stay Hydrated, Reduce Stress, Anxiety And Depression

One healthy habit that I've been working on is staying hydrated. I'll admit, I'm not the best at remembering to drink water, but I do try. Over the past few months, I've been filling a cup up with water and taking it to bed with me. I set it on my night stand. When I … Continue reading Build This Healthy Habit To Stay Hydrated, Reduce Stress, Anxiety And Depression

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

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

Emergency Contacts, Lifelines, and Suicide Prevention Information

Suicide statistics in the U.S. • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. for all ages. (CDC) • Everyday, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. (CDC) • There is one death by suicide in the U.S. every 12 minutes. (CDC) • Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given … Continue reading Emergency Contacts, Lifelines, and Suicide Prevention Information

Live Now and Lift Your Spirits with “High Hopes”

High Hopes by Patrick Lindsay is a book that contains simple suggestions, supported by quotes of wisdom. It encourages us to slow down and make small changes. To live moment by moment. We have the power to change our lives. I love this little book for myself and the people I work with. "Live NowRefuse … Continue reading Live Now and Lift Your Spirits with “High Hopes”