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

Live Now

One way to lift your spirits (taken from the book High Hopes by Patrick Lindsay) "'Live Now'Refuse to let time dictate your day. Lose track of it. Immerse yourself in whatever you're doing. Surrender yourself to the activity. Commit your full attention. Notice the difference." ~ Patrick Lindsay "The happiest of all lives is a … Continue reading Live Now

You Will Keep Going

If you need support, reach out to a counselor, don't hesitate. Most counselors are providing teletherapy now. You don't have to leave your home and it is easy to get started. I specialize in telemental health. Contact me if you are a resident of Pennsylvania and would like to talk. Keep going! Learn about teletherapy … Continue reading You Will Keep Going

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

You Can Seek Help at Any Time: Rate Your Distress Scale

Use this distress scale to help you stay more aware of how you are doing. The scale is 0 to 10, where 0 is that you feel at peace and are completely calm, and 10 is distress that is so unbearable that you cannot function. Refer to the scale, as-needed. If you find yourself rated … Continue reading You Can Seek Help at Any Time: Rate Your Distress Scale

Mental health therapy: what people think it is vs. what it actually is

Mental health therapy: what people think it is vs. what it actually is. What people think it is: • Talking to a therapist about problems. What it actually is: • Talking to a therapist about problems. • Making changes to thoughts and behaviors. • Psychoeducation. • Building awareness of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. • Between … Continue reading Mental health therapy: what people think it is vs. what it actually is

Struggling to Remain Strong for too Long?

Depression, anxiety, and panic attacks are signs that you should ask for help It is important to be able to recognize the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and panic attacks in ourselves. When we experience these symptoms frequently, for longer than a few weeks, it is time to ask for help. Take action. We tend to … Continue reading Struggling to Remain Strong for too Long?

Favorite Positive Affirmation?

What's your favorite positive affirmation, right now? Mine is, "I have everything I need." I tend to feel like I need MORE (belongings, money, approval from others, etc.) and it can create anxiety and tension. I don't actually need any of these things. When I practice living in the moment and tell myself that I … Continue reading Favorite Positive Affirmation?