How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

How to set goals Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time-based This is important framework for creating any goal, short-term or long-term. I keep this structure in mind when helping people set goals and intentions. We work smart ▪︎ We are specific ▪︎ We look at the details of the desired outcome ▪︎ We talk about what … Continue reading How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Are You Feeling Distressed?: rate your level of distress

Use this distress scale to help you become 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 Are You Feeling Distressed?: rate your level of distress

Things to Remember During Bad Days

Your day is still full of potential and possibilities even if The weather is nasty and you're stuck indoors. Your car got a flat tire on the way to work. You received a negative report that was out of your control. You didn't get the job or raise. A major household appliance broke. You received … Continue reading Things to Remember During Bad Days

How to Write an “Unfinished Business” Letter to Help with Processing and Closure

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. The purpose of writing the letter is to foster healing. Healing is a process, and you may … Continue reading How to Write an “Unfinished Business” Letter to Help with Processing and Closure

What People Think Therapy 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 session work. • Learning and practicing coping strategies. • Working on becoming less … Continue reading What People Think Therapy is vs What it Actually is

“Make it Happen” – Inspiration for Taking Action

A collection of inspiring thoughts and tips for taking action. We talk about negative things way too much Break the habit by finding the good in your day and share it with others. Fun fact: all photos were taken by Shannon while trail running What are you passionate about? Can you use that to make … Continue reading “Make it Happen” – Inspiration for Taking Action

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

These 13 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

About Finish Stronger Counseling’s YouTube Channel

The purpose of my YouTube channel is to provide you with information on mental health and tips to help you get through everyday life. Since I'm passionate about running and the outdoors, you may also see that as it relates to mental health. https://youtu.be/Gc67R0__BqY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygw8-n6kcSA https://youtube.com/shorts/Lscebpchwpw?feature=share https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYe4JgYCkeg https://youtu.be/boybIAg4pKw Related information ABOUT FINISH STRONGER COUNSELING’S FACEBOOK … Continue reading About Finish Stronger Counseling’s YouTube Channel

25 Day Pushup Challenge for Mental Health Awareness

To help raise awareness for mental health and suicide, I will be doing 25 pushups a day, for the next 25 days. Towards the bottom of this page is a YouTube video that I created of the challenge. The video contains snippets of the 25 days and statistics on mental health and suicide. - Share … Continue reading 25 Day Pushup Challenge for Mental Health Awareness

Affirmations to Get Through a Crisis or Difficult Time

The types of thoughts that we have can make a big difference in the way that we handle going through a crisis or difficult time. An affirmation is a short and simple statement that can be used to bring subconscious thoughts conscious. As thoughts become conscious, we can begin to take control of our way … Continue reading Affirmations to Get Through a Crisis or Difficult Time