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Stop the stigma – we all can improve our mental health hygiene May 6, 2015

We as a society have advanced in many ways and in many fields, from new technologies to advances in the sciences, and improvements in medical and health care treatments…  Though in the mental health field, sometimes I feel that we are still in the dark ages due to the stigma that continues today. A stigma we need to rid ourselves of. Stigma defined is: a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. The shear definition of…

Misguided Self-Love March 5, 2015

What is self-love really? Let’s start by highlighting what it is not. Self-love is not egotistical nor narcissistic. It is not selfish or uncaring. Self-love is quite the opposite. Self-love is knowing our strengths, our limitations, our triggers, and how best to cope and care for ourselves among life’s challenges. Self-love is accepting ourselves and respectfully behaving or communicating in such a way as to honor our personal needs. All too common, and in a variety of ways, we tend…

Worry is waiting for a Decision January 29, 2015

When one worries are they engaged in careful thought? Are they attempting to find a conclusion or resolution through worry? That might be the intention but in actuality most often worry is postponing a decision. Worrying does not utilize the skills of consideration thus does not allow for careful thought leading to conclusion or resolution. Though when a worried individual is asked why they worry, usually the answer will be connected to the idea of desiring a resolution to a…

For the Sake of Joy January 21, 2015

Wouldn’t it be phenomenal if we could all experience some joy daily? I mean real joy… The kind of joy that lights up and creates momentum throughout your entire day; maybe even brings a touch of silliness to your mood. According to dictionary.com one definition of joy is: a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated. This definition implies external factors influencing internal factors. Could it be possible that we could feel…

From Codependent to Interdependent December 3, 2014

Codependency can be synonymous to not living one’s own life in some aspects for both people in a dysfunctional relationship. Codependency is a learned behavior which is great because that means it can be replaced with new learning or relearning and behavior! Dependent people and enablers are really good at attracting each other, after all they have practiced codependency for quite a while by default. Codependency often renders one person failing to challenge themselves and the other person losing respect…

Moving From Black and White Thinking to Shades of Gray October 6, 2014

There are many limits to thinking only in black and white terms. It can impact one’s mood, can limit personal choices and opportunities, damage relationships, and ultimately create suffering for the user and others around them. Black and white thinking limits one’s ability to have “win, win” experiences or exchanges. It also limits opportunities for learning from mistakes. In the mind of the black and white thinker there must be a definitive winner and loser in most situations. When one sees…

Anxiety September 11, 2014

Anxiety can be debilitating. It is a feeling of fear, unease, and worry. It can keep us up all night and cause us to be distracted during the day. What causes anxiety is almost always our thoughts that trigger these feelings of unease. Sometimes though, anxiety can hijack us out of what appears to be know where. A simple intervention to reduce anxiety is focusing on your breathing but also self-affirming your presence. You see anxiety is associated with the…

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