General Health and Well-Being

Hopelessness to Happiness!

If life could be graded, Anthony would give his an F. His job is stressful, especially now that he’s working from home all the time. His teenage daughter is struggling with depression and not being with her friends in school is making it worse. He and his wife are fighting a lot lately, and he hates himself for the extra 50 pounds he’s carrying, as he’s been eating more being at home and feeling the stress of all the pandemic uncertainties. Whew! Anthony feels hopeless and his life seems depressing and dark. All the news…

Perspective is Key!

How you perceive anything matters! A tire swing hangs motionless in the yard. Light from the house casts a donut-shaped shadow on the fence opposite, but as a passing car shines its headlights on the tire’s well-worn tread, a rectangular shadow appears on the other fence. So which was it: a round donut or a rectangle? Of course, we know the answer is neither—and both. It all depends on your perspective. We’ve all heard that perspective is everything. It’s an easy enough thing to believe, but do we really take this lesson to heart? In…

Overcoming Overwhelm

Overcoming Overwhelm Look in any thesaurus, and the synonyms for overwhelm are pretty awful: overpower, subdue, oppress, quash, engulf, swallow, submerge, bury, suffocate. None of those words are very inviting and certainly don’t have me rushing to sign up to experience any of them. I imagine you feel the same way. Yet, to anyone who’s experienced overwhelm, and that’s plenty of us, those words may be all too familiar. Whether the overwhelm is sudden or cumulative, chronic or acute, the feeling is one of drowning, immobility and powerlessness. During those times, everything feels too big.…

Fall is Reboot Time!

Welcome to Fall! (at least in the northern hemisphere!) It’s reset and reboot time! Time to reassess how to move forward even as the world seems chaotic with pandemic issues as well as all the political and social unrest. With all that is happening in our world today, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. These are unprecedented times. If you’re a parent with school age and/or college age children, you are needing to navigate the ins and outs of supporting your children with online learning. Or…you are dealing with the concerns of sending them back out…

How Emotional Resilient are you?

Emotional resilience is the ability to successfully cope with change or misfortune.   Even when afraid, resilient people respond to life’s challenges with courage and emotional stamina. While we can’t always control what life brings, we can use adversity as an opportunity for growth. Respond True or False to the following statements to discover how well you cope with life’s many challenges. Set 1: When bad things happen, I think “why me?” I feel fear and self-pity; I want to find someone to blame.   When I feel overwhelmed by negative emotions,, I overeat or…

Connecting to Your Inner Resources During Challenging Times

How are you doing during this global health issue? Life is definitely looking different than it was a few months ago that’s for sure! These are some challenging times for all of us! We are all experiencing daily challenges that perhaps none of us has experienced like this before and it can really trigger all our worries, fears, and anxieties. When life looks and feels uncertain, it can jolt us into our protective primitive part of our brain that simply wants to get away from danger. This survival instinct puts us on “alert” for all…

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