One Small Act to Activate Your Joy

Posted By: on May 16, 2019
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We find ourselves drowning far too often. Drowning in dark thoughts, anxiety, fear, shame, guilt. The list truly goes on and on and on. I remember one day reading how important this thing called joy was. It was necessary and we were called to have it. But I wasn’t quite sure I was “feeling” it or even knew what “it” was. In my definition, joy was a feeling. (If I didn’t feel joyful or happy or pleasant, I must not have it.) I soon realized that it is a trained position of the hear

If You Want To Grow, Start Journaling

Posted By: on May 09, 2019
person Journaling
It was the third time I had written that day. I sat on the pavement next to my car, quickly scribbling the thoughts that had been whirling around my brain. Once I got the thoughts out, I could stop thinking them. I could stop having conversations in my head. Quiet would follow, even if only for a short while. I was initially reluctant to journaling. Resistant, you could even say. It took months to give into my counselor’s prodding to write about why I didn’t want to write. Fast forward seve

Dealing with Anxiety: How to Overcome Our Fears

Posted By: on May 02, 2019
woman feeling free from anxiety
While anxiety can be a normal and healthy reaction, it can also start to grow out of proportion. It can even become a disorder. When our anxieties and fears take over and control our lives, that is when it becomes a problem. There are different types of anxiety disorders that people may suffer from: Generalized anxiety disorder: This is where you are anxious overall. Every day you feel anxious about multiple different things. Social anxiety: This is where you feel very anxious in social

Me… Anxiety… & Gratefulness…

Posted By: on April 25, 2019
stressed young adult
Have you ever felt like you have everything under control? It’s the best feeling, right? I’d like to think, that for the most part, that’s me. I see myself as being pretty resilient and someone that can cope with the curve balls that life seems to keep throwing my way. I work hard, enjoy life and focus on the things that matter. Like most people, I just take life one day at a time. About four months ago I had my first anxiety attack and it was completely unexpected. Prior to that, I’d

The Many Sides of Anxiety

Posted By: on April 18, 2019
woman suffering from anxiety
I learned over the years that there are many sides to anxiety. I, myself, was diagnosed with anxiety a couple of years ago, but have always dealt with it prior to the official diagnosis. I knew it was time to get help when my anxiety would cause panic and fear that would impact my daily life as a wife and mother to four children. For me that was taking prescribed medicine to help with it, talking with others (family), and making sure I knew what to do when I felt this panic or extreme fear. O

Laughter Might Be The Best Medicine

Posted By: on April 14, 2019
4 women laughing
It wasn’t until I went through one of the darkest seasons of my life, that I learned about the power of laughter. When anxiety rears its ugly head, or depression seems to wake you up, it feels like the end of the world. I’ve found that light is much closer than we think, closer than our very breath… Have you ever heard of a man named Norman Cousins? Me neither. Not until recently when I was moved by his story. Cousins, a political journalist took a trip to Russia and contracted ankylosi

The Healing Power of Authenticity and Vulnerability

Posted By: on April 10, 2019
woman in field
Among the greatest strengths you have as a person are your abilities to be authentic and vulnerable. In fact, both promote deeper healing because they help identify your unique needs and allow you to ask for, and receive, the help that you require to fulfill yourself physically, socially, emotionally, psychologically, financially, and spiritually. What Makes Authenticity and Vulnerability Your Greatest Strengths Being authentic allows you to embrace all parts of yourself and be honest with

Contact in Relationships: The Gift of Being Present with Ourselves and One Another

Posted By: on March 27, 2019
2 friends laughing
How you can be more mindful and aware in every interaction you have in the future? It’s human instinct to crave connection with other people. After all, we’re social beings by nature. So, how do we fulfill our relationship needs in a world where technology drives our interactions with others? How do we connect with people outside of the short conversations we have in public or the text messages and chats we have electronically? This deserves further exploration. Contact in relationships is

Happy Together: The Healing Power of Your Marriage

Posted By: on March 13, 2019
married couple on the lake
Couples counseling strengthens bonds and teaches better communication skills both before and during a marriage. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been married five months or fifty years. The secret to a happy and successful marriage is valuing one another as the complex human beings that you both are. After all, just as seasons change, so do people and the relationships that they have. That doesn’t necessarily mean that your marriage will take a turn for the worse. It does imply, however, that

Four Ways to Handle Difficult Relationships

Posted By: on February 20, 2019
man and woman talking
How counseling helps you communicate better and what to do if the troubled relationship is with your spouse. If you have difficulty relating to some of the people in your life, you’re not alone. A difference in opinion is sometimes all that it takes to make communicating feel impossible. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t find solutions when it comes to spending time with and even talking to the difficult people in your life. In fact, there are many ways to address trying relation