The Power to Say “No”!
Why do people find it so hard to say “No”? It is as if we will receive severe consequences for stating a simple two letter word. However, stating “no” to someone, is the start of setting boundaries of what is acceptable for you. Setting boundaries is important to protect ourselves, including those closest to us. […]
Sad, Maybe Mad, But not Bad!
Depression is often confused with being only sadness, worthlessness, hopelessness, tearfulness, and emptiness. However, with children and teens depression has many faces. Children and adolescents who cause problems at home or school are often defiant to the rules, argumentative with parents and teachers, hostile towards siblings and peers, skipping classes, running away from home, engaging […]
If you are dealing with chronic pain, it is important to recognize the connection between your thoughts and emotions in reaction to the pain. The gate control theory of pain theorizes that negative emotions lead to an increase in experience of pain. Deep breathing and visualization can provide an alternate experience from the reaction to […]
Where is Your Money Going?
Do you find it hard to keep an account of your money? I remember getting paid on the 1st of the month just to become broke by the 2nd after paying all of my monthly bills. How can you manage your money and get out of debt? Money is one of the leading causes for divorces or breakups. […]
The Joy Effect
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22) Joy and happiness are contagious. Laughter is medicine that boosts your immunity, improves your mood, and relieves stress. The Bible says in Proverbs 15:30 that “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to […]
Eating healthy? Exercising daily? Getting a good night’s sleep? And still feeling the same? Music may be the trick! Music has been the one self-care routine that I am able to maintain most effectively. There was a time when I would listen to a particular song every single morning during a very difficult time in […]
Stages Of Change
The process of change has been studied to identify five stages according to the transtheoretical model, “TTM”. The first stage, precontemplation allows for a person to be unaware of a need for change in their behavior. Examining the pros and cons of continuing a behavior may inform a person towards considering a need for change. […]
Instant Gratification – Death of Patience
“Patience is a virtue.” – from the poem Piers Plowman by William Langland (14th century). We live in a generation where we expect everything on our time, right here and now. If we are hungry, we can pull through a drive thru lane instead of taking time to cook a family meal. If we are […]