Reducing Stress

Managing New Job Stress

Starting a new job can be exciting, but also may cause some stress and anxiety. This is natural. It can be difficult transitioning from a familiar place and co-workers you may have bonded with. You may be uncertain of whether you will click with your new co-workers or perform to your supervisor’s expectations. Navigating these…

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The Power of Grit

Why is GRIT important? Angela Duckworth, a psychologist and researcher who studies grit, defines it as passion and perseverance for long-term and meaningful goals.  Grit is your stick-to-itness.  It is your ability to persist when things get tough because that thing matters to you.  It’s about finding something you are passionate about and staying with…

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Music As A Coping Skill

(10/14/22) Music can span cultures, time periods, and generations. With countless genres to listen to, there is something out there for everyone to enjoy. There are also so many ways to enjoy music, whether it is through listening to a song, playing an instrument, talking to someone about it, going to a concert or dancing…

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Understanding Negative Emotions

(9/30/22) As therapists, we encourage positive self-talk We encourage doing things that make you happy, and becoming your most authentic self. While all of these things are wonderful, we also need to address the other side of things; Negative emotions happen even when we are doing well in our mental health journey. When we are…

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Invisible Disabilities

(9/6/22) Do you ever feel as though your life experience is not very well understood by others? Do you have a medical, physical, or mental condition that is not obvious to the outside world? We all are familiar with the handicapped parking signs in front of many places that we frequent, such as grocery stores…

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Is there a new normal yet?

(6/15/22) At the beginning of the pandemic life as we knew it abruptly changed, with little time to mentally prepare for those changes. Anytime there is change, it creates a new opportunity to define what “normal,” is for us. Many believe grief is only related to a person we care about who has passed away,…

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Structure in Unstructured Times

(6/14/22) We made it to summer! As we enter the summer months, the days get longer, the weather gets warmer, and we tend to let out a collective sigh of relief. Even if your work schedule doesn’t change during the summer, something about this time of year feels different. Lazier, less scheduled, and more open…

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Boundaries 

(May 5, 2022) Boundaries should be a part of every relationship Especially healthy relationships. Practicing healthy communication patterns and clearly setting boundaries is a large part of what helps people to grow and find peace in their relationships with others and themselves. In her book, “Set Boundaries Find Peace”, Nedra Glover Tawwab dives into what…

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The Power of Humor

(April 19, 2022) “Laughter is the best medicine”  What does this phrase mean? Laughter in and of itself can’t cure colds, broken limbs, or kidney disease. So why do we say that laughter is “medicine”? Often, though not always, what we mean is that humor makes us feel better. Humor is an important tool in…

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First Responders Need Support Too 

(March 3, 2022) A little about me:  A therapist once told me, “You can have another career.” I was not so sure of that considering I was in my early 40’s. I had a career in law enforcement for 17 years that ended when I went on disability for a duty related injury.  As with…

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