5 Ways to Stop Little Things From Becoming Big Things

So often we can work through the challenges of daily living effortlessly. Sometimes, though, little problems or small inconveniences build up and can make it difficult to manage our emotions. Recently I helped a friend care for her mini farm while she was out of town. In addition to dogs and a cat, her small … More 5 Ways to Stop Little Things From Becoming Big Things

Feel Lonely? Moving from Loneliness to Connectedness

Everyone feels lonely sometimes. Loneliness may feel like a gnawing emptiness and trigger an overwhelming emotional response resulting in anxiety and depression. Social isolation often causes loneliness, however, many people feel lonely or rejected when surrounded by other people. Others may experience pain from their perceived disconnection from others. In 1949 Hank Williams, Sr. wrote … More Feel Lonely? Moving from Loneliness to Connectedness

4 Ways to Discover And Nurture Your True Self

“If you can’t remember when you last basked in your own glow, it means you’re overdue.” ― Gina Greenlee, Postcards and Pearls: Life Lessons from Solo Moments on the Road We are bombarded daily with strident messages telling us what to think, what to believe, what to be. In the midst of the frenetic media … More 4 Ways to Discover And Nurture Your True Self

6 Ways to Survive the Dog Days of Summer

August has arrived and brought extreme heat to the Pacific Northwest. We are not accustomed to triple digit temperatures in this region of the country. There is evidence that extreme temperatures can affect mood, and high heat can increase aggression. According to research, intergroup conflicts increase by 14% while interpersonal violence increases 4% during peak … More 6 Ways to Survive the Dog Days of Summer

Reducing Anxiety in Children

In this technological age of instant news and social media at our fingertips, children are bombarded daily with news of school shootings, bombings, war, nuclear threats, genocide, and political extremism. At school and in their neighborhoods children experience peer pressure, bullying, and social isolation. As a result there is a continued increase in the diagnosis … More Reducing Anxiety in Children

Celebrating Mothers with a Big “M” and a Little “m”

Mother’s Day honors the mothers who cared for us and nurtured us as we grew. Many celebrate with the mother they call Mom. This is the big “M” mom. The one who kissed wounds and gave hugs; the one who dried our tears and encouraged us. But today we also celebrate the little “m” moms. … More Celebrating Mothers with a Big “M” and a Little “m”

Simplification

An active 76-year old man recently shared about his experience in selling the home that he and his wife had lived in for many years. He shared about giving things away to family members and to local nonprofits. And also his dismay in the number of items that were sent to recycling or to the … More Simplification

Create a Life Worth Living: Finding your why

, When people reach the point where they feel that there is no hope that things will get better or they feel that they have exhausted every option in an attempt to solve the problems they face daily, hopelessness grows. Unchecked, hopelessness fuels self-harm, addictions, and suicide. Life has become so unmanageable that it no … More Create a Life Worth Living: Finding your why