4 Ways to Avoid a Mental Health Crisis During Difficult Times

Twenty-seven wildfires are burning across Oregon. The fires have resulted in in entire communities’ evacuations, the loss of homes and businesses for hundreds of families, and potential for mental health crisis. Across the state, Oregonians are struggling with hazardous air quality, making breathing difficult. This experience is overwhelming for many who are already struggling. We … More 4 Ways to Avoid a Mental Health Crisis During Difficult Times

3 Things Quarantine Taught Me About Connection

My workdays are very different these days. There seems to be no connection between life today and life in March of this year. In the not so distant past, I would rush around the house scrambling to get ready and gather everything that I needed for the day: purse, keys, ID badge, snacks, coffee. These … More 3 Things Quarantine Taught Me About Connection

3 Steps to Finding Rest in Times of Turmoil

The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.~Martin Luther King, Jr. As I woke earlier this week, I noticed that my heart was heavy, and my mind was already full. It wasn’t yet six o’clock, and Covid-19, protests, and death tolls … More 3 Steps to Finding Rest in Times of Turmoil

Quarantine or A New Way of Life?

Weeks have gone by, and each day there are reports about COVID-19 diagnoses and deaths. We read tips for staying connected during quarantine and how to stay healthy. We, or others that we know, are sewing face masks to help prevent the continued spread of the virus. This is life in quarantine. And this is … More Quarantine or A New Way of Life?

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