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

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

7 Tips for Talking to Children About Mass Shootings

With great sadness I read of another mass shooting. 58 people have been confirmed dead and hundreds more were injured in the Las Vegas shooting on Sunday, October 1, 2017. As adults, it’s difficult to understand the hows and the whys of these events. For children, it’s even more difficult. Young children, under the age … More 7 Tips for Talking to Children About Mass Shootings

On Being or Acting As If

Or, fake it until you make it. Change is difficult. Smoothing out old patterns and creating new pathways doesn’t happen overnight. But is there danger in faking it? Yes, and no. When we use affirmations, we affirm statements that are how we want life to be. “I am healthy, strong, and fit.” We may not … More On Being or Acting As If

Dealing with Emotions: An Analogy

Sometimes you don’t want to deal with emotions. Sometimes you need to wait until you have more time to process. Sometimes you hope that they will just go away. Waiting until you have time alone to think things through or holding onto the emotions to share at your next counseling appointment can be a healthy … More Dealing with Emotions: An Analogy

Making the Shift: An Evening Ritual

In a recent post I discussed the value of a morning ritual to support focus, creativity, and peace. I have found that a brief evening ritual can support the transition from work to home. Working in community mental health care can be challenging and sometimes stressful. It is important to set aside the content of … More Making the Shift: An Evening Ritual

A WARM Morning Ritual

Those who know me well are cognizant that I do not naturally lean towards rituals, habits and organization. I thrive in creativity and fluidity. However, in my professional practice, I have discovered the value of daily rituals. I have come to discover that well planned rituals can create smooth transitions from home life to professional … More A WARM Morning Ritual

A Mindful Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day is often filled with hearts, flowers and high expectations. A recent visit to the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit in Seattle reminded me of the complexity of relationships. Like this chandelier art piece, life swirls and changes. The deeper you look into your life, the more you see. Take a few … More A Mindful Valentine’s Day

Creating a Culture of Wellness: Occupational Wellness (Part 2)

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Creating a Culture of Wellness in your life. Part one focused on improving emotional wellness.  Today’s post will explore the concept of occupational wellness. University of California, Riverside defines occupational wellness as: “the ability to achieve a balance between work and leisure time, addressing workplace stress and building … More Creating a Culture of Wellness: Occupational Wellness (Part 2)