Mental health
Grief: Finding light at the end of tunnel

Grief: Finding light at the end of tunnel

Experiencing grief is a part of life, as much as we wish it wasn’t. It is a powerful emotion and it can be exceptionally grim. It can feel like your insides are being ripped apart, your thoughts are paralyzed, and you are moving around in a state of stupor, existing,...

Our subconscious mind can work against us

Our subconscious mind can work against us

Part 1 of a 5-part series I recently had the opportunity to spend time with a highly experienced and insightful retired psychologist who has over 40 years of experience treating all ages. He not only shared his wisdom, but invited me to “go behind the scenes” and...

Trauma is a multi-layered experience

Trauma is a multi-layered experience

Have you experienced a trauma first hand? Witnessed the aftermath a loved one has experienced from one? Or, is your knowledge based on reading or hearing experiences of individuals via newspaper, book, or television? It’s not a subject to be taken lightly and it...

Moving forward is not starting over

Moving forward is not starting over

“Don’t confuse action with progress,” Hal Barker. When you read that statement, can you think of areas in your life in which you are employing ‘action’, yet not truly progressing? Upon reflection of my own life, it has become clear there tends to be a catalyst for me...

Motivation key to living our “best life”

Motivation key to living our “best life”

In all aspects and phases of our life, the key to unlocking what can be a fulfilling new opportunity or medical treatment tends to lie behind the scenes – in our motivation. To me, in this instance, motivation is not about physical movement.  Contrary, I know, since...

Bounce back faster by building resilience

Bounce back faster by building resilience

You have the power to be resilient. You may not think you do, but it is within your grasp. If you’re like me, I’ve steadily nurtured my resilience. Experiences that would knock me down for a few weeks or months years ago, hardly puts a dent in me now.  Maya Angelou...

5 things I learned when I “found” my voice

5 things I learned when I “found” my voice

First – It allows me the opportunity to be more aligned in the areas of my life that are most important to me. Second – It prevents my life from slipping away in someone else’s hands. I think most of us in one way or another can relate in what the opposite can feel...

PTSD and the impact alcohol/substance abuse has

PTSD and the impact alcohol/substance abuse has

When looking at the large number of individuals suffering from PTSD, it is important to acknowledge the unfortunate role alcohol and substance abuse play in this particular population. Expertly explaining this is Dr. Debra Kaysen, Professor of Psychiatry and...

Stanford expert explains PTSD

Stanford expert explains PTSD

Most of us are familiar with the term PTSD – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but what many may not know is that a significant number of those affected with the condition have not sought help. Not only have they not reached out for help, but may be undermining their...

Who determined your self-image?

Who determined your self-image?

You are asked to describe yourself in three adjectives. Have you ever been asked this question? How would you answer? Are your honest answers how you feel you are perceived or how you really think you are? It’s important to realize that your self-image develops as you...

Your past does not have to dictate your future

Your past does not have to dictate your future

We all have a past, right? What does your past look like? Have you always made decisions that were in the best interest of your physical and emotional health? It’s easy to get sucked into spending too much time thinking about your past. But the past is just a...

Healing is an individual effort, not predictable

Healing is an individual effort, not predictable

You both tripped while walking, yet your bruise lingers days later than your partner’s. What gives? Healing time variances can also relate to receiving less-than-favorable health news, the passing of someone special in your life, or a situation that caused you...

Peer pressure can have unhealthy consequences

Peer pressure can have unhealthy consequences

Trying a cigarette, ditching school, and hiding a bad grade on a test – probably three of the most common “peer pressure” activities that are experienced in the adolescent age. I wish I could say peer pressure ended in high school. But it seems it’s something that...

Why ‘showing up’ every day matters

Why ‘showing up’ every day matters

What’s the old saying – slow and steady wins the race? Remember the turtle? Healthcare treatments take time. Sure, it’s easier to call it a day, but you have to be dedicated to a treatment plan (within reason) and give it every opportunity to be successful. If you...

Anxiety can be fueled by chronic illness

Anxiety can be fueled by chronic illness

When it strikes, anxiety tends to fire on all cylinders. Anxiety uncontrolled can be an all-consuming force that makes you feel nervous about everything under the sun. Uncontrolled anxiety affects mental health and “mental health problems [are] one of the main causes...

Emotional intelligence helps guide solution-based thinking

Emotional intelligence helps guide solution-based thinking

Emotions flow in and out of our minds as we experience migraine, or tend to a loved one who is going through one. Have you heard of “emotional intelligence?” Essentially, emotional intelligence is what your capacity is to recognize your own emotions and those of the...

Never forget: Actions speak louder than words

Never forget: Actions speak louder than words

My grandfather lived by the mantra, “Actions speak louder than words.”  Three generations later, I’m living by that creed too. This quote is commonly attributed to Abraham Lincoln in 1856, it means that people’s actions show their real attitudes, versus what they say....

Call a timeout: Recharge your positive power

Call a timeout: Recharge your positive power

Where do you turn when the day is tough, the medical diagnosis is something in uncharted territory, or you have happy pregnancy news? Who’s your team? The relationships we foster with our friends, neighbors, and family can be looked at as the core of our influence,...

Why must we fall to rise?

Why must we fall to rise?

I didn’t appreciate good health until I had experienced poor health. I guess the same could be said for other elements in life. Happiness – maybe it’s easier to count blessings and appreciate a kind, caring partner after experiencing an unhappy partner who weighed you...

Lessen stress with positive “I’ve got this” mindset

Lessen stress with positive “I’ve got this” mindset

Stress shows itself in both uplifting and devastating times in our lives. Have you heard that our body and mind evolve in seven-year cycles? For example, my life has changed in many respects the last 14 years. About 7 years ago I fell ill with meningitis and the...

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