Mindfulness. This is a word I use a lot in counseling, especially when my clients are dealing with anxiety. Often times our bodies will provide hints about our emotional state, long before we experience overwhelming emotions or pain. As we learn to “clue in” to our bodies, we can keep stress from growing. […]
Who else lies awake at night? Is anyone else having problems falling asleep? I can relate. Right now I blame my wacky sleep patterns on being 7 months pregnant – crazy preggo dreams and frequent bathroom breaks wake me up 4-5 times a night. But it is common for non-pregos to have sleep problems as well. Most […]
Happy 5 Year Anniversary to us!
When Grace was born, my first hope (besides for a healthy baby) was for a full head of hair. Luckily, my wish came true! She was born with a full head of beautiful, dark, hair. Now as a rambunctious toddler, she has a moppy head of hair unless I clip it out of her face. […]
As I’ve written before, I find relaxation exercises involving deep-breathing and imagery to be very effective in counseling sessions. (Click here for an example of a relaxation script in another post.) Today I want to share more guided imagery exercises, but with the added benefit of the audio! In session, I allow my clients to sit calmly while […]
Here is a flashback post about deep breathing skills. I love to teach my clients how to calm their anxiety through breathing. It helps set the stage for more productive talk once they have reached a more peaceful frame of mind. ———————————————————————————————————— Life is busy. Stress happens. Do you deal with stress in […]
I hope you are enjoying the monthly focus on reducing stress and anxiety. Here is a guest post from Brit at “Brookie the Brave.” I’m happy to introduce her as my first guest poster. I hope you enjoy her words of wisdom! ———————————————————————————————————– Brittany Miller, Aka Brookie the Brave’s mom is a happy, stay at home mom […]
Every parent has had those days. The kids are whiny. Everyone is tired and grouchy. There is no “good” food in the fridge. And you are trying your best to not order pizza for dinner (again) and send the kids to bed at 5:00pm. Those are the days when I am so excited for my […]
This month I’ll be dedicating blog posts to . . . . Anxiety. It’s the “August and Anxiety” monthly focus! As a counselor, I often hear my clients state the goal of “overcoming anxiety.” Anxiety can manifest itself in so many ways: -A mother who worries so much about choking that she cuts up […]
I think these are a fantastic invention!Side Lites are nightlights that are built into the outlet cover. Totally safe for curious kids because they can’t unplug anything! Last weekend my husband installed three Side Lites in our hallway, and we love them. They are also super efficient and costs pennies to run. Only 3 cents […]
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I'm a counselor, a wife, and a mom. I hope to inspire others to live a joyful life by embracing the chaos, fun, and beauty in life. Follow along for tips on joyful living, mingled with counseling advice and happy tidbits.
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