mental health

Resolutions for mental health

Your mental health matters. It matters a lot. Paying attention to your mental health and taking steps to stay emotionally healthy can have a big payoff. In this post, I’ll share some ways that you can safeguard your mental health. A new year means New Year’s Resolutions. The three most popular resolutions are to lose …

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Power of Gratitude

In this article, we’ll explore different ways to practice gratitude, why it can be hard to feel grateful, and I’ll share 30 of my favorite gratitude journal prompts. Gratitude can have a significant positive influence on our physical and mental health, but like other healthy habits, even though we know it’s good for us, we …

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Should I leave a troubled relationship

Deciding whether to end a relationship is a big decision. As a therapist, I often see people struggle with whether to stay or go. For someone with codependency, the decision to leave a dysfunctional or abusive partner is especially hard. Why it’s hard to end a “toxic”, dysfunctional, or abusive relationship If you’re struggling in …

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40 Self Help Books Recommended by my Readers on trauma, parenting, personal development, spirituality

I love a good self-help or personal development book. And summer is the perfect time to catch up on some reading. The only problem is there are so many great self-help books to choose from! This list was compiled from suggestions from my amazing Facebook fans. I’m sure you’ll find something that piques your interest. …

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Generational Effects Codependency

Codependency is most often the result of childhood trauma.  But many readers have written to me, confused because they’re codependent and had a “normal” childhood. “I don’t understand why I’m codependent. I’ve read your posts, but I didn’t grow up in a dysfunctional family. How did this happen?” “Is it possible to be codependent if …

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Mindfulness as a Tool for Self-Acceptance. Learn to love and accept yourself using mindfulness.

Mindfulness can improve self-acceptance by helping you stay present focused, connected to your feelings, and grateful. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of staying in the moment, of being in the here and now rather than focused on the past or the future. Many of us aren’t fully experiencing our lives because we’re spending …

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managing depression

HARMS is an acronym that I use to remind my clients of 5 key areas to attend to in managing depression – health, activity, relationships, mind, & spirit. Depression is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. It has the potential to impact all areas of your life — emotions, relationships, physical health, work, and productivity. …

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What's the Difference Between Perfectionism and OCD? Understand Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Perfectionism, and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

I’m often asked what the difference is between perfectionism and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). It’s actually a fairly complex question and one that realistically this article will only be able to address on the surface. This article isn’t meant to diagnose any mental conditions and isn’t an exhaustive study of OCD or any other mental …

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Emotional Spring Cleaning

Spring is a time of new beginnings, growth, and hope. It’s also the time of year to clean out the garage and the closets–to discard what’s broken or obsolete. Like many of you, I have a love-hate relationship with spring cleaning. Cleaning isn’t exactly at the top of my list of weekend fun. But I …

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journaling for mental health

Journals aren’t just for teenagers trying to hide their private thoughts from their parents’ prying eyes. Journaling is a helpful therapeutic tool. It’s not going replace mental health treatment from a qualified professional, but it can be a useful addition or way to accelerate your healing. What is journaling? Journaling is a process of writing …

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