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7 Mental Health Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress

1. Be kind to yourself. Practice being non-judgmental about yourself. Be mindful of  your internal chatter; if it is negative, stop and think, Would I say this to/about a friend? And don’t say it about yourself. Counter negative thoughts with realistic reframing!  Change “I won’t get all of this done because I’m all alone!” which is multi-layered, packed with anxiety and then secondarily layered up with fears of being alone to “I can do a reasonable amount of things this holiday season.”

Mindfulness practices are skills that can be learned (Istock/awelo)

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Stop wasting vacation days! Vacation is good for self-care and mental health!

 

Billions of dollars in benefits are wasted every year as employees work through paid holidays and swap vacation days for a few more hours at the office. No wonder American workers say they’re stressed out and burnt out. But if work is so tiring and employers are offering a paid break, why is fewer than half the workforce taking advantage of it?

 

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Wordless Wednesday – Wildlife break!

Happy Birthday to me!

 

Sharing my birthday with my readers!  Thank you!

5 Things I Say Most in a Therapy Session

 

Deep listening is deeply healing (istock/izusek)

1. This is not a quick fix. I think it’s funny when programs promise great big “breakthrough” or “aha!” moments where you suddenly become this new person or jump up and down on the couch in ecstatic realization. Anyone of you who have been through therapy know this is just not how it is…

Therapy is actually deep, slow personal work. It’s a long, slow process of growth. And you can do the therapy for a while, take break and do life with this new perspective for a while and then come back to it again.

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How Affective Neuroscience and Depression Relate

 

Healthy early relationships strengthens brain and emotional health !

Healthy early relationships strengthens brain and emotional health !

David Goss, Psy.D., in an article published in the March 2015 issue of Counseling Psychology Review, investigates how therapy can positively impact a depressed person’s brain biology.

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Hillary Clinton’s Mental Health Statement

Hillary ClintonFor the fall of the 2016 Presidential campaign, I’m reviewing the candidates’ policies on mental health, a topic close to my heart, as a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor. I’ve been slugging away in the trenches for quite some time.  In addition, mental health is an important issue for us all as citizens of the world…as depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

(For this longest election cycle ever, I’ve had to use my mindfulness, emotional regulation and news fasting skills this fall as my sanity is important to me.) Sigh..ok, moving on…

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#WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

suicide hotline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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#StopSuicide & DBT Distress Tolerance Skills Overview

#STOPSUICIDE

I’m blogging about Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

DistressTolerance Sign

My last post was a general overview about what DBT is and the people DBT can help.

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