By: Gregory Rymer
Declutter Your Life!
The New Year brings hopes and dreams of a prosperous future. Sadly, a date will not reset our life. Many of us place extra stress and emotional burdens upon ourselves.
I have come to believe and have a working testimony that any resolution must not add any undue stress to our busy lifestyle. We need to declutter our schedules and our physical surroundings. We must stop thinking that we need to accept every task that is placed before us. “No” is an acceptable answer. What benefits are achieved if you are emotionally, physically and spiritually exhausted or spent? Read more
Anxiety can be horrendous, so why would anyone want to stop avoiding anxiety and instead practice acceptance and commitment therapy? Avoiding anxiety can make a lot of sense. After all, anxiety can cause our thoughts to race with fear and worry, it can make our emotions spiral out of control, and it can create a whole host of awful physical symptoms from head to toe. We want to do whatever we can to reduce anxiety. Ironically, avoiding anxiety doesn’t lessen it; avoidance intensifies anxiety. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an approach that helps us stop avoiding anxiety so we can overcome it. Read more
By Jude Bijou, MA, MFT, pyschcentral.com
This time of year, we’re used to reading about holiday blues and holiday stress. Contrary to popular belief, however, anxiety, depression, and suicide rates do not rise during the holidays. The CDC, Mayo Clinic, and other research institutions have found no link between holidays and increased depression and suicide. (Read more here.)
Nevertheless, holidays do knock some of us off balance. Between family gatherings, pressure to spend money, kids coming back from college, work disruption, and other holiday-related events, we may forget that holidays are supposed to be about comfort and joy.
Here are eight ways to embrace the true meaning of the season and focus on increasing joy, love, and peace. Read more
by Marsha Wilkinson, LCSW
Stress and anxiety cause physiological changes to occur in our bodies which affect our ability to relax, sleep well, and enjoy our lives. One of the most powerful ways to reduce these is through sensory outlets. Do any activities together that create laughter and/or body movement. Here are a few ideas; Finger paint, with your kitchen counter as the canvas (You can use instant pudding instead of paint for an easy clean up). Create pictures with chalk outside on your driveway or walk way. Build a snowman or snow family or fort together. Go walking, hiking, biking, swimming, etc. If a child is inside see how many jumping Jack’s they can do (this will release a lot of anxiety stuck inside a child that they don’t know how to verbalize) You can also see how far they can run up and down the block. Make play dough or bread dough and just play with it. Make music together (create instruments out of household items).Watch funny movies that make you laugh. Go to the local animal shelter and walk the dogs or pet the cats. Do any art or creative expression (with no directions being used) this allows the body and mind to release whatever is problematic.
By: Lea Mangus, PCSW
Have you ever heard the term “Experiential Therapy” and wondered what exactly it means? I would like to offer a brief overview of experiential therapy and what it entails. As the name indicates, experiential therapy involves activities and actions rather than the more traditional “talk therapy.” It is a therapeutic approach that encourages clients to identify and address hidden or subconscious issues through activities such as play, art, outdoor activities, and a range of other active experiences. Many people find it hard to think about, remember, or talk about their hidden hurts. After years of burying those thoughts, it can be difficult to drag those feelings to the surface and expose them. Some people find that experiential therapy helps make this process easier. Read more