40 Million Americans Have It? Do You? Yup, about 40 million of us, or 19% of the United States population, suffer from anxiety.* Are you one of them? I am! In fact, most of my clients come in telling me they have been diagnosed (or have self-diagnosed) with anxiety disorder. Many, like myself, take some sort of prescriptive medicine to help them live with their anxiety. If there is an epidemic, I would declare anxiety as an epidemic. It doesn’t even seem to matter your age as it … [Read more...] about 40 Million Americans Have It
Don't! Stop! Don't Stop! These phrases read very differently depending on where you put the emphasis, right? Don't! Stop! OR Don't Stop! The same is true of resolutions. DO make them -- but be sure to make the goals reasonable ones and only those that you really truly desire. Let's break these down. 1. Reasonable Goals To know what is reasonable, let's look at what might be an unreasonable or unattainable goal. "This year I am going to lose 50 pounds!" … [Read more...] about A New Year & ANOTHER Resolution
Gaslighting is a form of abuse when another person denies what you are experiencing and states this denial in a way that makes you think you might be crazy. Common gaslighting phrases are: Are you sure your memory is correct? I never said that. You’re being too sensitive. That never happened. You’re imagining it. It’s your fault. I'm only kidding. And so many, many other phrases that all signify that something is wrong with you. Gaslighting is a way of … [Read more...] about Are You a Victim of Gaslighting?
"Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back, the only path to serenity.” ―Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching This quote most likely resonates with most of us. Yet, we continue to walk around, whether we know it or not, seeking approval. Am I good enough? Likeable enough? Pretty enough? Thin enough? Am I dressed right? What about my hair? What if someone does not approve of you? What if they shun you for being … [Read more...] about You Are Not Broken
And it's not over yet! Whew! Are you feeling it? That collective sigh of relief because we're almost out of this disaster of a year - 2020! Yet still, many are finding themselves struggling with unhealthy habits that either began or were expanded while trying to cope with these emotional times. Many have lost loved ones, jobs, group and social interactions, and community events. If you find yourself in one of these situations...perhaps you want to quit smoking, lose weight, or … [Read more...] about 2020 – What a Year!
Some days are just a "one piece in the puzzle kind of day"! A client was sitting on the couch in front of me. She sighed and said, “Some days are just a one piece in the puzzle kind of day!” I laughed out loud – what a wonderful metaphor. I could totally wrap my brain around the concept. I also loved that it felt successful. Even if you only accomplish one thing in a day, that one thing can be mighty significant. The concept came to her as she navigated her way through a series of … [Read more...] about One Piece in the Puzzle