It's that time of year again...the start of a new school year. Unfortunately, most kids with learning difficulties hate school. This video is a great reminder (for both teachers and parents) of what some kids need for learning and how adults can help.
Anger is a universal emotion that we all feel. It is a natural reaction to a perceived injustice. However, it can become a problem when ANGER controls YOU. The kids in the "Just Breathe" video explain what it feels like to be angry and how to calm your body and your mind in the moment. This is also a great video for kids who often feel angry because it discusses anger in a non-shaming way from a child's perspective.
Antidepressants can be a great tool in helping people battle the debilitating effects of depression. Unfortunately, there are several things that you're not going to get from a pill. Here are five ways that counseling can help in addition to medication.
1. HEALTHY COPING STRATEGIES
Medication won't change the challenging life situations you are facing. Often times when people are depressed there are stressors in their lives that are contributing. A counselor can help you examine some unhelpful coping strategies you're using to deal with these stressors (i.e., isolation, alcohol/drugs or food) that could be making you feel worse and offer some healthier ways of coping.
Well...It's that time of year again. Time to reflect on the last year and look forward to a new one. You may be excited to have a fresh start and are ready to make some changes to your health, relationships or your life in general. You may also be dreading the thought of a New Year's resolution. If you are part of the latter group it is likely that you have made some of these mistakes in the past. Here are five ways to wreck your New Year's resolutions and what you can do to be more successful this year.
1. DON'T TELL ANYONE
By keeping your resolutions to yourself you are missing out on some needed accountability and encouragement. You can tell a close friend or even share it on social media for some major accountability.
Words are powerful. They can be used to build people up or tare them down. Here are some words that have inspired me and hope that they will inspire you as well.
Have you ever driven somewhere and realized when you reached your destination that you didn't remember how you got there? Have you ever been in a conversation and realized you had no idea what he or she just said? Do you find yourself staring at the wall? Do you ever feel anxious but have no idea why? If you answered yes to any of these questions you may be living in your head more than in the moment. When we are "in our heads" our attention is usually focused on the past or the future. We think about the things we have said or done and what we should have done differently. We think of upcoming events and run through our list of to-do's. Being in our heads can increase our stress levels, rob us of the joy of the moment, negatively impact our relationships and lower our job performance.
Anger is a natural part of life and can sometimes be useful. It may motivate you to stand up for what you believe in or alert you when your boundaries have been crossed. Being angry often, however, is not healthy and can wreak havoc on your body and your relationships. When you experience high levels of anger your body kicks into "fight or flight" mode and releases stress hormones as well as raises your blood pressure. Some research has even found a correlation between being highly angry often and heart disease. Your health is not the only thing that suffers from being angry often. Your anger may also lead you to become isolated from others and can keep you from getting your relational needs met.
This book may help you reconnect and strengthen you relationship by examining unhelpful patterns of conflict and underlying unmet relational needs. It includes practical exercises to communicate effectively with your partner and heal relational wounds.