This time of year can bring about added stress, worry, anxieties and just plain sad thoughts. Think about how you are feeling now, compared to how you were feeling in July. Any different? Worse? The same? What do you want to change? There is often the misconception that in order to begin therapy, something has to be "wrong". This is not necessarily true. I treat clients who are looking to "feel their best", even though there may not be "anything wrong." We can manage your day to day stress, time management, work life balance, parenting struggles or whatever else you are wanting to improve in your life to function better. Think of just one thing, that first step, that you can make today in order to improve tomorrow.
I woke up this morning (and several times during the night) to texts, emails, tweets and alerts letting me know what America had decided. There is no way at this point to determine what this choice means. I wish I could calm and settle everyone's fears. However, I know that is not my job here. While I treat anxiety on a daily basis, I can offer you this: Our choices are ours. They belong to us and mean something to us. Believe in the vote that you made yesterday and let that be the foundation for how you view the upcoming four years and your days in general. If you feel discouraged, remember that it is your family and friends that are your direct support and it is up to you to continue taking care of yourself and them. If you feel uplifted and encouraged, let that be your guide as well. Regardless of if the headlines this morning agreed with your opinion, remember that you have the capability to educate, communicate and be a role model. Continue to let your drive and determination lead the path for what you believe and that will show no matter if your choice won or lost.
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It is hard to believe we have entered the holiday season. The trick or treat bags haven't even been put away and I have already seen Christmas trees, wreaths and lit up snow flakes decorating houses and buildings. It is even harder to grasp when the weather is in the 70's today. I can be thankful for that. I am thankful for a lot of things, and every night my family and I make sure we share some of those things with each other. It is so important to teach gratitude and graciousness to our children as well as ourselves. This time of year is a perfect time to incorporate it into our lives. Below is a list of just a few ideas for you to start this process on your own as we dive into the chaos of this season. Let me know which you like best!
1. Create a gratitude journal. Write in it 3 things you are grateful for each day.
2. Post its! Leave a note for a loved one somewhere they will find it (backpack, bathroom mirror, by their toothbrush) that reminds them what you appreciate about them.
3. Gratitude Tree (I believe Target has a DIY version in their dollar spot). Draw a tree on a poster board and have the kids write what they are thankful for on the leaves as you paste them on every day.
4. Daily wrap up. This is the easiest one yet. Before dinner talk with each other about what you are thankful for each day.
5. Gratitude Jar. Have each family member write what they are thankful for each day and put it in a jar. Open them all up on Thanksgiving night.
6. Pay it forward. This is another one of my favorites. Grabbing a latte at Starbucks? Picking up dinner at Chipotle? Pay for the person behind you for no reason at all other than to Pay It Forward.
7. Notes. Write a thank you note for something you normally wouldn't. (Your husband pumping your gas, your babysitter staying an extra 30 min, your employees for a great month.)
8. Create your own idea and share it here in the comments below!