Posts Tagged "Depression"

Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Mood

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Mood

Battling a low mood is difficult and sometimes it gets to the point where motivation to help yourself might even wane. This time of the year, Seasonal Affect Disorder or S.A.D. is in full swing. Here are 5 strategies that therapists teach clients when they are battling depression or S.A.D. Keep in mind that counseling has been shown as the most effective strategy to overcome depression, so seek the help of a professional if you are feeling your low mood has become difficult to manage and it is getting in the way of responsibilities and relationships. 1. Keep track of your daily activities...

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Salt Water: The Cure for Your Problems?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Salt Water: The Cure for Your Problems?

I came across this quote a while back and it was one that actually made me think. Could it be true? While many people come in to see me so I can fix their situation, help them feel better, and wave a magic wand so their life improves, I just don’t have all the answers. Here is why salt water might just be the cure you are looking for and help guide your therapy experience:   Sweat: Whether literal of figurative working hard is required to get to where you want to be, at least in counseling. It won’t be easy but you can do it and it will be well worth it, I promise....

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The Dangers of Comparing Yourself to Others

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

The Dangers of Comparing Yourself to Others

Comparing ourselves to others is a behavior that could be helpful in some situations, like when we are competing in sports and need a marker in which we can measure the improvement we need to make. Or if we are learning a skill ,like knitting, and need to compare our skill to another persons to make sure we are doing it right. When we are children we observe the world around us to determine how to act towards others, how to share, or how to speak. We were sponges taking in the world around us so that we can learn how to be in that world. When does comparing yourself become dangerous? When...

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Are you an Adult Child of an Alcoholic or Dysfunctional Family?

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Are you an Adult Child of an Alcoholic or Dysfunctional Family?

Believe it or not but a large group of people fit into the “Adult Child” group. If you grew  up in what you would consider a dysfunctional family, for many different reasons, this could be an added element to your identity. There are specific groups for specific types of dysfunction. For example, people who grew up in a family where there was a substance abuser you might fit into the Adult Children of Alcoholics group (ACoA or ACA). For those who grew up in a family where a member suffered from a chronic illness or mental illness, you might feel more at home with those in the...

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What Does It Mean To Practice Self-Care?

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

What Does It Mean To Practice Self-Care?

Self-care is a skill that many find they have forgotten about when the going gets tough. Research shows that when we are suffering though a depression that one of the first things to go is self-reward. Simple as it may seem, treating yourself good makes you feel good. They can be indulgent, self-loving, nurturing interests, allowing time for peace and quiet, and even reconnecting with childhood interests we may have forgotten about. Self-Care: Alone or With Others? Personally, I try to teach people how to participate in self-care as an individual skill. What I mean by that is self-care can...

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