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Navigating Unexpected Life Changes

Some days, life seems to throw you a curve ball. Other days, life throws you several curve balls in rapid succession and doesn't seem to stop for a whole week straight! We can't control these unexpected life changes. All we can control is our reaction. Let's look at some of the usual ways we can… Continue reading Navigating Unexpected Life Changes

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Most people agree: time changes suck. While modern technology makes it so we don't necessarily have to go through the effort of physically changing our clocks, time shifts are hard on our bodies and on our mental health. Seasonal Affective Disorder is real, and it can be a challenge to manage. This time change in… Continue reading Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Systemic Factors Contributing to Burnout

I've been doing a bit of a research deep dive on burnout lately. (Don't be surprised if my next several posts are all related to burnout!) One thing I noticed is that most of the research that gets quoted in the major news articles is related to nurses. While it's great that we're studying burnout… Continue reading Systemic Factors Contributing to Burnout

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Boundaries In “The Giving Tree”

Debates About The Book Most people who grew up in American schools read "The Giving Tree" as kids. If you're not familiar, it's about a tree who loves a boy so much that she gives him one of her apples when he's hungry and enjoys his play as he swings from her branches and climbs… Continue reading Boundaries In “The Giving Tree”

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Pandemic Loss

Deferred Celebrations Like many people, I was really excited to hit the next decade of my life and had big plans for how my birthday might go. I figured 2020 would be a big year for me personally, and I was looking forward to the milestone birthday being one of many important transitions. I don't… Continue reading Pandemic Loss

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I Gave Up Anxiety For Lent

The Purpose of Lent Lent is usually a season of giving up oppressive habits and taking on new patterns of living. We often think of Lent in terms of giving up chocolates or coffee for forty days, but when we think of Lent in the broader sense of observing and breaking the chains that lead… Continue reading I Gave Up Anxiety For Lent

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The Benefits of Failure

Nobody likes to fail, especially in front of others. But failure carries with it two implications- first that you were willing to try something, and second that you have a chance to learn. These are the benefits of failure. Failure Challenges Your Competence For some of us who have at least one area in life… Continue reading The Benefits of Failure

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Exploring Motivation

What Is Motivation? The idea of motivation seems fairly straightforward on the surface, but when you don't have the motivation to complete basic daily tasks, you realize it's not that easy. And it can be frustrating to know that your ability to keep your life in order is so dependent on something that feels so… Continue reading Exploring Motivation

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Philosophy of Wellness

How to Know When You Are Well Your philosophy of wellness shapes your expectations of what you want to get out of your time in therapy. In the first few sessions, I try to get a picture of what my clients are looking for. Most give an answer like this:"I want things to go back… Continue reading Philosophy of Wellness

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Seeking Connection

Connection In Crisis We had a connection crisis long before social distancing and shelter in place. For years, sociologists noted that our reliance on digital media as a means of contacting and connecting with others was problematic. The most famous critique was the book Bowling Alone. But even then, most of us worked outside our… Continue reading Seeking Connection