Creating meaning in difficult times

Creating meaning during difficult times

Many people experience an increase in distressing thoughts and emotions during the holiday season. For some it may be increased stress due to obligations and expectations; for others it may be loss, loneliness, or mental or physical health concerns. There are also many other personal reasons why the holidays can be hard.  No matter what the reason, it is not the actual experience, but the meaning we place on our […]

Communication

Communication

We have developed so many forms of communication as a species. We use spoken word, written languages, sign languages, and we even use nonverbal ques that we might not even notice we are doing. With all these different means to communicate, how is it that so often problems arise due to mis-communication? Communication can be misunderstood in even […]

Managing Stress in the Workplace

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Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher stated, “The only thing that is constant is change”. No matter how you live your life you will experience some sort of change. Change comes in many different forms. It may be chosen, like buying a new home or moving to a new state or city. Change can also be forced upon you, like a new law that requires you to […]

Willingness Our World Today

Willingness Our World Today

Long before the events of today, I lived in the world of “yeah, but. . .” or “but, dad. . .”, yes I am “but, dad. . .” I am sure there are plenty of parents who hear “yeah, but. . .” who are reading this article–you know who you are.  What does it mean, to be a “yeah, but. . .” individual? I have a preteen. Now, you don’t […]

How to Create More Personal Awareness

How to Create More Personal Awareness

Mike Birbiglia is a stand-up comedian I have enjoyed for several years.  One of the stories he tells is about a trip he and his sister took to Alaska to help him overcome his fear of bears.  While there, they went fishing.  Their guide informed them of the importance of creating awareness when in the wilderness to let the bears know they are there.  Mike joked about feeling it not only created awareness, but it drew […]

Understanding The Importance of Goals

Understanding The Importance of Goals

As a kid I played soccer in high school.  I will admit I wasn’t very good at it, but I did have fun.  I played defense in the back and the only thing I could really remember about this job was the phrase “When in doubt, kick it out.” I remember the concentration needed to watch […]

Why We Need More Self-Compassion

Why We Need More Self-Compassion

The world feels like it’s in turmoil, things are changing at a rapid pace, and uncertainty weighs on all of us. Yet, as a response to being asked how we are, we may still be compelled to reply, “I’m OK” or “everything is fine”. Admitting that we are struggling is hard, and it’s understandable that we don’t want to share our struggles […]

Balancing Work and Online School

Balancing Work and Online School

Although elementary school children in our area have returned to in person classes, some families have elected to continue with online learning and middle and high schools have transitioned to a hybrid model to start out the school year. These decisions have forced many local families to balance the unique challenges of supervising online schoolwork, monitoring their children’s behavior and attention, and keeping up with their own work […]

How to Manage Anxiety

how to manage anxiety

Sometimes just the mention of “what makes you anxious?” or “what stresses you out?” can be enough to cause immediate anxiety. We all deal with stress and anxiety daily. Some of us deal with it better than others, but we all deal with it. Women who are pregnant and parents with small children at home […]

Using Empathy

using empathy

We have developed so many forms of communication as a species. We use spoken word, written languages, sign languages, and we even use nonverbal cues that we might not even notice we are doing. With all these different means to communicate, how is it that so often problems arise due to mis-communication? Communication can be […]