It’s OKAY to go to therapy!

Let’s change the way we talk to ourselves. You are not seeking therapy because you are “crazy” or “messed up.”

You are seeking therapy to keep your mind healthy and to keep yourself resilient in the face of challenges!

If you are considering therapy and live in Florida I am now accepting clients for telehealth appointments.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness:

  • Does not mean forgetting.
  • Is not excusing the wrongdoing.
  • Does not mean reconciliation.
  • Is not always easy.

Forgiveness IS your choice. It is not an easy decision and may take time to work toward.

Here are some benefits of forgiveness:

  • Improved mental health
  • Reduced feelings of stress, anxiety, and negativity
  • Moving forward
  • More positive emotions
  • Healthier relationships

Being Assertive is Not Aggressive!

Being assertive is not the same as being aggressive!

Being assertive is:
•Finding balance
•Compromising
•Being confident (tone/body language)
•Expressing your needs/wants/feelings
•Listening to others’ needs/wants/feelings
•Listening without interrupting
•Good eye contact

Being assertive can:
•Reduce stress
•Help resolve conflict
•Result in more productive conversation
•Help with boundary setting
•Strengthen relationships

Calm Your Mind+Anxiety and Get to Sleep Easier

Do you start thinking 💭 about literally EVERYTHING when you lay down to go to sleep? 😴🥴

Trying to stop thinking just makes it worse!

When this happens to me, I try reading something(cause that always puts me to sleep 😂). The key is to distract your mind.

Here are some helpful tips to calm your mind/anxiety and get you to sleep easier:

•Try going to sleep around the same time each night.
•Don’t force it. If you are having trouble falling asleep, stop trying at that moment. Do something that calms you and try again.
•Avoid doing work in your bed. (Create a separate space to do work/homework)
•Try not to keep checking the time(this can add to your stress if you have to wake up early)
•Get comfy! Make sure it’s quiet, dark, the temperature is good, and maybe play some calming sounds.

Helpful Tips for Students

Things are a bit more challenging for students right now. These are some tips to help students boost their mental health and reduce stress and anxiety.

Being organized, managing your time, and not procrastinating can all help reduce stress and anxiety. Try understanding why it is that you are putting off a particular task, is it just undesirable? Or maybe you feel that you won’t do a good job at the task.

Understanding why can help you approach the task differently and possibly make it easier to complete!

Reward yourself! With having to manage academic stress, social relationships, and daily life, it is essential to reward yourself with something you enjoy.

Try to remain positive. If you didn’t do well on a test, use that as motivation to do better next time!

Practice Gratitude!

Did you know that by practicing gratitude, you can increase your positive emotions?

Recognizing the things you are grateful for in life can improve your mental wellbeing.

A simple gratitude exercise you can practice each day is to think of three good things that happened in the day.

The Power of Talking

Talking is a powerful thing. No matter how you prefer to talk with others, make the time for it.

We get so busy in the everyday tasks that we miss taking time to check in with ourselves. Sometimes just having a casual conversation with someone throughout the day can relieve some of the stress you are having.

Who knows, maybe the person you strike up a convo with will make you laugh? Or perhaps you will be the person to brighten up their day?

Do you have your go-to people to talk with? If you haven’t thought about it, you should.

Think of a few people that you feel comfortable talking with and that will be there for you!

Daily Relaxation Tip

Here’s a tip to help you calm your mind when you’re feeling anxious. It only takes a couple of minutes!

You can use this mindfulness activity at any time.

1) Get comfy.
2) Slowly breathe in for 4 seconds.
3) Hold your breath for 4 seconds.
4) Slowly exhale for 4 seconds.
5) Hold your breath for 4 seconds.
6) Repeat 4 times.