The Enjoyable COVID19 Life

We must forge a new enjoyable life in the present COVID19 reality. Face it and embrace it—not just endure it—for that lifestyle will foster balanced mental health, a strong immune system and build a better post-COVID future right now.

Counseling Starfish

To me, this story of devotion is about helping a single life, and as many single lives as we can. But, the greater lesson, to me, is that we are all starfish.

Overcoming “I Can’t”

These beliefs are formed in childhood, and often based on a child’s immature, ill-informed or egocentric view of the world. Thus, they’re almost always as deeply rooted, as they are totally wrong.

Can’t. Be. Grateful.

I wonder how many of us struggled to find something to say we were thankful for yesterday. I wonder if there were some who just faked it or said “pass” because they felt they had nothing. I’m sure there were, just as there were others who may have chosen to stay home or had no place to go which makes gratitude a significant challenge. We all struggle to find something to be grateful for at times. It’s a painful place to be. The way out is to let go.

Werewolf Willpower

We all have a wolf inside us be it the wolf of Twinkies, drink or surfing the net at work. Ego depletion is the result of successfully fighting that wolf over and over again.

Let’s All be Unstoppable Raccoons

“It Took This Raccoon 30 Seconds to Break into a Raccoon-proof Green Bin!” may agree.The headline, one of many in Toronto newspapers, referenced video proof. This was great news to the skeptical raccoon expert. “I am firmly on team raccoon, I think that’s pretty clear,” MacDonald said.

Outdoor Restores Work!

Researchers studied 18,500 people and found that spending time in nature can bring you as much satisfaction, vitality and meaning as having a good marriage, education or income!

New Amsterdam: Best Medicine for Counselors

New Amsterdam: The heart is what keeps me coming back as a fan and a counselor. It is the belief that everything can be improved. Quality of life, the healthcare system, our relationships, ourselves.

Six Word Winter 2019

I find that summer and winter are the journeying and reveling seasons while spring and fall are more transitional, thus the former two serve better for reflection and the latter for action.

Valentine, Love Thyself

We look at that list and say, “Yeah, I want all those benefits!” But perhaps you’re like me and the idea of self-compassion is challenging. Where do we even start? And, how do we avoid beating ourselves up when we fail at being self-compassionate?