The truth can hurt. We don’t want to deal with things that feel scary and painful. People can be endlessly creative in finding ways to resist seeing what they don’t want to see. The problem is what we do to avoid anxiety-provoking situations keeps us stuck and amplifies our pain. … [Read more...] about Spiders and Booze: Facing the Truth
No doubt like the rest of us you are busy preparing for the holidays by buying gifts for family, friends, and co-workers. I don’t know about you, but I find this stressful. How do I know what they would like? What if I get them something that just ends up at Goodwill or in a … [Read more...] about The Gift that Keeps on Giving
I have read many articles on mindfulness and being present. It seems they are always written by mindful and present people. I guess that is good because all of these people seem to be successful in this arena, but what if you are an obsessive, in your head, looking to the next … [Read more...] about How To Be Present If You’re Easily Distractible
“I want a dolphin” said my granddaughter upon inquisition from her great grandmother about what she wanted for her birthday. “A pink dolphin that swims”, she exclaimed with her ear to ear grin. Then she proceeded to twirl around until she fell down dizzy showing us her new moves … [Read more...] about How to Have Childlike Faith At Any Age
Where mental illness may be a science, I could argue that mental health is more art. We create our own mental health and we strive for it in as many ways as there are colors on a palette. For me, I am always looking for peace. Serenity speaks health to me. It could be a … [Read more...] about What is Mental Health Anyway?
I used to have a mantra about doing it all. I didn't want to have limits. I wasn't a completely crazy, off-the-charts, self-destructive rebel, but I had my moments of righteous push back. The phrase you can't make came to mind frequently. Fortunately, I kept it in my mind and … [Read more...] about Maximize Life By Living Within Limits