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Make Good Habits Stick (…the secret…)

Before the “New Year, New Me” attitude fades too much, it’s probably a good time to talk about how our great intentions or resolutions can actually become lasting lifestyle changes. How can you prevent getting discouraged by February and giving up? There’s a lot of science behind how to make good habits stick, so if we get proven methods on our side, we have a lot better chance for them to become permanent. What Really Works? The key is small steps first, then build–slowly. Don’t try to do it all in a day. Massive changes are rarely sustainable. Remember – it’s [...]

By | January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Mind & Body|Comments Off on Make Good Habits Stick (…the secret…)

Start the New Year with a Gift – Forgiveness

We’re all trying to load up the New Year with good things and good intentions. “New Year, New Me,” as one of the sayings goes. But if you’re still recovering from credit card hangover from the holidays, don’t fret. One of the best gifts to give yourself is actually free—forgiveness. It can go both ways: forgiving someone who’s wronged you, and then forgiving yourself. It’s one of the most important actions to actually apply. Lack of forgiveness is often tied to the stories we tell ourselves which may or may not be true, and those stories drive the agenda. Most of [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Categories: Relationships, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Start the New Year with a Gift – Forgiveness

Coping with Grief After Community Violence

The trauma and grief of community violence often affects us all in some way. Coming together to honor those who’ve died and finding meaning in their deaths can help everyone in the community develop a common bond and begin to recover. What Can I Do To Cope With Grief? Talk to others who understand and respect how you feel—family members, faith leaders, people you trust. It’s a starting point to help ease your grief. Make sure to exercise and eat healthy meals. Keep your routines as regular as possible. Do the things that you’ve always enjoyed doing, even if you don’t [...]

By | January 5th, 2018|Categories: Grief, Trauma|Comments Off on Coping with Grief After Community Violence

Healthy for the Holidays – Tips to keep positive and balanced

The holiday season can be one of the most joyous times of the year and yet also a difficult time for many. Remember to take care of yourself, keep things simple and reach out to friends and family to keep the holidays happy.  Here are some more tips to help make your holidays happy: Moderate Your Merriment         Try to eat and drink in moderation. Don’t berate yourself if you get off your normal schedule.  Just acknowledge you’re human and get back on track and move on from there. Move it! Physical activity is a great anti-stressor and it releases those [...]

By | December 19th, 2017|Categories: Mind & Body, Stress|Comments Off on Healthy for the Holidays – Tips to keep positive and balanced

Random Acts of Kindness Boost Everyone – Including You

One of the best ways to take care of yourself can be… (drum roll) doing something really nice for someone else. The term is called “Random Acts of Kindness” and whether you’re into Zen or just want to make a tangible, practical difference in someone’s life and feel better yourself in the process, doing something that changes someone’s day for the good can make remarkable changes in us, as well. Ever been in a Starbucks line when the employee said “This is free. The person ahead of you in line already paid it forward for you!” Remember that feeling? The people [...]

By | November 13th, 2017|Categories: Mindfulness, Stress|Comments Off on Random Acts of Kindness Boost Everyone – Including You

Veteran’s Day–What it Means to Them…and Us

What We Learned Made us Stronger, Tougher, and More Effective Our military service taught us and molded us in multiple ways. We know how to work hard, learn difficult things quickly, and make difficult decisions with incomplete information. But we also learned not to stick out. There is a reason we wore camouflage uniforms. We all looked the same, which reminded us that we were all small parts of something much bigger than ourselves. Drawing attention to yourself just distracted from more important things. We are good at hiding: our observation posts from the bad guys, our fears from our battle [...]

By | November 12th, 2017|Categories: PTSD, Veterans|1 Comment