Let’s Talk About Stress and Coping Skills

We all feel stress at some point in our lives. For many persons, there are various sources of stress (eg., work, family, health issues, the pandemic, racism, or finances) which may overlap at times and in some cases, stress in one area of life impacts the other areas of life. Although signs/symptoms of stress mayContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Stress and Coping Skills”

Take Care of Your Mind and Body

We’re always flooded with information about self-care and ways to practice self-care, and if I’m being honest, all the information can be a bit overwhelming at times. I find it easier and more simple to follow the lead of my body instead of the trends. After all, our bodies tend to give us pretty clearContinue reading “Take Care of Your Mind and Body”

Red and Green Flags: Identifying Danger and Safety

It’s so important to be vigilant of your surroundings and to pay attention to how you and your body respond (or react) to certain spaces, people, or actions. You may not realize it, but your body usually sends signals to let you know how it is perceiving the environment or interactions with others. For example,Continue reading “Red and Green Flags: Identifying Danger and Safety”

3 Ways to Practice Grounding

Grounding is one of my favorite coping skills and I often recommend it to others. I learned more about this skill a few years ago during a treatment intervention training for persons diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use (Seeking Safety). I started teaching and implementing these skills during individual and group counseling,Continue reading “3 Ways to Practice Grounding”

How I Used Mindfulness To Recover from Burnout

I’m not sure I ever felt burnout until Fall 2020. It was an unpleasant experience I hope I never experience again. I believe the first (mild) signs of distress started January 2020 (I experienced a lot of emotional stress a couple months before the pandemic) and when the pandemic began it intensified some of theContinue reading “How I Used Mindfulness To Recover from Burnout”