1. The Holidays:Part Six – What to do After the Holidays

    It is not uncommon for people to get depressed after the holidays.  Sometimes we are on a rush from the holiday season, and when it is over in a blink of an eye we can become depressed.   Sometimes the holidays can bring on a lot of hurt, maybe your family or friends said or did something hurtful, and maybe the holidays bring up sadness for you.  Either way, it is okay to have a difficult …Read More

  2. The Holidays:Part Five – Being Present on the Holidays

    “Present(s)” is a word that we hear a lot around the holidays.  After all, this is the season of giving.  I love nothing more than giving my friends and loved ones presents on Christmas.  I love when I get them something that I know they are going to love and watching their faces when they open their gift.  Don’t get me wrong, getting gifts is great too but I do prefer giving them. …Read More

  3. The Holidays:Part Four – Breathing

    Breathing is more helpful than you may think. When I tell people to breath, the first thing they do is look at me like I am dumb. Then they will say something like I am breathing. Yes, you may be breathing, but are you really breathing? Are you breathing in a way to help yourself calm down, relax, and enjoy the moment rather than have such extreme anxiety for the holidays?   Here are some bre…Read More

  4. The Holidays:Part Three – How To Stay Calm?

    If you already read part one and two you are on your way to a calmer Christmas. Having the ability to say no is the first step. Now, how do you stay calm during all the hustle and bustle? Step one: Have about 5-10 minutes of quiet time a day. Step two: Make sure to do at least one thing you enjoy doing. Step three: Try to focus on the joy of the season, because this too shall pass. Step four: Refo…Read More

  5. The Holidays:Part Two – Who To Say “No” To?

    Who can you say no to this holiday season? The short answer is, everyone. There are some things that no matter what, we have to do them during the holidays. It is tradition. Sometimes we do have to sacrifice a tiny bit in order to make someone else very happy. That is okay, but you don’t have to sacrifice everything. You can say no to your parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephe…Read More

  6. The Holidays:Part One – Say “NO”

    Welcome to our series on “how to survive the holidays and enjoy them.” How to say no, it sure does sound easy. It’s just a small two-letter word, yet at times it can be so hard to say that tiny word. The holidays can be full of demands, questions, wants and needs. Our parents want us to go to their house for Christmas, but our aunt wants us to be at their house. The kids want to be with the …Read More

  7. Wait Wait Wait

    Have you ever been waiting for something, and it seems like you are never going to get it? Have you ever waited for something for so long that you have lost hope that you will ever get what you were waiting for? What do you do while you wait for a job, an acceptance letter, a new car, a house, money, a spouse, or anything else? Waiting is hard. It’s like telling a child they you are going to Dis…Read More

  8. The Joys of Summer

    Some people LOVE summer and some people HATE it. I’m in the LOVE category. Summer opens up opportunities that winter does not. Summer has been known to be a mood booster. The sun shines and it stays light later. I love when I drive home from work at 8:00pm and the sun is still shining. It is these little parts of summer that I find joy in. Where do you find joy? Maybe you’re having trouble fin…Read More

  9. Bullying

      Bullying is something that some of us are all too familiar with. Bullying can affect someone’s life in a way that is so incredibly hurtful that it is almost incomprehensible. Bullying stays with someone for a very long time. It is possible to get through it but it always stays with us. Individuals and groups of people (the bullies) have no idea about the ramifications of their behavior. T…Read More

  10. Saying Good-bye to the Winter Blues!!

    Finally, it is that time of year.  We can put away our boots and winter coats and break out the sandals, shorts, tank tops and even bathing suits.  For some people, your heart just sank when you read, “bathing suits.” Believe me, I understand. Isn’t it crazy to think about how much weather affects our mood?  It affects our mood so much that there is even a diagnosis for it, its called Sea…Read More