Six Tips to Help You Become a Good Caregiver 

A caregiver provides care and assistance to another person. The reasons for becoming a caregiver can vary but often include a desire to help others, a sense of responsibility, or a personal connection to the individual receiving care. Caregivers often play an essential role in providing support and stability for those they care for and tremendously enhance their quality of life. There are many different types of caregivers, each with its own unique set of skills and experiences. For example, some caregivers provide basic assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and eating. Others may also offer more complex medical care or emotional support. Yet, no matter what type of care they provide, caregivers play a vital role in the lives of…

Witnessing an Aggressive Event

There is no definition of an aggressive event, but it generally refers to an act or series of actions intended to cause harm or fear in another person. This can include physical violence, such as hitting, kicking, or using a weapon, and psychological aggression, like threats, name-calling, and intimidation. Aggressive events can occur between individuals or groups and can be directed at people of any age. While aggressive behaviors are a normal part of human development, children and adolescents who frequently engage in aggressive acts may risk developing more severe problems, like conduct disorder or antisocial personality disorder. If you’re concerned about your child’s behavior, you must talk to a mental health professional who can assess the situation and develop an intervention plan. If the…

4 Powerful Benefits of Keeping a Daily Journal

Do you give yourself time to reflect on life and the thoughts and feelings that go along with it? A daily journal can be a safe haven, a place where you can gain clarity and control of your daily emotions instead of letting them rule your life. Your mental health is an important part of managing your overall health. Once you create the space for journaling to become a habit, it can have a profound effect on your mental health. 4 Powerful Benefits of Keeping a Daily Journal Sleep Better: Getting a more restful night’s sleep is just one way that journaling can benefit your mental health. It’s common to carry a load of worry and stress to bed without even realizing you’re doing it….

Journaling to Help You Cope with Chaos

When my son was undergoing his liver transplants, I used journaling to help me cope. There were so many unknowns we were facing every single day and never sure of the outcome of the decisions we had to make to give him the best life possible. Now that we are facing a world-wide pandemic life is different than we once knew and it’s adding a whole bunch of stress that we clearly could have done without. Not all change is bad but when it feels like the world is in chaos it can will life life is tossing us around and we are at its mercy. Which can make life even harder than what it was before. Journaling is one method that’s been incredibly useful…

Journaling is good for the heart

Something I learned over the years is that the more I write about what’s in my soul, it also becomes good for the heart and it’s becomes to express it in all areas. There’s a clarity that happens through the free writing I do that it’s like BOOM! that’s it.. I feel it in every fiber of my being and have been known to literally jump for joy. I find journaling to be extremely powerful when I am in frustration mode because it’s that space of where you are just dumping the words like a big bucket of water and then ask yourself: Now what do I do. This is cathartic and while it doesn’t change the situation immediately, it does help to create a…

How to Journal Your Way to Improved Mental Health

Too many business owners struggle with stress which can impact mental health in a negative way and lead to depression or anxiety. You can improve mental health by taking time every day to write in a journal. And you can choose to journal a traditional journal or an app on your phone. Here are a few of the main ways that journaling can improve your mental health. Helps You to Relax One of the benefits of writing in a journal is that it helps you to relax. Simply write about the stressors of your day to release them from your mind. Or consider a different approach: Write about your gratitude or all the things that went RIGHT today. Taking the extra time to relax is…

How to Use a Journal for your health

In the workshops I teach we often talk about keeping a journal for your health. The most common one is the food diary and can help you get clear on what you want to achieve and help you track your progress. Keeping a journal is a great form of self-care, and it’s a wonderful way to really learn to control your thoughts and the way you respond to your own life. Write Down Everything You Eat A food diary is how you know what you are eating, how much, and when. This is how you know where your problems are, how you can change your diet, and what’s keeping you from your goal weight. This part of your journal should be a type of bullet-list….

What is a lifestyle tracker and why do you need one
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A few weeks ago, I wrote about how you could use your journal for a health reset. Today I want to share with you about the lifestyle tracker I created it! Included: Title Page 4-Step Process Overview Meal + Exercise Tracker Journal Review Any time I lead a workshop and we get to the section of healthy eating, people feel overwhelmed. Yes, of course we all want to be healthy and eat well, but creating change isn’t the easiest thing on the planet. Part of your journey in this life, is to find what works for you – from nutrition to exercise! Not everything works for everyone but one thing I think that may apply to al lis to do things in moderation. After gaining…

The stories you tell yourself

Have you ever just taken a moment and sat in silence and noticed the stories you tell yourself? Where ever you go you bring stories with you and share them with family, friends, coworkers, and perhaps to anyone you encounter that will listen. Stories you share over the phone, e-mail, in your journals and the stories that are constantly playing themselves out in your head. Stories about what’s happening to those we love, stories about those we despise, stories that inspire the spirit, and stories that instill fear. The sum and total of your life is that, from our birth until our death, you are a walking story. Journaling allows you to look at the stories you repeat in your head and that could use…

Giving yourself grace and nurture your needs

I’m all about giving yourself grace and nurture your needs at any given time and especially when the world is turned upside down … but I am also of the believe we can’t just stay there … at some point you have to show up and do the work if you want to follow those dreams and turn them into goals.  Even when things are uncertain you can and still need to show up for yourself – even it means means only doing one important thing for the day and then chill out and take a nap or binge on your favorite show.  What is the one thing you’ve been dreaming about doing?  And how can you take action towards that – even if the…