Goal Setting for the Fall Season and the School Year

  The end of July is quickly approaching and many of us, especially those who work closely in education, are beginning to feel the new school year creep up on us. I, affectionately, like to say that “fall is coming…” Shout out to the GoT fans. I try to use this time each year to […]

The Thief of Joy

You might be prone to feel jealous of other people’s success and to feel worse about yourself if you suffer from low self-esteem. This is why it’s important to perceive other people’s achievements in a different light. Not only is it unhealthy to let your self-esteem be swayed by what other people are doing, it […]

Get Back to Nature for Wellness

         Risa Bos, LMHC Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert  Einstein   Earlier this week, we celebrated Earth Day—a day devoted to protecting the environment through awareness and advocacy for a clean Earth.  There were people who planted trees, held drives to protect wetlands and wildlife, […]

What grieving can tell us about everyday life AKA how to avoid avoiding

Krista Bringley-Cain, Orlando Licensed Mental Health Counselor, presents a way to think about what you do with your time that also helps you decide when an action meant to be useful has become avoidance! There’s a theory of grieving called the Dual Process Model that basically says that when someone is experiencing grief they need to go through the feelings […]

A Check-up for Your Memory

  Most of us tend to go to the doctor when symptoms crop up that bother or frustrate us. Have you ever wanted to make an appointment with a medical professional because your memories were robbing you of joy and health? Psychological trauma can cause real difficulties within the memory – sometimes referred to as […]

Self-Care is NOT Optional

  This past week my husband and I had some time off together, and I convinced him to carve out an hour of that time for a massage – it didn’t take a lot of arm twisting. I was long overdue for one, and the poor therapist almost immediately commented on the tension I was […]

Why We Love the Outdoors!

Who doesn’t love the outdoors? With activities like the Winter Park Art Festival happening this weekend, the Food and Wine Festival at Bush Gardens going on until the end of April and hundreds of local hiking trails it’s hard to find a reason to not go outside. Here is a list of 11 scientific benefits […]

The “Joy Index”

The “Joy Index” My colleague Heidi Behr at Feel Peace Now is currently offering her popular e-course, “Not Your Mom’s Lent 2.0,” an interfaith practice course that welcomes time for reflection and offers wisdom and teachings from various spiritual traditions. One of her messages last week was about engaging in a practice of turning inward […]

Have you ever been seen (not just looked at)?

    Have you ever been seen (not just looked at)?   All of us have been looked at but have we all been seen? To look at something only involves directing one’s eyes toward an object. To see means to grasp something of the inner meaning of a reality. Seeing engages an interior awareness […]

A Broader Perspective on Love for Valentine’s

Licensed Mental Health Counselor   In the midst of this flurry of Valentine’s activity: store shelves bulging with heart-shaped candy boxes, flowers being feverishly snatched up as soon as they’re restocked, desperate attempts to get just the right dinner reservation in order to communicate “specialness” to someone, my mind is boggled by the superficiality of […]

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