Posts by amy

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” -Stephen Covey @StephenRCovey #decisions #mentalhealth #circumstances #control #values #anxiety #depression #selfcare #blame #accountability

Posted on Feb 18, 2019

We all know someone who tends to victimize themselves instead of taking any responsibility for their choices.  For example, someone who blames a roommate for not being able to finish their studying due to loud music when they didn’t ask for the music to be turned down or neglected to leave for a quieter setting.  Or maybe it’s blaming the weather for not being able to go for a run when there is a dusty treadmill in the basement.  Some blame others, some blame circumstances, some blame themselves. This week, notice when you are blaming others or circumstances.  Then, ask yourself...

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“He wondered if he had bitten off more than he could chew. Then he laughed, realizing that he had nothing to chew on at the moment”-Spencer Johnson #anxiety #mindfulness #selfcare #selftalk #failure #worry #thoughts #motivation #positivity

Posted on Feb 11, 2019

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, especially if your life feels frenzied and chaotic in the midst of working, taking care of yourself and others that depend on you.  It’s easy to be programmed when life is most chaotic to feel impending anxiety coming from all angles..always giving us more to worry about.  Sometimes we even worry about things that didn’t happen…sure they may happen, but they still didn’t.  That’s what this quote is about…on the extreme level, I call this “catastrophizing.” Catastrophizing is when we’ve created a...

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“Everything is created twice-first mentally, then physically”-Greg Anderson #visualization #motivation #mentalfitness #performance #creativity #mindfulness #mindset

Posted on Feb 4, 2019

Studies from executives to athletes have proven that by visualizing something first, we are better able to perform our vision.  As we begin a new month of possibilities, what would you like to see happen this month?  What goals would you like to reach?  What would you like to do that brings you joy? Take a moment and close your eyes.  Imagine yourself participating in one of these moments. Next, do it again, but this time focus on the detail….what are you doing? how are you feeling? What are you wearing?, etc. Keep doing this until you find yourself smiling at the thought and make a...

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“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”-Anonymous #mentalhealth #goals #challenge #change #growth #motivation #inspiration #positivity #selfcare

Posted on Jan 28, 2019

You guessed it!  This week’s Blogspiration is about challenging yourself.  In a past post, I wrote about how change happens with getting comfortable with the uncomfortable and this quote pairs perfectly with that idea. Focus this week on your self-talk (what you say to yourself in your head)…hoping that you are firm in challenging yourself, but also kind enough with what you say.  Reaching goals sometimes requires small or big changes in our lives.  Change is hard.  Try visualizing yourself at the end of your goal to continue to challenge yourself to move towards it.  Staying...

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My life acquired a certain rhythm…feel the pulse and keep the beat-Jim Loehr #energy #positivity #mentalhealth #mindfulness #selfcare #goals #inspiration #motivationmonday

Posted on Jan 21, 2019

Coming to the end of the month here and I hope the new year is still kicking off to a great start! This week, our Blogspiration challenge is going to be about better understanding your energy in relation to our monthly theme of reaching new year goals.  For example, let’s say one goal is to workout 2 nights a week, however by the time you get home and settle at 8pm, you would much rather watch TV.  I get it, your energy is low, you’ve had a long day.   What this tells you is planning to work out 2 nights a week is probably not going to work.  Perhaps we modify how we achieve that...

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“It’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and breakthrough”-Elsa #limits #letitgo #motivation #metalhealth #staypositive #challenge #breakthrough #goals #inspiration

Posted on Jan 14, 2019

Being that it is pretty frozen here in NJ, I thought this quote from Elsa would match our theme of staying motivated as January continues to move through. You are capable of more than you think.  Sometimes, we don’t figure that out until we’ve pushed ourselves that 5-10% more to see we actually can do it.  This week, where can you push your personal limits and see what you can do?  In that moment, where you feel you are done and going to stop, challenge yourself instead.  Continue for 30 more seconds, 1 more minute…whatever you are comfortable with.  Once it’s done,...

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“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”-Zig Ziglar #newyear #resolutions #goals #start #motivate #inspiration #mentalhealth #staypositive #energy

Posted on Jan 7, 2019

2018 is now a full week behind us!  Let’s now look at what’s in front of us and feel the new year energy in the air! Each week this month, the Blogspiration’s theme will be to continue to motivate you to keep up a positive momentum as time continues on for 2019. The quote this week is a reminder that we cannot expect perfection when we start something new.  Despite what photoshopped celebrities and diet water ads tell us, it is not possible to wake up tomorrow and reach your goal of losing 20lbs, multiplying your savings account 10x or writing your 500 page memoir starting...

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“Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something” -Winnie the Pooh #doingnothing #motivation #creativity #rest #possibilities #opportunities #selfcare #dreaming #inspiration #reflection

Posted on Dec 31, 2018

Yes, Winnie the Pooh did say this…despite being a toy he is full of wisdom for all of us! Today is the final day of 2018 and a great time to stop and do nothing for a while.  Maybe you can use this time to reflect on the year or dream of the possibilities that 2019 could bring.  When we use time to stop and just be, ideas can come, opportunities unfold and potential can be realized. Doing “nothing” could also be walking, sitting, relaxing and staring at your computer at work pretending to be working while instead you are meditating, reflecting, dreaming etc. (I won’t...

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“We all have within us a centered place of wisdom, harmony, and strength”-Arianna Huffington @ariannahuff #happyholidays #wisdom #strength #zen #mentalhealth #selfcare #inspiration #happiness #harmony

Posted on Dec 24, 2018

Our hope is that this 2018 weekly Blogspiration has given you the inspiration to make positive changes in your life for personal wellbeing as you continue on your journey of growth. The quote this week is to remind you that at the center of yourself, is a person who is happy, strong and creative.  It may not seem like you have those qualities on the worst days, but they are there! Enjoy the holidays while finding peace and positivity in the small moments that matter most.  You know what those are 😉   Happy Holidays from Life Prep...

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“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have”-Anonymous #strong #mentalhealth #family #depression #anxiety #strength #holidays #courage #boundaries #conflict #choice #relationships

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

Family is often a topic that comes up around the holidays…sometimes it’s positive, sometimes it’s negative.  One thing I’ve noticed over time in being a therapist is when clients do the work and change for the better, certain (negative) family members often have a hard time accepting these changes.  When we develop better communication skills, courage to say our feelings, the ability to say “no” and create boundaries, it is not well accepted by the people who test you, say hurtful things and have certain expectations.  These scenarios can and do sometimes...

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