Posts by amy

“Looking closely at what was already right and how to make it even better did not enter my mind”-Martin Seligman @MartinEPSeligman #thankful #gratitude #mindful #mindset #mentalhealth

Posted on Nov 4, 2019

This month’s theme is gratitude, being that this is the month of Thanksgiving, I couldn’t resist! I find through talking with clients, there is lens to look closely at what is wrong, so much so when I ask “well, what’s going right or good for you now?” they look at me like they just saw a ghost.  It’s typical for people to complain and dwell on what’s wrong, so let’s change that and focus on what is working! The challenge this week is to find 1 thing going right for you and list 3 ways you can elevate it and make it better.  Maybe you are...

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“Who would you be if you were already enough?”-Anonymous #courage #mentalhealth #enough #anxiety #depression

Posted on Oct 28, 2019

To end the month I am using what I feel is a powerful quote for anyone.  Instead of striving to work on our flaws, what would be different in your life if you accepted who you are and instead focused on growing from there?  These days, it’s easy to get trapped into comparison to others…better hair, better makeup, bigger muscles, bigger house, etc.  What if what you have is simply enough? Use this week to reflect on the times you find yourself focusing on what you don’t have and flip the script to focus on what you DO have.  This takes courage, focus and self-love.  I know...

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“The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves”-Richard Bach #courage #mentalhealth #lies #anxiety #depression

Posted on Oct 21, 2019

It takes courage to face our own lies.  Before you leave this page, read on because there are a lot of lies out there surrounding what will lead us to happiness.  For example, here are real common lies I hear in therapy all the time: -“If I lose weight I will be happy”…and then people lose the weight and find themselves in the same mind. -“If I get this raise I will be happy”…and the raise comes and next year they want another. -“If I buy this ____, I will be happy”…and the thing is bought and lives are the same or they want the next...

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“By giving something up, we may gain”-Gretchin Rubin @gretchenrubin #courage, #mentalhealth #boundaries

Posted on Oct 14, 2019

Our society tends to push how much we can do to be successful, but in a world that is discovering minimalism, the other extreme-we can now see both sides.  For those who fall into the “average” category you probably aren’t taking on 20 new projects to boost your sales into the millions or limiting yourself to only 3 pairs of jeans in your dresser.  So what can the average person give up so they may gain? The challenge this week is to figure that out!  What can you find the courage this week to give up so you may gain something?  Maybe it’s giving up some PTO time for...

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“Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and then allows you to learn something new”-Barack Obama #mentalhealth #askforhelp #anxiety #strength

Posted on Oct 7, 2019

The theme for October is “courage.” I think we can all use courage in our lives, especially when we are struggling and are so overwhelmed we aren’t sure what to do next. Of course this can relate to our mental health and reaching out to a therapist when we need it, but I want to look at this more broadly so it can apply to our every day… The challenge this week is to recognize an area of weakness in your life and find the strength to ask for help in that area. For example, it could be small like having your kids learn to do their own laundry or help set the table. It...

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“Open minds lead with open hearts”-Amy Nolan #creativity #mentalhealth #choice #mindfulness #anxiety #depression #outlook

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

Here we are already, at the end of the month.  I hope you have found some great tools in building your creativity within your mental health this month through each weekly challenge. This quote to end of off the month is from yours truly.  If we want to open our minds, become mindful of our feelings, words and actions we need to connect to our hearts through recognizing what we value most.  My send off challenge as we end September is to change one negative thought you have into a positive one that relates to something you value in your heart. For example, if your friend cancels on your...

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“Innovation means saying no to a thousand things”-Steve Jobs #creativity #mentalhealth #innovation #sayno #boundaries #selfcare #anxiety #mindfulness #reactive #choice

Posted on Sep 23, 2019

I think mid-month here with our creativity theme in mental health, this quote sums it all up for us.  How can we be creative in building the lives we want when a thousand other things are going on? The answer is, we can’t!  We all have the same 168 hours in a week, so we need to be creative in how we want to spend our time.  So if you don’t really want to see your mother in law this weekend because you need to relax after a 60hr work week, say “no” politely and take that time you need to recharge! In these days of constant bings and vibrations from smartphones, I...

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“When you choose to enjoy the process, your happiness is no longer reliant upon an outcome”-Yehuda Berg #creativity #happiness #mentalhealth #mindfulness #goals #choice

Posted on Sep 16, 2019

Often we believe we do not have a choice in how we think of something, but you always have a choice and that is the beauty of the mind! Keeping with our theme of creativity, in those moments this week where you feel like you are doing something you do not like in order to get to an outcome (such as working out to lose 5lbs maybe), work on what you can do to make the process more enjoyable in your mind so you aren’t depending on the result. So if you are on the treadmill and you tell yourself “I hate this” over and over then you most likely will not want to do it again and...

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“Turn your wounds into wisdom”-Oprah Winfrey @oprah #creativity #mentalhealth #mindset #change #positivity #creative #depression #anxiety #mindfulness

Posted on Sep 9, 2019

September’s Blogspiration theme will be creativity in mental health!  September is typically a transition time, particularly for families with children when the new school year/activities start and there can be a lot of disruption from the abrupt transition this time of year creates. When we think of “wounds” some of us may think of a traumatic experience, some may think of a physical limitation, but wounds can be seen as any setback, abrupt transition like the school year or another negative experience because, hey, we are being creative here! The mental health challenge...

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“Your life is supposed to be a journey from one unique place to another; it’s not supposed to be a merry-go-round that brings you back to the same spot over and over again”-Rachel Hollis @msrachelhollis #journey #change

Posted on Aug 26, 2019

As we bring August to a close with our theme of “the journey,” I wanted to use the quote because I felt it was the perfect metaphor for how a lot of people feel in their lives.  Almost all people want to change something about themselves or their lives.  If we think of our lives as a merry-go-round, we know that eventually the ride will come to a stop to allow people who want to get off to do so and some stay on. Some people want to stay on and are content and that’s ok, but if you are someone who knows there is more out there for you, but every time the ride stops you...

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