5 Keys to Managing Depression Naturally by attending to health, activity level, relationships, mind, and spirit.

5 Keys to Managing Depression

Depression is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. It has the potential to impact all areas of your life — emotions, relationships, physical health, work, and productivity. The good news is that depression is very treatable; with proper mental health treatment, most people can effectively manage their depression. One of the struggles in treating depression […]

What's the Difference Between Perfectionism and OCD? Understand Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Perfectionism, and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

Perfectionism and OCD: What’s the Difference?

  I’m often asked what the difference is between perfectionism and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). It’s actually a fairly complex question and one that realistically this article will only be able to address on the surface. This article isn’t meant to diagnose any mental conditions and isn’t an exhaustive study of OCD or any other […]

Give Your Emotional Life a Spring Cleaning

Give Your Emotional Life a Spring Cleaning

  An Emotional Spring Cleaning Spring is a time of new beginnings, growth, and hope. It’s also the time of year to clean out the garage and the closets, and discard what’s broken or obsolete. Like many of you, I have a love-hate relationship with spring cleaning. Cleaning isn’t exactly at the top of my […]

5 Simple Ways to Strengthen Family Relationships

5 Simple Ways to Strengthen Family Relationships

  Everyone I know is busy! It’s hard NOT to cram our schedules to the brim with our kids’ activities, volunteer projects, work, religious services, and social engagements! We all know that it’s easy to let our family relationships (whether with our partners or quality time with our kids) slide to last priority. Often the […]

Can Journaling Improve Mental Health?

Can Journaling Improve Mental Health?

Can journaling really improve mental health? Journals aren’t just for teenagers trying to hide their private thoughts from their parents’ prying eyes. Journaling is a helpful therapeutic tool. It’s not going replace mental health treatment from a qualified professional, but it can be a useful addition or way to accelerate your healing.   What is journaling? […]

How to Increase Motivation When Depressed

How to Motivate Yourself When You’re Feeling Depressed

  It’s hard to motivate yourself when you’re depressed. Depression zaps your energy and motivation.   Karen was having an off day, feeling depressed, and totally unmotivated. You know the kind — when you just feel like crawling back in bed. We all have days when everything feels like an effort and we don’t want […]

6 Benefits of Setting Boundaries

6 Benefits of Setting Boundaries

  Boundaries are rules or guidelines that you create to show others how to treat you. Relationships work best when we are clear about our expectations and needs. We can show ourselves and others respect by setting clear, consistent boundaries.   Setting boundaries is a struggle for a lot of people. I’m not going to […]

6 Effective Ways to Deal with Criticism

6 Effective Ways to Deal with Criticism

  Nobody likes criticism, but some of us are particularly sensitive to it. Do you take it personally if your boss tells you to be quiet during a meeting? Does it ruin your day if someone gives you a judgmental glare when your child throws a tantrum? Do you feel like a failure when a client rejects your proposal? […]

How to Challenge Cognitive Distortions

How to Challenge Cognitive Distortions

  Challenge Cognitive Distortions The key components of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are to 1) identify your cognitive distortions, 2) challenge the distorted thoughts, and 3) replace cognitive distortions (aka thinking errors) with more accurate thoughts, beliefs, and self-talk. CBT is based on the understanding that your thoughts affect your feelings and behavior and your […]

It's OK to be Sad on Valentines Day

Sad on Valentine’s Day?

This post contains an affiliate link. If you’re feeling sad on Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone. Valentine’s Day can be a depressing holiday for a lot of people. We all know that we don’t need a special day to express our love or cherish our partners. Valentine’s Day may be a “Hallmark holiday”, but none […]