According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. Statistics suggest approximately 18% of adults – nearly 1 in 5 individuals – have experienced some form of clinical anxiety at some point in their adult life. What is Anxiety? Perhaps one of the […]
Awkwardly standing in the neonatal intensive care unit, I wasn’t sure what to do with my hands. I always feel too big for my body when I’m uncomfortable in my surroundings. Forgetting myself was easy, though, when my husband and I were introduced to our soon-to-be adopted daughter. Born the morning prior by emergency C-section, […]
Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life… I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and […]
All of our emotions – even the seemingly negative ones – have a point of “optimum health” that make them useful for a well-balanced, fulfilling life. Stress, for instance, can motivate us to complete a task. In fact, some people say they do their best work when under the threat of a strict deadline. However, […]
Do you ever feel as though you go through the same motions every day? I know I do. At the same time each morning, my alarm goes off and the routine begins. Shower, make-up (applied in the same order), breakfast (the same foods as the day before), pack a lunch (leftovers from the night before), and […]
I am currently reading the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Doing so has challenged me to think a lot about gratefulness and how thanksgiving strengthens our relationship with God and helps us open our spiritual eyes to the art of seeing the beauty that is all around us. This has been a nice reminder […]
Getting hurt by others is a part of living and loving. Nobody is perfect, and at one point or another, somebody else’s imperfection is going to swing in your direction. Interpersonal pain has the potential to be the most excruciating type of pain out there, and it’s easy to dwell on the wrongs others have committed against […]
Self-care is the act of caring for oneself, especially when life is particularly stressful or tiring. Often, we think of self-care as something that could take an entire evening (and it can), but self-care can be done anywhere and for any length of time. Below are some ideas to get you started. Pick, choose, and […]
Rio de Janeiro and the 31st Olympiad have been occupying snippets of my free time lately. My favorite games? Since the 1996 Dream Team (and the first Olympics I can remember watching), Women’s Gymnastics. What athletes! While the uneven bars or floor exercise are my usual go-tos; this year, the balance beam has me especially captivated. With […]
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According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH),...
Awkwardly standing in the neonatal intensive care unit, I...