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So You’re Thinking About Taking Medication

So you’ve decided that you’re tired of feeling stuck, overwhelmed and confused. While support from friends, families and your faith communities has been invaluable, you’ve discovered that it’s just not enough. You meet with a provider and they begin to suggest taking...

Being Fully Present: Four Senses

Practicing Mindfulness If you are involved in any kind of therapy or self-care world, the idea of mindfulness is probably familiar to you. Optimum Joy’s therapist Daniel has a great post on the concept and practice of mindfulness if you’re interested in learning more,...

CULTIVATING RESILIENCE: Social Support

Understanding Social Support We all have to learn how to weather the storm, and part of going through tough times effectively is by being able to enlist the help of supportive family and friends. How well do you garner social support when you need it? One aspect of...

CULTIVATING RESILIENCE: Will

What Is Willpower? Many people have experienced a moment when they feel a rush of motivation, energy, or intensity to do something or accomplish a goal. Whether it be getting that last minute homework assignment completed or  wrapping up that task at work to finally...

CULTIVATING RESILIENCE: Optimism

Resilience Resilience is an incredibly important part of coping with the difficulties of life. Our ability to ‘spring’ back from mentally and emotionally taxing experiences, gives us more space and opportunities to live our life to its fullest. Thankfully, our ability...

Conditional Self-Esteem

The Elusive Self-Esteem Self-esteem, in a nutshell, is how we feel (or think) about ourselves. Healthy self-esteem includes self-confidence and self-respect, that sense of “esteem” for yourself. Unhealthy or low self-esteem is the natural opposite: a lack of respect...

Problem Solving With Anxiety

What Exactly Is Anxiety? Anxiety is a helpful reaction that signals to us that something wrong and that we may be in danger. It tells us when we need to be alert and focused so that we can be prepared and survive. Unfortunately, anxiety can transform into an...