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Heather Edwards Mental Health Counseling / Articles posted by Heather Edwards (Page 16)

Learning to Let Go: Steps to help you handle life’s tough situations

Stress happens! We can all agree to that. But when negative thoughts become burdensome they distract our focus, creativity and productivity. What started as a doubt or regret can turn into overwhelming anxiety. It can take away precious time and energy. Mistakes being replayed over and over in our heads can be dangerous to our thoughts, actions and health. A way to combat this destructive process is to master letting go of the thoughts that are troubling you. It's possible that you can't change the stressful situation but you can change how you think about it. Life isn’t simple and very seldom will everything be worry free, but there is a way to create a larger sense of peace in your life. Taking a moment...

Rules for Fair Fighting

In my Coaching and Psychotherapy work with individuals, couples, families, and business partners I've found a few simple & effective tools for de-escalating an argument and resolving conflict as tensions rise. People often seek coaching or therapy once they've found themselves in repeated unhealthy or non-productive patterns with significant others. This can become a frustrating and seemingly hopeless situation without the intervention of a helper or the resources needed to get out of the mire. We can all attest to the fact that feeling stuck stinks. Try these simple tips to aerate and refreshen the way you debate. 1. Use "I" messages instead of "You" messages. Recognize how conflict affects you. Give your feelings words. Unless your partner is clairvoyant, there is no way for him/her...

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Fall Into a New You

Goal-Setting for the Fall Season. Fall is the season of change and transition, the air is getting crisper, the leaves are changing colors, and the nights are getting longer. Just like the seasons, we are not meant to be static.  We are at our best when we are open to new experiences, flexible to life’s curves, and willing to get out of our comfort zones. Reflection and goal setting is a great way to use the shifting of seasons to help organize and motivate ourselves. Using goals to manage your life gives you plenty of opportunity to see where things can improve. Instead of saving all your resolutions for the last minute- use fall to look back at your year so far!  Looking at the past gives...

Healthy Foods Can Lift Your Mood

Thanks so much to my smart and witty cousin, Jessi Haggerty, RD for today's post.  Jessi makes eating healthy fun and tasty! Since delving into the world of nutrition and food, I have come to believe that there is a cure for everything in the food we eat, or don't eat for that matter.  There have been numerous research studies, articles, and nutrition books written about how a high quality diet can prevent, and possibly cure, everything from heart disease to cancer.  But I'm here to talk about how your food can make your day, well, a little bit better.   It's no secret that the foods we eat can affect our mood, and that our mood can affect the food we eat, which can create a...

Rebuilding Your Self-Esteem After A Toxic Relationship

It can be difficult to re-establish a healthy routine and empower yourself after a toxic relationship. Fortunately, coming to the realization that you need to let go is one of the most difficult steps.   If you have already gone this far then you have won half the battle and you're almost there! Now you can finally concentrate on yourself and detoxify yourself from the relationship.   Pace Yourself: Give yourself time to heal.  We can be harder on ourselves than on any other person.  Realize that fully overcoming the issues you had to face during your relationship may take time, and that’s OKAY. Give yourself a break.  Don’t fall into the trap of pressuring yourself or bringing yourself down because the results aren’t immediate. Healing is...

7 Tips for Moving Forward

Are you ready for change but don't know where to start?  Use these simple tips to get yourself out of the rut and on the road to achieving your dreams. 1.  Define your goals.  Get crystal clear on what you want.  Imagine your future-self.   Describe what you see.  What are the predominant features?    Put it in writing.  Establish long term and short term goals that are concrete, measurable, and achievable.  If they are vague ideas, they will be too difficult to accomplish.   2.  Take the first step.  Choose a task to start your journey toward a better future.  Sometimes getting started is the most difficult part.  Once you get the ball rolling it's likely to continue.  Nudge yourself to begin the momentum.  What one aspect of that...

Make Summertime Work for You

The official start of summer is almost here.  And unless you plan it well, in the blink of an eye, it's gone! Here in the Northeast, we only get a few months of warmth, sunshine, and extended daylight hours. This has proven to improve mood, lower anxiety, and increase energy levels.   How can you be sure to maximize the energy boost you get from the glorious sunlight and vitamin D? It's easy if you stay organized.  Plan your summer from the start.   Name your priorities.  What do you want to accomplish?  Is it family time?  Taking a vacation?  Home improvement projects?  Building your career or business?  Enjoying the outdoors? Reconnecting with friends? Get out your day planner and schedule your summer.  Give yourself deadlines for completing important...

Better Time Management

How often has it felt like you would NEVER get everything done that needs to be done?  Your to-do list becomes overwhelming and downright stifling.  The more you think about it, the bigger and more impossible it seems.  You know that if you just start whittling away at it, it will be done before you know it.  But where and how do you start?  Follow these simple steps to tackle the unsurmountable with ease and grace.  1.  Draft your to-do list - Write everything down. Yup, every single item no matter how big or small.  Put it on paper, in front of you. This stops the list from swirling in your head and stopping you.  Take charge! 2.  Prioritize the list using a letter system to designate...

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What Can Life Coaching Do For Me?

A Life Coach provides the support, encouragement, and extra push required to stretch you beyond your comfort zone.  She helps you prioritize, manage time, and maintain clarity needed for continued and new successes. Weekly check-ins keep you accountable to the goals you set.  You and your Coach celebrate victories and troubleshoot challenges.   Problems are faced head-on to develop strategies and solutions that work for you. You and your Coach will notice the things that are going well!  After all, when was the last time you gave yourself credit for your accomplishments?  There are hundreds of tasks we complete everyday that we take for granted. Notice them, own them, and celebrate them! It's true that we all have a wealth of wisdom.  We have vibrant ideas about how we want things to be different in our lives, and perhaps the world. We know we want...