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Use this script with yourself or - together with the people in your home - have one person read it for you all:

Settle into a comfortable position. Eyes closed or to the floor, whatever feel most comfortable to you. Begin by noticing your breathing. On the inhale, say in your mind, “I am here.” On the exhale, repeat in your mind, “I am here.”

Inhale “I am here.” Exhale “I am here.”

Connect with one of your senses: smell, touch, or hearing. Notice what you can experience through these senses to grou...

Just as the current Covid-19 outbreak is impacting all adults in both very similar and very varying ways, the same is happening to children and teens. Young people are keen observers, feelers – like many adults, they can feel both the global weight and the personal impact this crisis is having. They may be empathetically feeling the anxiety and fear that everyone is feeling; they may be concerned about their parents’ jobs and financial security; they may feel lonely being isolated from their pee...

So many of the people I have talked to during the last week have had this similar thing to say: The emotions experienced as a result of the current pandemic have come in waves. One moment there is a peacefulness, acceptance, which is then quickly and suddenly followed by anxiety, exhaustion, fear, uncertainty, frustration, discouragement, sadness, gratitude, hopefulness – and then, of course, the cycle continues and we are back at anxiety, exhaustion, fear, uncertainty, frustration…

Here are some...

  1. Limit your media intake. Yes, the desire to want to know what’s going on in the world and to have the

    latest information is valid, and important even. AND the air is heavy right now and we are being inundated with information. Find a source you trust, check in with it, and then give yourself breaks to put down the phone, turn off the TV and do things that feel good, healthy, and happy for you. Trust yourself right now, too. Trust that you know when you’ve taken in too much and need to step...

Empathy is a person’s ability to meet another person need to feel understood, heard, and seen.

Authors Maia Szalavitz and Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD write the following quite in their book about empathy “Born for Love”: “The essence of empathy is the ability to stand in another’s shoes, to feel what it’s like there. Your primary feelings are more related to the other person’s situation than your own.”

To practice empathy, one must dig deep into their own emotive experience in order to practice an und...

Our brains are very wired for patterns. The first time you

ever drove to work, you may have used map quest; you likely watched each street sign closely as you navigated your way to a new place. However, if you have been working there for some time now, you likely no longer need directions. You are able to make the drive with little extra thought. You may even at times make the trip without being fully engaged and cognizant of the drive. That’s because the voyage from home to office has become a w...

The U.S. weight loss market is now worth a record $72 billion. And we are coming up on one of it’s most lucrative times of the year.

The end of one year, the beginning of a new one – this can be a difficult time for those in eating disorder recovery, and even for those who are weary from years of dieting, rigid – often punitive - food rules, and/or body image distress. Your ears and your eyes will be inundated with diet talk. It’s a big money-making time for the diet industry and they will not mi...

This is time of year is often very busy. You may be studying for finals, packing up the dorm room, traveling, and wrapping presents nearly all at the same time. You may be juggling work, holiday performances, baking cookies for your kids' teachers, decorating the house, and hosting out-of-town guests. Wherever the holidays have you this year and whatever responsibilities they seem to be adding to your list, one thing is pretty universal: this time of year is busy and it's easy to fill your time...

I recently participated in a continuing education opportunity where the topic was how to utilize some of the 12-step strategies in the treatment of Eating Disorders. Alcoholics Anonymous is a pillar in the recovery community. The work of the 12-steps to help individuals gain lasting recovery from alcohol and drugs has been invaluable. 

The 10th step of the 12-step program is self-inventory. It's a daily/regular inventory one does with oneself to assess how he/she is doing and what might be valued...

You may notice that it has felt good this week to think about the things you are thankful for. Here are some ways to bring this practice of acknowledging gratitudes into your every day life. 

1. Gratitude Journal - Writing down three gratitudes either to start and/or end the day. 

2. Gratitude Jar - Within a jar or box, using paper strips to write out things you and your family are grateful for. Once a week dump the jar to look back on the gratitudes acknowledged from the week. 

3. Gratitude Prompt...

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