Get Back to the Basics

According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, we need to first take care of our physical health before we are able to focus much energy on our emotional well being. When our physical needs are being met and our bodies are functioning well, we free up energy to focus on our emotional needs. I challenge each of you to return to the basics of physical health and find balance in your life by making small improvements in each of the following areas: Exercise: Engage in physical activity of a type that you have found enjoyable in the past. Exercise has many
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Preparing for the Holidays After Losing a Loved One

The holidays are quickly approaching, are you ready? Is the shopping done? Have arrangements been made for your visitors? Is your house ready to go and looking nice? Are the dinners planned? How’s your mental health??? For some of us, the holidays can be really tough not just because we are trying to deal with crazy Aunt Judy and her disapproval of our life choices, but because we are still mourning the loss of one of our dear friends or family. If you are dealing with the loss of a loved one and how to face the holidays without them,
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Marriages are like Gardens

I came across a great analogy while I was sitting in church today.  After spending time in my own garden this week watering, weeding, pruning, and harvesting my vegetables; the following quote really hit home.  The full article can be found in the Ensign, but I would like to share the following section on the similarities between caring for a garden and caring for a marriage and family. This “law of the harvest” connects behavior and its consequences together in an unbreakable relationship that has direct impact on every aspect of our lives—and especially on our marriages. Like the flowers, fruits, and vegetables we grow in
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Uniting Couples

Here are a few ideas I like to share with couples that are seeking help in therapy: Being married, like many things in life, is at the same time both a tremendous blessing and a difficult challenge. Though we wish for sweet matrimony and perfect harmony, the truth is that we are joining together two individuals with their own perspectives, family backgrounds, and for lack of a better term baggage. Now as a couple there is an opportunity to create your own family paradigm. I recommend that many couples begin with a mission statement and identify what they want to
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Emotional Wellness Strategies

I’m meeting with a group of women tonight to discuss how to handle difficulties in their lives. I’m focusing a good chunk of my presentation on strategies to promote emotional wellness. I think we can all benefit from these, so I thought I’d share with you: 1.Return to the basics of physical health and find balance in the following: a.)Engage in physical activity of a type that you have found enjoyable in the past. Exercise has many healing effects including the release of endorphins and improving sleep. b.)Eat healthy and regularly. Be sure that you are having regular and balanced
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Reconnecting with Your Family

There was an interesting show on Oprah last Monday called: Stripped Down with Peter Walsh. Peter is a life organization expert and best selling author with some wonderful ideas on how to strengthen your family and live a better life. The premise behind the show was that the typical American family has become disconnected from each other due to all the “stuff” in their lives that overwhelms them. In particular, this “stuff” manifests itself in the form of television, cell phones, YouTube, PDAs, laptops, video games, Facebook, ipods, texting, etc. I really appreciate this concept. So often we allow our
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Laughter is the Best Medicine

One of the health insurance companies I work with forwarded me this article.  It’s got some great points. “Energizer Bunny Arrested, Charged with Battery” By:  David Brown, Ph.D.   I saw this quote the other day and started to chuckle. My haphazard chuckle suddenly escalated to a “gut-wrenching” laugh. I thought I was losing my mind.  The bunny joke was funny, but not worthy of that kind of belly laughing.  It didn’t take me long to figure out what happened. At that particular moment in time, I had to laugh.  If I didn’t, I was probably going to cry.  
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5 Tips for Getting Your Kids Ready to Go Back to School

The following are some suggestions I found for making a successful transition for you and your family this year: It’s almost that time of year again. Believe it or not, your kids will be heading back to school in the near future. You can almost taste it! But making the transition from summer to fall means that you’d better think ahead. There are a lot of changes that must be managed. Here are five back to school tips to help you and your kids make the shift as easy as possible. 1. Bedtime Gradually start getting the children to bed
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Kids Won’t Listen?

Below, is another great article I found that might help parents keep their sanity while disciplining. KIDS WON’T LISTEN?  TRY THIS If you’re a parent living with small children, you may often feel like you’re invisible to your kids. After spending a day cajoling, reasoning, threatening and even screaming in an attempt to get your kids to behave, you may feel as if they never listen to you, much less respond. But all that talking is precisely the problem. If you feel like you’re invisible, you’re probably way too audible. When it comes to discipline, silence often speaks louder than words.
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“What is the Single Best Thing You Can Do For Your Health?”

I came across an amazing clip today that I wanted to share with my readers because I think it’s incredibly clever, as well as remarkably true.  Dr. Mike Evans from the University of Toronto shares with us one simple change we can all make that will benefit our lives in remarkable ways. Please watch: Preventative medicine, in this case daily exercise, is often the cheapest and most effective way to feel good and avoid diseases that cause pain, frustration, and even death.  It’s amazing to consider all the physical health risks you can avoid by just 30 minutes of exercise a day.
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