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HOLIDAY STRESS

by EnRichment Place Clinicians on 11/16/17

The holiday season can certainly be a stressful time of year.  Between navigating the shopping, cooking, baking, financial stress and attempting to continue the everyday business of life, it can all become too much.  And, if you're like me, the late fall and winter seasons can be difficult due to seasonal depression.  It all seems to be too much during this time of year and the colder weather coupled with early nightfall can put a damper on just enjoying everyday life.  There are answers to these difficulties.  First, be sure to treat yourself.  Don't spend so much money and time on others that you leave little for yourself.  Second, take time to pursue a higher purpose.  This could be time to engage in spiritual activities or just to volunteer for a charitable cause.  After all, isn't this really what the season is about.  Finally, let go of any preconceived notions or what you should be doing.  Don't let others put stressful requirements on you.  This is your holiday too and so why should you spend it in a state of anxiety.  Don't forget to be grateful everyday, this will help keep those winter blues away.  Happy Holidays!

EMOJI IN THE MIRROR

by EnRichment Place Clinicians on 10/04/17

When relationships aren't going well, we often are much too focused on what the other person did or said that upset us.  The truth is that this is an opportunity to not only learn about the other person in the relationship but to learn about ourselves.  For instance, if the other person's behavior was heinous in some way, we may want to spend a little time reflecting on our emotional mindset to be certain we aren't projecting the type of emotional energy that would bring this individual into our lives.  


Another example could be how we react to family and friends.  Are we taking things they say or do too personally?  Are we applying emotion to someone else's behavior?  If my family member is upset but I'm certain I'm not at fault, why would I be angry also?  I'm not going to mirror my family member's anger.  Putting a mirror up to ourselves will confirm us or grow us as we navigate the emotional waters of relationships.  

Temporary Blindness

by EnRichment Place Clinicians on 08/24/17


Have you ever been driving or riding in a car and the sun hits your eyes just right and for a moment you can't see where you are going?  It only last a second or two but in that moment you feel a short burst of panic.  That "what do I do" feeling.  That's what happens at times when we can't see our way towards a goal that we've envisioned.  We have that brief moment of panic and that feeling of "what do I do" or "what am I doing".  

It is acceptable to not always be sure and to have moments of doubt.  I call these, blindspots in our vision.  They are moments where we simply cannot see the end goal.  My advice is to keep pressing towards your goal through these moments.  This is not the time to give up or let go.  This is a moment of temporary blindness that will soon pass.  You'll look back on these moments as just a part of the journey towards the goal you initially envisioned.

SOMETHING JUST FOR YOU

by EnRichment Place Clinicians on 02/10/17

While at the hair salon this week (yes, I go faithfully every two weeks), I was speaking to another woman who was sharing that she was looking forward to the flowers that she had ordered delivered to herself for Valentine's Day.  The two of us and the salon owner had a good chuckle over this.  However, as we began to discuss her motives further, it became apparent that she was serious about doing something for herself to mark this occasion.  She had a Significant Other but felt that rather than wait for someone else to show their love for her, she would show love for herself.  Her words were, "no one knows how I like to be loved better than I do so I chose to do something beautiful for myself."  She shared how much she was looking forward to her flower delivery and the special note she'd written for herself.  Her face lit up with excitement.  Then the salon owner revealed that she was taking herself to a jazz concert on Valentine's Day night.  I was so uplifted that these strong, beautiful (and I do mean beautiful) ladies were choosing to do something positive to show their love for themselves.  We can each learn a lesson in self-love from them because we can't always expect love to come from outside of us.  Sometimes you have to do something just for you.   

T. Bell

SEASONS OF CHANGE

by EnRichment Place Clinicians on 08/30/16


Everything changes and this is evidenced several times a year by the change in seasons.  Nature gives us a demonstration of how natural change is to life.  We are often ending one season in our life and beginning a new one.  Some seasons are winters where we are forced to leave a job or a relationship, or we lose a loved one.  Others are spring seasons where a new relationship begins or a child is born to us.  Some seasons we attempt to hold on to and this causes disturbance in the natural order of things.  In order for nature to replenish and restore itself, it must let go of the old and allow new to be brought to life.  The same is true in our lives.  In order for us to renew our lives and grow, we need to be willing to let go of whatever is no longer growing, no longer sustaining us, no longer worthy of us- and be willing to embrace the new season in our life.
T. Bell

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