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The Power of Ten

SELF-CARE

The Power of Ten

by Mercedes McLaughlin, CMSW, LCSW “Ten more steps, just ten more steps… Five breathe in, four, three breathe out, two, one now exhale. Ok just ten more steps again, you can do anything with the power of ten.”  These thoughts rang clear and loud in my head as I ascended my first strenuous hike in over a decade. Flash backward...[ read more ]

Self-Care for the Creative Soul

by Amanda Smith, LCSW When it comes to self-care, knowing ourselves is the key. We are all uniquely designed with various values, interests, habits, and hobbies. So it makes sense that not all types of self-care work for everyone. For those of us who are creatives, there are many opportunities to find self-care in the things we already love and...[ read more ]

17 Free Ideas for Self-Care

by Amanda Smith, LCSW What I find most annoying about the idea of "self-care" is that it has to be expensive. There is way too much noise out there telling us that taking care of ourselves means spending a lot of money on a lot of stuff. Sure, it's healthy to treat yourself every once and a while, but there...[ read more ]

Emotional Self-Care

Self-Care applies to every aspect of our life. It isn't one specific thing or activity; self-care is a concept. It's a lifestyle. It's how we take care of ourselves.  Self-care is a multifaceted practice. Not only do we have physical needs, but also social needs and emotional needs. Each aspect of health requires a unique approach. Identifying our needs in...[ read more ]

Self-Care in the New Year

by Amanda Smith, LCSW I don't know about you, but I have a serious love-hate relationship with the whole "New Year's Resolution" thing. Every year it's the same thing- I set out to x and perfect every single aspect of my life, and within 30 seconds of the stroke of midnight, I've already screwed something up. We don't even get...[ read more ]

The Heart’s Healing Power

By Jessica King   Have you ever heard the phrase, “Listen to your heart, because it knows the way”?  According to research and a new tool Stillpoint will soon be offering, this couldn’t be more true. Heart Math has 25 years of research and technology that believes in the heart-brain connection as well as the influence it has on our...[ read more ]

Five Small Ways You Can Practice Gratitude

Holy cow… it’s November already?! I can’t believe 2020 is almost coming to a close. With 2021 rapidly approaching, it’s time to reflect on this past year. Although 2020 has been anything but easy, it’s important to remind ourselves that tough times will only make us grow.    If you’re finding it difficult to get into the holiday spirits with...[ read more ]

Self-Care for College Students During the Pandemic

By Amanda Smith, LCSW Oh, 2020! We've sure had our fair share of adjustments this year. Although COVID-19 has affected everyone on the planet, it has had an enhanced distinct effect on college students. Adjustment is an inevitable thing when it comes to college, but throw in a pandemic? Whew, it can get pretty tough. Luckily, we can do a...[ read more ]

Recovering Your Life After Surviving Domestic Violence

Studies show nearly one in four women and one in ten men have been a victim of physical violence, stalking or psychological aggression within an intimate partner relationship at any given time and nearly half of women homicide victims in the U.S are killed by a former or current partner. According to Cynthia Conner, a licensed social worker with Baylor...[ read more ]

Talking to Your Teen About Suicide

By Amanda Smith, LCSW September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, so there's no better time than now to talk about teen suicide. As a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor, I have supported many parents, teachers, and community members in learning the signs and symptoms of suicide and how to address these concerns with their teens. In many of my...[ read more ]