Create a Routine to Promote Good Mental Health

Create a Routine to Promote Good Mental Health

It’s January. You’re back to work and the kids are back to school. It’s time to put a routine in place that supports good mental health and wellness. Many of us plan to set up new routines and develop good habits in January. January feels like a fresh start, so it’s the natural time to recalibrate our habits. Make your […]

What are Cognitive Distortions?

What are Cognitive Distortions?

Cognitive distortions are also known as thinking errors, thinking distortions, irrational thoughts, distorted thoughts, and negative automatic thoughts.   Cognitive distortions are ways that you twist up your thinking to see yourself, your situation, and other people in a negative light. They’re basically your mind playing tricks on you; convincing you that you’re not as good as everyone else, people […]

Free Mental Health Printables

Free Self-Improvement and Mental Health Printables

  Mental Health Printables! I’ve created a resource library full of absolutely free mental health printables! These are the tools and resources that I’ve put together over decades of work as a therapist and coach. I realized there’s not point in keeping these self-improvement printables exclusively for my clients when they could be helping many more people.   Are you […]

Why You Need Realistic Expectations and How to Set Them

Why You Need Realistic Expectations and How to Set Them

  “Expectations are resentments waiting to happen.” – Anne Lamott   Realistic expectations have the power to make you happier. The holidays don’t feel like the “most wonderful time of the year” for everyone.  It’s emotionally difficult to join in holiday celebrations when you’re experiencing grief, strained relationships, infertility, divorce, or difficult family dynamics. The single most important piece of advice […]

Tips for Reducing Stress during the Holidays

Tips for Reducing Stress from Your Holiday Celebrations

Holiday celebrations are an opportunity to get together and celebrate the season with family and friends, but they’re also a source of stress, especially if you are trying to maintain your sobriety. Between conflicts among guests to the stress of planning celebrations or deciding which events to attend when your schedule is double-booked, there are many ways the holidays can […]

How to Use Mindfulness to Cope with Holiday Stress

How to Use Mindfulness to Cope with Holiday Stress

How can you use mindfulness to cope with holiday stress?   Do you find you’re frequently trying to squeeze more into your day by multi-tasking?  Or do you miss pieces of conversations or opportunities to connect because you’re distracted, rehashing the past, or worrying about the future?   In an effort to be more productive, we often try to do […]

14 Gratitude Journal Prompts

14 Gratitude Journal Prompts

  We need gratitude more than ever. When we’re feeling discouraged, alone, anxious, or angry, it’s hard to be grateful. We know we’re supposed to feel grateful. It’s Thanksgiving-time after all. But you may be having a hard time tapping into gratitude right now.  Our country is in turmoil, leaving us with a heaviness that’s hard to shake. Or maybe […]

My Boyfriend Won't Commit by Sharon Martin, LCSW

My Boyfriend Won’t Commit

Fear of Commitment Do you have a girlfriend or boyfriend who won’t commit? If you’ve never experienced this yourself, chances are that you’ve had a frustrated friend who wants to know: “How long should I wait for him to commit?”.   I recently contributed to a column on the website Love Evolve and Thrive about how to cope with fear […]