Need treatment? Find help or get online counseling right now!

Archives for Acceptance


5 Ways to Bounce Back from Everyday Stress


It happens to most of us every day. And most everyday stressors are things that we can handle fairly easily if we just remember a few simple strategies:

1. Engage your vagus nerve.

The vagus nerve is a cranial nerve that wanders throughout the body. Stimulation of the vagus nerve tends to slow your heart rate and create a calming response.

The easiest way to engage the vagus?

Take a deep breath.

Both moving your...
Continue Reading


Are You Missing a Piece of Your Happiness?

Sometimes I don’t feel very good about myself.

In fact, I get depressed.

It’s a bit embarrassing to admit since I am a therapist, you know.

But it’s true.

Like many people – maybe you included - I've had a lifelong struggle with the inner critic that takes up space in my head and a lot of my emotional energy.

Of course, since it’s been a lifelong struggle, I've also been on a lifelong quest to find some answer to feel better about...
Continue Reading


5 Ways to Battle Burnout

Burn-out \ˈbərn-ˌau̇t\ : exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.

Feeling exhausted? Numb? Helpless? It may not just be from the end of a long school year or stress on the job, you might actually be suffering from a case of burnout.

3 dimensions of burnout

Most of the research on burnout has been in the domain of...
Continue Reading


Depressed? Try This One Simple Tip

Depression is insidious.

You feel sad, you lose your concentration, nothing is interesting to you anymore, and – to top it all off – your thoughts become stuck in an endless loop of self-criticism.

There are many ways to address depression. Researchers interested in decreasing depression and increasing resilience have found that using a number of intentional activities creates positive emotions and helps...
Continue Reading


Bounce Back by Using These 3 Simple Ideas

You know that chirping little critic you hear inside your head sometimes? Most of us have one. It’s that voice that says, “You’ll never be good enough.”

“Why even try? You know you can’t do it.”

“You’re such a hypocrite (loser, slob, dimwit, etc.)”

This voice - this inner critic - is often the main obstacle we face when trying to bounce back in life.

But that inner critic loses its audience and it's power when we do something that...
Continue Reading


3 Ways to Love Thyself as Thy Neighbor

Did you catch that switcheroo in the title of this post? Usually, it’s “love thy neighbor as thyself.”

But in our society, we tend to reverse that. We find it easier to be compassionate toward others than toward ourselves.

Being nice to others is a good thing, right? Yes, but it begs the question: Why can’t we be nicer to ourselves?

That Inner Critic

You know that chirping little critic you hear inside your...
Continue Reading