coping skills

Secrets: Toxic Secrets

Secrets:  Toxic Secrets

This week we are talking about secrets! Secrets come in many forms. There are healthy secrets, but also toxic ones. What is the difference? A toxic secret is one that will block you from intimacy and puts walls between you and your loved one. Support4change.com says, toxic secrets “hide a part of your heart, disguise your vulnerability which denies a gift to your loved one, or prevents your loved one from supporting you.”

How to Find Peace in Life Part 2

How to Find Peace in Life Part 2

This week we are talking about how to find peace. It seems everyone we meet on our couch truly wants the same thing....peace. Their pursuits of how they all get it may be different, even if it's through the pursuit of happiness. But ultimately, they want peace. There is a lot of wisdom for peace in the Serenity Prayer. So we thought that would be a great place for us to start. If you haven't already read part 1 of this blog, I encourage you to do so before moving forward. 

Tips for reducing stress in your life #4

Tips for reducing stress in your life #4

So, how many tips have you used this week to reduce stress in your life?  Looking for more?  Well, here they are!

  • Be optimistic
  • Visualize accomplishing your goals
  • Practice grace
  • Pray
  • Light candles

Tips for Reducing Stress in Your Life #2

Stress can creep up on you, but if you've got a good list of stress-relieving tips you like to practice, you can feel better in no time! Here are a few more tips:

  • Breathe
  • Take time for yourself to do something you enjoy
  • Organize your life so you don't spend time looking for things
  • Eliminate unnecessary commitments
  • Delegate responsibility

Tips for Reducing Stress in Your Life #1

Tips for Reducing Stress in Your Life #1

Stress comes in all forms and is an unavoidable part of life. Ideally the best thing would be to eliminate as much as you can, but when there is stubborn stress that keeps sticking around, there certainly are ways to cope with it. This week Imagine Hope wants you to look at these tips and pick several that seem doable to implement into your day to day life.

How To Love Yourself Part 2

How To Love Yourself Part 2

As Teri shared yesterday, an inability to love ourselves extends to being unable to accept love from others. But where do we start? It's easier said than done, but there are manageable starting points for each of us. This week we're going to discuss ways that we can love ourselves. Some ways will apply and some will not.

Seasonal Affective Disorder Part 2

Seasonal Affective Disorder Part 2

Yesterday we met Cindy who is most likely suffering from SAD. What exactly is Seasonal Affective Disorder? It’s a type of depression that affects a person during the same season each year. If you get depression in the winter, but feel much better in the Spring & Summer, you may have SAD.

 

Decrease Holiday Stress-Part 4

Decrease Holiday Stress-Part 4

Teri, Tammy and Natalie have shared some really helpful tips so far in ways to decrease Holiday stress, which helps each of us to enjoy the Holiday season better.  Today I'm going to go over ways we can continue the tradition of giving during the holiday season without stressing ourselves and our bank accounts.  Tip number 4 is to watch your spending. 

Decrease Holiday Stress- Part 1

 Decrease Holiday Stress- Part 1

Clients tell me all the time, “I hate the holidays”. There are many stressors as people are attending family gatherings and trying to meet everyone’s expectations for the season. We hope reading this week helps you stay focused on making this holiday season less stressful! Keep your emotional boundaries firm

Conflict Resolution Tips Part 2

Conflict Resolution Tips Part 2

This week as we explore conflict resolution tips, see if you can recognize strengths you already possess in this area, along with skills you need to sharpen a bit more. Here are a few more tips to make conflict more productive:

6. Eliminate cheap shots and "below the belt" comments. Conflict is to be respectful, using respectful words and phrases.

How Can Parents Cope With Difficult Behavior? Part 2

How Can Parents Cope With Difficult Behavior? Part 2

Parenting is hard enough, but throw in difficult behaviors, and ugh, watch out! All my respect goes out to parents, I really don't know of a harder job. Here are some suggestions this week for coping with difficult behaviors:

Ways Pets Improve Mental Health- 3

Ways Pets Improve Mental Health- 3

This weekend we were in the airport and we were reminded of how much animals are helping people cope and enabling them with their mental health. We saw 2 service animals (for mental health challenges) within one hour while waiting to board our plane. I thought it ironic that our blog topic this week was planned to be "Ways Pets Improve Mental Health." People are catching on that our four legged friends are not just companions for the blind or law enforcement but they can actually help those who struggle with anxiety, depression, and other struggles. Today let's talk about how they help us get out of "ourselves".

Ways Pets Improve Mental Health Part 1

Ways Pets Improve Mental Health Part 1

This week at Imagine Hope, we are discussing the impact your four-legged friends can make on your mental health. Did you know that research shows owning a dog or a cat can reduce blood pressure, decrease stress, and boost levels of endorphins in your brain? It’s amazing how impactful these family members can be on our lives!

What to Do if You Are Loving Too Much Part 2

What to Do if You Are Loving Too Much Part 2

As Teri wrote yesterday, it is possible to love too much. Amazing, but true. We want to help those of you who find yourself in this situation to find balance and peace. The middle ground can be loving someone & loving and honoring yourself as well. It doesn't have to be either/or. And, we're not just speaking to women this week either. Men can love too much too!