Healthy Living

Introverts Part 5

Introverts Part 5

This week, Imagine Hope is discussing what it means to be an introvert.  

Some people assume that being an introvert means that you are shy.  That is not necessarily true!  Introverts can be very outgoing and sociable people.  In fact, many times, introverts love people-- learning about others, doing things for others, and can be very loyal, caring and loving individuals.  As Christy mentioned on Monday in this weeks earlier blog series, the difference with introverts is that, usually, they need to "re-fuel" their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical "tank" by doing things that are more solitary and self-reflecting.

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:

Characteristics of a Healthy Mother Part 2

Characteristics of a Healthy Mother Part 2

Characteristic #2: A Healthy Mother Doesn't Pick Favorites & Knows They Need to Love Their Children Differently

Mother's know each of their children are separate individuals, each with their own separate emotional needs, talents and abilities. While your first-born may have been a very special and unique and separate experience from your third or fourth-born, a healthy mother does not show favoritism toward any of her children.

Tips for Healthy Dating - Responsibility

Tips for Healthy Dating - Responsibility

This week we're discussing key points to pay attention to if you're in the dating world. Yesterday we discussed boundaries - to note whether or not the person you're dating exhibits them. Today we're going to discuss another key point: Responsibility.

Responsibility

Does the person you're dating take responsibility for their life? "Life" can mean a whole lot of things, can't it?

Does this person hold a job? Do they arrive at their place of employment on time and stay until it's time to leave? Someone who is responsible will not cut corners by showing up late and/or trying to leave early. A responsible person understands the value of hard work no matter their job title.

What Triggers Emotional Eating?

When discussing emotional eating, it's important to pay attention to what can trigger a person to turn to food for comfort to alleviate uncomfortable feelings. Unless we're aware of our own personal triggers, we won't be able to combat emotional eating. Below is a list of things that can trigger inside each of us the desire to eat (when we're not hungry, or to make poor food choices) in order to avoid certain feelings:

  • Loneliness

  • Boredom

  • Grief/Loss of a loved one or friend

  • Argument/Conflict with a loved one or friend

  • Financial Struggles

  • Job loss/Job Difficulties

  • Health Issues

  • Shame (an internal critic "beating us up" for choices we make or actions we do)

  • Feeling Overwhelmed/Overworked

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Marital/Relationship Difficulties

  • Stress

  • Happiness/Joy (having a reason to celebrate and making poor choices because "I deserve this")

  • Emotional Rejection

 

This list is by no means complete - there are several more things that could be added to it! Not everything on this list applies to each of us, however, does anything on this list speak to you and your need to emotional eat? We encourage you to speak to a trusted friend/pastor/counselor if you do relate to this weeks blog. Please check back in as we still have yet to discuss the difference between physical hunger & emotional hunger, the effects of emotional eating, and how to combat emotional eating. Thank you for reading!

Written by: Tamara McCord MA, LMHC, LCAC

*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling  at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.

What Is Emotional Eating?

Food is a big part of our society. There are rarely times it is not included with socializing and celebrations. But sometimes food is misused. Many people use food for more than just nourishing their bodies to give it energy.

People emotional eat when they are using food to comfort themselves, reduce stress, and push away uncomfortable feelings.

Numbing out on food is not always a conscious thing people do. It is often an "easy" way to distract in a struggling time to get a quick fix to "feel a little bit better" in the moment. It's not common that someone will say, "I'm sad, where's the cookies."

Beware that this can be a dangerous cycle for many as they develop unhealthy coping skills and can find themselves and their health spiraling out of control.

Read more tomorrow about what triggers someone to become an emotional eater.

Written by guest blogger Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC 

www.RenewedHorizons.com

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Renewed Horizons Counseling, who does virtual counseling with clients in Indiana and Florida. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Taking Care of Yourself Through A Divorce: Support Systems

Taking Care of Yourself Through A Divorce: Support Systems

Divorce is a major life-change that many individuals go through. It's difficult, confusing and chaotic at times. This week we'd like to offer you some recommendations to help you take are of yourself if you find yourself in the middle of a divorce:

1. Find Some Stability- Throughout this process there will be alot of disruption. Lots of meetings with lawyers & mediators, lots of packing, lots of emotions. Try to find some sort of normalcy as much as you can.

Talks to Have Before Getting Married: Relationship Rules

Talks to Have Before Getting Married: Relationship Rules

Whether you realize it or not, you have relationship rules and role expectations. It's how we believe things are going to be when we're married. It's how the man and the woman are going to "act" or what each person is going to be in charge of in the marriage

Ways To Handle Change Better: Think Differently

Ways To Handle Change Better: Think Differently

Ahhh, change. Sometimes it's welcomed, sometimes it's dreaded. I don't know about you, but I'd rather gracefully enter into change than trip and fall head first into it. This week we're offering up some tips to do just this very thing.

Think Outside The Box

Sometimes when we're facing change our vision gets near-sighted. We only see things from our perspective and from the view point of the here-and-now.

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 5

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 5

Have you identified the stressful areas of your life so far with this week's blog topic?  Stress is something that is almost inevitable in our society today.  With so many areas of life to balance, stress is bound to creep up on us once in awhile!  Today, we will continue with some additional areas that stress may be causing difficulty, and discuss some tips that can help you with each.

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 3

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 3

Stress has an effect on everyone, but not everyone finds the same events stressful. Yesterday Tammy mentioned a few areas where stress creeps up. It is important to realize what triggers stress in your life. Here are some more common stressors and suggestions on how to avoid them.

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 2

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 2

Let's face it: Stress is unavoidable. Now that Teri has described for us the difference between "good" and "bad" stress, we can take action on conquering the "bad" stress and preparing for the "good" stress. As always, there are some things to stay away from when dealing with stress. If feeling stressed, avoid:

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 1

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 1

As a society, we tend to thrive on stress. It is an inevitable part of life. Whether it's from relationships, work, big life changes, money, kids, school, or just managing all of life's demands- we cannot get away from it. Stress is our body's way of reacting to difficult situations. But it doesn't always have to be a bad thing

More Than Gratitude at Thanksgiving by Joleen Watson

More Than Gratitude at Thanksgiving by Joleen Watson

he month of November is often a month filled with gratitude... So, this week, Imagine Hope is sharing some of the more unconventional ways we feel gratitude in our lives! When reflecting on the things I feel grateful for, besides the most important things in my life (family, friends and loved ones), I often feel gratitude about:

More Than Gratitude at Thanksgiving by Natalie Chandler

More Than Gratitude at Thanksgiving by Natalie Chandler

When I was in Graduate School, I became depressed. Mostly from working and going to school, which kept my life out of balance. I remember reading something that talked about keeping a gratitude journal. I started writing down 5 things that I was thankful for everyday. It opened my eyes to see the importance of Gratitude. Now it's truly just a way of thinking for me. So I love our unconventional gratitude lists this week! 

More Than Gratitude at Thanksgiving by Tammy McCord

More Than Gratitude at Thanksgiving by Tammy McCord

11 years ago I lost my driving ability due to a medical condition. For 6 months I had to depend on family, friends and taxi's to get everywhere. I don't live in an area that has a large public transportation system. Up until that point, I had taken for granted the fact I could hop in my car any time I wished and go anywhere I needed to go.