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Why Is Judging Others A Problem For Us?

Since I have done my fair share of judging others in my life, I was a little concerned when I arrived at Costco about what others would think. Would their judgments pierce my heart and create an uneasiness to do what was best for me? I have been on both ends of the spectrum.  Judging others is problematic, and it hurts not only those that judge but those that are judged....

When You Want To Help: Eight Strategies For Loving Someone With An Anxiety Disorder

In my head, I was screaming out, “Please, not again, I just can’t listen to you talk about what might happen!” It wasn’t that I didn’t want to help; after all, this is my daughter whom I love dearly and would do anything in the world for her. But my support seemed to make things worse. I didn’t know how to help. Have you ever uttered those words or entertained these thoughts while trying to help someone with an anxiety...

Do You Know How Valuable You Are?

After a bit of prodding from a close friend, I decided to attend my first support group for families with a loved one with mental health issues. I was convinced hearing others struggles would only discourage me and bring no comfort to my aching soul. I struggled to believe that I even needed such a group or could find value in other people’s pain. After all, mine was enough. At the first group, I forced myself up the steps moving...

Please God, Not One More Thing

Do your words sometimes echo mine, “God you’ve got to be kidding? Are you going to give me one more thing to handle? You built me strong and courageous, but this just may be too much.” I remember a day last October was one of those days. On that particular day, I experienced the kind of things that tear at your heart, exhaust you and bring you to your knees. To name just a few; our sweet dog had to...