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How To Stop Striving For Perfection

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Do you find yourself in a place where you are struggling to be perfect? You want to change, and yet you just can’t seem to stop the vicious cycle. You start out striving for excellence, after all – doing your best is a worthy and noble attribute, but somehow you end up on the other side, trying for perfection. Of course, we know perfection never happens, so we are left disappointed, exhausted, and missing what God had in mind. Join...

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...

Helping Someone with a Mental Illness Navigate the Holidays

The holidays are here! What if you have a family member that struggles with mental illness? You may be entering this holiday season with caution.

The holidays are here! For some, this brings feelings of excitement and anticipation of wonderful gatherings full of joy, family, friendship, and love. I say if that is you – embrace it and enjoy every second of it! What if you have a family member that struggles with mental illness? You may be entering this holiday season with caution. The question burning in your head may be, “Will we find any joy this season?” Then again just maybe you are...

Do Your Words Add To The Suffering Of Others?

Do you often hear from a loved one, “my life sucks,” or “everything is horrible in my life”? In that moment do you immediately go to the place of trying to fix it or make it right?  Are your words adding to the suffering of others? I know by nature the optimism in me comes flying out in full force. I quickly scan the horizon and see all the places that to me are not so bad. Then I immediately...

Back To School with Mental Health Issues – The Pain is Real

As I sit in my comfortable chair outside listening to the bird’s chirp, I think to myself: life today is not bad. It feels smooth, easy and comfortable. Relishing in the fact that today, school is starting, and it is no longer a part of my world. I consciously decide to ignore those old feelings of what it used to be like struggling to get a child to school. I say to myself, “not this year;” it is my turn to avoid the...