Hurricane Florence is coming to Florence, and the weather predictions tell us to expect torrential winds, rain, floods, and power outages. For many of us, this creates stress, anxiety, worry, and fear – and when you’re stuck inside for days at a time, boredom! Make sure that you and your family are physically safe during … Continue reading Ten Tips for Your Mental Health During a Major Storm
Everyone experiences different seasons of life. While our life seasons are not as predictable as the seasons of nature, we can predict that eventually they will come. We will know summer: sunshine, happiness, fun. We will move into autumn, a season of change, busyness, and diligence. Eventually, we experience a season like winter, cold, dark, … Continue reading Finding rhythm in a new season of life
We are in the full swing of summertime. It’s not South Carolina without the heat and the sunshine. And here in Florence, we’re close enough to enjoy a few trips to the beach as well. The temperature may make us feel like we’re melting, but I hope that in reality you and your family are … Continue reading Four strategies for a thriving summer
This happens to me sometimes. Every once in awhile, I wake up ridiculously early because of an exciting plan like catching a flight to a fun vacation destination. But usually, sleep difficulties are much less fun experience. What wakes me up? The majority of the time, it’s worry. At those times, my brain can’t stop … Continue reading I woke up at 3:15 am today
Sometimes in the counseling world, we wind up with an empty appointment slot. Someone cancels an appointment, or it just winds up that the 2:00 time slot never gets filled. I find these moments both wonderful… it’s nice to get a break during a long day… but also very frustrating. It feels frustrating because I … Continue reading Get a lot done, even with a small chunk of time
Whenever we feel anxious or fearful, there are certain thoughts going through our mind that are triggering or sustaining that fear. And often, those thoughts are based in some sort of lie from the world and culture around us. In this series, we’ve looked at the importance of testing our thoughts to identify truth, reminding ourselves … Continue reading Responding to anxiety, doubts, and fears (Part 4): Know the true and living God.
Last night, my husband and I spent 3 hours in the emergency room for a cut on his hand. Thankfully, there were no complications, and he’s now healing nicely. But of course, this is not how anyone wants to spend an evening. As we checked out and paid our co-pay to the receptionist, I found myself … Continue reading Are you stretched too thin?
Anxieties, doubts, and fears tend to be triggered by some sort of lie that we have accidentally come to believe. In Part 1 we looked at how to test our thoughts. Then we looked at the value of remembering who we really are. Today, we will look at the second lie that can easily trigger … Continue reading Responding to anxiety, doubts, and fears (Part 3): Engage in deep and meaningful relationships.
All of our anxieties, doubts, and fears are triggered by some sort of lie. In Part 1, we looked at how to test the thoughts in our heads to see if they are really true. Today, we will dig into one of the common lies that we struggle with and look at what to do … Continue reading Responding to anxiety, doubts, and fears (Part 2): Know who you really are
Anxiety is a big problem in today’s western culture, especially among adolescents and young adults. Why do we give in to the power of worry? How can we respond to doubts or fears thoughts that plague us over and over again? One big problem is that we begin to believe lies that the world is … Continue reading Responding to anxiety, doubts, and fears (Part 1): Are your thoughts really true?