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Move Toward Your Anxiety

Move Toward Your Anxiety

Anxiety is a powerful emotion. If you struggle with anxiety, you know what I’m talking about. Maybe you have racing thoughts, and have trouble settling down. Or maybe your heart starts to beat faster, and you feel stressed out. Maybe you struggle to fall asleep...
To Love and Serve Others, You Need Empathy

To Love and Serve Others, You Need Empathy

I was listening to a sermon awhile back, and the pastor shared an interesting story that struck a chord with me. The story provided insight into how we can love and serve other people better. Waiting in Line at Mustang Donuts He was waiting in line at Mustang Donuts...
When Adversity Hits, Staying Calm is a Superpower

When Adversity Hits, Staying Calm is a Superpower

I recently saw the movie Vice, which chronicles the political life of former Vice President Dick Cheney. What struck me the most about the film was Cheney’s ability to remain remarkably calm in the face of adversity. Heart Attack One scene stood out to me. Cheney is...
If You Feel Guilty, Make a Halftime Adjustment

If You Feel Guilty, Make a Halftime Adjustment

The other day, I was feeling guilty for a mistake I made. It wasn’t a huge deal, but I tend to feel guilty whenever I do something that isn’t in line with my expectations for myself. Maybe you can relate. Guilt Isn’t Bad Guilt in and of itself isn’t bad. All emotions...
How to Make the Most of the Space Between

How to Make the Most of the Space Between

Between an impulse and a reaction, there is the space between. That space between is where the difference between success and failure often happens. The Pull to React Sometimes in my life, I blow past the space between and just react to my impulses. For example,...
What Masks Do You Wear?

What Masks Do You Wear?

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing up. I even have a costume trunk in my living room. 11 months out of the year, I use it as a coffee table. But in October, I dig through it and try to figure out what I should be for Halloween. Playing a Part I...
How to Use Negative Emotions as Information

How to Use Negative Emotions as Information

Most of the time in life, we try to avoid or escape from negative emotions. This is really common in counseling. Most of the time, people seek counseling in order to “feel better.” On one hand, this makes a lot of sense to me. Anxiety feels bad. Depression feels bad....
How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

My grandmother died last week. It wasn’t tragic or surprising. She was quite old, and her health had been declining for several years. Still, though, I felt sad about her death. There’s a finality about death that can be overwhelming. No more eating Chinese food,...
4 Steps for Dealing with Anger

4 Steps for Dealing with Anger

Often in our culture today, we think of anger as a negative emotion. We think about anger as something we need to do away with. If we get too angry, it can be scary. We might have to go to anger management classes. So many of us push down our anger and stuff it, not...
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