Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Not only do I love the food and experience with family, I also love the idea that this is a time to “Give Thanks.” I try to orient myself toward gratitude the entire month of November. In my family we have a “gratitude tree” where we all try to identify one thing we are grateful for each day and add it to our tree, so that by the end of the month, our tree is “full” and is a visual representation of all the things we have to be grateful for. [Continue Reading…]
Loneliness. It’s an emotion that few people want to admit they’ve felt, but one that everyone has experience with. Because of the inborn vulnerability that it takes to admit when we’re lonely and the false belief that many have–that we are alone in this feeling–it is not discussed nearly as much as it should be. [Continue Reading…]
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we talk to one another. All of us. And specifically when we disagree. It seems lately that when it comes to politics and ideas or beliefs in general, that we polarize and talk over one another. I’m guilty of it. I’ve been thinking about this and I want to share my thoughts with you.
Is it just me or have others noticed that we are officially past the “prime” of fall? The leaves have mostly all fallen now, with only the stubborn few remaining. The mountains are rust brown instead of vibrant yellows, oranges and reds. [Continue Reading…]
As I’ve asked numerous groups of women “what does the ideal woman look like?” There has been a common thread of answers. She is: skinny, tall, and has long legs. She has full lips, a big chest, a full head of wavy, long hair. Long eyelashes, protruding cheek bones, toned and attractive are also in the thread. [Continue Reading…]
I am not a therapist here at Balance Health & Healing. In fact, I’m not a therapist at all. I just graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications, emphasis in public relations. But I’ve been the Office Manager here for a little more than a year and a half and post all of the blogs on the website. So I decided that, although I am not a therapist, I am a human with thoughts & emotions, and it’s time I take a stab at my own blog post.
Today we’re going back to the basics! Most people have heard the term ‘coping skills’ and today we’re going to dive into exactly what they are, how they can help, and some ideas of ones you can try! [Continue Reading…]
I recently had a seemingly benign conversation with a well-intended, good friend:
Friend, “Anna, do you want to run a race together?”
Me, “When are you thinking?”
Friend, “Sometime in the next few months?”
Me, “Oh, no, I wouldn’t be able to do anything until at least next summer. I haven’t started exercising since having Liam.”
Friend, “How come? Liam is 3 months old?”
Me, “Because whenever I exercise, I lose my milk supply.”
Friend, “Oh. Anna, if you need to exercise for your mental health then you should! Babies have been thriving on formula for decades now!”
When people think of OCD, they often think of what they’ve seen on TV. Like the person who washes their hands uncontrollably, or the detective who has to touch every lamp post they walk by. And while these are some of the ways OCD will show up, it can also show up in less obvious but still very distressing ways.