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Living life to the fullest requires intentionality. When we’re intentional, we do things with purpose. This involves goal-setting and taking steps to achieve those goals. Intentional living also involves behaving in ways that are in alignment with our deeply held values, which helps us live out our purpose.
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Try setting a couple intentions for the week, ones that feel manageable and not too daunting. Maybe you want to complete specific tasks that you’ve been wanting/needing to do. Maybe you want to go into the new week with a motto, connect with someone you’ve been missing, be more present in your relationships, or take better care of yourself. .
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What are you going to be intentional about this week? 🙂.
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#intentions #beintentional #livelifetothefullest #counseling #therapy #mentalhealth #emotionalhealth #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
Living life to the fullest requires intentionality. When we’re intentional, we do things with purpose. This involves goal-setting and taking steps to achieve those goals. Intentional living also involves behaving in ways that are in alignment with our deeply held values, which helps us live out our purpose. . . Try setting a couple intentions for the week, ones that feel manageable and not too daunting. Maybe you want to complete specific tasks that you’ve been wanting/needing to do. Maybe you want to go into the new week with a motto, connect with someone you’ve been missing, be more present in your relationships, or take better care of yourself. . . . What are you going to be intentional about this week? 🙂. . . #intentions  #beintentional  #livelifetothefullest  #counseling  #therapy  #mentalhealth  #emotionalhealth  #auburn  #aquietplacecounseling 
This is a good one, isn’t it? We often get stuck in solution-finding, fix-it mode, but sometimes all we need is to be HEARD. We all have an innate desire to feel known and understood, and when we don’t feel that way with someone, we don’t feel all that emotionally connected to them. Being the recipient of genuine curiosity and non-judgment can be so, so healing. And when we provide this to others when we really wanted to convince them that they’re wrong or come up with a solution to the issue, it might just be exactly what they needed. Happy Friday everyone! .
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#happyfriday #love #relationships #intimacy #connection #vulnerability #curiosity #mentalhealth #emotionalhealth #counseling #therapy #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
This is a good one, isn’t it? We often get stuck in solution-finding, fix-it mode, but sometimes all we need is to be HEARD. We all have an innate desire to feel known and understood, and when we don’t feel that way with someone, we don’t feel all that emotionally connected to them. Being the recipient of genuine curiosity and non-judgment can be so, so healing. And when we provide this to others when we really wanted to convince them that they’re wrong or come up with a solution to the issue, it might just be exactly what they needed. Happy Friday everyone! . . . #happyfriday  #love  #relationships  #intimacy  #connection  #vulnerability  #curiosity  #mentalhealth  #emotionalhealth  #counseling  #therapy  #auburn  #aquietplacecounseling 
Conflict in romantic relationships sucks. You might be finding yourself in this place more often, and it’s creating distance between you and your partner. When conflict becomes the norm, it can be really difficult to remember the good times...to remember what you like about your partner, or what caused you to fall in love. Strong emotions attempt to tear the two of you apart.
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If this is the case for you right now, take a step back for a minute, almost as if you’re observing from the outside (I know, it’s not easy). Find something you’re thankful for, something that is going right. Think back to your first date or a positive memory you have with your partner. Take a moment to recognize that relationships can experience rocky seas sometimes, but that doesn’t mean it needs to stay that way forever. Love is both a feeling and an action, and it can persevere even when the feelings aren’t there. Make the conscious choice to choose love over anger, resentment, bitterness, selfishness, and impatience. It can be ridiculously hard, but oh so worth it. Let love be your anchor. .
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#love #relationships #couples #marriage #counseling #mentalhealth #emotions #therapy #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
Conflict in romantic relationships sucks. You might be finding yourself in this place more often, and it’s creating distance between you and your partner. When conflict becomes the norm, it can be really difficult to remember the good times...to remember what you like about your partner, or what caused you to fall in love. Strong emotions attempt to tear the two of you apart. . . If this is the case for you right now, take a step back for a minute, almost as if you’re observing from the outside (I know, it’s not easy). Find something you’re thankful for, something that is going right. Think back to your first date or a positive memory you have with your partner. Take a moment to recognize that relationships can experience rocky seas sometimes, but that doesn’t mean it needs to stay that way forever. Love is both a feeling and an action, and it can persevere even when the feelings aren’t there. Make the conscious choice to choose love over anger, resentment, bitterness, selfishness, and impatience. It can be ridiculously hard, but oh so worth it. Let love be your anchor. . . . #love  #relationships  #couples  #marriage  #counseling  #mentalhealth  #emotions  #therapy  #auburn  #aquietplacecounseling 
Learning to be authentic and comfortable with who we are can be hard enough without all the comparison that goes on with social media. This comparison and fear of not measuring up to the idealistic picture of ourselves and our lives that we’re able to create in an Instagram post (and those that we see by others) produces anxiety.
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If we’re loved and accepted for the person with a mask that we present to the world, that’s not really true acceptance, right? However, if we make daily choices to be our authentic ourselves (and to not allow comparison and fear of judgment to prevent us from living and being free), THIS is what brings true connection, love, and acceptance. Be yourself. Embrace who you are. YOU are wonderful.
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#beyourself #authenticity #brenebrown #connection #love #acceptance #anxiety #counseling #therapy #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
Learning to be authentic and comfortable with who we are can be hard enough without all the comparison that goes on with social media. This comparison and fear of not measuring up to the idealistic picture of ourselves and our lives that we’re able to create in an Instagram post (and those that we see by others) produces anxiety. . . . If we’re loved and accepted for the person with a mask that we present to the world, that’s not really true acceptance, right? However, if we make daily choices to be our authentic ourselves (and to not allow comparison and fear of judgment to prevent us from living and being free), THIS is what brings true connection, love, and acceptance. Be yourself. Embrace who you are. YOU are wonderful. . . . #beyourself  #authenticity  #brenebrown  #connection  #love  #acceptance  #anxiety  #counseling  #therapy  #mentalhealth  #mentalhealthawareness  #auburn  #aquietplacecounseling 
Happy Friday! As I wrap up this week, I’m feeling thankful, inspired, tired, and ready for a little relaxation. Especially for the givers out there - your care and service to others is so valuable and needed...your energy is needed. Show yourself some love and respect this weekend by doing something that makes *you* feel happy and rejuvenated! .
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#happyfriday #happyweekend #rest #mentalhealth #emotionalhealth #counseling #therapy #positivity #rejuvenate #counselorlife #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
Happy Friday! As I wrap up this week, I’m feeling thankful, inspired, tired, and ready for a little relaxation. Especially for the givers out there - your care and service to others is so valuable and needed...your energy is needed. Show yourself some love and respect this weekend by doing something that makes *you* feel happy and rejuvenated! . . . #happyfriday  #happyweekend  #rest  #mentalhealth  #emotionalhealth  #counseling  #therapy  #positivity  #rejuvenate  #counselorlife  #auburn  #aquietplacecounseling 
Like a stress ball, but SO much better. I got my new order of stress relief dough (that smells like orange & cinnamon 🤗) in the mail today and it felt like Christmas. This is the one I chose for me - counselors need self-care too 😉 Thanks @doughforit for making my day!!
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#stressrelief #stress #anxietyrelief #anxiety #counseling #therapy #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #selfcare #believe #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
Breathing is grounding. It doesn’t fix everything, the emotions are still there - but it brings us to a calmer place where we can think through things more rationally. I tell my clients this: When our anxiety is at an 8-9/10, we can’t expect ourselves to think clearly...we’re in fight or flight mode. We need to help calm our nervous systems down to about a 5/10 (or less) before we’re able to really think or talk through whatever it is that’s stressing us out. Try 10 *deep* breaths with your eyes closed the next time you notice yourself getting worked up. Or better yet, do it when you’re feeling perfectly fine to simply slow down, relax, and check-in with yourself for a minute during your busy days. You deserve that ❤️
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#justbreathe #mindfulness #relaxation #peace #calm #counseling #therapy #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #anxiety #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
Breathing is grounding. It doesn’t fix everything, the emotions are still there - but it brings us to a calmer place where we can think through things more rationally. I tell my clients this: When our anxiety is at an 8-9/10, we can’t expect ourselves to think clearly...we’re in fight or flight mode. We need to help calm our nervous systems down to about a 5/10 (or less) before we’re able to really think or talk through whatever it is that’s stressing us out. Try 10 *deep* breaths with your eyes closed the next time you notice yourself getting worked up. Or better yet, do it when you’re feeling perfectly fine to simply slow down, relax, and check-in with yourself for a minute during your busy days. You deserve that ❤️ . . . #justbreathe  #mindfulness  #relaxation  #peace  #calm  #counseling  #therapy  #mentalhealth  #mentalhealthawareness  #mentalillness  #anxiety  #auburn  #aquietplacecounseling 
Successful conference trip to #MyrtleBeach. Being surrounded by passionate, driven, and compassionate people filled me up! I sure do love my profession. And something about the beach, too, gives me new perspective every time. Hope y’all had a chance to fill your cups back up this weekend 🙂
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#SACES #counseloreducation #counseling #therapy #counselorlife #refuel #mentalhealth #aquietplacecounseling
Mid-week pep talk: You are awesome. You are strong. You are brave. You’re fighting and working so hard and it’s going to be worth it one day. You got this! For real, you do. Keep learning and growing. Stay true to who you are. These challenges are stretching you so far outside of your comfort zone - allow this process to change, motivate, and empower you. Don’t allow it to break you and mold you into someone you don’t want to become. And be patient with yourself, please. Keep up the good work! 🙌🏼
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#empowerment #yougotthis #motivation #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #counseling #therapy #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
Mid-week pep talk: You are awesome. You are strong. You are brave. You’re fighting and working so hard and it’s going to be worth it one day. You got this! For real, you do. Keep learning and growing. Stay true to who you are. These challenges are stretching you so far outside of your comfort zone - allow this process to change, motivate, and empower you. Don’t allow it to break you and mold you into someone you don’t want to become. And be patient with yourself, please. Keep up the good work! 🙌🏼 . . . #empowerment  #yougotthis  #motivation  #mentalhealth  #mentalhealthawareness  #mentalillness  #counseling  #therapy  #auburn  #aquietplacecounseling 
I think it’s safe to say we’ve all felt under-appreciated before, and it can feel a little depleting right? Think for just a minute about someone in your life who might need to hear “thank you” from you. Maybe they’ve gone out of their way to help you, maybe they said something that really encouraged you, or maybe the fact that they’re always accepting and there for you means more to you than they know. .
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What exactly did they do that made you feel thankful for them? How might you show them that you’re thankful? Sometimes I think we just *think* people know we’re thankful for them, but take some time to do something out of the ordinary to help that person *know* and *feel* that you appreciate them. Be specific about what makes you feel thankful too - broad statements are less meaningful. Expressing gratitude increases connection & hearing this from you might be exactly what they need right now 🙂
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#thankful #gratitude #thankyou #relationships #mentalhealth #counseling #therapy #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
I think it’s safe to say we’ve all felt under-appreciated before, and it can feel a little depleting right? Think for just a minute about someone in your life who might need to hear “thank you” from you. Maybe they’ve gone out of their way to help you, maybe they said something that really encouraged you, or maybe the fact that they’re always accepting and there for you means more to you than they know. . . . What exactly did they do that made you feel thankful for them? How might you show them that you’re thankful? Sometimes I think we just *think* people know we’re thankful for them, but take some time to do something out of the ordinary to help that person *know* and *feel* that you appreciate them. Be specific about what makes you feel thankful too - broad statements are less meaningful. Expressing gratitude increases connection & hearing this from you might be exactly what they need right now 🙂 . . . #thankful  #gratitude  #thankyou  #relationships  #mentalhealth  #counseling  #therapy  #auburn  #aquietplacecounseling 
The more we hide, the bigger shame grows. Hearing your story might be an integral part to someone’s healing journey. It might help them feel less alone. And maybe, just maybe, it might help you heal too 💜
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#shame #vulnerability #youarestrong #counseling #therapy #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
If you’re perfectionistic by nature or highly critical/judgmental of yourself, this is for you! I do a lot of work with my clients to help alter judgmental self-statements because they are so unhelpful. Do they accomplish much for you? They sure don’t for me! .
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When you’re feeling disappointed with yourself, embarrassed, mad at yourself, etc., you’re already feeling crappy - so why make matters worse by judging and criticizing yourself? Acknowledge how you’re feeling, and be gentle and gracious with the way you respond to yourself. No more of the “I’m so stupid...I can’t believe I did that...I should’ve done this or that...I can’t get it right” business. That’s unhelpful. Instead, try pausing for a second and asking yourself, “How can I be more helpful and supportive of myself right now?” Doesn’t mean we can never point out things we’d like to change or that we can’t come up with alternative ways we’d like to do things in the future, it just means we can be kind to ourselves in the process. .
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#friendlyreminder #grace #selfcompassion #bekindtoyourself #perfectionism #counseling #therapy #cbt #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
If you’re perfectionistic by nature or highly critical/judgmental of yourself, this is for you! I do a lot of work with my clients to help alter judgmental self-statements because they are so unhelpful. Do they accomplish much for you? They sure don’t for me! . . . When you’re feeling disappointed with yourself, embarrassed, mad at yourself, etc., you’re already feeling crappy - so why make matters worse by judging and criticizing yourself? Acknowledge how you’re feeling, and be gentle and gracious with the way you respond to yourself. No more of the “I’m so stupid...I can’t believe I did that...I should’ve done this or that...I can’t get it right” business. That’s unhelpful. Instead, try pausing for a second and asking yourself, “How can I be more helpful and supportive of myself right now?” Doesn’t mean we can never point out things we’d like to change or that we can’t come up with alternative ways we’d like to do things in the future, it just means we can be kind to ourselves in the process. . . . #friendlyreminder  #grace  #selfcompassion  #bekindtoyourself  #perfectionism  #counseling  #therapy  #cbt  #mentalhealth  #mentalhealthawareness  #mentalillness  #auburn  #aquietplacecounseling 
Attending to wellness requires a holistic approach. How are you taking care of your *whole* self, not just parts of you? Here are some ideas! .
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✔️ Emotional: Journaling, therapy, medication, and coping skills such as deep breathing, meditation, doing things that make you happy, and being KIND to yourself! .
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✔️ Physical: Eating healthy foods (but don’t deprive yourself of treats here and there!), consuming sufficient calories, drinking plenty of water, exercising, getting enough sleep!
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✔️ Spiritual: This looks different for everyone, so do what’s important to you. Exploring your faith/spirituality, prayer, church, and being in nature are some examples. .
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✔️ Social: Spending *quality* time with family and friends who positively influence you, being real and willing to be vulnerable with people you trust, getting to know new like-minded people (through a group, club, or organization maybe!), setting healthy/necessary boundaries with people who aren’t helpful to the wellness cause! .
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✔️ Occupational: Time management, setting boundaries for the amount of hours you’ll work per week, setting specific times to check your email (instead of all throughout the day if that stresses you out), being proactive and not waiting until the last minute to get things done!
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#wellness #selfcare #healthylifestyle #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellness #mentalillness #counseling #therapy #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
Attending to wellness requires a holistic approach. How are you taking care of your *whole* self, not just parts of you? Here are some ideas! . . ✔️ Emotional: Journaling, therapy, medication, and coping skills such as deep breathing, meditation, doing things that make you happy, and being KIND to yourself! . . ✔️ Physical: Eating healthy foods (but don’t deprive yourself of treats here and there!), consuming sufficient calories, drinking plenty of water, exercising, getting enough sleep! . ✔️ Spiritual: This looks different for everyone, so do what’s important to you. Exploring your faith/spirituality, prayer, church, and being in nature are some examples. . . ✔️ Social: Spending *quality* time with family and friends who positively influence you, being real and willing to be vulnerable with people you trust, getting to know new like-minded people (through a group, club, or organization maybe!), setting healthy/necessary boundaries with people who aren’t helpful to the wellness cause! . . ✔️ Occupational: Time management, setting boundaries for the amount of hours you’ll work per week, setting specific times to check your email (instead of all throughout the day if that stresses you out), being proactive and not waiting until the last minute to get things done! . . . #wellness  #selfcare  #healthylifestyle  #mentalhealth  #mentalhealthawareness  #mentalwellness  #mentalillness  #counseling  #therapy  #auburn  #aquietplacecounseling 
Sometimes, unwanted thoughts can be intrusive and long-lasting, and distressing emotions seem to take over. Something really hard might’ve happened in your life recently. You might feel sick, exhausted, totally burnt out, or tired of fighting. If you’re feeling this way today, try to remind yourself that better moments and days are coming. Life can be a roller coaster, but hang on, you are strong. It’s in these moments that we’re completely worn out that we need to find something to hold onto, something that will give us a glimmer of hope and just a little steam to push forward...something to ground us, or some small way to care for ourselves compassionately. You are worth that. Better days are coming 💙
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#hope #selfcompassion #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #counseling #therapy #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
Sometimes, unwanted thoughts can be intrusive and long-lasting, and distressing emotions seem to take over. Something really hard might’ve happened in your life recently. You might feel sick, exhausted, totally burnt out, or tired of fighting. If you’re feeling this way today, try to remind yourself that better moments and days are coming. Life can be a roller coaster, but hang on, you are strong. It’s in these moments that we’re completely worn out that we need to find something to hold onto, something that will give us a glimmer of hope and just a little steam to push forward...something to ground us, or some small way to care for ourselves compassionately. You are worth that. Better days are coming 💙 . . . #hope  #selfcompassion  #mentalhealth  #mentalhealthawareness  #mentalillness  #counseling  #therapy  #auburn  #aquietplacecounseling 
Have a hard time seeing your own potential sometimes? Find yourself more attuned to your flaws than your strengths, frequently doubting yourself? Despite evidence to the contrary, do you have a hard time accepting that you’re good enough? If you answered yes to any of these, you are not alone! It’s something a lot of us struggle with...and this is one reason why I believe it is absolutely vital to our mental health to have healthy, positive relationships. We as humans need support and connection, and we need people who will love and encourage us, especially when we’re doubting ourselves and our abilities. You need at least one person who wholeheartedly believes in you, reminding you that you’re freakin awesome when you don’t feel like it. .
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#youareawesome #youareenough #encouragement #motivation #connection #selflove #selfcare #relationships #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #counseling #therapy #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
Have a hard time seeing your own potential sometimes? Find yourself more attuned to your flaws than your strengths, frequently doubting yourself? Despite evidence to the contrary, do you have a hard time accepting that you’re good enough? If you answered yes to any of these, you are not alone! It’s something a lot of us struggle with...and this is one reason why I believe it is absolutely vital to our mental health to have healthy, positive relationships. We as humans need support and connection, and we need people who will love and encourage us, especially when we’re doubting ourselves and our abilities. You need at least one person who wholeheartedly believes in you, reminding you that you’re freakin awesome when you don’t feel like it. . . . #youareawesome  #youareenough  #encouragement  #motivation  #connection  #selflove  #selfcare  #relationships  #mentalhealth  #mentalhealthawareness  #counseling  #therapy  #auburn  #aquietplacecounseling 
My word of the year is FEARLESS. At the beginning of 2018, I set my focus on intentionally saying yes to things that push me outside my comfort zone...things that will help me face fear of judgment, failure, not being good enough, discomfort/anxiety, etc. I’m not really looking for *absence* of fear per se (even though I wouldn’t complain if that happened), just more courage to do the things I want to do and to be who I want to be in spite of feeling afraid about certain things. This is the work I’m choosing to do to become a stronger and more confident woman...and I’m aiming for progress, not perfection! There are definitely days where it’s easier than others 😉
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How is fear holding you back? How would your life be different if you faced your fears? .
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#fearless #confidence #motivation #progressnotperfection #counseling #therapy #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellness #mentalillness #emotionalhealth #emotionalwellness #hope #wordoftheyear #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
My word of the year is FEARLESS. At the beginning of 2018, I set my focus on intentionally saying yes to things that push me outside my comfort zone...things that will help me face fear of judgment, failure, not being good enough, discomfort/anxiety, etc. I’m not really looking for *absence* of fear per se (even though I wouldn’t complain if that happened), just more courage to do the things I want to do and to be who I want to be in spite of feeling afraid about certain things. This is the work I’m choosing to do to become a stronger and more confident woman...and I’m aiming for progress, not perfection! There are definitely days where it’s easier than others 😉 . . How is fear holding you back? How would your life be different if you faced your fears? . . . #fearless  #confidence  #motivation  #progressnotperfection  #counseling  #therapy  #mentalhealth  #mentalhealthawareness  #mentalwellness  #mentalillness  #emotionalhealth  #emotionalwellness  #hope  #wordoftheyear  #auburn  #aquietplacecounseling 
Show yourself some love this weekend by doing something that brings your heart joy 💜 What brings YOU joy? .
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#happyweekend #joy #selfcare #selflove #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellness #mentalillness #emotionalhealth #emotionalwellness #counseling #therapy #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
This can be a challenging one! Especially when we’re already stressed or overwhelmed, it often doesn’t take much for someone to push our buttons and send us over the edge...which can lead to words and actions that we might regret later. It’s funny because anger, bitterness, and impatience are quite unpleasant feelings to feel, yet we sometimes get all wrapped up in them without considering an alternative perspective.
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Next time you’re feeling one of those negative feelings towards someone, try this: come up with at least one kind thing to think about them. I guarantee, it certainly won’t hurt, and it could even brighten your mood (and theirs too) - our thoughts are powerful and can completely change the energy we give off! ✨ .
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#everyoneisfightingabattle #beloving #bekind #counseling #therapy #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellness #emotionalhealth #emotionalwellness #positivity #positivevibes #auburn #aquietplacecounseling
This can be a challenging one! Especially when we’re already stressed or overwhelmed, it often doesn’t take much for someone to push our buttons and send us over the edge...which can lead to words and actions that we might regret later. It’s funny because anger, bitterness, and impatience are quite unpleasant feelings to feel, yet we sometimes get all wrapped up in them without considering an alternative perspective. . . Next time you’re feeling one of those negative feelings towards someone, try this: come up with at least one kind thing to think about them. I guarantee, it certainly won’t hurt, and it could even brighten your mood (and theirs too) - our thoughts are powerful and can completely change the energy we give off! ✨ . . . #everyoneisfightingabattle  #beloving  #bekind  #counseling  #therapy  #mentalhealth  #mentalhealthawareness  #mentalwellness  #emotionalhealth  #emotionalwellness  #positivity  #positivevibes  #auburn  #aquietplacecounseling