How to beat racing thoughts

  Racing thoughts are fast and repetitive thoughts about a particular topic.  They often occur when you are anxious, depressed, or stressed.  It seems like your mind is going 700 miles an hour with a string of thoughts that are blown out of proportion.   Here are 7 tips to help you calm your racing thoughts.  Breathe.  […]

You can’t heal it if you don’t feel it!

Denial, rationalizations,  and addictions  are some ways in which painful feelings are avoided. These Defense Mechanisms may work temporarily; however, just  like sweeping things underneath the carpet, eventually you will trip and have to face them.  I believe that God uses our pain as opportunities for healing and growth.  We would not know what needs to be fixed if we did not […]

Stank and Stones: Using an example from David and Goliath to deal with anxiety.

(If I wrote a blog for everytime something amazing happens in therapy, this site would explode.  I have to give credit to an incredible client who came up with this phrase recently during a session, “Stank and Stone.”  This evolve after an example I use when discussing anxiety and worrying.) There are times in which […]

7 foods to boost your moods

Changes in your diet can change the physiological and chemical structure in our brain, thus can lead to a change in your mood.  Whether you are being treated for depression or want a boost in your overall mood, add some of these foods into your diet. Dark leafy veggies and broccoli:   Contains folate. A deficiency in […]

What’s unComfortable about your Comfort zones

I want to take some time to motivate you to get uncomfortable. Can you take a moment to think of the comfort zones in your life and see if they are destroying you in some way? Here are some examples, but of course, if I wrote the full list, this article will be a lengthy […]

Jump in.

There you are pacing back and forth, contemplating if you are going to jump into the pool (of your dreams).  You have done your solid research as anyone would (you googled it).  You have asked all of the relevant questions:  What if I don’t make it (fear of failure); what if I do make it, […]

The gift of Now.

This morning we arose to a wonderful gift of Now.  Regardless of what happened up until this point such as the disappointments, the hurt, that perception of failure, and losses; we have now and there are possibilities and potential in the now.  Think of all the people that are living, thriving, succeeding, overcoming, and growing, because […]

Taming the beast within

Imagine you are having a nice run around Stone Mountain Park in Georgia.  You take a detour and decide to go on a trail.  There you are in the woods and you see a pitbull that is unleashed.  This is indeed a crisis and you are now in survival mode.  Should you flee or fight […]

Get the Funk out of here!

Just as sure as you are a human being, there will be times when you are doing fine and then find yourself in a “funk.”  A “funk” is usually a depressed mood state that is temporary; it does not warrant a clinical diagnosis of depression.  It is a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense […]

Managing stress before it manages you.

Stress is a “silent killer.”  Oftentimes people are not aware of stress until the symptoms of it creep up on them and commands their attention.  Many have conditioned themselves to have an high tolerance for stress.  We are in a world where we are constantly pushing ourselves to do more, be more, and have more; […]