Take Time To Reflect…..

As you embark upon this week working with your clients and providing them with therapeutic services, I want to encourage each of you to “Take Time To Reflect”….

Reflect upon the interactions you have with your clients……

Reflect upon the treatment interventions and services you are providing….

Reflect upon your experiences in and outside of the sessions with your clients…..

Reflect upon all the work that you have done and currently doing…..

What were some of your takeaways?

What have you learned about yourself, personally and professionally?

How have these experiences help you to grow as a clinician?

Reflection is not only good for the soul but even more for our growth and development as clinicians.

I believe in each of you and continue to be amazed at your growth as you EMERGE as clinicians.

Have a wonderful week and EMERGE On…

May is Mental Health Awareness Month…..

Do You Know Your Tools2Thrive?

While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The good news is there are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency – and there are ways that everyone can be supportive of friends, family, and co-workers who are struggling with life’s challenges or their mental health.

This May is Mental Health Month we are highlighting #Tools2Thrive – what individuals can do daily to prioritize their mental health, build resiliency in the face of trauma and obstacles, support those who are struggling, and work towards a path of recovery.

One of the easiest tools anyone can use is taking a mental health screen at mhascreening.org when they need answers. It’s a quick, free, and private way for people to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental health problems.

This May, we are also exploring topics that can help you build your own set of #Tools2Thrive – recognizing and owning your feelings; finding the positive after loss; connecting with others; eliminating toxic influences; creating healthy routines; and supporting others – all as ways to boost the mental health and general wellness of you and your loved ones.

When it comes to your feelings, it can be easy to get caught up in your emotions as you’re feeling them. Most people don’t think about what emotions they are dealing with but taking the time to really identify what you’re feeling can help you to better cope with challenging situations. It’s ok to give yourself permission to feel. We also know that life can throw us curveballs – and at some point in our lives we will all experience loss. It may be the end of a relationship, being let go from a job, losing a home, or the death of a loved one. It is natural to go through a grieving process. By looking for opportunity in adversity or finding ways to remember the good things about who or what we’ve lost, we can help ourselves to recover mentally and emotionally.

It also is true that connections and the people around us can help our overall mental health – or hurt it. It’s important to make connections with other people that help enrich our lives and get us through tough times, but it’s equally important to recognize when certain people and situations in life can trigger us to feel bad or engage in destructive behaviors. Identifying the toxic influences in our lives and taking steps to create a new life without them can improve mental and physical health over time. And we know that work, paying bills, cleaning, getting enough sleep, and taking care of children are just some of the things we do each day – and it is easy to be overwhelmed. By creating routines, we can organize our days in such a way that taking care of tasks and ourselves becomes a pattern that makes it easier to get things done without having to think hard about them.

For each of us, the tools we use to keep us mentally healthy will be unique. But we are wanting everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is possible. Finding what work for you may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. By developing your own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, and physical health and mental health – and set yourself on the path to recovery.

For more information, visit www.mhanational.org/may.

Psst…. I’ve Got Something To Say!

Can I have just a brief moment of your time?

I promise I won’t take long.

There is just something I really need to say to you……

…. is it okay for me to say it?

Okay, here it goes…..

I think you are AMAZING!

You are doing such a WONDERFUL job!

The WORLD needs more individuals like you!

You are truly making a POSITIVE IMPACT in the lives of others through the work you do each and every day!

Yes, you are APPRECIATED and you are being noticed!

Take a moment and just BREATHE!

Make your self a PRIORITY!

Sometimes as individuals we find ourselves so wrapped up in our daily task that we often overlook ourselves.

On this Fantastic Friday, I wanted to put a smile on your face and remind you that you are not alone. You have a support systen who believes in you and rooting you on.

Enjoy the small things!

Embrace what LIFE has to offer you!

You are PURPOSELY DESIGNED for this moment and many moments to come!