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Daily Affirmations

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                Daily affirmations are simple, positive statements that empower and uplift the person speaking them. It is very easy to practice positive affirmations; just pick a phrase, say it, and repeat it 3 to 5 times a day. Affirmations help reprogram our minds away from negative, self-statements and unhelpful thoughts.  Creating an Affirmation Jar is a simple, fun way to bring daily affirmations into your life and home. Write out positive phrases, mantras, compliments, self-love, and kindness statements on slips of paper and put them in a jar. Place the jar by the door you use most. When you leave the house, take a slip of paper from the jar and use that as your affirmation for the day.

Are the holidays overwhelming you? Guided meditation can help.

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  Meditation is an enjoyable, inspiring way to achieve inner peace and has been part of the human culture for centuries. Guided meditation uses the power of visualization to effect positive, personal changes and reach a state of inner peace - and is the easiest way to meditate. In guided meditation, another person’s voice shapes the meditative experience and helps us to remain focused during the experience. Guided meditation sessions don’t have a set time associated with them. They can be short or long and can be practiced wherever you find yourself. Meditation sessions can help with stress, depression, self-esteem, relaxation, memory, patience, insomnia, and healing. So if the stress of the holidays is taking a toll on you, start your day a bit earlier with a guided meditation topic to help you take on the challenges of the day. (If you are new to meditation and need a bit of help starting on a meditative path, check out recordings found on apps, podcasts, online videos, CDs, and DVDs

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday everyone.

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Celebrate Trans Awareness Week: November 13-19, 2021

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  Our agency is a proud ally of the transgender community - but our nation has a long way to go in understanding and accepting this beautiful community. So far, 2021 marks the deadliest year on record for our transgender friends and family members. Trans Awareness Week sees organizations and allies bring visibility and support to transgender people and an awareness of issues the community faces. Even though we celebrate transgendered people this week, they need for all of us to be allies every day of the year. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) offers these tips for allies of Transgender People: You can’t tell if someone is transgender just by looking.
Don’t make assumptions about a transgender person’s sexual orientation. If you don’t know what pronouns to use, listen first. Don’t ask a transgender person what their ‘real name’ is. Understand the difference between ‘coming out’ as lesbian, gay, or bisexual and ‘coming out’ as transgender. Be careful about confiden

Stay centered by journaling

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There is no instruction manual for “letting things go,” but you may find help by journaling. Journaling is a wellness practice that can help you break the cycle of worry and help diffuse the intensity of a feeling or anxiety. The act of getting stuff out of you and onto paper can be very therapeutic. Journaling can help you understand your feelings and sort out problems. Habits for Wellbeing lists these nine reasons for why journaling is important: 1. To develop self-awareness 2. To pay attention to what is going on internally 3. To provide focus 4. To be uniquely you 5. To think things through 6. To work through limiting/negative thoughts 7. To listen to yourself 8. To connect with your heart 9. To put down the burdens you carry There are no rules to journaling. You can journal in the morning or in the evening; you can journal every day, once a week, or once a month. It is entirely up to you. Maybe you find it hard to start? What should I write about? Fortunately with internet access,

Being Triggered

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A trigger is something that sets off a powerful memory and puts a person in the moments of the event where they experienced trauma. Triggers can cause irrational behavior, extreme emotion, and can affect our ability to think clearly. They can cause a physiological fight or flight reaction resulting in an increased heart rate, rapid breathing, pale skin, and dilated pupils.   Triggers revolve around the five senses of touch, smell, sight, taste, and sound. They are very personal and arise from a lifetime of experiences. So how can we manage our triggers and extreme emotions? 

 1. Understand that you have been triggered. This won’t make it stop - but it will help you start the process of shifting your state from extreme emotion back to calm. 2. Step away. If you remain, you run the risk of being retriggered and you may say or do something that you regret later. 3. Shift your state. Having a variety of ways to calm down is a good idea. Maybe go for a run, do yard work, walk the dog, get

Rebuilding Trust

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  Merriam-Webster defines trust as “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” Trust is a crucial part of any relationship. It is an expectation and confidence that a certain behavior or response from another will occur. When that trust is broken our guard goes up and we shut ourselves off, which can lead to loneliness and isolation. So how can we move past our feelings of mistrust and learn to trust again? Allow time to grieve. Consider the reason why. Set boundaries. Be consistent as you move forward. Give a little and see what you get. Be patient. It is possible to rebuild trust after a betrayal. Whether it is worth it depends on the relationship and your feelings about what happened. Repairing trust takes time and communication; a therapist can help. You may find that your relationship comes out stronger than it was before.