There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by the moon light.
Close friends with bellies full of yummy candies.
We wish you a spooktacular Halloween!
When you have depression or anxiety, exercise often seems like the last thing you want to do. But once you get motivated, exercise can make a big difference.
Exercise helps prevent and improve a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis. Research on depression, anxiety and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety. Exercise may also help keep depression and anxiety from coming back once you’re feeling better.
Exercise is known to stimulate the body to produce endorphins and enkephalins, the body’s natural feel-good hormones which can make problems seem more manageable.
Exercise affects our hippocampus — an area of the brain involved in memory, emotion regulation, and learning. Studies in other animals show convincingly that exercise leads to the creation of new hippocampal neurons (neurogenesis), with preliminary evidence suggesting this is also true in humans.
The simple act of focusing on exercise can give us a break from current concerns and damaging self-talk. Further, depending on the activity many people may benefit from getting outside, interacting with others, exchanging a friendly smile as you walk around your neighborhood or calming our minds all of which are known to improve mood and general health.
Put simply: Exercise directly affects the brain. Regular exercise increases the volume of certain brain regions – in part through better blood supply that improves neuronal health by improving the delivery of oxygen and nutrients; and through an increase in neurotrophic factors and neurohormones that support neuron signaling, growth, and connections. Other theories suggests exercise helps us normalize our sleep which is known to have protective effects on the brain.
Oliver says join him in exercising and see what happens….
Spring is a great time of year for new beginnings and shedding of old ways. In that process, sometimes old hurts resurface. Many times, a client will say “I just try not to think about it” or “I try to stay busy.” Grief is a funny animal that will not be ignored. It is idiosyncratic. You may grieve the loss of an animal or job in a more intense and completely different way than the loss of a loved one or relationship. We can get stuck in our idea of what grief should look like or how long it should last.
Spending time with your grief and leaning into it a little can be a way OUT of pain. Therapy is a great way to explore all of the complex and seemingly opposing emotions that grief can bring up. Be patient, it will be done when it is done.
You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s day.
You don’t even have to be Irish to be Lucky.
Tenneseee Williams said “Luck is believing you’re lucky.”
This St. Patrick’s day we invite you to know a bit more about the power of positive thinking.
The Power Of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and takes a Christian perspective and real-world approach to positive psychology.
3 Lessons regarding positive thinking:
Lesson 1: Believe in yourself and visualize your goals to see how small your problems are.
Lesson 2: Your attitude determines your entire life.
Lesson 3: Imagine your life free of worry to become less concerned about the future.
May you be very LUCKY!
Congratulations to Heather McMahon, LPC and Lisa Ann Smith, LPC have fulfilled all requirements for the Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC).
This designation shows that Heather and Lisa took the extra step with classes, CEU’s and testing to have this distinction. The Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) credential identifies those professional counselors who are uniquely trained in best practices for delivering traditional counseling through technological means. DCCs have met nationally established distance counseling criteria and adhere to the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Code of Ethics and Policy Regarding the Provision of Distance Professional Services.
As many of you know distance counseling or Telemed is a new avenue for clients to be provided quality counseling via electronic means to maximize the use of technology-assisted counseling. These methods include videoconferencing, e-mail communication, telephone or stand-alone software programs that are HIPPA compliant.
1 Alliance Counseling & Psychotherapy Services offers Distance Counseling/Telemed for our clients in both Georgia and North Carolina.
Give us a call if you are interested or have questions.
In the midst of commercials for expensive jewelry, flowers and candy, let’s talk about real love. Love is a much more complex animal than gifts and dates. Love requires forgiveness to survive; forgiveness of self and transgressions big and small. Let’s look at forgiveness – who it is for and what it really means.
Forgiveness is part of the healing process and a letting go of resentment, hatred or self-pity that grips us. Forgiveness is accepting that punishment and resentment will not heal us. It will not erase a wrong. Resentment and a desire to punish only chains us to the event.
What Forgiveness is not:
Large or small, offenses wear away at our ability to trust and to love. We will be hurt again even if we forgive. Our life was not going to be “perfect” even if this particular event had never happened. Forgiveness is a choice. It can be a new and scary process to even think about embarking on, but the opportunity for more joy and love make it worth it.