We all face stress on a daily basis! Take a look at the ways you cope with stress (and even think about stress) to improve your overall wellness. Johanna will present information about the ways we view stress and how that can impact our experiences of wellness. (Hint: it’s not always what you’d expect!). She will also facilitate exploration of self-talk and strategies for turning off the “to-do” list. Start building a wellness plan that will last this autumn!
Saturday, October 1st, 10:30am-12:00pm
To sign up, call Johanna Bond, LMHC, NCC, at (585)406-3012, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up in the office! Spots are limited.
Location: 721 Ridge Road, Webster NY 14580
Mindfulness involves observing and accepting the things around and within us in the present moment, without judgment. In therapy, Johanna may involve mindfulness skills to build awareness of various issues and to develop coping strategies. The exercise below is not individualized to your needs as it may be in therapy, but is rather intended as a general exercise that you may find useful.
July’s mindfulness exercise:
Mindfulness is the nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment. Today we will focus on metaphors. Every day, we use metaphors to expand our understanding of the world, describe our experience, and connect with others. Today, pay attention to how you use metaphors. Write one or two down throughout the day, and pay attention to the thoughts and feelings you have about this metaphor. If you’d like, write down what this metaphor means in your life. It could be a journey, or something as simple as “the elephant in the room.” Try to observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad.
NOTE: This is not intended to replace therapy. Please contact Johanna at (585)406-3012 if you are interested in individual or group therapy.
When you have a medical condition that restricts your diet, it’s important to find ways to manage the anxiety that may accompany social eating situations (like summer barbeques!). Here are some tips, from my latest Huffington Post blog, on how to do just that:
Nervous in the Kitchen