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May 9, 2013 It is a beautiful Spring day in Portland, Oregon. I turn in my chair to look out the big skylight in my office. ...
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We all do it, we set goals, create actions to take, say we are going to do something but somewhere along the way we lose sight of the what inspired us, our commitment and we don't do it. We come up with endless reasons and excuses why, we stop doing what we said we would and then later when we are fed up we start all over again. Ha ha, how fun!
I'll admit it, I've been procrastinating myself posting this blog. I've had all kinds of excuses, I'm busy taking a coaching program for myself, don't have time, it'll take so long, I'm not sure what I should write about.. blah blah blah, like my partner said to me I've spent more time thinking and worrying about it then doing it! Now that is a waste of energy.
So, Why Do We Procrastinate?
Crazy thinking (I can’t do it, now’s not a good time, it’s too hard - any excuse we can come up with so we don't have to do what we said)
Overestimating time or lack of scheduling
Lacking inspiration, not keeping your bigger vision present
Anger is a normal and healthy emotion when handled appropriately. We all feel anger when we are mistreated or feel we have been "wronged". Its what we do with this anger that is important. When you find that your anger is starting to have negative effects with your day to day life (work, relationships, ability to achieve your goals, etc) then it may be time to seek help. The goal is to learn methods and new ways to control your anger. Many clients in my private practice come to seek me for help in learning how to deal with their anger but most of the time I see that it is fear, resentment, and unmet expectations that are the root causes for their anger. By addressing these issues, the anger soon disapates and the client is able to understand that they do not have to be controlled by their anger and that they are not being the "victim" of others or society but rather they are responsible for their own actions and behaviors.
Many people use anger as a way to keep oth...
Anxiety is defined as “a state of uneasiness, accompanied by dysphoria and somatic signs and symptoms of tension, focused on apprehension of possible failure, misfortune, or danger.”
“How do I know if I’m suffering from anxiety?” Anxiety is your reaction to stressful events that can cause you to feel nervous, tense or apprehensive. Many people suffer from anxiety time to time but when it affects your daily life and especially when it prevents you from enjoying life, partaking in events or activities that give you pleasure or you are avoiding contact with others then it might be time to seek out help.
“How do I know if I’m suffering from anxiety? And how do I know I should seek professional help?” Try answering yourself the following questions.
- Am I Losing sleep at night because I am waking up and worrying about work, people, realtionships or other things tat bother me?
- Have I changed my eating patterns because I am stressed and worr...
Currently, if you go to a social gathering or event, you will frequently hear the words “my therapist says…”, which often provokes empathy, curiosity, and maybe additional disclosure from others. Contrary to times past, you are very unlikely to face any awkwardness or judgment from people. Actually, some people think it’s cool.
But what is behind this modern trend? What has caused this willingness to spill all of our most private thoughts and feelings in front of a professional who is paid to hear our frustrations?
Every single day, millions of people in the developed world wake up to the same sequence of events — our daily lives use up so much of our time and energy that it is inevitable that we lose a certain amount of awareness. We may also have to adopt certain behavior patterns that are not true to our identity in order to get by. Therefore, it is also inevitable that we will seek a place to open up and be our true self. This full disclosure often ...
Breaking news, yet again of another major national crisis. Two brothers have been allegedly identified for planting two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon this past week.
It is difficult, if not impossible to avoid the barrage of information cast out across our nation like a giant sand storm. The media coverage was nearly as impressive and swift as the police and military response to this crisis. Information is presented to us in every known form from newspapers to internet, to tablets, even through text messages.
This decade brought the advent of “embedded reporters” who broadcasted live, graphic coverage from the Middle East. Our nation, and indeed the world can experience tragedies that occur on the other side of the world just as visceral as if we were there in person.
Generations ago, people would ask one another, “where were you when Kennedy was shot?” This generation remembers “where were you when 9/11 happened?”...
Stress is a part of life and is something we all must learn to deal with. Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of the little things you can do to help lighten your stress load a bit.
Here are 5 tips for how to deal with the distress in your life:
- Practice trying to change the things that are in your control and letting go and accepting those things that you can’t change. Focusing on things out of your control is bound to be distressing, so work to practice changing what you can and accepting the rest.
- Take time for self-care. Try to do one thing a day that is taking care of you (e.g. read for 15 minutes, take a bath, relax and do nothing, meditate for 15 minutes, watch your favorite TV show, etc…).
- Laugh. Try not to take yourself so seriously and recognize that you are not perfect and it’s okay to laugh or to let yourself have a little fun in spite of your stressful life!
- Surround yourself with positive people. Negativity breeds more negativity, so try to weed o...
What do you believe about yourself?
Specifically, for this post, what do you believe about your emotional self? Do you see yourself as damaged goods? Do you see yourself as emotionally stunted, or in any way "less than" the rest of humanity?
Perhaps you tend to be more anxious than the average person. Does this mean - to you - that you are therefore less able to manage your emotions effectively? Does it mean you'll always be left behind, always struggling, or forever less capable?
Carol Dweck is a psychologist at Stanford University who tells us that what you believe will shape what you achieve. Belief about what you are capable of doing determines how you interpret your experiences. Some people think they have X amount of intelligence and that's the way it is. Kind of like eye color or height. Others believe that they can improve and increase their intelligence through effort and practice. You either SHOW how smart you (already) are, or you DEVELOP how smart you are becoming.
For many people, the ability to make changes comes naturally, depending on the nature of the change. Trying a new food, learning a new task, making a new friend, starting a new job...these may just be part of daily life. For the most part though, we are merely changing what we are doing, where we are going, and it's not too difficult.
What if, however, the change that needs to happen, is one on the inside? A change within the fabric of our being, and change in how we see ourselves in our core identity? Then the issue of change is difficult, even if we don't like ourselves.
For one reason or another, we carry around an image of ourselves that is, for the most part, fairly stable and unchanging. If it is a pretty positive image of ourselves as confident and capable and worthy, then there probably won't be much motivation or incentive to change. And of course, why should we?
But on the other hand, what if that self-image is one of incompetence, incapable, and unworthy? Perhaps this des...
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