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7 Ways To Help Your Kids | Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

By: Janie Lacy How can anyone explain tragedies like the relatively recent killings in Parkland, Florida to kids? There are a few things that parents can do to address any questions or any fears that may come up in children after being exposed to news reports or conversations from classmates.  1) Be Flexible It is important that you realize there is no exact right or wrong way to answer any difficult questions about any of these tragedies. What matters the most is that children know that they can talk to you about their feelings and ask questions (i.e. that it is safe to talk about it). 2) Ask Open-Ended Questions You want to ask kids open-ended questions such as, “what happened in school today? What did you see today? How do you feel about that conversation? This may help facilitate them expressing their feelings. 3) Maintain Routines Encourage your child to go to school if they want to stay home. When they are at school with other children and teachers, this can be the best place for them to confront any anxieties. If your child is really upset and wants the day off with you, that is ok too. Just make sure any changes in routine don’t become permanent. 4) Be Reassuring Use language to distance the child from the tragedy and reassure them that they will be safe at school. You can say things like, “that happened far away and I will do everything I can to keep you safe.” 5) Use Developmentally Appropriate Language Children as young as 2 can be aware that something is happening, but the amount of information they need still changes age by age. It is not […]
  • All About Overcoming Codependency in Women All About Overcoming Codependency in Women

    All About Overcoming Codependency in Women

All About Overcoming Codependency in Women

Do You Have A Relationship Addiction?! Codependency also known as ‘relationship addiction’ implies a disturbed emotional state of putting the needs of your partner before you. Many women are victims of this codependency which forces them to stay in a self-defeating relationship. The reason is that they are either fearful of being left alone or feel entirely responsible to keep their partner happy. This tendency to please the partner leads to a toxic relationship which often makes a woman get attracted to even emotionally unavailable men. Here are some relevant signs of a woman getting into codependent relationship. Signs of Codependent Relationship You go beyond your limits to make your partner happy. You even avoid confronting your partner even on imperative issues just because you fear rejection. Are you constantly worrying what your partner would think of you? Has it become your habit to ignore your partner’s dishonesty, jealousies, and possessiveness? Are you ignoring your self-care and even self respect just because of this relationship? Well, if the answer to all the above mentioned points is yes, then you are in danger obviously. However, by following some reliable tips, you can definitely come out of this toxic and dangerous relationship state. Overcoming Codependency If you find your present relationship to be destructive, try to look at your own behavior. You will get to see where you are wrong. There is nothing wrong in being self compassionate. Remember, you are your own responsibility and you do not have to feel guilt about taking own care. It is fine and healthy to take other’s help. In fact, many women have a perception that it is a sign of weakness to take help from anyone else. However, it is not […]
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    6 Reasons How Journaling Helps Your Brain 6 Reasons How Journaling Helps Your Brain

    6 Reasons How Journaling Helps Your Brain

6 Reasons How Journaling Helps Your Brain

6 Reasons How Journaling Helps Your Brain Did you know that affirmations and journaling can be very beneficial to you? Of course, journaling is not just about writing, but it is more about putting down your thoughts and affirming yourself. The following are some of the benefits of affirmations and journaling: Builds your IQ It is possible to stretch your IQ through the simple task of journaling. In fact, journaling has been found to be a good way of exploring language and, in the process, increasing your vocabulary. With an improved vocabulary, you will certainly come out as more intelligent than you were before you started. Puts you in a state of mindfulness In recent days, mindfulness has become a common prescription for people looking to be happier in their lives. Affirmations and journaling are some of the best ways you can achieve a state of mindfulness. In fact, you would not find a better way to get over past frustrations and overcome future anxieties. One of the reasons people tend to lose their cool is because they are living in the past or being anxious about the future. Helps you achieve goals One of the things you will put down in your daily journal is your dreams and ambitions. Writing down what you hope to achieve in the future adds color to an idea that would, otherwise, have died in the mind. A goal, once written down, acts as a blueprint of what you want to achieve. Your brain takes your goals to be more important when you write it down. Improves your emotional intelligence As a human being, you have lots of emotions to grapple. Therefore, you need to have the ability to perceive and manage your emotions. Not […]

3 Reasons Why Powerful Women Fall For Emotionally Unavailable Men

3 Reasons Why Powerful Women Fall For Emotionally Unavailable Men There are specific qualities in the male character that appeal to women. Confidence. The man that has absolutely no insecurities….that you notice. Intelligence. The man who can hold an intellectual and lengthy conversation. Leadership.  The man who can lead a group or corporation in the right direction financially. All of the qualities mentioned above are great to desire in a mate, however those qualities are not the only things needed for a healthy relationship. More often than not women have a checklist including things like, he must have a good job, he must be intelligent, and he must be on my level…meaning boss level! Women rarely require a man to be a great communicator, meaning he can articulate his emotional needs. Or, a man to be compassionate, meaning he is able to allow the you to be you without insult. Lastly, women do no require a man to be someone who does not avoid conflict,  meaning the two of you will commit to discuss a win-win ending in times of disagreements. Why do women over look these qualities.  Could it be because of great SEX!? Emotionally unavailable men may be some of the best partners you will ever encounter in bed. But, their selflessness in bed are not transferred to their emotional openness in a relationship. Here are 3 reasons women fall for emotionally unavailable men: After seeing red flags, you stay in the relationship believing you can change him. You struggle with low self-worth.  Poor self-worth leads to poor thinking. Poor thinking leads to a false sense of reality. Feelings of […]
  • Deathly Afraid of Labor and Delivery Deathly Afraid of Labor and Delivery

    Deathly Afraid of Labor and Delivery

Deathly Afraid of Labor and Delivery

Deathly Afraid of Labor and Delivery You are excited to be a new mom, to meet your precious little one. The only thing standing in your way is… delivery. You are deathly afraid and anxious about labor. You have a hard time sleeping and feeling calm as months, weeks, and days approach your delivery date. Worst case scenarios cycle through your head and anxiety swells up in your chest. You are so desperate to find some peace. Here are few tips to help you manage and reduce your fear and anxiety about labor and delivery. Avoid Scary Stories The worst possible thing you can do is  to swarm your mind with scary birth stories. Researching every possible outcome about what can go wrong is not helpful. You might be more informed, but you will be more fearful. Constant researching will add fuel to the anxiety fire. Limit your time on the internet and direct your mind on what excites and calms you. Plan with Your Doula or Midwife Overwhelming yourself with every potential incident that can go wrong is unhelpful. However, being prepared is not. Develop multiple plans with your doula and midwife in case a wrench is thrown into your ideal birthing plan. Having different plans can help ease distress because you know what you are getting yourself into. The plans will help calm anxieties of unforeseen situations. Create a Mantra How clearly are you thinking when your emotions are overwhelming you? Do you remember all the helpful tools your read? Are you logically? The answer is no! When you are wrapped up in your emotions or feelings, clarity is thrown out the window. Therefore, it is important to have a mantra you can repeat to yourself or […]
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What To Do If Your Teen Is Self-Harming

What To Do If Your Teen Is Self-Harming You just found out your teen is self-harming. Your heart drops to the pit of your stomach. You feel shocked, confused, and utterly lost. What now? You are not alone. About 17% of teenagers have engaged in self-harm at least once according to the American Psychological Association.  Often times, self-harm occurs as a way to cope with distressing feelings or situations. Teens who self-harm are not intending to die but are desiring relief. It may seem counterintuitive to be harming oneself as a way to get relief but it is true. Many teens lack the knowledge or skills to effectively cope in healthy ways. Therefore, they turn to self-harm as a way to distract and overwhelm their internal pain with external pain. Self-harm is common among teens but in particular those in middle-school age groups. There are different forms of self-harm from skin cutting, burning, to head banging or hitting as stated by Mental Health America. Teens may pursue this unhealthy coping as a way to deal with anxiety, bullying issues, or intense feelings of sadness. Self-harming is an incredibly shaming behavior as a result teens self-harm in less visible places such as their upper thigh, arms, or wrists and hide their visibility. As a parent all you want to do is protect and stop this self-destructive behavior. Here are few steps on how to help your teen after your discovery. Engage with love not fear tactics It is important to engage your teen after discovering this unhealthy behavior. 

Dear PostSecret: A Letter To An Assault Survivor

Dear PostSecret: A Letter To An Assault Survivor http://postsecret.com/#jp-carousel-12116 Dear postsecret, You are experiencing so much pain, anger, and hurt after hearing the phrase “it could’ve been worse.” Assault is horrible, wrong, and a violation. You do not deserve what happened to you and it was traumatizing. The cutting phrase “it could’ve been worse” devalues your experience. Your rights were stolen in that moment and that is that. It hurts me to even read that this was your experience. You deserve better. Facts and Effects of Sexual Assault 1 out of every 6 American women have been a victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime according to the rape abuse and incest national network (RAINN). Look around the room and start counting. 1 and 6 American women. In addition, an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds. After learning how high the statistics, you maybe feeling some shock. Or, you feel numbness because you are a survivor. Sexual assault or attempted/completed rape strips a person of every bit of power and control in one moment. A survivor may feel a variety of emotions in the aftermath. Assault is a devastating occurrence and many survivors feel at blame or disgusted with themselves. Every bit of them wants to forget and wash the incident away like dirt off their hands but it is not that […]
  • 5 Tips To Help You Deal with Holiday Depression 5 Tips To Help You Deal with Holiday Depression

    5 Tips To Help You Deal with Holiday Depression

5 Tips To Help You Deal with Holiday Depression

Holiday Depression   Are the holidays a time of depression and passive suicidal thoughts for you? Do you feel an over emphasis of uncertainty or the fear of never having the life you have envisioned for yourself during the holidays? Life is bigger than supplements and enhancement. Life is about living and believing that what we have is enough as we are on the journey to living life of abundance. It is time for you to take inventory of where you are now. Are you in the same place as you were last year? Has your situation changed, in a positive or negative way? You have the power to change your current situation. Here are 5 tips to help you counteract holiday depression. 1.  Make the decision to take the journey for change now. 2.  Pay attention to how you talk to yourself  and turn those negative thoughts to   positive thoughts. 3.  Surround yourself with like minded positive people. 4.   Join a local support group, avoid isolation. 5. Forgive yourself for all mistakes and believe that it will get better. If you are struggling in this area and want advice, guidance or support call me today at Life Counseling Solutions at 407.622.1770 Cherlette combines person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, Solution-Focus, brief therapy along with other theoretical models as needed. Cherlette is a realistic and compassionate person who believes that counseling should be tailored to the needs of the client. Her goal is to help you explore the negative beliefs that are keeping you stuck and no longer beneficial. Cherlette will […]

NARCAN: What is it?

Globally, there is an estimated minimum of 190,000 – in most cases avoidable – premature deaths from drugs, the majority due to the use of opioids. We often focus on the problem so let’s turn that around and look at a solution.  There is one intervention that has been saving lives when it comes to opioid addiction – Narcan.  This device has been saving people from dying from overdoses at a phenomenal rate.      ABOUT NARCAN This drug is referred to as an antagonist and what it does is reverse the effect of opiates on the brain. It takes someone who has flat lined really “dead” and brings them back to life! CAN IT ENABLE USERS? Studies report that Narcan does not encourage use and has actually been shown to decrease use.  This keeps people alive long enough to seek treatment for recovery.  If they died that wouldn’t happen. Data showed last year in the Central Florida and Tampa area, law enforcement alone saved at least 90 lives with it.   HOW DOES IT WORK? The way that it’s used is with the person lying down on the floor you place the device in one nostril and push it until the medicine sprays in.  (Similar to any simple nasal spray.)  If the person isn’t conscious after 1-3 minutes then you give another injection.  Each pack comes with two doses.  In the meantime, of course someone must call 911.   When the person awakens from an overdose generally they’re not happy to be here but they need to be rushed to the hospital.  The medicine only works for a short […]

Halloween: Trick or Drink OR Trick or Treat?

Halloween: Trick or Drink… I mean treat! If we search Halloween party ideas what do we find?   “Drunk Party Ideas” “Best Halloween Cocktails” “Halloween Games with Rules to Get You Wasted”… Here are some facts that don’t pop up: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last year over 43 percent of all motor vehicle deaths involved drunk driving on Halloween night.   In 2013, 26 percent of all pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver, according to NHTSA. Halloween ranks as the third-deadliest day of the year for pedestrians, according to the NHTSA data, which examined 25 years of data to determine the most dangerous days. Halloween is also in third place of the most dangerous day on the road for drivers (Christmas and New Years are first and second). Several reasons explain why these tragedies may be occurring.   A law enforcement officer described in a recent interview how more pedestrians and impaired drivers are on the road.  Sadly, because of this there are more accidents and fatalities.  Children are amped up on sugar, parents may be under the influence not completely aware of what’s going on, and others drink and drive their children to different events.   Instead of making risky decisions that place ourselves and others in jeopardy, there are many ways to take precautions that won’t end with serious consequences. If we choose to drink during this […]