by Frances J. Harvey, Director of Operations
Ever feel like life is just one BIG race and you can't seem to catch up or keep up? I sure do!
Recently, life has been rather hectic and challenging in the last several months and I just feel like I am losing control and it's slipping away! With ALL of the busy tasks we have, responsibilities and brain input...we get lost or overwhelmed. Then we start worrying about all the "things" we have to do in life and before you know it we have completely left today!
A friend of mine (and a good accountability partner) has been encouraging me to take some "me" time every day. Really it is more like "GOD" time, but God time turns into me time!
by Frances J. Harvey, Director of Operations Turning Point Counseling
Have you ever been in a situation that made you get in someone’s face, scream at the top of your lungs and complain how unfair or wrong it was and let it been known
“You are upset”?
I am almost positive that at some point everyone has had
that experience. I want to share some great tools on “how
to handle” complaining in a positive way and get something accomplished as well.
by Maisha Florance, M.A. Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with Turning Point Counseling
Suzie and Sam are constantly fighting. They have what I call “rightitis” and this condition makes you deaf and blind to the validity of the feelings of others. It is very harmful to relationships it literally cuts off the bloodline which is open and honest communication, eventually causing the relationship to die.
In my professional life I meet couples like Suzie and Sam all the time, and most often by the time they are in my office the relationship is in critical condition.
I usually open with this: “You know I have no problem with you fighting, as a matter of fact a fair fight every now and then is a good thing - it keeps us passionate”.
by Edith Pont, M.A., Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with Turning Point Counseling
The past two months have been difficult for our family. We welcomed an 8½-year-old girl to our home. Although we have experience as foster parents, we were not expecting the challenges that a child with higher level of care requires. We were under the impression that we were providing respite care (a couple of days minimum), but God had His plan. Regardless, we decided to take the additional training to get certified as Intensive Treatment Foster Parents. Taking those 40 hours felt like a huge inconvenience. My plans were to continue studying and preparing for my licensing exam and we had some other things we are working on as a couple. With this new goal in mind, all my plans were put aside.
By Mandy Dale, M.S., Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with Turning Point Counseling
“Mom, I joined the cross country team!” Jack exclaimed with pride.
He committed wholeheartedly to the team, and never missed a practice. “Whenever Jack does something, he does it 100%,” his mom thought, admiringly. Weeks of practices and meets left Jack with speed, endurance, and first-place wins; but it also left him with an increasingly athletic (and thin) physique. He started to receive attention and compliments, which he liked (especially the compliments from girls).
As the county championships approached, Jack decided to begin counting calories and avoiding junk food in order to slim down even more, making him light as a feather and increasing his speed. But soon cross country season was over, and he noticed he couldn’t stop exercising. Or counting calories. It had become a way of life for him. He also couldn’t stop weighing himself- at least 3 or 4 times a day. Whenever his weight increased, he would run even more. Jack also grew to hate dinner time with his mom and sister, and tried to find excuses to skip. “I’m not hungry. I ate already. I’m going over to Mike’s for dinner.” Ever since his parents’ divorce last year, he distanced himself from his family; his new obsession with food and weight was a welcomed distraction for him.
By Nancy Hopstein, Licensed MFT with Turning Point Counseling
"Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you."
1 Peter 5:7
We all deal with stress in our lives; everyday events along with other situations that may feel out of our control (illnesses, the economy, relationships) can quickly consume us with worry. For many of us this worry is situational and temporary and will subside as our trials get resolved. But there are times when we are more vulnerable and become overwhelmed, and cannot turn the worry off.
The Key To Understanding And Managing Your Stress Is Awareness.
Listen for physical cues:
• Sweaty palms
• Fast breathing
• Muscle Tension, etc.
Look for behavioral clues:
• Over indulging in food
• Yelling, etc.
Pay attention to emotional cues;
• Feeling Angry
• Keyed up, etc.
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