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CHeadrick

Therapist’s Corner...
A Break From Anxiety

     Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, author of several books dealing with anxiety, depression, stress and pain, states that “Clinical anxiety is the most frequently diagnosed mental health condition in the United States.” He says “this is not surprising considering that there is an epidemic of 21st century stress that people confront because of a variety of circumstances, including technology overload, work and deadline pressure and a faster and faster pace of life.”
     The process of dealing with anxiety includes becoming aware that you are experiencing it and deciding how you will manage it. I am a firm believer that one of the most effective, immediate ways to manage anxiety is to BREATHE DEEPLY AND INTENTIONALLY several times. 
     Breathing, by nature, moves the energy within our body, and provides fresh air to our brain for “switching gears,” so to speak. I also believe that the best way to change a thought, worry, or fear that is in our brain is to PUT SOMETHING ELSE THERE.
     One of my favorite ways for helping others do this is to lead them in an exercise where I have them introduce me to their safe place. For some this place could be their home, a room in their home, a safe place from their childhood ( grandpa and grandma’s or a favorite family spot), a public building or a place that provides support of community, or a place with nature. 
     I ask them to tell me all the things I would see, smell, hear, feel, and taste in this safe place if I were there. I am always amazed to observe how this exercise helps the person relax as they remember all the ways that this safe place has nourished them through the years! 
     I also like that this effective, easy tool can be used no matter where you are, and the whole world doesn’t have to know that you are giving your brain a much needed “break”...except maybe by the smile on your face!

~ Carlene Headrick, Therapist

JMcCasslin

Therapist’s Corner…
Remembering to Turn On Our Light

     I procrastinated my article for a variety of reasons, but as I sit here to type, people are still trying to wrap their minds around the Las Vegas concert shooting. People in the Caribbean are struggling after the hurricanes. People are watching North Korea and wondering what will become of the nuclear missile testing. Even people in my local area are dealing with hail damage from the weekend (yes, in October).
     It's so easy to look at our world and see the negative. Heck, it's easy to look in a 20-foot radius from where we stand and to be able to pick out something negative.
So in a world of negativity, how do you find anything positive?
     One of my favorite series is the Harry Potter series. In The Prisoner of Azkaban (3rd book/movie), Dumbledore makes a statement regarding the dark and dreary times they are facing. He states "Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light."
     Turn on the light. Find the light switch. How often have you come into an unknown room and it was dark? Maybe it was a hotel, or a meeting room, or even the bathroom at a friend's house. It's uncomfortable to be in the dark, maybe even scary. After all, we are taught the boogeyman and other frightening things lurk in the dark.
     You fumble along the wall, searching for the light switch. Your fingers find the switch and you flip it on. Bright light illuminates the room and you can clearly see where you are going and what you need to achieve your goal in that room.
     Flipping on the world's light switch is similar; however, many people do not realize their part in it. One light in the middle of a dark town will not help many; it only helps those who can see it. However, if everyone in town turns on their lights and the street lights, etc, the town glows. It is bright enough to see when driving towards it from the countryside. Imagine a world of glowing lights!
     However, it is difficult to get people to turn on their lights. Each of us is special in a certain way. We have our strengths, our positive attributes, and we have a fear of showing those bright lights. We prefer to hide in our homes with the curtains drawn because it is easier to allow the negativity to reign. It's easier than fighting against it. It's easier than finding the light switch.
     Here are five steps to help you turn on the light, and to help others do the same. In a world of negativity, we all need to begin to shine for others.
     1. Find the positive in every situation - even the negative ones. Learn from your mistakes by finding what you did correctly, or satisfactorily, and move forward from there, making changes.
     2. Grow a positive environment around you. Are there negative people in your life with whom you interact often? What about the time you spend online or in front of the TV? How can you spend less time interacting with these negative sources and more time doing things that refresh your soul, make you laugh, enhance your knowledge, and spend time with the positive people in your life?
     3. Overcome fears and negative perspectives. Sometimes we make big deals out of small issues. Stop. Breathe. What's the worst that could happen and how could you handle it if it does happen?
     4. Spread the positive. What goes around, comes around. What types of vibes/actions/statements are you sending out into the world? If you treat others with kindness, understanding, empathy, etc, they are likely to turn around and return those same things back to you, or to others they encounter.
     5. Improve your mindfulness and your emotional state. Exercising, eating healthy, and getting plenty of sleep will increase your positive emotional state (as well as your ability to cope with life's stressors!). Focus on the here-and-now instead of fretting over past decisions or future problems. Yes, these things will pop up but focus on what you CAN DO RIGHT NOW instead of thinking of everything you shoulda', woulda, coulda.
     Remember to turn on your light and let it shine. You need it. Your neighbor needs it. Your co-worker needs it. Your nation needs it. Our world needs it.

~ Jessica McCaslin, Therapist

Lenz

Family Resources of Greater Nebraska, P.C. Employee Assistance Program: Achieving Balance Through Total
Well-being and Support
     If you need help coping with any of life’s problems, Family Resources Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help.  We provide confidential and professional guidance to employees and their dependents whose personal and work-related problems have become hard to manage alone.
     You can turn to Family Resources EAP for help with many personal and work related issues including:

 ·  Marriage and family concerns
 ·  Work/life balance
 ·  Child behavior/parenting concerns
 ·  Domestic violence 
 ·  Anger control
 ·  Depression or Anxiety 
 ·  Sexuality issues
 ·  Stress related disorders
 ·  Communication skills
 ·  Co-worker interpersonal relationship issues
 ·  Geriatric issues
 ·  Chemical dependency
 ·  Compulsive gambling

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Family Resources EAP ~ Helping you move forward!!

~ Lana Lenz, EAP Coordinator

FRGN Highlights!!

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     Family Resources of Greater Nebraska, P.C. had three therapists attended the Institute for Brain Potential's Conference, How People Change their Minds and Adopt Healthful Attitudes in Kearney, Ne on September 15th. Leanne Elder, Tracy Waddington, and Jordan Allen represented the office.
     The conference was led by Bill M. Kelley, Ph.D., Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Director of the Dartmouth Brain Imaging Center at Dartmouth College, an expert in the study of how people learn to control their thoughts, behaviors, emotions, and desires. Dr. Kelley presented on applying social psychological methods to change minds and the brain, self-regulation and the habit brain.

Attention clients who get their insurance through the Marketplace:

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2018 RUNS
NOVEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 15, 2017

Starting November 1, you can log in to HealthCare.gov, fill out an application, and enroll in a 2018 Marketplace health plan. Enroll by December 15, 2017 and coverage starts January 1, 2018. 2018 plans and prices will be available to preview shortly before Nov. 1.

 

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