Post-Election Perspective

This morning at around 3:30 A.M. one of the most controversial elections of recent history ended with one of the most controversial candidates becoming the next President of the United States. Emotions are always high after an election but this year seems to bring new extremes. Easy evidence of these extremes can be seen on almost anyones Facebook feeds across the country. If you’re experiencing one of these extremes there are a few things that I would like to offer to you in the coming days as you process what it means for Trump to have won the election. Continue reading

Care for Self is Caring for Others

As a counselors (or perhaps just as a caring person) you might tend to put others first and focus on their needs above your own. This pattern in life might be sustainable for a short time, perhaps during a crisis, but if that becomes a lifestyle the ability to support diminishes. If you are not well, you cannot help others become well. Therefore, it is critical that you take time for your own well being and growth apart from caring for others.

Does that sound selfish to you? If so you’re in good company. A lot of people struggle with self-care because they believe that to practice self-care is to stop caring for others. After all, if we are taking time to care for ourselves then we are taking time away from caring for others. However, if we understand self-care correctly it is accurate to understand that the better we are practicing self-care the healthier we will be and the more effectively we will be able to care for others. Continue reading