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14 Ways To Engage Your Faith Community with Active Learning Techniques

  Sunday, May 22, 2022

According to a survey from Pew, although many places of worship are resuming normal operations after COVID-19. However, in-person attendance has remained unchanged since the fall. In the United States, 43 percent of adults who attend religious services currently report their place of worship is open and hosting services, up 14 percentage points in the last six months and 31 points since March, similar to before the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, 47% say their congregation is open, but with l...

7 Techniques Educators can Use to Increase Student Engagement

  Thursday, May 19, 2022

Education leaders and observers are often concerned about American students' performance on assessments. How do American kids compare to students throughout the world? Data from recent international math and science examinations show that American kids remain in the middle of the pack, trailing many other advanced industrial nations.

5 Strategies to Improve Your Students Video [Online] Education Comprehension

  Monday, May 16, 2022

In November of 2020, researchers from Northern Michigan University published a study centered on the impact of COVID-19 on education and the response from a rural midwestern university. This study aimed to determine what instructors thought and felt when their classes were switched to online/distance delivery due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers devised survey questions further to investigate these notions during a moment of turmoil, building on this group's earlier research, which...

10 Ways for Pastors to Grow Church Attendance and Drive Engagement

  Thursday, May 12, 2022
  Christianity   

The pandemic brought chaos, illness, and death to our doorsteps at the beginning of 2020. It also brought along uncertainty, fear, and isolation for people everywhere in the world. Some turned to wreak havoc, spreading mindless rumors about apocalypse or Armageddon or just stocking up on toilet paper projecting the world's end. For many of us, the pandemic was a great way to assess our lives and work on ourselves for the better, myself included. I committed myself to becoming closer to my r...

How to Stay in the Moment with Stoicism

  Saturday, May 7, 2022
  Challenges   Stoicism  

Part of what makes Stoicism fascinating to examine is the fact that three of its most well-known practitioners represented a wide spectrum of social positions. Consider Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Empire's emperor and one of the world's most powerful figures. Consider Seneca, an emperor's adviser, a renowned playwright, and one of the Roman Empire's wealthiest people. On the other hand, Epictetus, born into slavery, is the polar opposite. Stoicism is so powerful: it can provide timeless idea...

10 Days of Journaling with the Ancient Stoic Seneca

  Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Seneca The Younger, or Seneca, as he is known popularly, is one of the most prominent people at the centre of the stoic philosophical movement. Stoic philosophy had already become established in the late Stoa period around the 1st and 2nd century AD. The first stoics had come and gone, and what they taught was now being led everywhere by many people. Seneca came before Epictetus, before Marcus Aurelius, and set the theme of journaling as an integral part of stoicism.

Inside the Mind of Marcus Aurelius: 10 Days of Intensive Journaling

  Saturday, March 26, 2022

The Roman Empire, one of the most critically studied and historically recognized civilizations to walk the earth, and its emperor, a daily morning journaler - both a subject of great fascination to the modern world. Marcus Aurelius ruled Rome from 161 to 180 CE (common era). He was marked to become emperor first at the young and inexperienced age of 17, but he still had 23 years left till he assumed the throne. Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Empire's ruler, sat down with ink and papyrus, jottin...

Back to the Basics Guide: Fostering Real Human Connection in a Virtual World

  Saturday, March 5, 2022

It’s no secret that social media has changed the way we communicate and interact with one another. This is especially true among younger people, but changes in social interaction can be seen across every generation and demographic. According to Statista Research Department (2022), 223 million Americans have at least one social media profile. That is about 82% of the population. Furthermore, the average person spends about two and a half hours on social media each day.

How Journaling Creates a Strong Mindset for Long-Term Weight loss

  Saturday, February 19, 2022

When the first blooms of spring appear, it's a sure indicator that bathing suit season is just around the corner. While it's impossible to avoid the need to work out and eat a healthy diet, long-term weight loss begins in your mind. According to experts, having the appropriate attitude can help you think and believe in healthy practices. When it comes to losing weight and striving to become healthier, we often concentrate on our activities and routines, such as what we consume and how we mo...

How Seniors Can Take Care of Their Mental Health

  Thursday, February 17, 2022
  Mental Health  

Though resilience against stress and anxiety may build up with years of experience, older adults are still vulnerable to mental health issues, especially if they suffer from other medical conditions and disabilities. As revealed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1% to 3% of older adults suffer from depression. That percentage increases among individuals that require special care, with depression affecting 13.5% of adults that require home healthcare, and 11.5% of adults in-...

How to Moderate Your Facebook Screentime

  Wednesday, February 16, 2022
  Challenges  

What started as a new and innovative platform on the internet to help Harvard students to connect with each other in the early 2000s soon became one of the most popular and heavily trafficked websites of all time. It began in 2003, when Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, invented "Facemash," an online software that allowed users to objectify fellow students by comparing images of their faces and picking who they thought was more attractive. Anyone globally may create a Facebo...

Bouncing Back from Career Burnout: A 21 Day Journaling Guide

  Monday, February 14, 2022

Most people express stress at their job from time to time. The stress that a job and career put on someone can be particularly challenging. When the stress is exacerbated and moves into burnout, there can be lasting physical and emotional effects. Although burnout is not considered a medical or mental health diagnosis, it can lead to further mental and physical health difficulties.

Manage Chronic Pain with Guided Meditation, Breathing, & Journaling

  Monday, February 7, 2022

Pain that lasts longer than three months is referred to as chronic pain. It's possible that the pain will be constant or that it will come and go. It can occur in any part of your body. Chronic pain can make it difficult to go about your everyday activities, such as working, socializing, and caring for yourself or others. It can cause melancholy, worry, and sleeping problems, all of which can exacerbate your discomfort. This reaction sets in motion a difficult-to-break cycle.

How to Overcome Loneliness in a Locked Down World

  Saturday, February 5, 2022

Before COVID-19, America had a chronic loneliness problem, but the fight to limit the disease's spread is set to drastically increase the risk of loneliness. The pandemic has changed lives forever. We've all realized that we could eschew many things that used to be a big part of our lives before, but after being locked down in our homes, we can live without. We have become stronger and more resilient and have navigated through these unprecedented times one day at a time. In our journey, we'...

Surviving a Divorce: 8 Days of Expressive Writing

  Thursday, February 3, 2022

Love is intricate. We all want a love that transcends the typical bounds of human relationships, the kind that is reserved for poetry, music, and art. We want to be swept away into a whirlwind romance full of passion and excitement, spending our lives with that one person that makes us happy. We want a love that makes us stand on the edge of the Titanic. One which makes us write a letter for each of the 365 days of the year and stand outside the window of our loved one with a boom box blast...

12 Steps to Changing the Dynamics or Breaking Free of a Co-Dependent Relationship

  Monday, January 31, 2022

Relationships are the heart of human connection and one of the most important pieces to someone’s wellbeing and overall quality of life. Relationships can come in all types of forms, situations, lengths of time, and more. Research suggests that when someone is involved in a healthy relationship, it can have positive effects on their mental health, stress levels, anxiety, depression, and well-being. On the other hand, if you are involved in an unhealthy relationship, it can have detrimental ...

The Mental Health Debate of Nature vs. Nurture

  Saturday, January 29, 2022

Known as one of the biggest debates in the history of science, the conflict between nature versus nurture has led to some significant conversations around the relative contributions of environment and genes. This type of debate has shaped many fields of science including biology, chemistry, and psychology. At its most basic, nature refers to how biology, genes, and hereditary influences shape someone and their behavior. On the other hand, nurture refers to the ways in which environment (e.g...

10 Days To Understand Your Sex Addiction

  Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Dr Patrick Carnes claims that sex addiction is similar to other types of addiction (such as alcohol and drug addiction). The addict has a pathologic relationship with a substance or activity, in this case, sexual behaviour. Furthermore, sex addicts are also helpless victims of their actions; they have lost control over their sexual expression, characterizing them as addicts. Sex addiction is viewed as a disease and sickness in this perspective, even though many people think it shouldn't be ...

Stoicism: 7 Days to Mastering the Stoic Art of Journaling

  Saturday, January 22, 2022
  Stoicism  

Our story begins with Zeno of Cyprus, son of a merchant and a merchant himself. On one of his trips transporting purple dye from Phoenicia to Peiraeus, fate had other plans for him. Shipwrecked in Athens, he decided to bide his time in a nearby bookshop, as one does. He found works from some of the most influential and prominent philosophers of his time. Just like many of us with our first interaction into the intrepid and mindboggling world of philosophical thinking, he was hooked.

Journal the Hurt Away: A 10 Day Journaling Challenge when a Spouse Cheats

  Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Infidelity is the breaking of a pledge to stay faithful to a romantic partner, whether that promise was made as part of a marriage vow, a secret pact between lovers, or an unspoken assumption. Infidelity is a betrayal, but it does not always mean the end of a relationship; infidelity also happens in happy partnerships.

10 Steps to Create Better Relationships at Work

  Sunday, January 16, 2022

Six years ago, American political dialogue was not exactly peaceful, but it deteriorated far more during Donald Trump's presidency. Millions of individuals are conversing with one other in what is referred to as the national dialogue. If you could tune out all of the malicious yelling, you might be able to discern some of the silences that have developed when two people have stopped talking totally. This observation is accurate for both at work and home.

10 Days of Self-Reflection from a Job Loss

  Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Our jobs are more than a paycheck. They impact how we see ourselves and how others see us. Even if you didn't enjoy your job, it provided you with a social outlet and gave your life structure, purpose, and meaning. Being laid off unexpectedly can leave you feeling hurt, angry, or depressed. You can start doubting your own identity, ruminating on what you lost, or worrying about your financial future.

Bereavement: Grieving the Loss of a Loved One with 21 Days of Journaling

  Saturday, January 8, 2022

Life is an endless cycle of highs and lows, and no matter how we choose to live it, there are always things that are not in our control. Grief is a natural part of living, and it in no way indicates that life can't be enjoyable. Unfortunately, handling grief is tough and will take a toll on people. But like everything in life, we can salvage life.

5 Famous People Who Journal (& Why You Should Too!)

  Friday, January 7, 2022
  Did You Know?   Featured  

Welcome back to another article where we talk about the Holy Grail method, the tried-and-tested process, the ultimate guide to achieving a well-balanced life through journaling. We often mention the benefits of journaling and journal therapy, and of course, we always come to you with the highest sources and fact check everything, so you receive the best guidance. However, this time, we'll let other people do the convincing for us.

What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

  Friday, December 31, 2021

Feeling insecure about the way your body looks can impact your confidence, mood, and stress. Although everyone feels self-conscious about how their body looks from time to time, for other people, it can impair their daily life significantly. People with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) have a mental health disorder that affects how they perceive and view their body. Within this article, you will learn about what Body Dysmorphic Disorder is, including the signs, causes, and effects of sufferin...

Ever Thought of Writing Your Memoirs (Before You Die)?

  Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Doesn't it seem like everyone is coming out with their own memoirs or autobiography? This type of book is an individual's entire life that highlights their achievements, lessons learned, regrets — basically a collection of timeless wisdom accumulated through that individual's life. Writing your own Memoirs not only has the power to sell like hotcakes but can inspire future generations. The nuggets of wisdom that you articulate in writing can shed light on thought processes that help overcom...

[2022 Plan] Ultimate Guide to Creating a Life Plan Journal

  Saturday, December 18, 2021

With 2022 right around the corner, many people are thinking about the goals they want to set for the upcoming year. However, 80% of those people who make New Year’s resolutions will fail by the second week in February (Ma, 2020). So, why do so many people give up after just a few weeks?

Lessons from Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

  Friday, December 17, 2021

There's an interesting but infamous notion that the winners write history. We can assume that this notion is veritable. However, it seldom works that way. Growing up, we are told that there is a singular truth. That doesn't hold up when we are dealing with shared human experiences. There will undoubtedly be two sides to the same story, two truths, and two versions of the same event, usually at opposite ends of the spectrum. So, how can we successfully judge which side of history we are supp...

21 Days to Overcoming Health Anxiety

  Monday, December 13, 2021
  Anxiety   Challenges  

Health anxiety is an illogical and obsessive fear of developing a major medical illness. It's also known as disease anxiety, and it used to be known as hypochondria. A person's fantasy of physical symptoms of sickness characterizes this ailment.

Where Would We Be Without Marcus Aurelius' Meditations?

  Wednesday, December 8, 2021

You'll often hear someone being described as stoic when they're calm, collected, and unemotional. You may not know that there is an underlying philosophy and movement known as Stoicism behind the cold, unfeeling exterior of this tolerant behavior. According to modern-day use, "stoic" describes someone unaffected by pain, pleasure, grief, or joy.

Applying David Goggin's "Live Autopsy" Concept to Your Journaling

  Monday, December 6, 2021

I first heard about David Goggins when I was traveling with my brother. We went from one city to another and decided to pass the time by listening to podcasts. He brought his playlist, and I brought mine. We first heard to mine, which was heavily focused on issues regarding science and the current climate of the research industry. His was a recorded interview with the ultramarathon runner himself. Suffice to say, and I wasn't prepared to listen to a motivational speech in the middle of nowh...

What is a dysfunctional family?

  Sunday, December 5, 2021

People grow up in all different types of families. From the outside looking in, it can be hard to really understand what is going on within a family, what their challenges are, and the good things about being in that family. You might have the idea that some of your friends, family, or coworkers have a perfect family life and grew up in a perfect family. In reality, most people have some type of dysfunction within their family. For some families, it may be more clear from the outside that t...

Joe Rogan says 'Write it Out' - Here's Why

  Friday, December 3, 2021

If you're a human male living in America for the past 20 years, then you're already familiar with The Joe Rogan Experience. Not just the name of his podcast, but it has now become the title you give to his influence over social media right now - Joe Rogan is famed for many things. Joseph James Rogan, born on August 11, 1967, is a podcast host, UFC color commentator, comedian, actor, and former television host from the United States.

21 Days to Make Confession a Habit

  Wednesday, December 1, 2021
  Christianity   

Confession is an important part of a Christian’s life, but it is often something avoided. Our sin can create feelings of shame, guilt, and fear that make us want to hide instead of seek forgiveness and repentance. The very first example of this is seen in Genesis 3, when Adam and Eve disobey God and then hide themselves from God when they hear Him walking in the garden. Then, they hide their bodies from each other when they become aware of their nakedness.

Jordan Peterson's 10 Steps to Better Writing

  Sunday, November 28, 2021
  Writing  

First of all, let me state that Jordan Peterson is a genius. He's one of the most revered psychologists of our time and has an interesting worldview. In his popular and extensive book "12 Rules for Life," he talks about turning the chaos of life into order from which we can understand, appreciate, and learn. Peterson's area of expertise is personality traits. One of his most well-known studies is a look at what makes people more or less creative. He claims that people who pay attention to s...

Tips to Coping with Holiday Stress

  Monday, November 22, 2021

It's the time of the year again. You know, the time after fall begins and brings along with it the advent of the holiday season. For everyone living in the United States, it starts with Halloween in October and goes up until the New Year. The holiday mood and mindset last for several months and celebrations begin in advance. These industries are booming because of the public's enthusiasm. However, there are a lot of people that don't share the same kind of opinion. For a lot of people, in a...

Combating the Mental Health Crisis on America's College Campuses

  Saturday, November 20, 2021

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), suicide is defined as death caused by self-infliction of injury or harm with the intent of death. A suicide attempt is a non-fatal, self-directed, possibly harmful behavior that is carried out with the intention of dying as an end result of the behavior. It's possible that a suicide attempt won't end in injuries.

How Journaling Can Boost Employee Morale

  Thursday, November 18, 2021

As we have already discussed in many of our previous articles, journaling is a tried and tested way to acknowledge and take into account your feelings and emotions. For those of us who have been journaling since we were kids, we can testify that it is a positive outlet for both our positive and negative emotions. As we got older, we discounted its importance. A lot of adults still pen their thoughts down every single night. It has also become a complementary technique used by modern-day psy...

Can Chronic Stress Cause Nocturia?

  Wednesday, November 17, 2021

If you're someone that wakes up a lot in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom to relieve yourself, you are probably an unthought-of victim of nocturia. Honestly, it sounds like a character from a comic book, but I promise you it's not. It's a natural condition that affects 50 million people in the United States, with 10 million people diagnosed, but only 1.5 million obtain treatment. One in every three adults over the age of 30 goes to the bathroom at least twice a night, and rough...

What is Advent?

  Sunday, November 14, 2021

Around this time of year, you may hear people talking about Advent, or see stores advertising advent calendars, or authors promoting their new advent studies. But what exactly is Advent? This guide will explain what Advent is, why we should celebrate it, and ideas for how you and your family can celebrate Advent this year.

Can Black Seed Oil Reduce My Anxiety Levels?

  Friday, November 12, 2021

For a lot of us, when we think about medicating for anxiety or stress, our mind immediately goes towards medications or intensive trips to the doctor's office that may leave us with more worry than what we started with on hand. I used to think the same. However, with the advancement of artificial or manufactured chemicals, we often tend to discount natural organic substances that can work wonders for our physical and mental health. Some of us grew up watching our grandparents and parents ap...

How to Make a Career Change to Counseling

  Wednesday, November 10, 2021

As people living with the social stigmas and outlets in the twenty-first century, we're oftentimes attracted to jobs and career paths that help build up ourselves, establish us as decent and working-class members of society, and fill a need within us to earn and flourish. The jobs that work for the benefit of other people do not come into this category. Yes, you can argue that even doctors like to establish themselves with more extensive and more competitive practices to attract their patie...

Why do Coaching & Counseling Careers Cause Burnout?

  Monday, November 8, 2021

If you're a life coach, counselor, or someone from the mammoth industry of mental health and its services, you will probably relate to this article more than anything. This industry has risen from ground zero over the past fifty years, all the while encompassing broader terms, job descriptions, and labor or workforce. Unlike traditional therapy, you can consider counseling or coaching to be its younger, livelier, more enthusiastic sibling that wears glitter. Not to say that we should not ta...

Can Dementia Cause Depression in the Elderly?

  Thursday, November 4, 2021

Depression is not a symptom of growing older. Essentially, the older you are, the more relaxed life should be. Your 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s are for learning, being challenged, and building up your lifestyle and personality. Your older years are to sit back, relax, and reflect on the life you've lived. Unfortunately, many people may start showing signs and symptoms of depression as they grow older for a myriad of reasons. This isn't a normal occurrence and should be treated with utmost seriou...

What Is Stonewalling?

  Wednesday, November 3, 2021

When faced with an argument or conflict, it can bring out the worst in people. Some people might respond with a discussion where they sort out their concerns and problems in an effective way, being curious and open to the other person’s point of view. Others might end up becoming more aggressive, where they yell and argue and use intimidation tactics. Another way of responding to conflict is through stonewalling. Stonewalling is a communication tactic used when someone refuses to communicat...

Identifying Depression in the Elderly

  Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Depression is a severe mental illness. It can have an impact on how you feel, act, and think. Although sadness is a widespread condition among the elderly, clinical depression is not a natural part of the aging process. In fact, despite having more illnesses or physical problems than younger individuals, research shows that most older folks are content with their life. However, if you've had depression as a child or a teenager, you're more likely to develop depression as an adult.

Is Mental Illness a Generational Curse?

  Monday, November 1, 2021

In the late 1980s, a special committee sat down and initiated the first workings of a great scientific endeavor known as The Human Genome Project (HGP). The project's goals were to study and decipher the human genome to understand further what constitutes our genetic inheritance. In layman's terms, a genome is a complete set of genetic instructions for an organism. Each genome contains all of the information necessary for an organism to be built, grow, and develop. DNA contains the instruct...

5 Major Causes of PTSD

  Wednesday, October 27, 2021
  Anxiety   PTSD  

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a severe and challenging mental illness. You can't be born with PTSD. However, specific life experiences may lead you to incorporate trauma. This trauma, backed by unresolved issues, brings about the symptoms and signs of PTSD. According to an article by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), one billion adults were among the 1.45 billion people who lived through a conflict between 1989 and 2015 and were still alive in 2015. We est...

Recognizing Bipolar Disorder (BPD) in Yourself

  Saturday, October 23, 2021

Bipolar disorder (BPD) is an infamous mental health issue, widely popularized thanks to Hollywood, sometimes even villainized. Melancholia and mania, otherwise known as depressive and manic, are terms associated with this disorder. The Greek philosopher Aristotle recognized melancholy as a disease and credited it with inspiring some of his time's greatest artists. To be fair, people were executed worldwide for having BPD and other mental illnesses during this time. Hence, it was the start o...

How to Handle a Crying Client as a Life Coach

  Thursday, October 21, 2021

In your experience as a life coach, or a therapist, you've come across different types of people. These people have varying reactions to therapy and treatment, and sometimes it's not the sunniest. Crying in response to trauma is a basic human trait. Our body can make us relive some of our worst memories just through slight stimulation. Hence, you have probably met a lot of people that cry their way through therapy. It's not a bad thing, necessarily. However, it's not the most well thought o...

Every Therapist's Guide to Social Media Advertising and Building their Personal Brand

  Thursday, October 21, 2021

The days of being a therapist have changed for good. Using technology and telehealth is considered the norm in the therapy office, and clients expect to have them as options. In an increasingly digital world, many therapists are considering using social media for a variety of reasons. And if you aren’t thinking of using social media, you likely have a colleague or friend who is encouraging you to use it.

Therapists vs. Psychiatrists

  Tuesday, October 19, 2021

In previous articles, we discussed the difference between therapy and life coaching. The mental health industry is divided into different practices and types of specializations. We have therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists as the primary three practicing professionals. Often, people will easily confuse psychiatrists with therapists, especially when they decide to seek out help for mental health.

Therapist vs. Life Coach - Which Path to Pursue

  Monday, October 18, 2021

Therapy is a multidimensional field, inculcating different types of practices. Consider it more as an umbrella term, which covers various areas of treatment. The umbrella includes psychotherapy to treat multiple mental health disorders and life coaching to improve quality of life. Therapists and life coaches have long since been seen as opposites instead of two sides of the same coin. This view is valid when considering the underlying years of practice, certification (or lack of accreditati...

Making the Transition from Therapist to Life Coach

  Wednesday, October 13, 2021

When people say therapy isn't for everyone, sometimes that can apply to therapists themselves who are looking for a change in their practice. As a therapist, you spend years equipping yourself with a certified license and degree for different types of disorders and psychotherapies that can treat those disorders. After that, you spend tons of money and hard work building a practice that attracts clientele. No doubt, this takes years off your life. After all that hard work, it can be unsettli...

How Religious Commitment and Worship Impact Health

  Monday, October 11, 2021

The Bible tells us to “rejoice always” (1 Thessalonians 5:16), to have peace (John 16:33), and not to worry (Matthew 6:25-34); but for those who struggle with mental illness, is this really possible? Can someone in the depths of depression rejoice? Is it possible for someone with crippling anxiety to feel peace? Is there truly healing to be found for those suffering with mental illness?

5 Tips to Starting an Online Life Coaching Business

  Saturday, October 9, 2021

Personal development, self-healing, and improving the quality of your life - these trends started in the early 80s under the name of life coaching. In the present day, this multi-billion dollar industry is a hot trend that you can see play out on the Instagram feeds of many celebrities, influencers, and public figures. Everyone you know is at a wellness retreat or "working on themselves." As an established or aspiring life coach yourself, these facts, you can most definitely attest.

Why are my clients unwilling to open up?

  Thursday, October 7, 2021

Communication is necessary when it comes to establishing an excellent patient-therapist relationship. When patients come to trust their therapists, it opens up different, diverse channels of talk that are beneficial to their progress. Communication is a two-way street and requires equal effort on the part of both parties. Dr. Ili Rivera Walter, a marriage and family therapist, writes, "Success as a therapist is not found in doing something for the client, but rather in being something for t...

Top 10 Counseling Approaches for Therapists to Consider

  Friday, October 1, 2021

Counseling approaches are a dime a dozen. If you have your mental health practice, you already know that sometimes it takes a long time to find the right therapy fit for a patient. As people, our methods for healing based on specific trauma are different. Things that also come into factor are a person's socioeconomic, religious, cultural, academic standing. This is not to say that therapy isn't for everyone. However, sometimes the right fit does not come very quickly.

Behavioral Activation Therapy (BAT) vs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Therapists

  Wednesday, September 29, 2021

As a mental health professional, it is an unspoken part of your job to look out for new research better helps your patients. The field of psychology, like any other, is continuously evolving as we learn more about the toils and turns of the human mind. Psychologists have worked on a lot of methods that have their basis on cognitive and behavioral practices. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an amalgam of treatments that focus on both cognition and behavior. CBT is used to treat multiple...

How to Add Exposure Therapy with your Clients

  Sunday, September 26, 2021

A very old notion implies that the only way to overcome a fear is to face it. For people with usual, everyday worries and anxieties, this proves to be very helpful each time. However, this method does not have much standing when it comes to clinically diagnosed anxiety disorders. Not because it doesn't work, but because not many mental health professionals are aware of its efficacy. In the world of therapy, this is known as exposure therapy, where a therapist may introduce the patient to sp...

How to Add Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to Your Practice

  Tuesday, September 21, 2021

As a therapist or a mental health professional, the success of your work output depends on your patient's progress. Even if sometimes the progress is out of your control, this might be a metric you use to gauge whether you're making a difference in someone's life or not. It is difficult dealing with patients that have a tough time accepting treatment. Sometimes, even advanced and heavily researched techniques such as plain Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) may not be enough. Luckily for yo...

A Biblical Approach to Managing Anxiety

  Sunday, September 19, 2021

As God’s very Word, the Bible should be our number one source of comfort, peace, encouragement, and hope. But I’ll be honest, as a Christian who struggles with anxiety, there are some verses that have become almost cliché to me. I’m not saying these verses aren’t important or don’t have their place, I know that is not true because I believe God’s Word is inspired and inerrant. However, when I am in the trenches of the despairing moments that anxiety brings, hearing scripture misquoted or of...

Treating Hypochondriacs Starts with Mindfulness

  Wednesday, September 15, 2021

As a doctor or a mental health professional, you probably receive many messages every day on your phone from people who are worried about their health. The past one and a half years have got us all very stressed, with each cough wondering whether we are slowly developing symptoms for the deadly disease. Enter COVID-19, exit all sanity. It's not uncommon for many people to judge for themselves the state of their current health, WebMD at their disposal. We are all human, and we're built with ...

Does Smoking Mask Anxiety and Depression?

  Friday, September 10, 2021

Fifty million people in the United States are currently addicted to nicotine. That’s fifty million packs of cigarettes or tobacco products a day that these people are consuming, setting aside their regards for their health. We know all the bad stuff that comes with smoking. For example, the chances of getting a heart or lung disease increase with smoking and passive smoking. We’ve seen the horror show clips of people suffering from some form of mouth or face cancer in hospitals regretting e...

Can You Cure Alcoholism?

  Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Alcohol, like all drugs, is no doubt addictive despite being a socially acceptable option. There are far more people that have tried alcohol than there are that have been attempting drugs. You can gift it as a housewarming present, use it to celebrate that big promotion, and even use it for cooking. Why is all that possible? Well, it's legal, normal, and in many social settings, it is expected from you. Alcohol is a feel-good substance; hence you will probably take it when you need a little...

Using Meditation and CBT to Treat Combat Veterans with PTSD

  Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The human mind is a brilliant and complex organ capable of amazing things. However, once traumatized, a person's brain becomes susceptible to several biological changes in critical locations. Through the feats of modern-day science, the process of neuroimaging has allowed us to see what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can do to the chemical processes that occur in our brain. These neurochemical changes can be found in the amygdala, the hippocampus, and the prefrontal cortex. The amygd...

Natural Foods and Drinks to Calm Anxiety

  Saturday, August 28, 2021
  Anxiety  

With the constant clamor and bustle of one's daily life, it's only bound to happen that we may forget to take care of our health. In the interest of staying one step ahead, we want to move faster to keep up if the world moves fast. Especially when we're young and have a lot of energy currency with us, we expend it on our struggles and ambitions. It is no wonder that today's working generation is as stressed as ever. I'm sure if we were to have the option of a magic pill that could relieve u...

Can You Overdose on Xanax?

  Monday, August 23, 2021

Whether it's from a 2000's movie about a millionaire or on the Instagram of a famous rapper, you've undoubtedly seen the glamour and glorification of one of the most common drugs mentioned in pop culture, Xanax. What started as casually "popping a Xany" has ended up as one of the most severe drug dependency issues in the modern world. Alprazolam (sold under the name Xanax) is found in the class of drugs called benzodiazepines, which are known for their tranquilizing effects on the brain. It...

Bible Journal Guide: 99 Prompts with Examples, Required Reading, & Ideas

  Saturday, August 21, 2021

Below you will find 99 daily journal prompts that can be used as part of a Bible study group. You can choose to participate in a JournalOwl community group with a secure video or use this in a live setting with your own church or small group. Each week you will complete a set number of journal prompts, then you will meet with your group weekly to discuss the assigned prompts.

21 Day Dopamine Detox Plan with Free Journal Prompts

  Thursday, August 19, 2021

We begin with a simple scenario. Imagine yourself alone in a room. You might be working on your laptop, or reading a book, or even just relaxing. Suddenly you hear a buzz or a ring from your phone. You perk up and immediately reach for it. It might be the email you were expecting from your boss or a text from someone you like. It arouses your curiosity, and your heart starts beating faster. It doesn't matter what ends showing up on your screen; the only thing that matters is now, you are in...

A Quick and Effective Way to Overcome Public Speaking Anxiety

  Friday, August 13, 2021

Public speaking is difficult for many reasons. The speaking anxiety a person feels before a performance can be overwhelming. Doubt, fear, and discomfort about people watching and criticizing the speech creep in and all of those fears can seem impossible. Thankfully, there are ways to address these feelings.

Why is Suicide in Men on the Rise Around the World?

  Monday, August 9, 2021

Suicide rates in men have been on a rising trend for the last 30 years. Due to the pandemic, these numbers can still not be chalked up to the last one and a half years. This is a severe ever-present issue in our society today and has been rearing its ugly head for decades. Recent studies have shown an increase in suicide rates in men in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and many other countries. There is a growing concern among researchers to bring down these numbers, and there is the urgency to ...

Five-Minute Gratitude Journal

  Thursday, August 5, 2021

Some days, you say “thank you” a dozen or more times. Someone brings you coffee, so you say, “thank you.” Someone else grabs lunch, so you say “thanks” once again. These small acts of kindness continue throughout the day, so you say “thank you” repeatedly.

How Pornography Deregulates Healthy Dopamine Levels in Men

  Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Porn addiction is a heavily debated topic in psychology. From early research on sexual deviancy by Dr. Sigmund Freud to new world technology consisting of real-life robots you can be intimate with – notes on sex and the brain are unceasing. The world revolves around sex. At least, for some people, it does. It is an excellent time to let you know that porn addiction and sex addiction are not the same things. Although both are categorized as needing to indulge in compulsive sexual behavior to...

Am I Depressed?

  Monday, August 2, 2021

You see them; your worst enemy. There is one thing about disliking someone, but you absolutely loathe this person. They make you struggle to get out of bed because you know you have to face them. It feels like they wipe away all the energy you have to give. You can’t focus because they seem to be everywhere. They are even staring right back at you in your mirror.

5 Ways Meditation Quells Anxiety

  Tuesday, July 27, 2021
  Anxiety   Meditation  

It's normal to feel stressed about taking a test, moving to a new place, or starting a new job. Although this type of anxiety is offensive, it may settle with time and does not interfere with your everyday life. Ordinary anxiety may help motivate you to work harder and to do a better job.

How to Test Yourself for ADHD

  Sunday, July 25, 2021

You are in one of the most important business meetings of your career. Your bosses are questioning your work ethic. For some reason, you can not focus to save your life even though you truly want to. You may look out the window because you saw a bird pass by or daydream that you wish you were flying versus being in an uncomfortable meeting. When you look back to your manager, you realize your boss asked you a question, they look upset, and now you don't know what to do.

How Journaling Can Stop Heart Palpitations Caused by Anxiety

  Friday, July 16, 2021
  Anxiety  

You wake up startled, dripping with sweat. You touch your neck, and your heart is beating wildly. It feels like your body is vibrating from the strength of your heartbeats. You change quickly into clothes and fumble, trying to find your car keys to get to the hospital.

31 Questions Answered - A Guide for Every Christian Journaler

  Monday, July 12, 2021

If you are a new Christian or new to Christian journaling, you may have some questions about the religion and what it means to be a Christian. This guide will address 31 of the most frequently asked questions by Christian journalers. When we have questions about God, the best place to look for answers is in His Word, thus this guide will rely on scripture to answer each question below. My prayer for you as you read this article is that you would seek the truth about God and that you would r...

JournalOwl TouchPoint – The Schedule Free Way to Online Therapy

  Friday, July 9, 2021

After the global pandemic, everyone has felt a level of Zoom fatigue. Classes, meetings, and social gatherings were all on Zoom for hours at a time. It would almost feel like Groundhog day because each morning while staying in pajamas or at least the bottoms, people would open up their computers to see themselves with faint remembrance and then “connect” with others. While initially fun and exciting as the new video-chat service, it soon became the bane of everyone’s existence.

Managing Chronic Pain with Expressive Writing

  Tuesday, July 6, 2021

When you are trapped in another day of excruciating pain, you feel stuck within your own body with no escape. Most people don’t understand the impact that chronic pain has on your day-to-day life. It makes everything more challenging from getting ready in the morning, to relationships, to working, to sleeping. Chronic pain impacts almost every facet of life in one way or another, and it’s been linked to greater rates of anxiety, depression, disability, and lower overall quality of life. For...

How to Avoid Burnout as a Therapist

  Friday, July 2, 2021

You have the exact same day planned. You have your luke-warm at best office coffee stirring within in the communal office space. As you reach for the refrigerator door, with a small glimmer of hope to enjoy your yogurt, it is shot as you discover someone from your group practice has eaten it.

Why New Parents Should Keep a Journal

  Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Becoming a parent is one of the most pivotal life transitions. In the matter of a year, the decision to journey into parenthood leaves your life forever changed. After the birth of a new child, so much happens so quickly. Aside from the sleepless nights, frequent waking, recovery from pregnancy, and constant questioning if you’re doing everything right, there’s plenty of small moments in-between that are easy to miss. And at the same time, you don’t want to miss any of them.

Is it Okay to Read my Daughter’s Diary?

  Sunday, June 20, 2021
  Diary   Featured  

As a therapist, many parents often ask me about if they should read their daughter’s diary. Diaries are often a private record of a teen’s day to day life, or they may be more expressive and less frequent in their entries like a journal. Because of the private nature of diaries, this can lead some parents to want to question or read their daughter’s diary to know what is truly going on in their lives.

Starting a Christian Counseling Practice Made Easy

  Saturday, June 19, 2021

Starting your own Christian counseling practice may seem daunting. There are so many things to consider like what type of credentials you need, what services you want to provide, where you will practice, and not to mention all the logistics of starting your own business. However, starting your own Christian counseling practice can be a rewarding and exciting endeavor. This guide will help walk you through some of the decisions you will need to make as well as some of the practical steps nee...

How to Start a Secret Diary

  Friday, June 4, 2021
  Diary   Featured  

Think of your diary like a best friend that you can tell your secrets but never worry about back-stabbing or one of your secrets going out into the world. Your diary is a safe haven where you can be exactly who you want to be and get to know yourself more through the process of writing each day.

Family Love: Applying God’s Word to Cultivate Love in Your Family

  Wednesday, June 2, 2021
  Christianity   

Most of us wouldn’t hesitate to say we love our family. We may list reasons why we love each member of our family, reflect on shared experiences, or talk about the connection and bond we have with our family members. However, if we expand our definition of family to include our extended family, while we still may say we love them, most of us would identify at least one family member that we just struggle to enjoy – the crazy aunt, the grumpy grandpa, the annoying in-law, the trouble-maker c...

Five Proven Ways to Cope with COVID-19 Job Loss

  Wednesday, May 26, 2021
  Anxiety   Depression  

In weeks since the outbreak of COVID19 over 30 million Americans have filed initial unemployment claims. While the numbers of weekly filings have been continuously decreasing since their peak at the end of March, the weekly filing rates are still in the millions.

How ADHD Sufferers Can Learn to Journal Effectively

  Sunday, May 23, 2021
  ADHD  

Using journaling regularly has many benefits, but it can be challenging to start this practice when you have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a mental health disorder characterized by difficulties in organization, planning, self-regulation, and attention. For people with ADHD, it is often challenging to start tasks that require time to sit down, and it can be hard to finish them as well. Because of this, journaling can be hard for someone with ADHD. First you have to...

How Well Do You Know Me Questions for Friends and Couples

  Saturday, May 22, 2021

We like to think we know our best friends and lovers, but how well do we actually know them? Typically, there is not a topic of discussion that begins with questions like "If you could choose one of my personality traits to be universal among everyone, what trait would that be?" You talk about the mundane and sometimes surface-level conversation reserving the "how well do you know me" questions for courting or beginning a friendship.

How to Change the COVID-19 Catastrophizing Mindset

  Friday, May 14, 2021

COVID-19 has taken the form of a global pandemic, and as we know, in these debilitating times, where we are exposed to a gazillion negative news and a never-ending state of fear, it becomes quite easy to get a catastrophizing mindset.

What is Stockholm Syndrome and How Do I Cope?

  Friday, May 14, 2021

Technically speaking, Stockholm Syndrome refers to a particular emotional, physical, and psychological experience that people go through in hostage situations. In popular culture, we refer to anyone who seems overly compliant and sympathetic with an abuser as a person with Stockholm Syndrome. In the era of #MeToo, examples of powerful women being abused by even more powerful men has opened our eyes to the reality that Stockholm Syndrome as we popularly refer to it can happen to anyone, not ...

What is Client-Centered Therapy? Is it right for me?

  Wednesday, May 12, 2021

There is no wonder that therapy is considered a social science, as it is the art of relating to someone and how we delve through our problems. Initially, when asked to think about therapy, we might envision a Rorschach painting where you determine your psychosis through ink blobs or something akin to a power imbalance between you and your therapist. Carl Rogers flipped this idea of therapy on its head when he created Client-Centered Therapy.

Best Coping Mechanisms for Good Mental Health

  Friday, May 7, 2021

Coping mechanisms are crucial to help people deal with stressful situations and negative emotions that come from them. However, not all coping mechanisms are created equal, and sometimes, what we think of as coping mechanisms actually do more harm than good.  That’s why it’s important to learn about coping mechanisms, and have them in mind for when life throws stressful situations our way.

What is Deflection?

  Sunday, May 2, 2021
  Deflection  

If you are reading this article, you likely are dealing with someone who uses deflection. If you aren’t sure that someone you know uses deflection, you are likely reading this article because you have a suspicion or hint that someone may be using deflection. In most cases, it can be really challenging to know if someone is using deflection or not, and if they are, what you should do about it. In this article, I’ll walk you through understanding what deflection is, the signs of it, and how t...

Covert Narcissism: How to Identify It in Others

  Saturday, May 1, 2021
  Narcissism  

When you think of narcissism, an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend typically comes to mind. They knew how to charm and delight you, but then things changed at a moment's notice. They became harsher, critical, and abusive to make you feel smaller and worthless. The term "narcissist" is a term that has become popularized through the use of social media and other forms to gain more attention. Narcissism has become an informal term to describe someone so horrible that there HAS to be something wrong w...

Sociopath Test: Am I Living With One?

  Friday, April 30, 2021
  Featured   Mental Health  

Imagine the remorseless serial killer from our collective nightmares. He hurts and takes from people without a second thought, seeing them as objects rather than as fellow human beings that deserve the same respect he has for himself. He can be a charming liar—easily evading investigation and throwing suspicion on other people when it suits him, not caring if it means that more innocent people get hurt. He won’t stop rampaging through society until he gets caught or killed, and by the time ...

How to Reduce Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms

  Thursday, April 29, 2021

Before signing yourself up for JournalOwl’s 21-day caffeine free journaling challenge, its important to understand the potential withdrawal symptoms and how to mitigate or avoid them completely.

How Pornography and Depression are Linked

  Tuesday, April 27, 2021
  Depression  

All the lights are off in the house except the soft glow of an internet browser, highlighting the user's face. It is a comforting glow to some as they watch pornographic content to escape the hardships of life. This enticing light and content create a deeper wound than one would expect if you have an addiction.

How to Recognize Gaslighting - A Form of Psychological Manipulation

  Monday, April 26, 2021
  Gaslighting  

You’ve probably seen the term gaslighting before. It was even named one of the most popular words by Oxford Dictionaries in 2018. Gaslighting refers to actions of undermining another person’s reality by denying their truth, the environment, or their feelings. It can be a subtle manipulation technique, or it can be more recognizable. In this article, you’ll learn about what gaslighting is, how to recognize it, and how to heal from it.

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