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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

An Introvert’s Guide to Surviving the Extroverted World

  Saturday, April 24, 2021

Almost one-half of the population is introverted meaning that most people are trying to survive in an extroverted world. If you are reading this article, you may be an introvert, or you may be wondering if you are an introvert. There is no denying that the world we live in was built for those who thrive in large social gatherings. Because of this, some people can feel shame or embarrassment over being an introvert. That’s in part because there are many incorrect assumptions about what it me...

How Do I Know If I’m An Empath?

  Thursday, April 22, 2021

Empathy is a double-edged sword. The ability to understand another person’s thoughts and feel their feelings makes for an extraordinarily loving friend, family member, coworker, boss, or partner. One of the most basic human desires is the wish to be understood by others. So when we come across true empaths, we rejoice! Finally—someone who sees who we are, what we’re going through, and feels it on a deep level. We feel seen and loved.

Dumping a Therapist: The Ultimate Guide to Finding a Good Therapist

  Wednesday, April 21, 2021

So, you think that you might be stuck with a bad therapist or have started questioning some of the things your therapist has done. Or maybe you have recently started looking for a therapist. counselor, or psychologist, and want to know what bad qualities you should watch out for.

What Does Happiness Mean in the Bible?

  Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Many people seek out wisdom and guidance from the Bible when they are struggling with a particular emotion or difficult circumstance. It is full of verses about comfort for the brokenhearted, encouragement for the disheartened, and peace for the anxious.

20 Ways to Find a Good Therapist Near Me

  Sunday, April 18, 2021

Have you been struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and are looking for the next step to help you with your mental health issue? Are you thinking that it is time to make some changes in your life to feel better and happier? If so, that is a sign that you may be ready for professional help from a therapist. counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist.

Insightful Depression Quotes to Manage and Overcome

  Friday, April 16, 2021

Depression is like wearing a weighted coat while you try to swim in rough seas. You continue to try your best to keep afloat; you feel consumed by exhaustion, despair, and loneliness as you get battered by the waves that make you think that it might be easier to give up.

The Five Stages Of Grief And How To Cope With Them

  Thursday, April 15, 2021

Grief holds a unique place in the human experience. It’s intensely personal and universal. Everyone who cares about someone or something will go through it, since nothing and no one is eternal. At its core, grief is what we go through when we experience loss—suddenly or slowly, expected or surprising, big or small, it doesn’t matter.

The #1 Antidote to Social Media and Internet Addiction

  Thursday, April 1, 2021

A growing body of research indicates that our society is becoming more addicted to the internet, and more specifically, to social media. Are you hopelessly addicted? If it's impacting your non-digital life; maybe it's time to take action. This guide will help.

Can Anxiety Cause Memory Loss?

  Monday, March 29, 2021

There are many damaging effects of long-term anxiety. Those who experience high levels of constant stress often deal with a decline in mental and physical health. It's essential to understand how much anxiety can affect one's health. While anxiety is the body's healthy response to danger--it can be cognitively damaging if one has an anxiety disorder.

Start Journaling to Reduce COVID-19 Related Anxiety and Stress

  Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The numbers show that depression in America and around the world significantly increased due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, people need to look after their mental health as this problem continues to rise. Thankfully, there are many ways people can learn to reduce this coronavirus stress.

8 Ways to Reduce Workplace Stress

  Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Stressful situations are bound to happen at work. The problem is, constant stress in the workplace develops long-term health problems. You spend a lot of time at work, and you want to do well at your job. You need to take of yourself and reduce workplace stress.

Top 7 Free Online Counseling Services

  Thursday, March 4, 2021

People are beginning to have a better understanding of the benefits of therapy. Mental health is becoming a much larger conversation with today's challenges. People face all kinds of issues, and many need help but don't know where to get it. There are many reasons you might look for a therapist, but sometimes you need help in an emergency, or you might feel anxiety having an in-person therapist.

#1 Benefit of Mindfulness

  Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Humans are moving faster than ever. With the rise of technology, our ability to get things done has significantly improved. While humans can get more done, people nowadays are also much more tired, stressed out, and burnt out. Humans need to be more mindful.

Is Resentment Holding You Back?

  Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Resentment is a bitterness that not many people can forget. You can feel the bitterness in smaller and larger scale acts against you such as from Susie in the 5th grade not giving you back your favorite dinosaur pencil to much more severe cases like gut-wrenching betrayal, abuse, and pain that has its nails in your heart.

12 Famous People with Anxiety Disorders

  Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Celebrities are humans too. Part of the challenge of being famous is that people have less sympathy and empathy for celebrities when facing hardships. They think since popular actors, singers, and athletes are wealthy, they don't face the same problems everyone else does.

10 Mental Coping Strategies for COVID Pandemic

  Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The pandemic continues to be a daily struggle for everyone's mental health today. The world has adjusted to the new normal, but the trouble is no one knows when the normal we once knew will come back. The anxiety of the situation can cause many mental health struggles that people should strategically and adequately address.

Can Online Therapy Really Work?

  Tuesday, February 2, 2021

As we enter the year 2021, many people are struggling with maintaining their mental health. One option that a large number of people are turning to is online therapy. Therapy has been shown to help individuals build trust, talk through issues, and take control of their life.

How Childhood Emotional Neglect Impacts You in Adulthood

  Tuesday, January 26, 2021

People who faced childhood emotional neglect or CEN continue to struggle with many challenges even after becoming adults. CEN struggles cause complications for people because it’s difficult to identify the source of emotional wounds, unlike physical injuries.

Top 101 Mental Health Blogs of 2021

  Thursday, January 14, 2021

Are you focused on your mental health in 2021? If so, JournalOwl's top 101 mental health blogs of 2021 can help. These blogs cover various mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD. Bookmark these blogs so you can use them as resources throughout the year. Of course, we're biased with JournalOwl leading the pack!

7 Methods to Stop a Panic Attack

  Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Anxiety and panic attacks are awful. Your quality of life suffers, your physical health can be impacted, and relationships tend to suffer. If you are someone who suffers from anxiety or panic attacks, there is hope. It will not last forever. You can overcome it.

Benefits to Keeping a Bible Journal

  Saturday, December 26, 2020

The Word of God is the Bible. As a Christian, understanding scripture and how to apply it to your life is a lifelong pursuit. Connecting with God and developing a deep relationship with him is accomplished through prayer and studying the Word of God. Christians are encouraged to analyze the Word and relate it’s often aged meaning to their modern lifestyle. It can be challenging to interpret the Bible as it relates to modern times.

How to Stay Patient as a New Parent

  Friday, December 25, 2020

Parenting is never easy, especially for new parents. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that revives your whole life. Blessed with a baby recently? Is he/she freaking you out? Well, it's normal! Kids come down from heaven on a special mission and that is to turn their parents’ life upside down. And now that you have brought them to the world, you need to handle them kindly and wisely.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Personal Memoirs

  Sunday, December 20, 2020

If you go to a bookstore, you’ll see book after book that contains someone’s life story. These life stories were written by well-known people, including Barack and Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou, Anthony Bourdain, Stephen King, and others. It’s easy to understand why people want to read their life stories, but what about your account? Does your life story have value?

21 Questions to Formulate a Winning Business Plan

  Friday, December 4, 2020

Your business plan should serve as your company’s foundation (U.S. Small Business Administration, n.d.). It should include information about all stages of your business, from the startup phase to the exit strategy. Because the document is so important, you need to prepare before you start writing.

How to Overcome Insomnia with Journaling

  Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Experts recommend that adults get at least seven hours of sleep each night (CDC, n.d.). If you get less than that, you will increase your risk of severe health problems, including heart attacks, strokes, chronic kidney disease, and cancer. Your mental health can also suffer, causing you to feel depressed, anxious, and irritable.

How to Overcome Health Anxiety

  Thursday, October 8, 2020

It’s not unusual to be concerned about your health when you are sick. You want to live a long and healthy life, so if you become ill, you can’t help but worry. You probably undergo medical treatment to get better and then might make some changes to safeguard your health. For instance, if you come down with the flu, your handwashing behaviors might improve. If you suffer a heart attack, you’d likely change your diet and start exercising. 

How to Make $1 Million Before Turning 40 With the Power of Journaling

  Thursday, October 1, 2020

Seventy-eight percent of workers live paycheck to paycheck, and almost 75 percent are in debt (Friedman, 2019). You don’t want to find yourself in the same situation, so you need a strategy to put money in the bank and earn your first million before turning 40.

170 Ways to Show Gratitude in Your Daily Journal

  Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Does it seem like life is busier than ever before? You are always putting out fires or handling obligations, and it all becomes a blur. When you’re always hustling, it can be challenging to find the joy in life. That, in turn, makes it hard to be grateful. Fortunately, you don’t have to make a significant life change to bring gratitude into your life. You can accomplish it by starting a gratitude journal. Committing as little as five minutes a day to writing in a gratitude journal can chan...

Heart Palpitations? It Might Be an Electrolyte Imbalance

  Monday, September 7, 2020

Everything seems normal, and then, you notice your heart throbbing, pounding, fluttering, or skipping a beat. You can’t help but feel anxious and might even worry you’re about to have a heart attack. You end up going to the doctor for a checkup, and the provider mentions your heart palpitations could be an electrolyte imbalance. Part of you is relieved. After all, an electrolyte imbalance sure sounds better than a heart attack. You’re also confused, though. What is an electrolyte imbalance,...

The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Recovery Journal

  Thursday, September 3, 2020

If you are fighting a bad habit, you probably feel like you’re alone. You’re the only person trying to stop smoking, drinking, or using drugs. In reality, these are common problems that people face.

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