Entries by shann357@bellsouth.net

Seasonal Depression

With the rush and excitement of the holiday season long gone, the sinking feeling that sometimes comes with shorter, grey  day starts. Although this may be simply brushed off as “winter blues” it may in fact be a more serious case of seasonal depression otherwise known as Season Affective Disorder (SAD). Although it is not […]


Positive affirmations are statements and phrases used to combat negative and unhelpful thoughts. In the process, you will improve your self-esteem and positive thinking by reprogramming your subconscious to let go of your negativity. Stating positive affirmations to yourself will help you improve your behavior, thinking, and/or habits. Positive affirmations are statements or phrases meant […]

Fear, Anxiety, Stress and Worry, Oh My (Part 3)

Worry is the cognitive manifestation of stress, anxiety, and fear.   Worry involves negative thinking and rumination about stress anxiety and fear.  It erodes self-confidence, damages performance, and prevents rational or logical thinking.  Challenging negative thoughts with facts and reality often robs them of their influence.  It helps to write them down and review them to […]

Good Sleep, A Mental Health Basic

One of the basic needs for good mental health is adequate sleep. Adequate sleep helps regulate moods, improve memory and concentration, improve creativity, and decrease stress. Adequate sleep in children also promotes growth and improves attention and learning. Too little sleep can cause forgetfulness, fatigue, irritability, poor physical performance, increased stress and anxiety, and depression.  […]


Too often we think that real change is impossible or really difficulty. How many times have you heard the adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”?  My response to that is yes you can, the dog just has to be willing to learn.  Current circumstances are demanding change, change in how we interact […]