Rest and Wellness

By: Chasity Burke MS, LPC, NBCC, RRT Practitioner

Immunity Enhancement
Dr. Jon Connelly, PhD, LCSW

With the adjustment to this new normal where there is so much uncertainty, where parents have become teachers, kids are out of routine, some of us are out of work, and we are all practicing social distancing while still trying to maintain connection and our sanity, it can be a lot! 

With uncertainty, there has also been an increase in fear, stress, frustration, and a general sense of unease. If you have been experiencing any of these or other troubling emotions, you are not alone and it is absolutely not something that you are choosing but I have something valuable to share with you that I believe can make a significant difference in how you have been feeling.  

Fear does not serve us! What happens within our bodies when we are in a fear state actually lowers our immune system, we are incapable of thinking clearly, digestion slows, and our bodies natural healing ability slows as well and our sleep gets disrupted. It is optimal for us to be calm, clear, and strategic in any situation where it would be normal to be fearful. 

It has never been more important for us to be calm and clear and have our immune system working optimally for ourselves and others. I have attached an audio developed by Dr. Jon Connelly, creator of Rapid Resolution Therapy that helps to increase the natural healing that goes on within your body all of the time so that your mind and body are functioning in an optimal calm and clear state instead of a fear state! 

You are not alone, we are all in this together! If you would like more information on Rapid Resolution Therapy you can visit www.rapidresolutiontherapy.com

Self-Care

By: Keely Kelley

What is self care?

May is Mental Heath Awareness and what better way to bring awareness than to talk about self-care. Self- care is any activity that we intentionally take part in to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. We sometimes think that we are taking care of ourselves but it is also very easy to overlook or forget about. Agnes Wainman states, “Self-care is something that refuels us, rather than takes from us.” It refills our cup and helps us be more present, a better parent, and a better spouse. Self-care is something that you actively plan into your calendar and telling others about your plans can help keep you accountable. Self-care is unique to everyone. To some, it may look like eating healthier, getting a good night’s sleep, exercising, setting aside time to spend with family, meditation, taking a 30 minute walk, or creating boundaries by saying “no” to the things we don’t want to do or like1.

Signs we need to focus on ourselves

How do we know that we are ignoring our own self-care? There are signs that we can look for such as:

  • Low energy
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Less patience
  • Increased headaches or stomach aches
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Binge eating
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Distance in your relationship with your partner or spouse
  • Decreased motivation for social activities

Self-care is does not look like an hour massage a day because that may not be feasible in your day-to-day life. Start small and with something that is realistic and achievable. After you chose a self-care activity, do a physical and emotional check-up. How do you feel? Are you more patient throughout the day? Are you more present with your family?2

There are many resources online for self-care ideas such as Pinterest. If you feel overwhelmed by trying to prioritize your own self-care, we are here for you. If you are struggling with other mental health issues, finding the energy or motivation to better ourselves can be really hard. A therapist can help you prioritize your goals to more achievable and easier steps to help you focus on yourself and your self-care. Call our office today at (918) 423-0220 to schedule an appointment. Remember you can’t pour from a cup that is empty!

1. https://psychcentral.com/blog/what-self-care-is-and-what-it-isnt-2/

2. https://psychcentral.com/blog/self-care-why-is-it-so-important-why-is-it-so-hard/