Become a Worry Warrior!

Worry

Good day, Insighters! What are you worried about? Here’s some valuable information to help you keep your eyes on the prize:

Live-Well_-Dont-WorryWorry steals the passion and enjoyment from life. But it doesn’t have to. Strengthening our defenses against worry is like working a muscle, the more you do it, the easier it gets. Check out this great article about worry which will help you to find the right perspective. We’re not victims of life – we’re active participants. Take back your power today and let’s get on with creating the life that we desire!

Marci Wise, M.A., RMHCI, is a mental health counselor  and motivational author who provides both couples counseling and individual psychotherapy to clients in the Fort Myers/Naples Florida areas – (941) 202-3350. Material is free to repost as long as proper credit is listed, including our website address.

Self-Talk: What Do You Have to Say?

 

While most of us are probably exercising a little or watching what we’re eating, how many of us are actually paying attention to the mental messages that we give ourselves? Yet, our self-talk has a direct influence on our self-esteem, happiness and productivity.

MH-Awareness-3-1170x590May is Mental Health Awareness month.  Let’s start taking better care of ourselves today by reconnecting with people who are important to us, engaging is some self-care activities that we enjoy, and being gentle with ourselves in the face of adversity.

It takes nurturing yourself with positive messages to be truly healthy and happy.

Give it a try!

Marci Wise, M.A., RMHCI, is a motivational author and mental health counselor accepting both couples and individual clients in the Fort Myers/Naples Florida area. Call 239-689-3086 to schedule an appointment today– or visit marciwise.com for additional resources.

Take Time to Smell the Roses, Literally!

“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years. Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth.”
–  Diane Ackerman

Okay, so rose oil may not be my particular favorite, but I am really getting into diffusing aromatic oils in order to help promote a healthier lifestyle.

AromatherapyWith a little research you can easily discover how certain oils affect your mood. For example, my go-to self-care activity is a nightly bubble bath infused with lavender oil. I’ve maintained this healthy habit long enough that I’m now conditioned to begin to feel more relaxed with the first whiffs of that serene scent.

At the office, I’ll often choose to diffuse an oil geared especially for the client that’s coming to see me. There are oils that can reduce anxiety, increase your energy, boost your immune system, and even help you sleep better!  At the very least, most people comment how great the office smells – and I’ve found the individuals are pleased that I’ve taken the time and effort to consider them. Many have decided to begin using aromatic oils at home themselves too!

To make the practice even more fun, you can find a variety of attractive diffusers that can add a calming design element to your space, whether it be at home or the office. Most diffusers also contain a multi-colored lighting feature that you can adjust to create the exact mood you desire. Better yet, diffusers are easy to find and relatively inexpensive (under $30).

So if you’re looking for a way to take control of your moods while accentuating your surroundings in a positive way, I suggest you give diffusing aromatic oils a try!

 

Marci Wise, M.A., RMHCI, is a motivational author and mental health counselor accepting both couples and individual clients in the Fort Myers/Naples Florida area. Call 239-689-3086 to schedule an appointment today– or visit marciwise.com for additional resources.

Comfort in Challenging Times

Incidents like the Las Vegas shooting can really shake our sense of safety. I find myself searching for a greater meaning in such events. However, today I found comfort in an unlikely place – through this video posted on Facebook. I don’t know the artist personally but I found the song’s message to be powerful and emotion evoking. Please listen to “A Good Life” in it’s entirety – I think there’s a simple truth contained within. (I hope Michael Tomlinson won’t mind me sharing his work.) Blessings to all!

Marci Wise, MA, RMHCI, is a motivational author and mental health counselor in the Fort Myers/Naples Florida area. For more information, please visit marciwise.com.

Calm is only a video away!

How often do you feel your body tighten up from stress?

It happens to all of us. However, our best efforts and decision making come from when we are feeling calm and centered. Learning to control our stress response puts us back in the power position with regards to both our health and productivity.

img_5787While meditation used to get a bad rap for being something only practiced by monks on a mountaintop, the internet gives today’s modern man access to stress relief with the simple click of a mouse.

So get comfortable, take a deep breath and get ready to let all your troubles go…