It’s a tough time in our big world, especially for anyone who feels different from the norm. We are seeing this all over the news, social media, and in our communities. Living in a time when minorities across the spectrum are speaking up and demanding to be accepted, tolerated, and treated as equals. Young people are speaking out about violence, bullying, and mental health needs and while it is disappointing that our youth are put in a position to need to be activists in these areas, it does fill up my heart to see such confident teenagers fighting for what they believe is right and just.
It’s two weeks until Thanksgiving and I can feel the collective tension mixed with excitement and anxiety as we all begin to prepare ourselves for the upcoming holiday season.
“Can you believe it’s only two weeks away,” we ask each other with wonder and a bit of fear, realizing that soon we will be thrust into the chaos of the holidays which can be happy and exciting but is also all-encompassing and overwhelming.
“Stress” has become all too common a word for our young ones. I frequently hear middle school and high schoolers talking about how stressed they are and think to myself, “YIKES! You are way too young to be stressing about stress!” In our culture of go-go-go and childhoods filled with countless standardized tests, after school commitments, and very little down time, the truth is that without some concrete skill building to manage everything, your child is likely to be heading for (another) emotional meltdown.
What’s the number one reason people come to therapy? To be happier! Really. There are so many other ways to word it such as “decrease depression” or “get back to being myself,” but the gist is really as simple as happiness. Actually, happiness can seem like the most complicated goal of all. I’m here to tell you that it may be layered and deep rooted but finding your happiness doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems. Here are some ways I help clients improve their levels of happiness everyday.
Are you feeling alone? Do you long for connections but then get stuck when you need to take the next step? Maybe you’re afraid of being hurt (again), maybe you are unsure of what to do or say, or maybe you are just frozen with indecision. If any of this sounds like you, read on, I have a letter for you.
Welcome To The Farm!
Take a look at our first video blog where you get to see the outside of the barn, the chickens, and Eben our animal partner in therapy.
We hope you enjoy this introduction to Kindness Corner Farm and will check us out soon!
P.S. We are just learning about making videos, please excuse the awkward angles while we are getting in and out of the chicken area, the net was providing some special challenges!
We are getting all set up and will post soon!