Raindrops on roses And whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes Silver-white winters that melt into springs These are a few of my favorite things
When the dog bites When the bee stings When I'm feeling sad I simply remember my favorite things And then I don't feel so bad
As a child with pediatric brain cancer, I recall listening to this song while in the hospital over and over to get through the many struggles I encountered.
This song describes something that psychologists and counselors study and try to impart during therapy… the impact of our thoughts on our feelings and overall mood.
Here I examine 3 ways to foster this resilience and pattern of thinking including developing an optimistic outlook through interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy,meditating on scripture and using imagery and mindfulness to foster psychological well-being.
This is a guest post on 5 Simple Self-Care Practices by Brad Krause from SelfCaring.info. Brad is dedicated to helping people discover that we all have the potential to be the best versions of ourselves we can possibly be, but it comes down to prioritizing our own wellness through self-care.
When life gets busy, it can be hard to remember to take care of yourself. Many things can get in the way of putting yourself first, such as work commitments and time with friends and family. However, it’s important to practice self-care because if you don’t, your mental health can suffer. Here are some simple ways that you can improve your physical and mental health, so you can start living the best life possible.
The following entry contains 3 resources to help you establish a sense of organization and control in your life. Planning and making priorities in life allows you to gain a clear picture of what is important. This planning helps us stay focused so we can reach our goals. Here, I present 3 strategies to gaining control and becoming organized through the use of a calendar, planner or other list, expressing yourself through a journal or diary, and approaching chores or other family responsibilities by the use of a systematic method.
In 2010-2011, my husband and I faced a huge decision about the future of our family. As I turned 35, I became aware that my biological clock was ticking and I had very little time to decide if I was to have children. Because we were both blind, the decision of having children was something we put off due to the sheer logistics of the endeavor. The concerns that had to be faced included health concerns, financial, and practical issues. Yet, despite the many factors that made this undertaking seem impossible, my husband and I could not let go of the yearning for something more and the desire to go for the dream I had dreamed since I was a little girl. We decided to face our fears and we stepped off the cliff of life and entered this crazy phase of life we call “parenthood.” The rewards of parenting have far outweighed the challenges, and it all began with us deciding to act even though we were afraid.
For persons who are newly blind and visually impaired, there is often an inner struggle and overwhelming sense of boredom as they come to a belief that their active lifestyle has grinded to a halt after the vision loss. With the thoughtful application of some simple principles and activities, however, it is possible for a newly blind person to once again realize the many benefits of an active lifestyle.
In this entry, we examine the role of fun and vitality in the rehabilitation of persons with vision loss including social and psychological benefits of fun and recreation, how to discover what is fun for each individual, and examples of recreation for persons who are blind and visually impaired. Nancy Parkin Bashizi, director at Vision Rehabilitation Services (VRS) in Smyrna, Georgia, provides useful information about the impact of these types of activities on social and psychological well-being and presents a variety of adaptive activities and a list of resources for the blind and visually impaired. Continue reading “Fun and Vitality for the Newly Blind and Visually Impaired”
The following blog was written by guest blogger and friend Kimberleigh S Daniels. I asked her to write about the role of spirituality in facing problems. As I read, I found similarities to techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Ms. Daniels uses a combination of Christian counseling techniques that include prayer, Bible reading, speaking her faith out loud and reciting scriptures to overcome her problems. This is similar to the guidance and support I provide during a counseling session. Ms. Daniels does a fabulous job of being her “own therapist” and illustrating how one can use his or her own spirituality to overcome the challenges of life.
How Does My Faith Help Me Overcome My Problems?
I have experienced my share of problems, some brought on by my own poor choices and others brought on by various factors that I had no control over. Some have lasted for but a brief time and others have long ago worn out their welcome. I have made it through the darkest seasons of my life because the truth I know is greater than what I feel. Continue reading “How Does My Faith Help Me Overcome My Problems?”
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it,” Helen Keller
What is the meaning of our suffering? Why do bad things happen to good people? What is the difference in the person who encounters disability or illness and accomplishes great things versus the one who becomes angry and despondent after adversity?
10 fears about asking for help
Having a disability or illness or a chronic illness probably means you need to ask for help more than you would like. We live in a society where independence is encouraged and personal accomplishments are praised. However, having a disability such as blindness or an illness that limits your ability to stand means you need to ask for help from time to time. When I start feeling defeated about this need, I find it helpful to remind myself that I did all of these things when I didn’t have limitations or I remind myself that I truly want to be independent and am not lazy. Our fears often stem from a sense of guilt or own anger turned inwards. This may manifest as 1 or more of the following fears about our situation
I am too much trouble
They will resent me
People will think I’m lazy
People won’t want to be my friend
My request is an inconvenience
I don’t deserve help
They will complain
I should do it myself
I will loose my independence
I am less of a person if I need help
Contact Kimberly to schedule an appointment for counseling at her office in Acworth or Cartersville. Call 678-936-6113