Healthy living is based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. First your basic needs for food, water, shelter, rest, security and safety must be met before you can move to the next level. The next level is psychological needs for intimate relationships,prestige and feelings of accomplishment. Self-fulfillment needs are: reaching one’s full potential including creative activities which is the highest level of human needs according to Abraham Maslow.
At Innovative Counseling I work through all stages with the goal of reaching your highest potential.
Many people feel conflict around the topic of overeating. Unless addressed in therapy, and most effectively with EMDR therapy, this conflict can continue to spin and remain unresolved because conflict is a tug of war.
For example, while eating do you ever feel shame or negative about your body image? Many times, people argue within themselves when tempted to eat unhealthy foods in excess with rationalizations such as:
- I deserve to reward myself.
- I had a stressful day.
- It’s genetic.
- What does it matter? I’ll never lose the weight anyway.
At the same time, other parts… Continue reading
Want to Reach Your Goals Faster? Try Adopting a “Journey Mindset”
It’s not easy to change the way you look at goal attainment, but moving away from a “destination mindset” can boost your odds of success.
By Rebecca Muller, Assistant Editor at Thrive Global
It’s incredibly gratifying to achieve a goal you’ve set for yourself, but the real challenge often begins after you hit your target, when you have to maintain the practices you have begun in order to see prolonged success. According to a new Stanford study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, individuals are more… Continue reading
According to Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the Five Love Languages Series, we all speak with one of five love languages: quality time, physical touch, gift giving, acts of service, and words of affirmation.
For example, your partner may reflect his love through physical touch when you’re craving quality time. Or, you may shower your significant other with gifts while he or she is in need of words of affirmation.
In my practice, I see couples that are struggling in a variety of ways to connect and communicate. This can range from feeling disconnected, not spending enough creative… Continue reading
Many people are experiencing anxiety which can be experienced as restlessness, worry, insomnia and/or somatic symptoms such as heart palpitations, abdominal tightness and headaches. Stress is a word used often by people to describe anxiety.
There are many ways to cope with and reduce symptoms of anxiety with deep breathing and guided meditation ( if you can slow your mind down enough to participate). Massage can also relieve muscle tension that many times accompanies anxiety. Cognitive Restructuring is also an effective method to reduce anxiety. The concept is if you become aware of your negative thought patterns and change them… Continue reading
The holidays are a time of year for celebration, being with family, and enjoying. Yet, they also tend to be a time of stress for many people in terms of preparation, overindulgence, and cost. The following are five ways to manage your stress through this holiday season.
1. Make time for your family but also for yourself.
If you are a parent, the holidays can be extremely stressful as you prepare for your children’s celebration. However, even if you are single the additional stress of attending holiday parties, family gatherings, and gift buying may seem like more to do. This… Continue reading