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    Surviving holiday stress

    ‘Tis the season…  To be stressed out!  The sights and sounds of the holidays are everywhere. Christmas music fills your ears in every store, office and radio station.  Holiday treats abound, and there are festive parties and gatherings on everyones calendar.  All this merriment can give a person some serious stress.    There are lots of stressors this time of year.  The late nights parties, less sleep, rich food, alcohol and sweets push your immune system into overdrive.  Environmental stresses like traffic, crowded malls, finding the perfect gifts, overspending, and family push your body to its limit. It seems like everyone is in a rush.  There’s barely enough time to…

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    Adult attachment and relationships

    The quality of adult relationships hinges on a number of factors including adult attachment. Do you ever look at the couples around you and wonder how they stay together? I’m impressed by couples who seem to navigate life’s ups and downs with grace and commitment to their relationship. A lot of couples aren’t so happy. Many have a difficult time because of outside circumstances or situations of their own making. Relationships are hard because we each bring our own unique perspective and psychology to them. We each believe our perspective is the correct one and we each feel like what we give is more significant than what we get in…

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    Mental health awareness blog 3

    May is mental health awareness month     This is the last installment of the three-part blog series.  If you’ve been following along, you’re up to 20 days of creative self-care and happiness boosting suggestions.  For more information about therapy with Tracey  20.  Stop putting so much weight on other peoples’ opinion of you. What people think has more to do with them than it does with you. Be a trailblazer. 21.  Clear the air. Burn sage to clear out old stuffy energy. 22.  Stop saying you can’t. You don’t have to justify your situation. You face many challenges in life. Don’t hang onto your limitations. 23. Meditate every day. Just 10 minutes…

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    Mental health awareness blog 2 keep the care going.

    Happy ongoing mental health awareness. All month I’ve been talking with people about adding self-care to their routine.  We’re in the 3rd installment of my blogs for mental health awareness month and I’m happy to say that clients are saying they feel better having a daily task that’s all about them. 9.  Say a positive affirmation. An affirmation is a thought you want to believe, but don’t. Start with something manageable like “I am becoming the person I want to be.” Or “things are always working out for me.” You can add and make adjustments as you go. 10.  Start your morning with a big glass of cold water. Hydrate your…