Category: Stress Management

21

Oct2019
If people don't fit these three essential categories lets learn to not worry so much about what they think or say. Original Vlog/Blog October 21, 2019 on Real Counseling: Motivation Monday. Do we really need to care about what people say?. Check out more of my Vlogs/Blogs on ... Read More

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Oct2019
When was the last time your family sat together and talked and played a game? Do you find yourself wishing your family could connect more? Does everyone spend evenings alone with their own electronic devices? Do you feel like you hardly know your partner, children, parents, siblings? I just heard about ... Read More

03

Oct2019
Kelly McGonigal, in her 2019 TED Talk Kelly McGonigal: Can We Reframe The Way We Think About Stress, reveals that stress may not be as harmful as we have been led to believe. In her talk, McGonigal references a Harvard study that showed that re-framing our interpretation of ... Read More

27

Sep2019
With fall comes many pleasurable events to look forward to. Stay present with positivity as you observe the beauty of change develop around you. Allante' Burnell is a Psychologist that uses tool-based treatments to help clients understand the symptoms ... Read More

02

Aug2019
Do you feel stressed out? Modern life's stresses are unavoidable. You cannot avoid stress, but you can avoid from getting sick from stress. Daily stress can be caused by work, family, and money worries. Underlying stress can be caused by... Original Post August 1, 2019 on HOW TO RELIEVE STRESS TODAY ... Read More

02

Aug2019
Dale Carnegie once said, “Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.” Worry is something that I encounter in my practice daily. My son had hamsters when he was young. Those hamsters used to run around that wheel in the cage every night. They would ... Read More

20

Jun2019

Water and Wellbeing

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June 20, 2019
The most important learning I took from a class on nutritional interventions for mental health and wellness is that WATER IS FUNDAMENTAL to our mental health and wellness. We all know that we should keep hydrated. Sounds easy, but for so many of us, it’s hard to do. Water can ... Read More

04

Jun2019
Help for the Helpers The struggling caregiver. The depressed new mom. The overwhelmed minister. The burned out physician. Helpers can give, give, give, but then realize that they need help too! I work with the "helpers" - those of us who have a calling to give back, but often need reminding that our ... Read More

22

Apr2019
Welcome To CAST WELLNESS ONLINE!The purpose of this video is for a quick introduction to CAST WELLNESS ONLINE and welcoming online therapy into your life.If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us directly. Original Post April 02, 2019 ... Read More

22

Apr2019
Individuals who suffer from Insomnia tend to hold myths about sleep which may be maintaining sleep problems. For instance, many people believe they need 10 hours of sleep a night or that they need to go to bed at a certain time. These myths can cause harm as you will ... Read More

13

Mar2019
Welcome To My First Video/Vlog! The purpose of this video is for you, the client, to get to know me a little better. This video is also aimed for you to see how your experience would be in session, to discuss some of my viewpoints of therapy, and also to discuss ... Read More

18

Feb2019
The holidays are over, family and friends are once again miles away, suitcases are still not fully unpacked, work has just started up again, and it is still cold— except now the snow is no longer associated with nostalgia and Christmas tunes but rather it’s just another obstacle on the ... Read More

16

Oct2018

The Journey Begins

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October 16, 2018
Thanks for joining me! Who is Darcie Kelly? Well, I am a woman, a mother, and a Social Worker. For some of us, mostly in the helping fields, a big part of our identity is our occupation. When it comes to helping others, it’s a need you have, a passion. I ... Read More

12

Sep2018

The Value of the Moment

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September 12, 2018
Life is like a jeweled necklace. There are different sizes and types of jewels that are strung together to make a necklace. Each gem representing different moments of time and the string representing our lifeline. Each moment, each experience we have offers us the opportunity to either grow or stay the ... Read More

24

Aug2018
As women, we wear "busy" like a badge of honor. We are overstressed, overworked, and distracted. We talk about being busy, we complain about being busy and we don’t really know how to do anything but…be busy.  We aren't able to sleep; our anxiety is increasing and we don't know ... Read More

24

Aug2018
As women, we have all had that moment when we have lost our cool at work. We appeared emotionally over the top or super stressed out. After the fact, ... Read More

24

Aug2018
For many women, striving for perfection is a way of life and achieving anything else except perfection is considered ... Read More

06

Jun2018
Hello everyone! Today I wanted to write about how mindfulness can be used to assist in healing the mind, body, and spirit. Mindfulness helps people focus more on the present moment and really take it all in. Some benefits of this practice, ... Read More

24

May2018

WOOP! Your Life

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May 24, 2018
Visit: WoopMyLife WOOP! This is such an awesome concept! I have used it with a lot of clients and I use it myself every day since I learned it, and I will constantly talk about it in blogs. I’m hopefully going to break it down into something simple for ... Read More

24

May2018
These bean jars have been so helpful in understanding thoughts and emotions. I challenge you to use them yourself. Make a jar full of beans representing all colors of beans. And remember, there aren’t simply three kinds of thoughts (positive, negative, and neutral)… I have just simplified them into those ... Read More

25

Apr2018
How post-apocalyptic fiction taught me to stop worrying and love zombies.    Circa 2005 or thereabouts, I attended a talk by David Sedaris at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.  In the middle of his reading, he went off on a tangent (major spoiler ... Read More

26

Feb2018
Stress is a feeling that people have when they are struggling to cope with challenges related to finances, work, relationships, environment, and other situations. Moreover, stress is felt when an individual perceives a real or imagined challenge or threat to ... Read More

23

Feb2018

Sober And Still Unhappy

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February 23, 2018
Sober And Still Unhappy You admitted that you have a problem, that you were powerless and all that jazz. You survived the physical detox process that, by the way, was not a mere "7 to 10 days." You're feeling like a ... Read More

15

Jan2018

RESILIENT YOU

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January 15, 2018
Every day and every moment gives you an opportunity to start over and be resilient. You are resilient and are capable to withstand and recover quickly from difficult conditions. You may not think so, but ... Read More

14

Dec2017
It’s that time of year where every other blog post is about gratitude. ‘Tis the season, right? According to David Steindl-Rast, a Catholic Benedictine monk, author and scholar, who has inspired generations with his inspirational message about finding gratitude in every moment ... Read More

05

Dec2017
‘Tis The Season To Be…Stressed! 5 Tips for Coping with Holiday Stress If buying the perfect gift that’s likely out of your budget, baking an exquisite dessert that can could compete with those made by Martha Stewart, attending drunk Uncle’s holiday party, decorating your ... Read More

01

Dec2017

What is Psychotherapy?

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December 1, 2017
What is Psychotherapy? Good news! You don’t have to lie on a couch and blame your mother for all life’s problems. Psychotherapy is the process of meeting with a therapist, if it’s with me – a psychologist, to resolve ... Read More

17

Nov2017
The Messy Truth I don’t think we use it causally in my line of work– it’s also something I’ve had a tendency to minimize time and time again in my life. Trauma can occur ... Read More

19

Oct2017
Neuroscientists discover neuronal link between generosity and happiness There have been reports that people who are generous in giving time (e.g. volunteering) or giving money to others or any random acts of loving kindness or other forms of generosity report greater happiness. Until recently, ... Read More

16

Oct2017
If you are stressed out, experience symptoms of trauma or have PTSD, you may try to deal with your problems through avoidance and other negative ways of coping that cause more harm than good. This is called negative coping. Negative coping means you ... Read More

13

Oct2017
When trauma survivors take direct action to cope with their stress reactions, they put themselves in a position of  awesome power. Positive active coping with trauma makes you begin to feel less helpless, not a victim, and like a Warrior. • Active coping ... Read More

04

Oct2017
Mental health reactions after disaster, like the recent hurricanes and earthquakes look very much like trauma reactions. Disasters can cause a full range of mental, emotional, and physical reactions. You may also react to problems that occur after the event, as well as ... Read More

04

Oct2017
  Most people have some kind of stress reaction after a trauma. Having such a reaction has nothing to do with personal weakness. Stress reactions may last for several days or even a few weeks. For most people, if symptoms occur, they will ... Read More

25

Sep2017
  The neurobiological mechanisms in response to stress, anxiety, fear, panic, and trauma can have extremely harmful effects on your physical health and is very very serious matter.  If you are experiencing repeated acute ... Read More

25

Sep2017
Mind, Emotion, Body and Sport: Physical injury can affect psychological health. Psychological health influences the recovery of physical injury. Minor physical injuries can be managed with little to no disruption in activities of daily living (e.g. working, self-care) ... Read More

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Sep2017

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Aug2017
ॐ MEDITATION GUIDELINES ॐ   Step 1 Meditation:  Become aware of the contact of your sit bones with whatever surface they are touching. Notice whether your pelvis is easily upright, or rolled under, or arched with the top tipped forward. Allow any tension around ... Read More

17

Jul2017

No Time for Burnout

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July 17, 2017
This month I’d been asked to present locally to two different groups on the topics of Burn-out Prevention, and Caring for the Caregiver. Eagerly, I said ... Read More

17

Jul2017
Greetings, The topics of stress and anxiety are important and valuable to learn more about. My hope is that this brief sharing may bring assistance to you, ... Read More

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Jul2017

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May2017

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May2017

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Apr2017
For the past few months, my husband and I have been looking to purchase a home. As any of you who’ve been there before knows, the home buying process is ... Read More

16

Mar2017
Please view the Introduction to Diaphragmatic Breathing video prior to viewing this one: Introduction to Diaphragmatic Breathing ... Read More

16

Mar2017
Diaphragmatic Breathing can stop a stress response – be it panic, worry, muscle tension, stomach pain – in its tracks. More importantly, when used daily, it can decrease the chances of having a painful stress response in the first ... Read More

13

Dec2016
Finding your home means being safe from the random hurricanes of outcome, be it success or failure.  What is your home.

09

Apr2014
Does my insurance cover this?   Whether I meet a client online or in my office, this is one of the first questions clients ask me, usually after "are you licensed?" The answer is the same, and that is “I am not sure, but I know ... Read More

29

Mar2014
Managing Partner iTherapy   Twenty- Nine Percent of the U.S. adult population  are providing care to someone. I have had the opportunity and the gift to be a caregiver, twice in my life, for both my mother and father.  My father was diagnosed with cancer and we cared for him ... Read More

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