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A List of Surefire Ways to Feel Happier & Fight Depression

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A List of Surefire ways to Feel Happier and Fight Depression
Over the years depression has been steadily increasing in adults as well as children.  So how can we fight these feelings of sadness? How can we help our children?  I recently came across this website that discusses nature and our mood, and why it helps.  It is a very quick read and the website offers a list of ways that we can increase our happiness; each suggestion is backed by clinically proven research.  The source offers specific ideas and things to do for adults as well as for children.  It gives suggestions that can take as little as five minutes of your time, to more extended amounts of time.
Check out his link and get see if there is a something for you to get you feeling good:
http://my.happify.com/hd/nature-makes-us-happier-infographic/?srid=self
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How About a Self Esteem Boost??

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What does good self-esteem look like?  It is when we are thinking, feeling, and acting in a way that shows that we respect, accept, and believe in ourselves.  It also implies that we trust ourselves and who we are.  Self-esteem is not a constant.  It is variable and experiences many ups and downs, highs and lows, which can be affected by a number of the different things we encounter in life; both good and bad.

Here is a fantastic way to boost or to move toward a healthier self-esteem:

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!      HERE’S HOW:

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Tips from Buddy the Elf to Increase Happiness

We all have our favorite quotes from Buddy the Elf, from the 2000 Christmas movie, ELF. If we take a closer look at some of those quotes, I think we will find that there is a lot we can learn from Buddy on how to be happy, and increase our sense of well-being.

1. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear…”

As a matter of fact, according to a German research study, singing does enhance immunity by increasing antibodies that fight sickness (http://www.prevention.com/). So, yes, while singing is a great way to spread holiday cheer, it also boosts your own mood and keeps you healthy!

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Rekindle that spark in your Relationship

It is very common for couples to reach a point in their relationship where they start to feel more like roommates than lovers. One thing that we forget once we are past the romancing stage is that a relationship continues to take work. It is easy to get comfortable and settled with our partner to where we stop putting forth the effort to win each other over. Though there is a deep and secure love between you and your partner, when this happens, it can feel like the spark is gone, and we begin to mourn for that loss of passion.

Here are some ideas on how to get that spark back and rekindle the passion.

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1. Regular dates
Having kids and busy work schedules can make it tough to find time for just the two of you. Don’t let yourselves fall into the same routines. Make sure you plan time for each other and put forth the effort to plan fun dates. Your relationship is just as important as your kids and work, and it requires some attention as well. Go on dates, and get that much needed couple time together.

2. Physical touch
It is always important to make time for intimacy through sex with your partner, but there is also a lot of power in physical contact. Holding hands, rubbing your spouse’s back, raking your fingers though his hair, lingering kisses, and long hugs are great ways to ignite some passion. Touching each other more often helps us feel closer to one another.

3. Find something you both love
Finding a hobby to share with your spouse is a great way to ignite a spark. Take a class, try something new, be adventurous… When you share experiences with your spouse that you both enjoy together, you will feel a stronger connection to one another.

4. Remember the passion
Sometimes just remembering what it is that first made us fall in love with our partners can help bring some of that passion back. Try making a list of all the reasons why you love your partner. Write them down, and read them to each other. Acknowledge the things that you appreciate about the other and may be taking for granted. Besides building up your partner and making them feel good, you will also recognize all that deep love that is already there.

5. Vacation
If and when possible, go on getaways together. Even small road trips can be fun and great opportunities to talk and just focus on each other.

6. Make it a joint effort
It is not easy to rekindle the passion in your relationship if you are the only one working at it. You and your spouse need to help one another. Talk to each other and express that you are trying to make an effort to reignite the spark and that it is important to you, and hopefully you will be in on it together.

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A Quick Pick Me Up!

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Martin Seligman, a known happiness researcher, stated that, “other people are the best antidote to the downs of life and the single most reliable up” (Flourish, 2011, p. 20). Research shows that one of the fastest ways to feel a burst of happiness is by doing an act of kindness for someone else.

Here is a challenge for you!

In the next week, find one wholly unexpected, kind thing to do for someone and do it! It can be someone you know, or a complete stranger. Please comment on our Facebook page and share what you did and how it felt. This way we can get  ideas from each other and share in the fun that is random acts of kindness.

For my random act of kindness I decided to take cookies to my widowed neighbor that I do not know very well. It completely made her day. It was amazing to see how grateful she was just to have a visitor, the cookies were not even necessary. Not only did it make me feel great to make someone else feel good, but I also created another positive relationship in my life which always ends up benefitting me in the long run.

Take the challenge and see how amazing you feel. It can be something as simple as saying hi to the coworker that you normally don’t talk to, or something more extravagant. Either way, I promise it will be one the quickest pick-me-ups you can find.

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What AM I Going To Be When I Grow Up??

One of the most exciting times in life is when we move from adolescence into young adulthood. There are so many opportunities opening up, so many options, and a new found freedom and independence as we move away from the homes we have been a part of our whole lives into a life on our own. While it seems that we all wait and wait for this day to come and start our own lives, we forget to think about the struggles and difficulties that may come with it.

Yes it is a time for adventure and exploration, but that time can sometimes also be confusing, and can be hard to navigate through all of these changes. There are many young adults entering this stage of life that do struggle with who they want to be, what they want to do with their life, while at the same time struggling to stay afloat financially, and make important life decisions. It can be a lot to take on, and can sometimes become overwhelming.

At Wasatch we offer a group for young adults working to navigate the challenges that this stage in life throws at us. The young adult group meets Wednesday evenings and offers support through the challenges faced at this stage. We also offer coping strategies for anxiety and depression, while working to build relationships and make the most of the decisions that young adults are faced with daily.

Just remember if you are one of the many that are entering young adulthood and feel overwhelmed by where your life is taking you, you are not alone! Please feel free to get in touch with us here at Wasatch if you have further questions about this, or if you might be interested in learning more about our young adult group.

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Young Adult Group

Wasatch Family Therapy Young Adult Group

Led by Haylee Heyn, AMFT

Do you feel like you are constantly struggling with maintaining relationships and connecting with others? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with life’s challenges?

In our young adult group for anxiety and depression we work on                             

  • Coping strategies in dealing with anxiety and depression
  • Interpersonal processing and relational skills
  • Building self-esteem
  • And navigating through life’s difficulties

The group setting is a great place to receive support and comfort from others who relate, as well as work on interpersonal and relational skills and coping strategies for life’s difficulties. The group members are open and friendly and we work to make it a comfortable environment for everyone.

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Achieving Happiness by Taking Risks

As many of us have learned through experience, sometimes in order to feel happiness, love, a sense of belonging, and so forth, it requires that we take a big risk to do it. When we put ourselves out there and get our hopes up, it leaves room for disappointment as well. In this video, Brene Brown, PhD, talks about how our culture is losing tolerance for vulnerability. One thing she said that really stuck out to me is that we would rather live in disappointment than feel disappointment. We protect ourselves from hurt or sadness, by expecting that it will not work out and, as a result, we do not take any chances or risks. Watch this video and find out how we can overcome this fear of disappointment and start opening ourselves up for more joy and love in our lives.

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Is Group Therapy Right for You?

Women's Group Wasatch Family Therapy  Do you feel like you are constantly struggling with maintaining relationships and connecting with others? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with life’s challenges?

The group setting is a great place to receive support and comfort from other women who relate, as well as work on interpersonal and relational skills and coping strategies for life’s difficulties. The women are open and friendly and we work to make it a comfortable environment for everyone. Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy has stated that, “Members often reduce stress, improve relationships and feel more fulfilled.” (www.nsgpf.org/why.aspx)

 In our women’s group for anxiety and depression we work on

  • Coping strategies in dealing with anxiety and depression
  • Interpersonal processing and relational skills
  • Building self-esteem
  • And navigating through life’s difficulties

If you have any questions about our women’s groups here at Wasatch Family Therapy, please feel free to email me, Haylee, at haylee@wasatchfamilytherapy.com.

 

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Don’t Board That Train: Stop Anxiety In Its Tracks

Bluebell Railway 22-10-2010I receive a newsletter each month from Happy People Win, and a story caught my eye about worry and anxiety. It seems as though we often use a lot of our energy worrying about things that have not yet happened or that are out of our control. In this newsletter, Jean Steel, a motivational speaker, told a story about a friend who recently had a suspicious mammogram and the doctor wanted to perform more tests. Her friend started worrying and started “what if’ing”, thinking of the worst case scenarios that could happen. Another friend looked at her and said, “Don’t board that train without a ticket.”

I thought that was a powerful insight. If we can remember to stop ourselves from worrying needlessly, it can help us reduce much of our anxiety, and we can use our energy on more positive emotions. So, as things come up for you and you start to worry, first ask yourself, “Am I boarding that train without a ticket?”
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