Jeanell Norvell, S-LPC, Ph.D.
Stressed? I am on a mission to take the stress out of life transitions. At a crossroads in your personal, professional, or educational life? My blog is designed to empower you to move past roadblocks and achieve your goals.
The Inner Child's Guide to Coping with Life's Challenges:
Is that your granddaughter? “No, that’s me,” I said with enthusiasm and a smile! The woman looked quite confused. She didn’t seem to understand why I would have a picture of myself at age five in my office. This brings us to this week’s topic. It was there because it is linked to the concept of self-love for me.
Navigating Life Crossroads
As we navigate the ups and downs of life, we inevitably find ourselves at various crossroads that can leave us feeling uncertain and overwhelmed. These crossroads can take many different forms, from major life transitions like starting a new job or ending a relationship, to more subtle shifts in our personal growth and development.
Resilience and Mindfulness
Having the ability to stay positive, even in challenging times, is more than luck. It’s resilience. Resilience can be defined as the ability to bounce back and recover from setbacks, stress, adversity, or trauma. It is essential for psychological well-being and is influenced by physical health, social connections, mental attitude, and lifestyle choices.
Have you ever felt stuck in a never-ending cycle of negative thoughts and emotions? Does it seem like you are helpless to break free from them? If that's the case, the mindfulness revolution might be just what you need. Scroll to the bottom for an example and tool to help.
Digital Immigrant Writing in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Growing up, I watched spaghetti westerns with my dad. Spaghetti Western is a term that describes a sub-genre of Western films produced in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s. These films were often directed with lower budgets than Hollywood productions. The term “Spaghetti Western” was initially used as an insult by critics who thought the movie was low-quality and lacked the polish and sophistication of Hollywood productions. However, over time, the term has come to be used more neutrally to describe a specific Western film style characterized by its distinctive visual and storytelling elements.
Transform Negative Thinking into Positive Thought:
Negative Nancy, come to town and got you down? Our internal dialogue is essential. Staying on point with this week's topic of rewiring thoughts, here are ten examples of how to turn negative (stinking thinking) internal dialogue into positive inner dialogue. Positive self-talk is the internal dialogue that we have with ourselves, where we express positive and encouraging affirmations. It involves using constructive self-talk to replace negative or self-defeating thoughts with optimistic, motivating ones. Positive self-talk can be a powerful tool to help us cope with stress, overcome challenges, and achieve our goals. Repeatedly telling ourselves to believe in our abilities, focus on our strengths, and trust in our own self-worth can help us cultivate a positive and resilient mindset. This, in turn, can improve our overall mental health and well-being. Positive self-talk is also useful in counteracting the negative self-talk that can occur when we experience anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues.
The Power of Music
“Each time you play music, it becomes new. This is one way I’ve been thinking about memory and the present, past and future times all fitting together. I called it an exquisite moment. It’s an exquisite moment because the audience and the situation of performing allows us, requires us, to think of that moment. Very often we go through life without thinking about that moment. We talk about mindfulness but we’re not very mindful, most of us.”
Have you noticed that your thoughts don’t always align with reality? Chances are, you’ve experienced cognitive distortions, subtle but powerful mental traps that can lead to false beliefs and inaccurate conclusions. Cognitive distortions are distorted thoughts and beliefs that can lead to various mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Identifying and actively challenging these cognitive distortions is integral to overcoming negative thinking patterns and fostering mental wellness. This is part of an ongoing series. Here, we’ll explore three more relevant cognitive distortions to help you better recognize and rewire (change) them in your thought processes.
Frequently in life, our internal dialogue can get in the way of our goals. This is especially true if we allow cognitive distortions to creep in. Chances are, you've experienced cognitive distortions, subtle but powerful mental traps that can lead to false beliefs and inaccurate conclusions. Cognitive distortions are distorted thoughts and beliefs that can lead to a range of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Identifying these cognitive distortions and actively challenging them is an important part of overcoming negative thinking patterns and fostering mental wellness.
This week, we're discussing the power of rewriting thoughts for mental strength. Everybody has heard stories about how positive thinking can change your life. Still, it can be challenging to put this into practice. That's why I've gathered some helpful tips on how to make healthy mindset habits become second nature and boost mental strength! Read on to learn more!