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Depression

Are you feeling more than just the weariness and blahs that trouble us all from time to time? Are you having difficulty with handling the daily activities of life?  Are you lacking energy or interest in activities that you used to enjoy?  Do you lack enthusiasm for your future?  If you are answering yes to any of these questions, you may be dealing with depression and you may need some help to rise above your negative feelings and to again find enjoyment in your life.  

There are some life events--dealing with a terminal illness, death of a loved one, loss of a job or home, etc-that can lead to depression.  However, this is typically situational depression, which has a readily identifiable cause, and usually resolves itself with time.  Professional help may still be needed, but the approach is different as the situation itself is more of the focus.  For example, tools for dealing with grief and loss following the death of a loved one are more appropriate than tools that only deal with depression. 

Cognitive behavioral therapy has long been considered the gold standard for dealing with depression.  I believe that this, in combination with an action-oriented plan, is very effective in restoring a sense of well-being and hope.  Depression can leave many of us feeling that we don't want to do anything, and it may be hard to even get out of bed or off of the sofa. This is where the coaching and incremental steps provided by a life coach can be a valuable starting point.  And success with small steps lead to success with larger steps, and finding hope is possible once again.

 

If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, give Timeless Connections a call. 

You can live a better life!

Growth

Grief and Loss

It has been said that nothing is certain in this life except for death and taxes.  I would like to disagree with this because there are times in your life when you are exempt from taxes.  But no one is exempt from dealing with the death of someone important to them at some point in their lifetime.  Death comes to us all, and our faith beliefs play a vital role in how we view death.  However, no matter how strong our faith is, there are times when the death of a love one knocks us off our feet. 

Grief is a normal reaction to a sad event.  It is heart-breaking to lose an aging parent, grandparent, or spouse but this is part of the life cycle and most of us experience these losses.  Most of us deal with our grief in our own ways, including periods of crying, praying, spending time alone, feeling sadness and longing, and wondering about our life without our loved one.  These are all normal responses to grief, and part of the process of accepting our loss and being able to go on with our lives eventually. 

But what about those unexpected, unexplainable, sudden and devastating losses, such as the loss of a child, or the loss of a spouse or a parent in the prime of their life?  Why do these things happen?  Why does a loving God allow such things to happen?  How do we reconcile our faith with our intense feelings of despair, anger, doubt, abandonment, etc?   These are all great questions for which there are no easy answers.  When we go through a life-changing loss such as this, our grief penetrates our whole being—physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.  Well-meaning family and friends try their best to help, and yet still we may be stuck.  Losing hope for our future often accompanies a tragic loss, and the loss of hope is powerful. 

Even professionals may need help to talk through their thoughts and feelings and come to some sense of peace.  I know that I did when we lost our son in an accident.  Talking to a Grief Counselor/Coach is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.  If you are struggling with loss and grief, please consider reaching out to me or to another Grief Specialist.  I don’t have all of the answers but I do know that peace, hope, happiness and even joy are all possible. 

Emotion

Anxiety

Anxiety is a natural human response to distressing situations, and can be helpful when it leads us to action .  However, anxiety can also lead to more anxiety and rather than being anxious about a situation, we end up feeling anxious about anxiety itself.  Anxiety when allowed to grow can make us feel helpless and like we have no control over our lives.  The more time and attention that is spent on anxiety, the more it depletes our energy for other things. 

There are often negative underlying beliefs and thoughts that we tell ourselves repeatedly that make us feel anxious and when left unchecked can result in a downward spiral of being incapable of handling day to day activities.   Hopelessness, avoidance, despair, and possibly panic or depression can follow.

I use specific proven techniques to help clients identify the source of their anxiety and negative beliefs that go along with that, set goals (which have often been set aside or given up on), shift their thinking and choices in positive ways that promote physical, mental and spiritual well-being, and put their energy into activities that boost confidence rather than drain it. 

Everyone experiences anxiety at certain times.  Understanding the source of your anxiety and managing it in positive ways to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life is very possible! 

Timeless Connections can help you to discover the tools for managing your anxiety! Give us a call today—you will be glad that you did!