Is Self-Care Selfish?

I burrowed into the far corner of the white leather couch, clutching the silky, floral pillow like a life preserver.  I looked up and my gaze floated away into the painting pinned to the wall behind her.  Maybe I was hoping to drift away from this ceaseless cyclone of frustration, exhaustion, anxiety and depression.  Seated across from me, my counselor gently began to navigate into the depths of my unsettling emotions and thoughts.

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Three Significant Skills Required for a Remarkable, Successful Life

The new school year is in full swing! Shortly before school started, I stopped by Target to grab a few things. As I turned into the parking lot, I realized almost every family with school-aged children in the city—one of the fastest growing in the nation—had decided to go to Target too.

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3 Reminders to Breathe During a Busy Day

The turn from summer to fall can feel like one of the most drastic seasonal changes of the year. Not only does the daylight become shorter, but our days become busier. For many of us, this season shift is a move away from relaxing by the pool to sitting in a library with your face in a book. But even if you aren’t a student, the fall can feel like such a change for full-time workers. You have 300 more days until your next destination trip and the office feels like an inescapable pit.

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What We Wish We Would Have Known about Anxiety & Depression in Friendships

We shook hands and sat across from each other at a wobbly metal table outside of Starbucks.  Natalie picked up a straw wrapper left by a previous table occupant and began folding it in and out of her fingers. 

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Discovering Hope When It Feels Like Depression Has Won

How do we find a hope that is genuine and authentic? How do we discover a hope that is true even in the midst of repeated disappointments and the painful circumstances of life? I found myself asking these very questions as I stood in the aftermath of my husband’s twelve-year battle with clinical depression and his ultimate suicide.

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When Anxiety Takes Hold of My Thoughts

What if I told you negative thoughts can be healthy? Negative thoughts can actually act as a natural self-preservation filter to avoid danger. For example, when my kids ask me to do a backflip on the trampoline, it's healthy for me to have negative thoughts and tell my kids, “No way!” It's not an issue of not believing in myself or trusting God enough, it's a valuable negative assessment to avoid harm and loss.

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Is it ok for a Christian to take antidepressants?

Within many Christian circles, the topic of taking antidepressants and similar medications for emotional or mental pain often comes with a lot of embarrassment and guilt. Why? Because when it comes to our hearts and minds, we hear an underlying message that says, “Jesus is enough.”

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