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How to Find (or Practice) Courage in Your Life

In Career, Happiness, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Positivity, Relationships by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

There’s a lot to be said for finding courage as we face challenges throughout our lives. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines courage as “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.” When you think of the word courage, do you think of a specific person in your life who always seems to be brave or bold? Or maybe you think of a super hero like I often do. We talk about courage as though it’s something that must be “found” or that we need to will into existence in our lives. I don’t necessarily think that’s the most helpful way to look at it. I think when we really take a step back and look at our lives, we can practice courage in small ways, every single day. Courage can look different for all of us and that’s the beauty of it. You never know how …

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Ideas for Slowing Down Before a Busy Season

In Happiness, Mental Health, Mindfulness, wellness by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

It’s August 8th as I’m writing this blog post. Isn’t it nuts how quickly some months seem to go while others seemingly drag on forever? As mid-August is quickly approaching, I can slowly see the busy-ness of the fall season becoming a reality. Am I alone? ..didn’t think so. One of the best things we can do for ourselves as we anticipate a busy season, a big change or a readjustment is to savor the time we have right now. Our brains are incapable of functioning at full speed 24/7 and the research to support the slow down is astronomical. Just like anything we use in life, our bodies and minds need time to rest, recharge and restore to function at their highest capacity. The more we allow for time to cool off, the better prepared and capable we will feel when it is time to pick up the pace …

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5 Easy Things to Pay Attention to When You’re Super Stressed and Anxious

In Happiness, Mental Health, Relationships, wellness by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

So many of us experience ongoing stress and anxiety throughout our days. Some of us experience high stress for months on end. There are certain situations where the cause of our stress or anxiety is seemingly out of our hands like a challenging course load in school, a difficult job or an intense family situation. Under stress, it’s easy to get caught up in habits that are comfortable and feel safe, but probably aren’t the most helpful. Something that can be truly impactful during those times is focusing on things we do have control over, those things we know automatically improve our sense of overall well-being. Learning to sit with our anxieties and stressors can feel less daunting when we improve the things in our day to day that we can. Eating habits – A poor diet can be the start of a snowball effect to poor health – both …

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6 Tips on Dealing with Change and Transition

In Happiness, Health, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Positivity by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

As humans, many of us really struggle with change and transition. We cling to our routines, the people and things that feel familiar, safe and home-y. Whether we like it or not, a time of change and transition will come our way and learning how to deal can be challenging, especially when it’s an unwanted transition. Times of change and transition can look so different; a rough break up, a move to a new city, start of a new school, program or career, a new workout, loss of a close friendship. As a military spouse, change & transitions are part of my norm. To be honest, they used to be something I would dread. I really struggled with letting go and having to start anew. Slowly but surely, I’m learning to love these changes and transitions. ..And even when I don’t, I’ve definitely gained some knowledge in how to better …

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Be Your Own Biggest Cheerleader

In Career, Happiness, Health, Mental Health, Mindfulness by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

Recently I posted on Instagram about feeling stuck. Anyone else feel stuck in any area of life these days? I’ve been sitting in my own uncomfortable, icky “stuckness” for the past few days. (If you don’t already follow along, check it out. I post a lot of quick tips & candid moments.) Truth is, sometimes life can get really challenging. It can feel like life is working against you, or maybe things just aren’t going the way you had hoped and planned. The blurred lines can be infuriating as you’re trying to blaze your own path in life. I’ve taken some time to reflect and explore my most recent experience of stuckness. I’ve chatted with friends and colleagues. I’ve confided in family. I’ve journaled and meditated on it. I’ve read up a bit and listened to some inspiring and educational podcasts. This is what I’ve taken from my past week …

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I Set Weekly Goals in my Journal: The Why & How…

In Happiness, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Positivity by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

Be real with me. Are there things you tell yourself you’re going to start doing at the beginning of the week and then all of a sudden, it’s the following weekend, and you didn’t stick to anything you had hoped? I get it. We’ve all been there. It’s easy to get lost into the shuffle and fall back into the patterns that we’re used to. Making changes can be hard. This used to be my experience on the reg until I became more proactive and intentional about the things I wanted to implement in my life. I started setting weekly goals. Life is busy. Change is hard, especially during summer months where routine is no longer the norm. Our social lives are flourishing, and the options are endless. There are more opportunities to spend with family, friends, travel, and be outside than any other time of year. So exciting and …

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5 Quick Tips to Help Your Fear-Based Mindset

In Happiness, Health, Mental Health, Mindfulness by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

“The biggest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.” – John C. Maxwell I read this quote this week and it stopped me in my tracks. Have you ever thought about why you do the things you do day in and day out? What drives you to get to work or to school? Is it a shear passion for what you are doing, that you are truly motivated to be there or is there something else? Do you ever feel limited by your own fears? As a society, we are often driven by fear. This fear-based approach to life is often influenced by something called the scarcity mindset – thinking we will never have or be enough. We fear messing up or making a big mistake because others may not love us or they may view us as less than. Here’s the catch – …

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Changing How I Eat Helped my Mental Well-Being

In Happiness, Health, Mindfulness, wellness by Chelsea Connors0 Comments

As a therapist and coach, I am incredibly interested in health. I am a huge advocate for overall wellness and “holistic” health but I haven’t always been this way. When I used to think of “health”, I thought of a person who didn’t need any medication, didn’t have any diseases and exercised frequently. I didn’t pay much mind to how what you eat correlates to overall health. My, how things have changed… About a year and a half ago I found myself feeling lethargic, stressed, and genuinely unhappy. It seemed like this was just a constant for over a month. I was just miserable. I felt like there was a cloud hovering over my head that made it hard to get out of bed some days. Energy was nonexistent, and I felt so unlike myself. It was scary. I had this weird itch that maybe my food choices and lifestyle …