How to Discover Your Purpose

How do you discover your calling in life or purpose? Everyone has unique abilities, gifts, and talents and it’s through the journey of healing and self-discovery that people often experience a transformation that brings light to their calling or purpose. This process is deeply personal and although there may be some similarities shared, there is not one way of getting there. In fact, one’s calling or life purpose can change depending on what stage of their life they are in. Here are 10 steps that can guide the process of discovering your calling or purpose: 1. Identify Your Interests: What do you enjoy the most? What brings you the most joy? To explore this, think about the times in your life when you felt the happiest and most fulfilled. 2. Name Your Values: What are your core beliefs and values? What is important to you? It’s important to live in alignment with what you value. You can use your inner compass to discover your purpose. 3. Trust your Gut: Listen to the voice within as th

ADHD + Alcohol/Marijuana/Recreational Drugs

 ADHD + Alcohol/Marijuana/Recreational Drugs Individuals who struggle with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often struggle with symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, poor time management skills, disorganization, impulsivity, forgetfulness, lack of motivation, restlessness, anxiety, poor self-image, lack of confidence, and even extreme frustration or rage in some cases. Because of these symptoms or other related ones, people with ADHD face several complications, specifically if untreated for an extended period of time. Some of the complications these individuals can face include poor school and/or work performance, unemployment, unstable relationships, poor mental health, and the use of alcohol and/or drugs. Research shows that the rates of alcohol and marijuana use along with other substances are significantly greater for people with ADHD compared to those who do not have ADHD. Research also shows that individuals with ADHD attempt to use alcohol and/or drugs to cop

What is a Sober Living House?

What is a Sober Living House? Sober living houses are sober living environments that provide safe, supportive, and structured living for individuals who are in the process of healing and recovering from drugs and/or alcohol. These houses support individuals who are in the in-between of transitioning from a treatment program back into society. The National Association of Recovery Residences defines four different types of sober-living houses, which include the following: Level 1 Peer-Run: This is typically a single-family home that is overseen by a senior resident also known as the house manager who helps to hold the other residents accountable. Drug screens, house meetings, and adhering to house rules are typical, however, there are no paid positions within the sober living house at this level. Level 2 Monitored: A monitored recovery residence is one that has an external management structure. These are also typically single-family homes or apartments. Drug screens, house meetings, an

Understanding Healthy Avoidance

 Avoidance of feelings is usually seen as negative but are there times when we are so emotionally flooded by feelings that it's actually a good thing to temporarily avoid feelings?  It is part of the human experience to become flooded by feelings and it takes self-awareness to be able to identify what feelings are coming up and whether or not it’s appropriate to allow oneself to feel what you’re feeling in the moment. There are times when “healthy avoidance” makes sense and it’s what’s needed to be able to effectively function and move through the day. A better way to refer to this is having emotional maturity, which is to have self-control to manage your emotions, without reacting to them, and knowing how and when to respond to what you’re feeling. What are some ways to engage in 'healthy avoidance'?   Commit to becoming an emotionally mature individual and practice doing so daily. Notice what you’re feeling and pay attention to who or what caused the feeling to come to th

Impacts of Stress

 What is stress? What are the symptoms of stress? [both physical and emotional symptoms]. There are three types of stress that one can experience known as acute stress, episodic acute stress, or chronic stress. Regardless of which type, stress is a state of worry caused by difficult situations personally or professionally. It’s how we react when we feel under pressure or even threatened. Stress is typically sparked by a situation where we feel we can’t manage or control what’s happening to us or around us. Emotional and physical symptoms of stress can include but aren’t limited to feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope, feeling tense or on edge, agitation or irritability, disruption to appetite and sleep patterns, feeling exhausted and unable to think clearly, struggling with concentration and/or decision making, experiencing headaches and even gut issues. How is stress diagnosed? How does long-term stress impact your body? Stress is not something that can be measured as it’s subjective

Gardening + Mental Health

There is something healing about being outdoors surrounded by nature. The smell of fresh air, the feeling of the beaming sun or cool breeze, the touch and smell of the flowers, plants, and leaves. The sound of chirping birds and the sight of passing butterflies. All of which allows a person to feel grounded, connected, and aware with all of their senses. These little moments create big impacts.   Whether one is planting vegetables, flowers, or plants it all is good for one’s mental health. The process of gardening produces endorphins, and this is one reason people feel good when they are gardening. There is research that shows gardening can help to improve one’s mood, decreasing depressed symptoms and easing anxiety for several reasons. Being outside in the sun offers exposure to Vitamin D, which is a synthesizer of serotonin also known as “the happy chemical.” There is also a natural antidepressant in soil known as Mycobacterium Vaccae, which has been found to stimulate areas of t

Effect of Alcohol on Aging and Cognitive Decline

  What is the effect of Alcohol on Aging and Cognitive Decline?   Alcohol has a direct impact on the aging process for many reasons as it impacts certain parts of the body and can cause not only a physical deterioration but also a mental and emotional one, which we know also impacts the condition and aging process of the body. Alcohol consumption leads to dehydration, dry skin, and makes vital organs weaker, all of which causes the aging process to happen faster than one who is not consuming alcohol. Alcohol consumption goes straight to the brain, and can kills brain cells, which is another reason it impacts aging.   There is also a significant amount of data that shows that brain damage is a common and severe consequence of long-term alcohol consumption. There is data that supports this and shows middle aged and older adults who have a history or ongoing use of alcohol consumption leads to a lower density of gray matter in the frontal and parietal brain regions. Because of this, a per