Mindful Thinking (Positive-Well-being): Practicing mindful thinking helps with letting go of unhealthy thoughts and emotions by focusing on the things that matter the most. The best way for mindful thinking to become habit is by forming a regular routine of some form of meditation such as journaling, playing an instrument or drawing/painting.
Loving Kindness (Relationships): Kindness reduces stress, boost our immune system and helps reduce anger, anxiety, depression. Showing loving kindness involves noticing thoughts that are not so kind and changing them to view others through a lens of kindness. Send love to others, a simple thought can do this. Write a note or call someone just to say “I love you”.
Gratitude for Others (Gratitude): Focus on the people in your lives by showing gratitude. Gratitude decreases anxiety and helps us see what is good in the world. Paying it forward feels so good. To do something kind for a stranger can be the sweetest feeling in the world.
No Judgement (Wisdom): Don’t judge yourself and don’t judge others. When we are judging ourselves or others, we are not doing it in the act of kindness. Focus on the present.
Accepting/Loving Yourself (Self-Worth/Happiness): When we accept ourselves, we learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with our inner emotions. Teach others how to treat you by telling yourself you’re beautiful. Happiness is within. Fall in love with taking care of yourself, mind, body, and spirit
Self-care (Positive Well-being): Self-care is about finding balance in your life in the areas of physical, emotional, social and spiritual. It enhances mental toughness and awakens your creativity. Journal, rest, meet someone new, or meditate to find balance.
You are not your emotions (Anger): He who Angers you conquers you. Dismiss it. Express anger in a healthy way by using “I” statements. Let it roll down the highest waterfall back into the river of distractions.
This feature was submitted by Crystal Morris
Clinical Director, Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd
Crystal is an educator, counselor, and mentor inspiring youth and people of all ages. She has been in the education field for over ten years working with at risk youth and young adults and military service members and families. Crystal is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor and the author of The Butterfly Affect: Living the Single Life Through God’s Eyes , 21 Days of Positive Living and soon coming book, The Butterfly Affect: Establishing Healthy Relationships in the series. Crystal is Currently pursing her Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision.
Going through life with no guidance is hard enough, but having a support system in place can ease life stressor’s. I believe individuals should live a fulfilled life as a healthy whole person. I take an integrative approach to healing the mind, the physical, the spiritual and the psychological. I enjoy working with couples, women of all ages, and adolescents. I am a faith (Christian) base counselor. I have worked with Anger management, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD/trauma and much more. My primary goal is to encourage, uplift, and build confident individuals, with a holistic approach.