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4 Ways to Reconnect To Your Soul By Writing Letters

Given our ability to send correspondence in the blink of an eye, why should we bother with handwritten letters anymore?

Writing has become a ritual for me.  I send letters to my close family, friends, and relatives.  I write letters that I never send. I write letters when I feel inspired or sad or bored.   I write letters when I need to feel connection – to myself or to others.  I write letters when I need to remind myself of the beauty in the world, or to articulate the pain I see.  I write letters as a means to slow down my thoughts and process the world around me.   Continue reading “4 Ways to Reconnect To Your Soul By Writing Letters”

Self-Help Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight

Is this popular self-help book worth giving a f*ck about?

I am a self-professed, unashamed self-help book junkie.

There, I said it.

I read my first self-help book when I was 16.  I didn’t fully realize at the time, but this was my introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy–now a therapeutic approach I use with most clients.  I’ve been hooked ever since. Continue reading “Self-Help Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight”

The Value of Therapy

What is your best life worth to you?

Let’s be honest — sometimes it can be hard to pay for therapy.

How often do you tell your friend or co-worker the following:   “I’m going to the gym today,” “I got a pedicure,” “I went to church/spiritual practice this weekend,” “I had all day to myself to relax,” or “I took a sick day.”

We say this daily to friends, acquaintances, coworkers, and store clerks without batting an eye. Continue reading “The Value of Therapy”

3 Ways To Put Your Brain In Its Place

Don’t believe everything you think.

“I am so worthless.  I suck at everything, especially my job, relationships, keeping my car clean and letting my nail polish dry before I leave the house.”

Does this feel familiar?  Your mind spewing at you an endless litany of ways you fall short in life?  What can you do when this is happening? Continue reading “3 Ways To Put Your Brain In Its Place”

Poem: Your Weirdness Will Make You Stronger by Andrea Balt

“Your weirdness

will make you stronger.

Your dark side

will keep you whole.

Your vulnerability

will connect you to

the rest of our

suffering world.

Your creativity

will set you free.

There’s nothing wrong

with you.”

-Andrea Balt


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Embrace your weirdness.
cropped-qm-logo-fb-prof-pic-01Arianna Smith, MA, LPC
720-772-7413
arianna@quietmooncounseling.com

 

Travel Tips For Highly Sensitive People (HSPs): When Your Travel Companion Is Not Highly Sensitive

If you aren’t familiar with the term “Highly Sensitive Person”, it refers to about 20% of the population that possess a unique sensory processing trait which allows them to pick up more on subtleties in the environment, resulting in deeper processing and often being easily overwhelmed with stimuli. Most people exist on a spectrum of sensitivity.  (To learn more, you can visit this website: www.hsperson.com.) 

Travel is an essential part of modern life. We travel to see far-off family and friends, renew ourselves, get away from the day-to-day grind, serve others, and see the world.

For a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), travel can be inherently overwhelming. New smells and sensations can be both exciting and alarming.  Unfamiliar routines require extra processing or planning. Different cultural expectations create more emotional stress or material to process. Jet lag and time zones can mess up an HSPs sensitive internal clock.  It’s enough to make an HSP want to resign themselves to never leaving their zip code.

However, fear of overstimulation is not a reason for HSPs to avoid or limit travel.   In fact, I would argue travel is essential for HSPs in order to deepen and enrich their lives – but it has to be done in a way that is both nourishing and mindful of HSP qualities. Continue reading “Travel Tips For Highly Sensitive People (HSPs): When Your Travel Companion Is Not Highly Sensitive”

The Only App You Need If You Are In Recovery For An Eating Disorder (And It’s Free!)

If you are in recovery for an eating disorder, you probably know that it takes constant accountability and support to stay on track.  But what if you only attend therapy once or twice a week?  How can you be held accountable and receive support in between? Continue reading “The Only App You Need If You Are In Recovery For An Eating Disorder (And It’s Free!)”

4 Ways To Have A Body Positive (or Body Neutral) Summer

Every time I see a magazine showcasing how to “get a bikini body in 4 weeks” or lose weight for summer, I want to burn it. Not just hold a lighter to the edge, but to create a magnificent bonfire of body-shaming magazines and calmly watch them go up in flames.

Does this fantasy seem extreme?  Perhaps the imagery is, but the sentiment is not.  I am continually outraged how our society, culture, and media tells us only certain types of bodies (generally thin, cis-gender, and white) are allowed to be seen and showcased.   Body-shaming media perpetuates the kind of toxicity which breeds low self-esteem, body image issues and disordered eating in our population.  Unfortunately, the messages amplify in months leading up to summer.   Continue reading “4 Ways To Have A Body Positive (or Body Neutral) Summer”