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Experiencing Information Fatigue? Creating intentional boundaries around what we look at and listen to

By Kristin King | September 20, 2020
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What we think affects how we feel.   The information we input has impacts on what we output. In this day and age of a pandemic, racial tension, an upcoming election, and even hurricane news, we are overwhelmed with information from the media.  In counseling, I am hearing clients say more and more that they are seeing and feeling the effects of the amount of media (and social media) they are ingesting right now.  The reality is, our world is hard right now.  We must find a balance between being informed and being overloaded with information. Take a gauge of how […]

The Struggle Is Real: Navigating the Unknown as the School Year Approaches

By Kristin King | September 9, 2020
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Whether or not you have children or work as a teacher, without a doubt you are privy to the current struggles and challenges related to the rapidly approaching school year. As the mother of four young children, my husband and I have spent a lot of time lately considering our options, attempting to arrive at a decision we feel comfortable with, and attempting to navigate our practical concerns and fears  Whether you are a parent trying to make a choice, a teacher who does not have a choice, or maybe both, there are some things we can all consider about […]

Coping: Healthy or Unhealthy?

By Kristin King | August 2, 2020
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Life is full of stress.  Some of the stress on us comes in the form of the positive (eustress) and some in the form of the negative (distress), however regardless of the type of stress we are constantly navigating stressors in our lives.   In order to endure and triumph over stress, we naturally utilize coping mechanisms in everyday life.  Coping Mechanisms are the actions we take to deal with stress, problems, anxieties, or uncomfortable emotions.    Coping mechanisms (also known as coping strategies or coping skills) are natural, normal, and can be beneficial.  In the process of gauging the […]

Is it time to say YES to counseling?

By Kristin King | July 31, 2020
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I have been a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor for 13 years. I have treated hundreds of men, women, teens, and couples. I have seen many people have great success in therapy, often with life changing results. And yet one of the statements that I frequently hear is “I don’t think it’s so bad that I need counseling”.   For many people, counseling is a new, uncomfortable, humbling experience. I get it, it’s not easy. But neither is living under the weight of the same struggles over and over again!   So how can YOU know when it’s time to say […]

Jesus and Anxiety: faith and struggle are not mutually exclusive

By Kristin King | July 22, 2020
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I love Jesus. And I also struggle. I am no stranger to fear and worry and anxiety. For years I was told things like “just trust God more” and “worry is a sin” and “you should pray more”.  And yet despite a love for the Lord that resonates to the core of who I am, I couldn’t ever seem to completely will away the fear or the worry. And for years I thought I was doing it wrong.  I thought maybe I was just not a “good Christian” or wasn’t trying hard enough.  I wondered how I could believe all […]

A New Normal? Navigating Feelings About the World Opening Back Up.

By Kristin King | July 18, 2020
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Over the past two months, we have collectively experienced a first.  For most of us, we have never lived through a pandemic and all that comes with it.  We have examined how to adjust to the changes, looked at how to manage our anxiety in the midst of it all, and attempted to cultivate new normals in regards to relationships, our mental health, and our daily routine.   But after all the figuring out a new normal, now we are opening back up.  Many of us are going back into offices, many of us are spending time with more people, […]

Making Mental Health a Priority in the Midst of Financial Uncertainty

By Kristin King | July 14, 2020
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According to a recent Gallup poll, 50% of Americans say that their financial situation is getting worse.  The unemployment rate is sitting at 14.7%, the highest rate this country has seen since the days of the Great Depression.  According to nerdwallet.com, a stock market downturn may escalate into a stock market crash following the pandemic and shut-down of much of the country.   Whether you are heading towards retirement, are a young person just starting out in life, or are somewhere in-between, financial stressors will affect most of us at some point in our lifetimes.  As we ride out this […]

Tackling Family Challenges: A teen’s guide to surviving and thriving in the midst of conflict

By Kristin King | May 4, 2020
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Conflict is inevitable.  As long as we have relationships, we will experience conflict.  Research even shows that conflict can be a vital part of strengthening relationships, as we work to rebuild the connection together relationships can go on to be stronger than they were initially.   For many of us, we are spending more time with our immediate family than ever before.  Sometimes inevitably more time can equal more conflict rising to the surface.  Teenager, you are not powerless in navigating family relationships.  There are some tools to help you move towards less family conflict.   Apologize and forgive   […]

Supporting Your Teen Through the Quarantine

By Kristin King | May 4, 2020
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For most of us, it has been more than six weeks of practicing social distancing.  Six weeks of learning a new normal, of experiencing the missed events and connections, and of coping with drastic, unexpected changes in our lives.   As we have learned to navigate our current reality as adults, we also have the opportunity to walk our teenagers through this quarantine in a healthy way, while teaching them tools and skills that they can utilize throughout their lifetimes.   Help them to manage their uncomfortable emotions There can be a roller coaster of emotions for most of us […]

8 Strategies to Show Yourself Some Love: Learning the Art of Self-Care as a Teenager

By Kristin King | April 13, 2020
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Years ago I heard an analogy that has stuck with me.  We are all buckets, containers in which water can be put into.  As we move through life, our buckets get little holes and the water begins to seep out.  This is normal as we experience the stressors of school, jobs, relationships, and other problems or concerns that drain us.  For the most part, we can easily replace the water that drains out of these holes. We become accustomed to draining some water and filling our bucket back up again and again through the everyday rhythm of life.   Sometimes, […]

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