Monday, February 27, 2012

2012 Count What Matters!

Eating Disorder Awareness Week is from February 26th - March 3rd, this week is dedicated to drawing attention to Eating Disorders.

I am spinning the silk threads of my story, weaving the fabric of my world...I spun out of control. Eating was hard. Breathing was hard. Living was hardest.

I wanted to swallow the bitter seeds of forgetfulness...Somehow, I dragged myself out of the dark and asked for help.

I spin and weave and knit my words and visions until a life starts to take shape. There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever.

There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn't matter anymore. I am thawing.”

Everyone is at risk for an eating disorder, regardless of their age, creed, or color. Along with National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Provide 4 is challenging everyone to change their thinking from the counting limits to counting what truly matters! Instead of measuring your life in pounds, calories, exercise, or tangibles, choose to recognize improved behaviors, healthier attitudes and intentional gratitude for your strengths, your assets, and your personal bests!

Here are some resources for yourself or others who are struggling with an eating disorder:
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
Eating Disorder Recovery and Education
National Eating Disorder Association
Eating Disorder Treatment

Start today and ask for help! At Provide 4 Inc, our professional counselors are dedicated to increasing awareness of Eating Disorders and helping individuals who are battling with an Eating Disorder. Call us today at 954-800-0108.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tips, tools, and solutions to manage your anger

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~Buddha

At some point in an individuals life, he or she may experience a natural emotion called anger. Anger is a strong feeling of displeasure aroused by a wrong. So, its normal and okay to have this feeling. The most important component is how an individual manages his or her anger.

Here are some useful tips to manage the "anger" emotion:
1. Relaxation Techniques

  • Take deep breaths.

  • Count to ten.

  • Visualize your "happy" place.
2. Self-talk

  • Say to yourself, "Just calm down, is this really worth getting angry over?" "I'm in control of the situation." "It's perfectly okay for me to walk away right now."
3. Rational Thinking

  • Increase insight regarding which battles are worth fighting. Some individuals say "pick and chose your battles wisely. "

  • Think in terms of "cooperation" not "demanding."
4. Behavioral Techniques

  • Psychical activity.

  • Talk about it with someone you trust.

  • Practice using "I -statements." This is also called assertiveness.

  • Walk away.

  • Use thought blocking techniques.

  • Distract yourself.
At Provide 4 Inc, our professional counselors can help you manage and learn ways to cope with your anger. Give us a call at 954-800-0108.

Monday, February 13, 2012

21 Suggestions for Success

21 Suggestions for Success

by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.

2. Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent.

3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.

6. Be generous.

7. Have a grateful heart.

8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.

9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.

10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.

11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.

12. Commit yourself to quality.

13. Understand that happiness is not based on possession, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.

14. Be loyal.

15. Be honest.

16. Be self-starter.

17. Be decisive even if it means you'll sometimes be wrong.

18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.

19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.

20. Take good care of those you love.

21. Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud.

These tips are located in my office as a reminder for my clients and myself to simply get through the day, week, month, or year. It is proven that if an individual continuously reads positive messages, affirmations, or quotes, then he/she will become more of a positive person and will in turn lead a successful life.

Please contact one of our professional counselors if you need help with becoming successful in your life.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Motivational Monday!

There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or OUT. There is no such thing as life-in-between. - Pat Riley

My question to you is, are you IN or OUT? If you chose IN then you are committed to make changes in your life. You show dedication, determination and motivation. If you chose OUT, then we need to establish the above characteristics to change your life to make you committed to YOU! Now, the characteristics listed above by no means an exhaustive list. There are many more characteristics that display commitment. If you need help being "IN" on your life, please call us and our counselors will be more than happy to schedule a brief consultation with you. Call us at 954-800-0108.