Merry Christmas

Christmas is forever not for just one day, for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf The good you do for others is good you do yourself … Merry Christas and may the blessings of the season fill your home.


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Preventing Holiday Stress

  • Acknowledge your feelings.
  • Reach out if you are feeling lonely or isolated.
  • Be realistic.
  • Set aside differences.
  • Stick to a budget.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Learn to say no.
  • Don’t abandon healthy habits.
  • Take a breather – take a walk, listen to soothing music, get a massage, read a book.


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Grateful for You


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A Thing Called Life


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Live ~ Laugh ~ Love


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Ten Commandments of Mental Health

  1. Think positively; it’s easier
  2. Cherish the ones you love
  3. Continue learning as long as you live
  4. Learn from your mistakes
  5. Exercise daily; it enhances your well-being
  6. Do not complicate your life unnecessarily
  7. Try to understand and encourage those around you
  8. Do not give up; success in life is a marathon
  9. Discover and nurture your talents
  10. Set goals for yourself and pursue your dreams
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Goal: Start with a Week

What do you want to accomplish this week? __________

What are your obstacles to reaching your goal? __________

What are the things you will need to do to achieve your goal? __________

What can you begin doing today to work toward your goal? __________

What are you learning about yourself? __________

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Before we move into 2017, it is a good idea to spend a few moments reflecting on 2016 highlights. Here are some questions to consider:

1.Name Your Top 5 Achievements in 2016
Big, small, what are YOU MOST proud of?

2. What Did I Learn about Myself?
For example, strengths, weaknesses, talents, beliefs, values, hopes, fears, etc.

3. What Did I Create or Bring into the World in 2016?
Could be anything at all!

4. Name 5 Challenges You Overcame in 2016.
What was hard? What are you proud of?

5. How Specifically Did I Make a Difference in the World in 2016?
Big or small, how did you help others/the world?

6. What New or Existing Relationships Did I Develop?
Who did you grow your relationship with?

7. What Did I Have the Most Fun?
What did you enjoy most in 2016? Could be anything at all!

Source: The Coaching Tools Company


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DBT Workshops for 2017

For a review of DBT Workshops for 2017 click below. This is a general overview and subject to change. DBT currently meets once a week on Thursday, from 10 am to 11:30 am. Please call 763 546 6624 to reserve your space. Fees apply and most insurances accepted.


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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to pause and reflect on what we are thankful for. Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup Books) suggests that we take it a step further …

Think about this… What if you continued to think thoughts and feelings of gratitude beyond just the single day of Thanksgiving? Research shows this is the highest emotional state you can be in. So using gratitude on a daily basis, and not just on a single holiday, will consciously and unconsciously aid you in reaching your goals.

It’s one of the simplest but most powerful success techniques you can use. Get in the habit of practicing appreciation and make it a daily discipline. Spend 5 to 10 minutes each day and focus on feeling grateful for everything you have. You’ll be amazed at what a difference this makes and how quickly it will shift your thoughts from negative to positive and create better outcomes for yourself.

My wish for you is to make a promise to yourself to live each and every day with presence, joy, and appreciation.


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