Preparing for College: an Interview with Psychological Counselor/Adjunct Professor Justyn D. Smith, MS, LPC

You guys! It was so good to sit and talk with my friend and colleague, Justyn. He is at a large public, research university in Houston, Texas. We talk about what he is seeing in the counseling office and in the classroom. We explore what the kids are struggling with and his best advice forContinue reading “Preparing for College: an Interview with Psychological Counselor/Adjunct Professor Justyn D. Smith, MS, LPC”

How is Well Counseling “Reopening?”

Even though we are considered essential and were able to be open this whole time, we moved to almost completely online over the last several months. But many of you have asked if/when we are reopening to in person sessions, so I wanted to address this quickly! 1. we are staggering sessions to give moreContinue reading “How is Well Counseling “Reopening?””

Choose Joy!

I got a new shirt that says “We Choose Joy” and I am so excited about it! And the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Today, especially, I had to choose joy. Today was hard. It was the first day back after a long weekend around Easter. It was also a reminder that we didn’t get to have our Spring Break when we got to go out of town. Both kids were crying within 10 minutes of starting school today. But I still chose JOY!
I also talk about a book (which is probably out of publication) called Happiness is a Choice by Dr. Frank Minirth and Dr. Paul Meier. It is really about joy, but the point is that it is a choice. It is about our perspective. What is your perspective? How can you find joy today?

Guided Progressive Muscle Relaxation

In this video, I walk you through a relaxation technique called Progressive Muscle Relaxation. It is a process where you tighten and flex your muscle and then relax it. This works because most of the time, we do not realize that our muscles are tight and not relaxed. It also incorporates breathing. This exercise can help you relax and regroup. I personally use this technique if I am having a hard time falling asleep.
In this clip, we do a sample of just hands and arms and face, but you can use these techniques for each muscle group. I usually start at my toes and work my way up to the top of my head and then repeat if I need to do so.
I hope this helps you as much as it helps me! Be Well.