5 Benefits of Getting Outdoors Even During Social Isolation

5 Benefits of Getting Outdoors Even During Social Isolation

“Go play outside!”

You might have heard that from your parents. You might have thought they wanted you out of their hair, or to get away from the TV, but what if we told you they might have had a point? (Gasp, never!) It’s not too surprising though; before the onset of COVID-19, Americans spent more than 90% of their lives indoors. Considering the far reaching effects of coronavirus and social isolation, that percentage may be higher for some.

On the flipside, with many now working from home and children either out of school or participating in school online, many adults and children have rediscovered the outdoors and have used it to their advantage to combat the boredom that comes with social distancing. Continue reading

Coronovius to Settle Your Anxiety

Facts About Coronavirus to Settle Your Anxiety

Facts About Coronavirus to Settle Your Anxiety

Since it’s appearance in December of 2019 in Wuhan, China, COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus, has been in the media nonstop. It’s spread to the United States and other nations have put many on edge. While the spread of disease is indeed a serious issue, we here at Olive Branch Therapy Group want to alleviate some of your anxieties with some facts straight from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)

First, and foremost, stay calm. Remember, we will get through this!

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness spread via droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Respiratory illnesses are something we have dealt with before.

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6 Tips to Declutter Your Mind, Body and Soul this Spring

6 Tips to Declutter Your Mind, Body and Soul this Spring

Birds are singing, the sun is shining and the days are slowly getting longer. You know what time it is? Spring time! And what goes hand and hand with spring time? You got it! Spring cleaning!

While you may dread household chores, there are some great benefits to decluttering your physical spaces. According to one study, women who viewed their homes as clean, were less likely to be fatigued or depressed than those who described their homes as “cluttered.” Tidying up has also been proven to help people to be more focused, sleep better and lead healthier lifestyles.

We sometimes forget that, while it’s great to clean up our physical spaces, we can all benefit from decluttering areas of our lives that aren’t in front of our noses too. Here are six tips that can help with some mind, body and soul spring cleaning. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day

7 Ways to Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day

7 Ways to Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year again. Chocolates line the shelves, flowers are on special, everything seems to be some shade of pink or red, and love is in the air. Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s day is just around the corner. 

This year, we at Olive Branch Group Therapy challenge you to make Valentine’s day a chance to reconnect with yourself. Nobody said you had to have a partner to feel some love on February 14th (or any day for that matter!) It’s the perfect reason to practice self love and to remind yourself that you deserve to have a little me time every once in awhile. 

Need help trying to figure out how to love yourself? Here are seven Valentine’s Day ideas for yourself to get you started! 

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New Year’s Resolutions vs. Intentions + S.M.A.R.T. Goals

New Year’s Resolutions vs. Intentions + S.M.A.R.T. Goals

At the beginning of every year, we are bombarded with “New Year New Me,” and big goals such as

be healthier, run a 5K quit smoking
make/ save more money / spend less read 50 books, learn to play an instrument
find a new job, travel the world, find inner piece
give up soda or sugar forever date people who are better for me / better relationships with family and friends, go to the gym every single day,
Just to name a few.

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2020

New Years Reflections From Therapists

New Years Reflections From Therapists
Written by The Olive Branch Therapy Group Therapists

As therapists, we reflect on life often. This New Year, we asked our team, “What did you learn in 2019, that you will be bringing into 2020?”

In 2019 I continued my efforts of working on better understanding my relationships with family members and being more of a self with others in my life. Through this journey of awareness of my own emotional process I am able to be more present with neutrality and authenticity for my clients as I move into 2020.- Suzanne Devoti

To be honest with myself in order to honestly communicate with family, friends and professional relationships to advocate for my needs and also allow for my healthy relationships to flourish. Secondly, I’m also going to continue to push myself to learn how to listen better to all those around me so I can continue to be a healthy family member, friend, and professional! Lastly-continue to bring in gratitude and enthusiasm to everything I do! – Faith Ulsh
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Grief- Tending a Broken Heart

Grief- Tending a Broken Heart

Grief- Tending a Broken Heart

We are human beings. We are in a constant state of flux and change, and with that, we may experience a tremendous amount of loss. Death loss is the one that is most validated. However, death loss, is not the only loss one can experience in this lifetime. In fact, according to the Holmes-Rahe Inventory, there are over 40 plus events in life that can produce feelings of grief and loss. Some of those being: Major Health Changes, Financial Changes (a decrease and even an increase in wealth), Getting Married, Getting Divorced, Loss of a Friendship, Death of a Pet, Starting or Ending of School, Empty Nest, Retirement, and when working with grief clients, I find many losses start off in the home…..Loss of Trust, Loss of Sense of Safety.
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11 Self Care Tips for College Students on a Budget

11 Self Care Tips for College Students on a Budget

It goes without saying that college can be stressful. Test anxiety, full course loads, financial worries, relationships, and much more can overwhelm anyone. It’s no surprise that nearly 39% of college students report struggling with at least one mental illness. So what’s a college student to do to help mitigate all this stress and anxiety, without worrying about spending too much money?

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What is Perfectionism:

What is Perfectionism

It’s actually hurting you instead of helping you succeed & what you can do.

Perfectionism is the belief that if we do things perfectly we can avoid pain that comes from blame, judgment, and shame.

It’s about approval, not self-improvement, and it seems that there is never an end point or a sense of relief when we’re stuck in perfectionism.

Research shows that perfectionism, despite what we possibly feel hampers achievement, is correlated with depression, anxiety, addiction and missed opportunities (Brené Brown).

We learn the habit of perfectionism through messages we receive from school, family, friends, social media, and society.

It can prevent us from being present and actually enjoying the hard work we’ve done. At times when we are really stuck in it, perfectionism is the little voice that tells you not to try because you’ll never be good enough and people will criticize you or you’ll embarrass yourself.

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