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The Psychology of Belief

Many people do not realize how powerful our core beliefs are. Our life is molded around our beliefs. Take some time to consider what your beliefs are and if they are working for you. Are your beliefs logical or are they illogical? Positive or negative? Do you believe you are a winner or a failure?



Beliefs can be changed through spaced repeition; now, you may be wondering what the heck that is! Spaced repeition is hearing or thinking a message consistently for a duration of time. If you have a belief that  you are stupid because your dad told you that often when you were a child , the way you change that is the same way it occurred ; by thinking and saying ” I am smart”.

The best way to do this is by thinking new , positive messages instead. Your beliefs will change faster when there is strong emotion behind your new belief. Be sure to word your belief in the positive . An example would be by thinking  ” I am a winner” rather than “I am not a loser”. Make sure you are replacing your beliefs with messages that you believe. If the jump from “I am stupid” to “I am smart” is too out of reach, tell yourself something that is easier for you to believe such as “I am smarter than I think”.


Writing, hearing, saying and thinking these new powerful thoughts will eventually turn into beliefs. Consider getting a notebook and devote time daily to writing and rewriting what you would like to have as new beliefs… it is only a matter of time before they change!

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Do This To Alleviate Stress Fast

Can it REALLY be that simple? You mean to tell me that petting my dog or cat can reduce my blood pressure and relax me?  Yes it absolutely can ! Pets are great stress reducers! It is absolutely astounding what can happen to someone’s mood just from petting their furry friend. Petting and cuddling with cats and dogs tend to have a substantially stronger relaxing effect compared to smaller pets such as lizards and hamsters; however, smaller pets calm your nerves too! Next time you feel stressed , sit down with your four legged buddy and take 15 mindful minutes of petting him or her.  You and “fluffy” will both enjoy it! Notice how you feel afterwards. Try it out next time you catch yourself worrying about your job or missing the Game of Thrones and share your experience below or during your session with your counselor.




 

… What is Wellness?

Many of you may wonder what exactly wellness is. Dr. Z and I had a fascinating conversation about this the other day. I was visiting her at Duquesne University. As I strolled in , I plopped myself down on a cozy chair and unwrapped a delectable chocolate from her desk . This has been an ongoing tradition for years ! I laughed and mentioned how I only seem to eat chocolate in her “Duq”office. We then talked about wellness and how it means something different for everyone. For some people, wellness means zero carbs and working out in the gym 6 days a week. For others, it means enjoying chocolate in moderation and savoring every delicious bite.  Wellness could mean thriving in your career or being exuberant staying at home with your children and dog.

Wellness is what you make of it and that is why we love wellness so much ! It truly embodies so much and it’s meaning can change throughout your life .

Let us know in the comments what wellness means to you!


 

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