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Learning to Develop a Successful Business Mindset

The prevailing wisdom among new business owners and people interested in going out on their own is that a successful business is built atop a strong foundation of planning. Business plans, marketing plans, communications plans – all of which is intended to provide a very important fundamental aspect of business development: strategy.

While strategy is important, it can only provide guidance to someone who has the right mindset to be able to focus, persist, and recover from setbacks.

Mental health applies to developing your successful business mindset every bit as much as it does your personal happiness and behaviors. Here are a few mindsets that entrepreneurs and small business owners can adopt to be their best selves.

Understand Yourself and What Drives You

Learn who you are and what motivates you. Knowing what your true passions and motivations are will help in determining how you conduct business, and which opportunities you choose to pursue. People who aren’t aware of this are more likely to go after any and all opportunities which might yield short-term gain to the detriment of long-term growth and success.

Make Clearly Defined Goals

Goal setting is another tool that will help you focus on your core business, and hopefully steer you away from immediate distractions that seem like enticing quick-gains. Goals should be something that is measurable – for example: Establish a fully functional online retail component to my business by the end of 3rd quarter. Set reasonable goals and hold yourself accountable to completing them. Any opportunity that takes you away from your goals is a distraction and should be avoided.

Learn to Make Yourself Over

We’re not the same people we were when we were children. As we engage with new people and encounter new experiences, we grow and adapt – this analogy of growing up and how we change as individuals also applies to business. Successful business owners are often very different people compared to how they were when they first began. They have learned and adapted from mistakes and challenges – and like them, you should also learn to become comfortable with getting things wrong, adapting, and trying something new.

Take Personal Responsibility

Sometimes things don’t go our way which can lead to outcomes that are difficult to accept. We don’t have to like the circumstance that we find ourselves in, but we do have to accept it – and better yet, we should take responsibility for it. That doesn’t mean that we blame ourselves, it means that we empower ourselves to take the reins of whatever situation we find ourselves in and turn in into one that will work for us. Placing blame is a pointless exercise that might ‘feel good’ in the moment, but it is destructive and counter-productive. It doesn’t matter who is to blame for an outcome – take upon yourself the personal responsibility to make it better.

Gratitude

This can be a tough one. It’s easier to be grateful in good times, but when things get challenging it can feel downright impossible. Learning to maintain a strong sense of gratitude helps you to stay focused and persistent when confronted by difficult circumstances, and the loss of gratitude will eventually lead to feelings of despair and depression which then results in a self-induced cycle of failure. Instead of allowing yourself to be angry over situations that you may not have complete control over, learn to be grateful that you have these opportunities to learn from, grow, and become stronger for it.

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How to Bounce Back from Any Emotional Setback

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Written by David Davenport – Contributing Author Healing Arts Institute

Experiencing an emotional setback can change our lives in unexpected ways. There are times when we make a conscious effort to start fresh and make a better life – New Year’s resolutions come to mind right away. It’s almost ritualistic in how we approach these promises we make to ourselves. 

Sometimes we keep them, many times we don’t. These promises are safe to make because we have control over when we choose to ‘reset’ and whether we even follow through at all. If only life were always this predictable…

Death, divorce (and unforeseen global pandemics) can upend our lives in ways we never expected causing massive emotional devastation and financial turmoil. The impact seems so much greater because we did not choose for this to happen. We did not want this to happen.

Whether we choose or it is chosen for us, the outcome of these events can actually lead to extremely positive life changes. We just have to be willing to do one thing to make that happen…

We have to let go.

Getting back to the way things were may not be possible, practical, or even what’s best for us – and coming to terms with that may be the hardest part of the journey. Let me give you a few tips to help you re-frame your situation so that you can take control of your life path again.

Take back control of your life

You don’t have to like the situation that you find yourself in, but you do have to accept it. The world moves on whether you want it to or not, and the most empowering thing that you can do is take responsibility. It’s not your fault, but it is your life. You’re the only one who can change it.

As much as you may want to point a finger at someone or something, it won’t help get you to where you want to be. Taking ownership of your life circumstances puts you back in the driver’s seat. It helps you to build and maintain self-respect while you slowly put the pieces back together.

Define new realistic goals

If you continue down the same path you have always traveled, your result will always be the same. Change in difficult times can be painful but setting new goals can be exhilarating and life-altering. If you want a new life, there is no better time than now to start. Set realistic deadlines and take small steps towards making each one a reality.

Setting small and attainable short-term goals will give you a boost to your confidence and motivate you to do more. The more you can accomplish, the more in-control you will feel about the direction of your life. When starting over, always start small.

Be consistent with your new goals

It can be incredibly difficult to maintain consistency when trying to adopt new habits. It’s even harder when you’re struggling with the weight of an emotional anchor on your soul. But that’s why we start with small goals!

Work towards at least one of your new goals every day, even if you don’t want to do it. Slow progress is still progress, and before you know it you’ll be on your way!

Find support

Having people to help guide you is imperative during times of change. Friends, family, therapists, and coaches can all be amazing sources of strength and inspiration. With enough time, experience, and perspective you will see that it is possible to turn what was once a tragedy into a redefining moment to start the life you’ve always deserved.

Healing Arts Institute has an amazing staff of friendly and highly trained therapists to help guide you in the right direction.

Citations:

Galli, Anthony. “How to Be Outrageously Consistent | 7 Tips to Be Consistently Consistent.” Medium, 21 June 2018, medium.com/the-mission/how-to-be-outrageously-consistent-7-tips-to-be-consistently-consistent-a32fd1c0a250.

Weinberg, Melissa. “The Power of Setting Short-Term Goals.” This., 2020, this.deakin.edu.au/self-improvement/the-power-of-setting-short-term-goals.

“Do You Accept Responsibility for Your Actions?” Goodchoicesgoodlife.Org, 2014, www.goodchoicesgoodlife.org/choices-for-young-people/accepting-responsibility-.

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When You’re Depressed: Learning How to Find Your Motivation

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Written by David Davenport – Contributing Author Healing Arts Institute

As life begins to slowly return to normal after a prolonged health crisis and a crazy previous year, it’s more important than ever to understand how we can recognize signs of depression, loss of motivation, and learn how to rekindle our passion for life.

 Depression is a devious condition and can be hard to detect. Many people may be surprised to learn that sadness is not always the primary indicator of depression. Many people who suffer from depression may not feel sadness at all. Instead, many people report being burdened with overwhelming apathy, anger, and general feelings of negativity.

Symptoms of depression can vary from person to person, but will generally include:

  • Feelings of fatigue Difficulty concentrating (brain fog)
  • Trouble sleeping or oversleeping
  • Not wanting to do things that you used to be motivated to do
  • Irritability and anger
  • Feelings of low self-esteem or a feeling of being worthless
  • In extreme cases, thoughts of taking your own life

If you are not able to recognize the signs of depression you will not know that you need help.

Not seeking help makes the depression even worse – It’s a horrible feedback loop.

With depression, comes the loss of motivation. Losing your motivation prevents you from doing the things that give your life meaning.

Here are some tips to help you regain your motivation when you’re feeling depressed – pick one or two of these tips at a time and work on them slowly, and learn which ones are most effective for you.

Get back to following a schedule or routine

I know this is the LAST thing you might want to do right now.

Developing a routine can help reintroduce purpose to your life by focusing your mind on accomplishing small goals. Reaching goals can stimulate your brain’s chemical reward system, helping you to feel a little better.

Try to start with an easy schedule that you feel comfortable following. It is more important to strengthen the habit than it is to try returning to your former busy routine quickly. 

Start small and build back up a little bit at a time. You’ll be surprised how quickly you will get back into the swing of things.

Start a light exercise routine to offset loss of motivation

People who participate in some form of exercise are much less likely to experience feelings of depression than people who do not. Exercise relieves stress and can release endorphins which mitigate symptoms of depression.

Walking, yoga or light jogging can help you return to a better mental state if you are feeling depressed and help to rejuvenate your loss of motivation. 

You don’t have to hit the gym for several hours each day or train to run a marathon. Just doing a little bit of regular physical activity will work wonders for you over time.

Challenge your negative thinking – avoid negativity and negative people

As it turns out, misery does love company. Complaining about negative things and being around others who complain has an almost cathartic and addictive effect. Even though it might feel good to do so in the short term, the longer-term effects are detrimental to your mental health.

If you find yourself overwhelmed by negative thoughts, try to challenge what those thoughts are telling you.

When we’re depressed, it is very easy to perceive situations as being far worse than they are. Consider all the possible outcomes and try as hard as you can to avoid worst-case scenario thinking. This is called catastrophizing, or catastrophic thinking.

You can read about catastrophic thinking and how to avoid it in our blog article entitled ‘The Simple 3-Step Method to Stop Catastrophic Thinking’.

Seek Help from a Trained Therapist

It is difficult to see your way out of a bad situation while you are struggling to get out of it. That is why it’s so important to allow a trained mental health professional to guide you through. 

The experience can be overwhelming at first, but soon you will begin to see how comforting it is to work with someone who knows what you are going through. Start slowly and work a little bit every day towards finding yourself again.

Citations:

Harteneck, Patricia. “7 Ways to Deal With Negative Thoughts.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 29 Sept. 2015, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/women-s-mental-health-matters/201509/7-ways-deal-negative-thoughts.

Martinsen, E.W. Benefits of Exercise for the Treatment of Depression. Sports Med 9, 380–389 (1990). https://doi.org/10.2165/00007256-199009060-00006

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Life After Lock-down


This prolonged Coronavirus shutdown is slowly beginning to subside. Businesses are re-opening and soon we will all have to decide how we reintegrate with our families, our friends, and society as a whole.


We may feel more nervous than we used to, no longer willing to open up or socialize in the ways that we were once accustomed. For some, prolonged stay-at-home orders or fear of contracting illness may prevent a return to healthy social behaviors. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many people were afraid to ask for help out of fear of ridicule or not wanting to appear vulnerable.


Everything has now changed – and it is now more apparent than ever that we cannot exist in pockets of social isolation. As we re-integrate, keep in mind that people will begin to open up at their own pace. Some will be eager to get back to life as quickly as possible, while others will be much more cautious. 


As you, your family, and friends decide how to move forward, be compassionate towards others who will feel comfortable integrating at a different pace than you. It will be some time before we are all back to normal. It’s alright if some are more eager than others, or if some want to take more time to process their thoughts and concerns before reintegrating.


Always try to maintain an open and honest dialog instead of criticizing or convincing someone else to your point of view – whatever your viewpoint is on the Coronavirus shutdown, we will have to live with each other long after it’s over. The ways in which we decide how to handle this portion of the crisis will have effects that far outlast that of the virus itself.

If you or someone you know is having difficulty adjusting to the stress and isolation caused by this shutdown, please visit our website or give us a call – we have licensed therapists who can help you today.

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How Do I Know If I Should Try Therapy?

Making the decision to attend sessions with a therapist can seem daunting. Many people believe that they can handle their own difficult emotions, and don’t want to look for help. This way of thinking can lead to embarrassment and avoiding taking the positive steps needed to make your life better.

  1. Feelings of being overwhelmed – Sometimes there are just too many things going on at once… you feel like you need space to breath, but just don’t know how…
  2. Feeling tired – Feeling tired all the time is a sign that your body is struggling, oftentimes due to emotional stress and mental strain. 
  3. Feelings of apathy – Maybe you no longer enjoy doing the things you used to love to do. Even if you want to go back to enjoying certain activities, you just may not want to do anything at all…
  4. Feelings of social withdrawal – While it’s normal for people to want to spend time alone, we are by nature social creatures. Spending too much time away from others can lead to feelings of sadness and depression.
  5. Feelings of hopelessness – When you begin thinking that you have no future, it can lead to other negative thoughts which make it even harder to function in your daily life.

If any of this feels familiar to you, imagine how much better life will be once you allow someone to help – WE CAN!

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How COVID-19 Impacts Our Beneficiaries

In times like these it’s easy to get caught up in the sensationalized day-by-day news cycle. 

We should all take a moment to remember one important fact: things will improve the world will go on.

We will bounce back from COVID-19 and its impact on our lives, and when we do we will all be stronger than we were before.  

Healing Arts has not forgotten our mission that we promised to fulfill – to eliminate the stigma attached to receiving mental health services, specifically among culturally marginalized communities. To promote growth and development of children, families, adults and the community by way of leadership, psycho-education and evidenced based therapies. We hope you haven’t forgotten why you chose to stand by us in the first place. 

We can each do our part as individuals to keep our community healthy. As we practice social distancing and do our part to stop the spread of this virus, we hope you’ll also remember how our children and their families need you. 

Your donation will be a tremendous help in keeping our mission alive. We won’t stop working towards building strong children and strong families.

But to do that we need your help. Please forward this email as you see fit to friends who support our mission.  
On behalf of the families we serve, thank you! 

Dr. Thelma Tennie 

President and CEO 

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”.

Frederick Douglass