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Taking Control of Your Motivation

»Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Taking Control of Your Motivation

Being human means that, at times, you may not be as motivated to do everything to the best of your capabilities. This is normal, and not being motivated to do everything on your task list doesn’t mean you are lazy. There are however small changes that you can make to boost and have consistency with your motivation. Setting Goals. Goals can be a great tool to motivate yourself and stay on track. Once you have found a goal, write it down and make it as specific as you can. Try to set goals that involve measurable units, such as numbers and keep the goal time framed. Rather than saying “I want to improve my running”, you should set a goal of “I want to be able to run 5 miles by September 15th”. Setting specific goals will help you stay...

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Positive Affirmations:Do They Work?

»Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Positive Affirmations:Do They Work?

You may have heard a lot of buzz lately about positive affirmations, also known as harnessing positive thinking. While there is a lot of talk about using positive affirmations, not many understand what they are or how they work. Here is a quick introduction to positive affirmations and how you can use them daily. Basically positive affirmations are positive sayings, thoughts, or mantras that you can tell yourself to help overcome negative thoughts. Negative thoughts seem to creep up on some people almost non stop, so replacing those negative thoughts with more positive ones can greatly improve not only your mood, but your quality of life. If you can repeat them often, and truly believe in the positive thoughts, you can start to make some really great positive...

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Ways to Cope With a Depressive Episode

»Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Ways to Cope With a Depressive Episode

While there are many types of depression, a person dealing with depression may experience episodes of major depression. During these episodes the symptoms of depression become stronger and harder to deal with for the person affected by them. While sticking to a plan that a professional has created is strongly suggested, there are some things that an individual can do to help manage their symptoms and cope with their depressive episodes. Exercise. While getting up and moving may seem like an insurmountable task during these episodes it can actually help. Exercising produces endorphins, which are natural mood boosters for your body. Also you will get double benefits if you exercise outside as fresh air and nature are proven to be mood boosters. Even if it is simply...

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Counter-Dependence and What it Means

»Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Counter-Dependence and What it Means

Counter-dependence is a term that is mostly only used by professionals in the mental health field, but it is more prevalent than you may believe. Counter-dependence refers to a condition where a person has a deep aversion to and avoidance of depending on others. People who suffer from this have a true fear of depending on others and do anything they can to avoid it. This condition can cause many problems for those affected by it for obvious reasons. Never depending on anyone or allowing anyone to help you would be a very hard way of life. Although there are different causes, the most common cause is being neglected during childhood by a parent or parents. This neglect isn’t necessarily a lack of food or shelter, but more so a lack of emotional connection that is...

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Better Ways to Cope with Grief During the Holidays

»Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Better Ways to Cope with Grief During the Holidays

  The holidays can be an extremely difficult time for those who are grieving, or for those who have lost loved ones in the past the holidays can drudge up the grief they have already addressed. While it is human to grieve and to miss ones that you have lost, grief can actually stand in your way if you don’t know how to properly cope with it.  Here is a quick list of ways to help cope with grief this holiday season:   ALLOW YOURSELF TO FEEL. If you’re feeling emotions that are unpleasant allow yourself to feel them and allow them to leave. Don’t dwell on the fact that you had a bad night, week, or even a breakdown. Allow yourself to feel the anger or sadness and then let it go. Try journaling, a phone call or a coffee date with a friend to share...

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