All Posts in Category: Mental Health Monday

Mental Health Monday – War Changes Soldiers


When I returned home from a deployment to Afghanistan, I had been transformed. Not in a good way: I was quickly startled at loud noises and suddenly spending fortunes on speeding tickets. I will take you on a personal and scientific quest to find out how common such a transformation is. Dr. Esmeralda Kleinreesink is a lieutenant-colonel with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. As an assistant professor at the Netherlands Defence Academy, she studied international military Afghanistan memoirs (On Military Memoirs, Brill, 2017). She published several short stories and a military memoir (Officier in Afghanistan, Meulenhoff, 2012) about her own deployment to Afghanistan.



Mental Health Monday – 8 Signs of a Toxic Friendship



There are stories of people with bullets in their head who don’t even know it.
Many more people are living with toxic friendships without even knowing it.
Knowing the 8 signs of a toxic friendship can help you avoid them.
In spite of her professional success,
Dr Sharon Livingston found herself in a toxic friendship,

a friendship she treasured turned out to be deeply harmful.
Sharon has determined that toxic friendships are identifiable,
that you CAN heal and protect yourself from poisonous people in the future.


Mental Health Monday – A Humorous Look at Cerebral Palsy



“I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time,”
Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk.
Really, it’s hilarious.) “I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali.”
With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress,
stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.


Mental Health Monday – Discover How to Renew Your Mind with Cognitive Neuroplasticity


Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
Romans 12:2

Why is it so hard to change our bad habits? 

Not being able to change doesn’t’t mean you’re weak, stubborn, or lazy. Whatever it is that you resolved to do (or stop doing) in the past, there’s no doubt you meant it.  So, what’s been standing in your way?

 Your mind has a hidden agenda of its own to maintain the status quo. It is likely to reject anything that it perceives as new, unsettling, or potentially uncomfortable. This inherent resistance protects you from the negative disruption that sudden change can bring.

Unfortunately, this built-in defense mechanism can often sabotage positive change in your life as well.

Most people don’t realize the importance of their thought life and the impact it has on their body and emotions. Your body does what your mind tells it to do. Your mind controls your actions.

So you won’t be able to change your behavior without changing your mind. 

If you want to successfully change your behavior, one of the best things you can do is to monitor your thought life and adjust your thinking. But you must be willing to look at your entrenched patterns of belief through a fresh lens. You need to become deliberate in your decision to monitor your thoughts and the assumptions you have been making.

We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough.

Neuroplasticity allows you to change your life and make happiness a reality. You can go from being a victim to a victor.

Even a casual search on Google will show a curious browser that neuroplasticity is a “magical” scientific discovery that shows that our brains are not hard-wired like computers, as was once thought, but are rather more like “play-doh.”  This means that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains and that by doing certain exercises we can actually change our brain’s strength, size and density. Neuroplasticity means we can become better [human beings]. It doesn’t even have to be difficult.

Renewing your mind is the process of changing the way your mind operates. Most people don’t know where to start on their own. It’s not clear to them what they should do differently or how to create the change they desire. My FREE Renew Your Mind workbook is designed to help you create positive and sustainable change in your life.  I show you how to break through cognitive barriers and provide the secret to making changes that stick.

Stefani Yorges brings expertise as a leadership educator, consultant, and coach. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Purdue University and has been teaching graduate courses at West Chester University in Pennsylvania for the past 20 years. She specializes in positive, strengths-based, transformational leadership models and has engaged with more than 100 clients as an executive coach. She and her husband are actively involved in their church.

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Mental Health Monday – There’s More to Life than Being Happy


Do you not know that your body is a house of God where the Holy Spirit lives?
Now you belong to God. You do not belong to yourselves.

God bought you with a great price.
So honor God with your body because you belong to Him.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

If we live, we are living for the Lord. And if we die, we are dying for the Lord.
So living or dying, we belong to the Lord.
Romans 14:8

Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?
A. That I am not my own,
but belongbody and soul, in life and in death
to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.
Heidelberg Catechism – Q&A 1

“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.”
Viktor E. Frankl

 A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.
Brene’ Brown

Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there’s a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life — serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you — gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning as Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.