Parents have unquestionably been hit hard by the pandemic. Between school closures and virtual learning, many parents have assumed the role of teacher on top of their usual household obligations and adjusting to working from home. And on top of that, parents are helping their children navigate their fear, anxiety, and depression around COVID and tumultuous societal events.
Mindfulness is an ancient practice that encourages us to be alert and engaged with ourselves and the world around us without judgement. The truth for many of us is that if we look closely, we are so stuck thinking about the past or worrying about the future that we don’t spend much time in the present moment at all. Getting started with a mindfulness practice doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. Here are four brief exercises you can try at any time, in any place.
If you’re like most people, you plan to ring in the new year with a list of resolutions. Whether that is through eating right, working out, learning a new language or decluttering your home office, resolutions are made to help us live our best lives. In all of these instances, mental health therapy can help.
When you decide to see a counselor, you are in effect stating: it is worth it to invest in myself and pursue healing. This is valuable, important work, because I am valuable and important. No matter your season of life or the struggles before or behind you, the partnership of an insightful counselor can be transformative and life changing.
Our mission at Sunstone Counseling is to remove the barriers that prevent people from obtaining the mental health services they need and deserve. By offering in-person and online appointments to RVA residents at our Glen Allen office hopes to alleviate any scheduling challenges those seeking counseling may have faced in the past.
As we gather with friends and family, whether virtually or in-person for the holiday season, current events will likely be a topic of conversation with differing opinions involved. Now more than ever it’s critical that we possess the tools to have difficult but healthy conversations with people in our lives.
The end of the year invites in a season of reflection – reflecting on what we’re thankful for, what the year has held, and what’s coming in the near and distant future. This practice of gratitude is timely and seasonal – but it doesn’t have to be.
Watching your child endure bullying and harassment from their peers is a difficult and painful experience for most parents. We all want our children to be happy and healthy, and when they hurt, we hurt. Whether they’re at school or just looking at social media on their phones, tablets or computer, it can be virtually impossible to try and intervene or attempt to stop bullying behavior.
Sunstone Counseling is pleased to announce we were selected as the winner of the “Professional Services” category in the Best of Falls Church contest. Residents of Falls Church recognized Sunstone for helping its clients create a brighter tomorrow one counseling session at a time. Sunstone is so humbled to be recognized by the community.
The body is our vessel of life, our tool for engaging with the world around us, and our protector. For many of us, anxiety takes us out of our bodies and locks us in our thoughts about the past or the future. Observing our tendencies and understanding the physiological component of anxiety can be helpful in the effort of reducing anxiety symptoms.