Help!—Someone I Know Is Battling Anxiety

anxietySomeone you know is struggling with fear and anxiety and you are unsure of how to help.  That is totally understandable.  Did you know that one of the first things you should do is seek professional guidance?  I know that may sound a bit crazy, but let’s think about this for a minute.  If you have a problem with your car and you do not know the first thing about cars, what do you do…you call a professional (or at least someone you view as a professional in that arena).  Perhaps your issue is with plumbing, roofing, or building a new home…you get the picture, right?  In essence, getting professional help for their fears and anxiety is very important.

In addition, here are a few key pointers to help you help someone else:

  • Encourage them to take one day at a time
  • Place focus on the here and now (not past or future)
  • Overcome negative statements with positivity (replace don’t with do)
  • Visualize their happy place (i.e. beach, mountains, etc.)
  • Pray for them and pray with them

Take refuge in knowing that our God is stronger than any fear we may encounter.  His Word is filled with ways to help us overcome the day to day trials of life.  Be consistent and persistent with the person you are helping and remember, when things are beyond your scope of understanding or area of expertise, seek professional guidance.

Do remember to reach out to LAE-LAH Inc. and schedule your COMPLIMENTARY phone consultation.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.  signature

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When your Child Presents with Abdominal Pain

child-and-abdominal-painI remember when my children would complain of tummy aches.  Did you know that tummy aches are one of the most frequent complaints in children?  Because there are many potential causes attributed with it, the challenge of properly diagnosing the problem increases for both the parent and the physician.  There are times when an immediate visit to the emergency room is warranted, then there are times when you just lay there with your child to help soothe the pain away.  Causes can be food related, infectious, bites, etc.  What do you do?

You find yourself sitting there wondering—is it bacteria or a virus, is it Gastroenteritis or the stomach flu, is it food poisoning or food allergies, is it just gas or did they eat too much?  What is happening to my baby?  Why is the cramping so severe?  Why won’t they stop crying?  Why won’t this medication work?  What am I supposed to do?!

Relax, take the pain serious.  You may need to make that visit to the ER to rule out anything major (i.e. appendicitis).  However, even if the pain subsides overnight, make sure you follow through with your child’s pediatrician to ensure your child is receiving the best possible care.  Again, welcome to the journey of parenthood.  It is a journey of love and rewards, which is also accompanied by pain and sleepless nights.  Continue to invest in the blessing which God has bestowed upon you.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature

Welcome to Motherhood…Introduction

motherhood-introPartaking in the creation of life is a wonderful experience.  Think about it, for nine months (give or take) a baby is growing in your womb.  Granted there will be good times and not so good times during this experience, nevertheless, the experience is there.  I can recall the anticipation of all my bundles of joy.  I remember them all so vividly as though it was just yesterday.  I remember the kicks and movement within.  The greatest memory is when the tiny bundles were placed into my arms for the very first time, each time, three times total.

Parents, please understand that taking on this very important role in life is a sacrificial role.  There is no room for selfishness, especially in the early stages.  There is a being that has now become totally dependent on you.

Moms, you have just advanced from morning sickness and all the other “quirky” things that come along with a pregnancy to having a little one in your home disrupting every routine you previously had in place.  There will be multitudes of adjustments—sleep schedule, meal preparation, house cleaning, etc.  I think you get the picture.  No need to panic~~remember that you still need to tend to self in order to be of great benefit to this new bundle which you have now welcomed into your home.

LAE-LAH Inc will be presenting this as an open forum for discussion regarding your concerns of self-care.  This article is part of a series, so please subscribe and stay in the know.  We will be addressing signs of pregnancy, things pregnant women should do and not do, stress management, time management, etc.  We would love to hear from you, so please do not hesitate to comment or reach out.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.

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Jumpstart A Super Conversation

conversation-starterDo you find yourself stumped for words when it comes to having conversations with others?

When you do not feel comfortable talking in groups, initiating a conversation can be quite challenging.  The body may begin to do things you are not comfortable with…sweaty palms, tongue tied, racing heart, etc.  Do not let that deter you from becoming an effective conversation starter, instead, try these five tips:

  • Implement an ice-breaker—tell a joke or share a story
  • Engage the group as a whole
  • Choose a topic common to the group
  • Avoid interrogation like questions
  • Ask open-ended questions

While this list is not exhaustive, it will get you headed in the right direction the next time you find yourself in a group setting and needing to get the conversation going.  Feel free to try one, two, or all of the above—whatever works best for you.  The important thing is to remain positive as you engage others.  You will begin to learn more about yourself and what works best for you and your personality.

You are on the road to positive personal development.  Do not let this be where your road ends.  Schedule your COMPLIMENTARY PHONE CONSULTATION with LAE-LAH Inc. today.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature

Living a Fear-Free Life

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Perhaps you live with the fear of what others think of you or that you do not measure up.  Maybe you are concerned with words people speak about you—thought for the moment—did you know that people only talk about things that are on their minds?  In my trainings, I educate people on the power to say thank you.  Who do you need to thank today?

The Bible declares that we can be delivered from our fears.

Unhealthy fear is not your friend, as it does not help you.  On the contrary, it hinders you.  This type of fear does not provide you with the strength to walk through a door of opportunity, neither does it provide you with the will power to take chances.  Are you ready to reclaim your life and stop letting this unhealthy fear have its way with you?

3 Simple steps to ridding your life of fear:

  • Realize that God loves you unconditionally
  • Ask God to deliver you from your past, present, and future fears
  • Make decisions based on what is best for you, NOT others

This may seem like a difficult task, however, you are not alone.  We learn in God’s Word to seek wise counsel (Proverbs 1:5).  Schedule your COMPLIMENTARY PHONE CONSULTATION with LAE-LAH Inc. today.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature