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Aimee Barr, LCSW  Psychotherapist . Educator . Advocate Helping you through your most difficult life transitions. New Blog: Compassion Fatigue & Empaths👇

To all of the wonderful fathers, grandfathers and father like figures, we honor you today! We see you and acknowledge you for all that you do and the tremendous contribution you make to our lives.

We live in a time where we have to share greater responsibility and awareness about how we treat our environmental resources. Today, June 15th is Global Wind Day! Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on June 15th. It is organized by @WindEurope EWEA (European Wind Energy Association) and @GWECGlobalWind GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council). 75 countries currently recognize Global Wind Day. How can you honor this holiday? Go and visit wind farms, speak with experts, attend events, take actions to support and learn about wind energy.
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Coping with anxiety, panic disorders, and phobias can make you feel like you are at war with yourself. In order to cope and reclaim balance, effective skills are mandatory. The Anxiety Workbook written by Edmund Bourne PhD offers step-by-step treatment strategies for panic disorders, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This evidence based workbook helps you take control of your anxious thoughts through providing breathing practices, cognitive behavioral therapy exercises, mindfulness techniques, research on exposure therapy and so much more. Whether you are a clinician looking for new resources or someone suffering from anxiety, The Anxiety Workbook will help you develop new skills for quieting your fears and managing your anxious thoughts. This workbook is the most comprehensive and effective resource out there for those who suffer from anxiety. Do you suffer from anxiety or are looking to support someone who does? If yes, this book is a #mustread!
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We have a new moon in Gemini! Today the moon is sextile between Mercury and Uranus and gives our spirit an extra bolt of energy. Additionally, this is a great time for creativity, learning or doing something new. Where can you break out of established patterns in order to look at things differently?
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We need breaks during our daily routine in order to recharge our mind and protect ourselves from feeling #OutofTuneInJune. There has been a lot of psychological literature written about the importance of taking a break and how that will positively impact our productivity, mood, mental sharpness and alertness. Recharging your body and mind sometimes can take only 15 minutes. If you really want to maximize your breaks and stay mentally and physically energized, I highly recommend changing your environment and going outside. Give yourself a structural change, even if it involves walking around the block and returning. Not only does fresh air help prevent mental fatigue, studies show that those with more exposure to natural light during the day sleep better at night, leading them to be more well rested and able to work productively the next day. How has getting outdoors during the workday made a difference for you?
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Compassion fatigue, which is also known as “secondary traumatization,” is defined as the emotional residue and experiencing symptoms of burnout due to working with people or animals who have suffered from traumatic events. This can occur after exposure to one trauma case (or event), or it can be cumulative. Who has been here before? I certainly have experienced compassion fatigue before and subsequently became very interested in studying and researching who is vulnerable to it and what we can do to take prevention steps. You don’t have to be actively working in the medical profession to experience compassion fatigue. Interestingly, those who are describe themselves as empaths or those who feel or even take on other people’s emotions are much more vulnerable to developing compassion fatigue. If this sounds like you, I invite you to read my blog and learn more about empaths, compassion fatigue and what protective measures you can take!
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It was Voltaire who said: “perfect is the enemy of the good.” Perfection should never be the metric of success. While we may value delivering quality work, perfectionism involves excessively unrealistic standards and very harsh self-criticism. Psychological research has even found that perfectionism is closely linked with burnout. Repeat after me, “Perfection is not a criteria of success.” Instead let’s value diligence, flexibility, self-awareness and resiliency. These are all far better qualities than perfectionism. Is perfectionism causing you to feel #OutofTuneinJune? Please share in the comments below!

Three days after Kate Spade’s suicide, we are now also mourning the suicide of celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain. It is with much sadness that we remember and mourn Bourdain for his great adventure, fine food and beverages and his fascinating stories of the world that made him such a brilliant storyteller. A report released yesterday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that suicide rates in the United States have gone up more than 25% since 1999. In 2016 alone, about 45,000 people took their own lives. Suicide is major public health issue and is devastating, scary and often can feel hard to make sense of. We need to move forward with compassion and greater awareness. Use today to let your loved ones know that you love them. For anyone in crisis please know 1-800-lifenet and https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org are available to help.

Today is World Oceans Day! We celebrate this holiday every year on June 8th. It has been celebrated unofficially since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada's International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Besides the ocean being soothing, it provides us with many resources and services including oxygen, climate regulation, food sources, and medicine. World Ocean day reminds us to honor, help protect, and conserve the world's oceans.

#tbt Before starting my private practice full time, I spent 10 years as a Sexual Assault Response Team Volunteer and many years counseling survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. This past month I was honored to be appointed to the Board of Arise Foundation (https://arise.foundation). Arise Foundation is an international non-profit dedicated to ending slavery and human trafficking by working with grassroots/local networks around the world. I believe that human trafficking is the most horrifying and important social issue we are faced with and I am humbled to be collaborating with some of the most impressive people I have ever met, as we work to create new programs, support grass roots organizations and save lives. To learn more about Arise Foundation or to get involved please go to visit the weblink (https://arise.foundation).

As we mourn Kate Spade, we are reminded that we may never ever truly know the pain someone close to us might be holding. I am so sad to hear about Kate Spade’s suicide. She was an inspiration to so many people, bringing in glitter, brightness and supporting women in embracing the vibrant person inside of them. To those who are struggling please know you are not alone. I promise that help and caring people are always available. To anyone in crisis please know 1-800-lifenet and https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org are available to help. Let’s all make a commitment to be kind, loving and aware. 📷: @hadleybiniondesigns

Our relationship with food can get very complicated. Sometimes we think we are hungry for food when we are really hungry for something else. Can anyone relate to eating their feelings? Feeling #OutOfTuneInJune can result in distracted or emotional eating. Quite often we overeat when we are angry, sad, anxious or bored. If you have a complicated relationship with food, you're not alone. Emotional hunger can hit us suddenly and will feel overwhelming and urgent. Physical hunger, on the other hand, comes on more gradually. Emotional hunger often leads to mindless eating and won’t leave you satisfied unless you are full. Are there specific situations, places, or feelings that make you crave the comfort of food? Most emotional eating is linked to unpleasant feelings. I support you in being aware of your triggers and exploring if your relationship with food is leaving you feeling #OutofTuneInJune.

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