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Mar
17
Bogged down by Decisions?
By Kevin

Struggling with making decisions? If so, you're not alone.

Each person makes a ton of decisions throughout their day. Whether it be setting the alarm to wake up or something far more critical, like buying a new car or house. We tend to have difficulty making many different types of decisions. I have struggled with decisions that impact myself and my family, from time-to-time.

Often times I struggled with choosing how to face new opportunities. I tended to worry too much about what others might think about me. I would worry about the long-term impact on my career, my personal life, or the relationships with my family. When it became really difficult, I would put off the decision as long as I could (an anxiety coping skill).

Through my struggles, I have learned from research and personal experien...


Mar
10
The #1 Thing which helped me with Anxiety
By Kevin

I first discovered anxiety in 4th grade.

My school's track coach walked up to me and said, "I'm thinking of putting you in the 1600m race." I told him, "uhhh, ok." Then the time came for me to line up with the other 7 kids in the race...I felt this deep nervousness. I began thinking of all the things that will go wrong. I had no real idea what was taking place at the moment and I locked up in fear. I began with the certainty that I am going to look bad and fail. After the gun sounded, I allowed anxiety to win.

That race in 4th grade was something I began to understand the power of fear within the brain. I fell behind in the race very quickly and I couldn't compete. I feared the worst, that I would fail, and I did. In years that followed,...


Mar
03
A quick antidote to Depression
By Kevin

I was sadly reminded this past week of the power that depression has on an individual. As someone who has been through depression, I the depths and power that helplessness and hopelessness has on an individual. As I have become a sought-out therapist and addictions counselor, I have learned how to help individuals move through depression and come through the other side of the deep and dark times.

Along the way, another client of mine taught me a very powerful vision of what depression can do. He said it like this, "Kevin...the problem with depression is that it begins to grow very silently. If depression could talk, it would say something like this, 'stay here on the couch and do nothing. Here take the remote control of the television....


Feb
12
Brain vs. Inner Mind: Which Do You Use More Often?
By Franz Locsin

By: Kevin R. Foley, M.Ed., LPC

Feelings of depression, anxiety, and depression are patterns of thought and behavior that have drawn the majority of attention, whether it's in health care or business. Much of the so-called "problem solvers" focus their attention on the "presenting problem." Consider that our entire health field is dedicated to diagnose and treat symptoms, whether they be physical, mental, or emotional, through medication management of these symptoms. Business consultants spend much of their time determining faults and failings of a business, through high priced consultants. Instead of dwelling on the problem, I have found much of what leads to progressive and lasting change comes from forward motion through self-awareness ...


Feb
08
Listening and Guiding is my business...
By Franz Locsin

Let's Talk: A Therapist Invitation...

In your daily grind of protecting your image from others, we go from day-to-day, expending tremendous amounts of energy trying to conceal and contain the way you really feel. This becomes an energy-draining task. The pain you feel has been mounting since childhood. You have been judged, belittled, and told you are not good enough.

It is from that childhood, or later, when you begin to believe that you are in this never-ending deep sadness, excruciating anxiety, and deep valley of doubt. These feelings of sadness, anxiety, and misery have become so overwhelming that you feel an unending amount of stress, fear, and insecurity that you give up who you were and accept the possibility that it will never get...


Oct
17
How It Will All Work Out?
By Franz Locsin

I've been on a quest to discover how It Will All Work Out (IWAWO). I have discovered my own Life Journey and I'd like to help you find and follow your Journey too.

In our commitment and determination to rid the world of anxiety and depression, we are excited to announce the launch of my first book.

I've created a practical guide to help you see just how to get your Journey to be more true to who you are.

While I finalize official book signings, I wanted you to be one among the first to start the IWAWO movement. You can be the first to own your own copy of IWAWO: Discovering and Loving Your Life Journey.

Want to buy one?

You can get your copy of the book through: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks.

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Oct
04
3 Keys to Relationships in Life
By Franz Locsin

One of my mentors, Brendon Burchard, taught me a valuable lesson on what he calls the "Arenas of Life." He pointed to three keys to any relationship in life.

Attention

Being present is extremely important to whatever you do or are doing. He reminds me that whomever I help, giving my whole attention to them matters more than I realize.

Affect

These are the emotions that you and I bring to a relationship. I bring emotion to the relationship. When I determine my own emotion in my interaction with others, I am being more authentic and valuable to the relationship.

Action

Engaging in purposeful and intentional focus to the relationship greatly increases the relationship. I intentionally put my phone down and turn the ringer off throughout the day. I am present and focu...


Oct
02
The Truth About Disease
By Franz Locsin

If you look at disease in the world, you are bound to see varied cases of conditions in the body that lead to further health complications. One website I looked at this morning said the top three deadliest diseases in the world are:

1. Heart disease (Ischemic Heart Disease) - heart attack

2. Cebrovascular Disease - strokes

3. Lower Respiratory Infections - pneumonia and bronchitis

Any one of these three usually give off warning signs. These warnings are the body's way of saying "pay attention to me." These signs are telling us one essential truth about disease.

Dis-ease

The very word "disease" gives us a giant clue as to what's going on within us. We get these conditions because we are not longer at ease. Our ease has been thrown off course and the bo...


Sep
29
Gut Instinct
By Franz Locsin

Physician Emeran Mayer wrote an incredible (highly recommended) book, The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health

His book confirmed what we have known for a long time...our gut holds a vast amount of communication and emotional chemicals throughout the body. Our digestive tracts help ward off poison in our body. Our gut carries the single biggest source of Serotonin, that "feel good" feeling we crave.

Wisdom in Your Gut

Much of our work with individuals, families, groups, and organizations confirm what Mayer points to...there is a great amount of wisdom in your gut. When the mind and the gut are communicating well, there is an unmistakable wisdom. That gut can guide and pull y...


Sep
28
3 Underrated Traits you Must Have
By Franz Locsin

In our intense work with clients, families, groups, and organizations, we find a consistent need for three traits. Every individual and group must have these in their life, which are often under valued and ignored.

Know Yourself

You may have a vague idea of who you are, but do you really stop to get to know the real, authentic you? We mean knowing your strengths as well as your weaknesses. Knowing what you are to yourself and others, as well as what you're not, is highly underrated.

Love Yourself

Knowing yourself is one thing. Loving yourself, even your flaws, is entirely empowering. When you really, deep down, love who you are and what you stand for in life, you begin to focus on becoming the best version of yourself. Love you, no matter what.

Care for Yourself

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