Root Counseling

def ro͞ot/ basic cause, source, or origin / to establish deeply and firmly


Anxiety counseling, stress management, transitions, and self esteem counseling for women in the Denver metro area.

When Confidence is Lacking...

Hard to believe that summer is fast heading in to fall, as kids go back to school in Denver this week and we realize that Labor Day is literally just around the corner!

Lately, a lot of my clients have been talking about confidence, or the lack thereof. Maybe it's end of summer blues, maybe it's the political unrest that continues to plague our news each morning, but it seems that August has a lot of folks feeling, well, blah. Like they've lost their mojo. Like it's harder to get jazzed about things that once jazzed them. We've all been there, and it's no fun to find that our once perky, upbeat self seems to have lost her spunk and sense of being on top of her game. 

As a Denver therapist specializing in self-esteem counseling, I see a LOT of this issue in women. And I'll tell you this: No matter how much somebody looks like they have their shit together, more often than not, they're struggling in some silent way. And in my experience, sometimes it's you ladies who MOST look like you have it all on lock that tend to put yourselves last, and everyone else first, and hence feel depleted inside. 

When confidence in lacking, one of the best things we can do is gently, compassionately remind ourselves that it's OK to feel that way. It's normal. From there, we can ask ourselves - what makes me feel GOOD, that perhaps I've been neglecting? Have I taken on too much at work, and am hence losing sleep? Am I skipping meals and yoga and playtime with friends? Are there things I really love - painting, writing, reading, cooking, cycling, dreaming - that I've temporarily forgotten about?

If the answer is yes, the solution is often carving out a little time to do the things that make us feel alive, beautiful, kickass, and competent. ALL of us are full of talents and skills that are uniquely ours. Tapping in to that inherent wisdom of who we REALLY are can help us come home to ourselves.

If you're struggling with low self-esteem or lack of confidence, working with a trained Denver self-esteem counselor can help. We'd love to come alongside you and help you tap back in to that core sense of self, that strength and bad-ass attitude that you know is inside of you! Give us a call at 720-363-9188 or Book Online Now

Warmly, 

Root xo

3 Quick Ways to Boost Self-Esteem!

At Root, we LOVE making women feel good. And not in that pollyanna "just think positive!" sort of way (although how we think about ourselves DOES really matter...;) We hear similar stories from women of many walks of life, and the longer we do this work, the more we understand that at the end of the day, we're all WAY more similar than we are different. And all of us are struggling in some way. All of us are doing the best we can with what we've got, but often wondering why we feel that everyone else is doing it seemingly "better" than us. 

So, here are 3 quick and easy ways to lay off yourself a bit, practice some self-compassion and give yourself a little self-esteem boost!

1. Take 5 minutes to write down some things you LOVE about yourself. Make a quick list. Include anything you want to, regardless of whether it's deep and meaningful, like "I'm an amazing friend," or simple and physical like "I really like my ass these days." ;) The point here is to break the cycle of negative self-talk (which most of us live in). We spend so much time thinking about what we feel is wrong with us that we miss all the amazing things we already possess. So give it a go. Write down what you adore about yourself. 

2. Decide to let one thing go today that you just don't want to deal with. That thing that's nagging at you that you REALLY don't want to do today? Well, today, don't do it. You get a pass. This is your permission slip. Let it go and move on and worry about it later. In the meantime, forget about it. If it absolutely has to be done, outsource it. If you can't outsource it, pick something else - but LET SOMETHING GO that you just don't want to do, and take that pressure off yourself. 

3. Find ONE thing coming up in the next month that you are really excited about, and think about how good it makes you feel. Don't over-think this one - it doesn't have to be something big like a vacation. In fact, this works better if it's not. But scan your life, your calendar, and focus on that thing that really jazzes you. Maybe it's a dinner date with a friend. Maybe it's being in bed by 9 pm with a good book because that's what you need right now. Perhaps it's a treat of some kind, but make it work for you, and focus on it. Notice how your body feels when you really focus on it. Notice what emotions come up, or if parts of you relax. 

That's it, ladies! Give it a go and let us know how it goes! Using some simple tools to boost your self-esteem and mood can go a long way in a stressful day. As always, we're here to help you along your journey should you find yourself needing a boost. As self-esteem counselors, we're here to help. Give us a call at (720) 363-9188 or Book Online Now!

Warmly, 

Root

Women and Grief

As women's counselors in Denver, those of us here at Root spend a lot of time working with women experiencing loss. Perhaps you've lost a job, a loved one, a child or a pet, and are grieving, intensely. Perhaps you fear that you're losing your marriage, or equally as devastating, losing a relationship that means everything to you. These losses can be sudden, or they can occur slowly and subtly, over years. We are reminded that loss can strike anyone at anytime, no matter how wealthy or seemingly successful they may seem, as we watch celebrities on TV suffer enormously challenging losses. 

One thing we know is that our capacity to grieve well is directly related to our capacity to feel joy. This is one of the great paradoxes of life. Somehow, in the suffocating constriction of our suffering, we may eventually learn how to expand our hearts and lives into even greater joy. This takes time though, and when we're in the loss, it's hard to feel anything other than the rug of everything we knew being suddenly pulled out from beneath us. 

How is suffering related to joy? Research shows that we cannot "shut off" emotions selectively. What this means is, if I ignore and totally compartmentalize my sadness or grief, I also risk compartmentalizing my capacity to feel joy and happiness. Ironically, it's only by going through the breaking open of grief that we can move to a more expanded space and actually start to feel better. Most of us want to take a shortcut, either by ignoring it, drinking/shopping/drugging it away, doing anything to feel less pain. This is totally understandable. We are human. But if we stay there, we risk falling deeper in to a depression that might get harder and harder to get out of. 

It is impossible to move through grief well without significant support from friends, loved ones, and activities that fuel us. However, many grieving women worry that they will burden their friends or partners, that everyone will 'get sick of me talking about it' or 'wonder why I'm not just over it already.' Nothing could be more harmful than isolating ourselves during this vulnerable time. This is where supportive, tailored counseling for women can help. Those of us at Root have been counseling women for years through some of life's most challenging struggles. We know, both personally and professionally, what a incredible difference it can make to be supported in our grief.

If you find yourself in a season of grief feeling unsure how to ever get through it, you're not alone. Give us a call at (720) 363-9188 or Book Online Here. We'd love to support you on your path to wholeness and integration in your beautiful life. 

With love and light, 

Root

My Fantasy Dinner Party

Lately I've been noticing some really fun similarities between myself, and many of my clients. As a Denver therapist providing women's counseling, my clients and I talk a lot about how to improve ourselves. Often that leads to what books we're currently reading, how they inspire us, and what authors we follow. I joked with one client recently that she and I both would probably invite the exact same people to a "fantasy dinner party," a dinner where all our favorite minds would gather in one place to share a meal and chat the evening way. With us, of course. :) She asked who I'd invite, so I thought I'd share that here with you ladies! 

Elizabeth Gilbert would definitely be there, sharing her ideas on creativity with us (I can just hear her saying, "Follow your curiosity, Jen!") Next to her might be Rob Bell, inspiring us all beautifully around the absolute wonder and awe of just being alive and humanSassy Anne Lamott would be swinging her sparkling water around, cracking us up with jarringly honest and hilarious lines like, "I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish." Brené Brown, with her lovely Southern accent, would keep us all reminded of the importance of vulnerability in building intimacy and connection. Stephen Pressfield would remind us about resistance and all the ways we talk ourselves out of doing the thing we just KNOW we were created to do

I could go on, but what I just LOVE about this list and these great thinkers is that ALL of them provide much-needed voices of encouragement on our path, leading and guiding us to greater truth, greater freedom, and greater alignment with who we really are. They are helping us to become the best version of ourselves we can possibly be.

At Root Counseling, we share that same vision. We believe in freedom and joy, and dealing with our shit so we can move forward unencumbered. We believe in dreams being realized and love being restored and laughter coming back. We believe in purpose, in community, and in the absolute necessity of human connection. We believe in you, and if you are searching for greater meaning or purpose, or navigating challenging life transitions as a woman, that's our jam. Give us a call at (720) 363-9188 or if you dig doing things online, Book Online Now!

With love and light, 

Root xo

The Importance of Girl Time

Summer sure seems to be here in Colorado, and with that the heat is turning up! I'm so grateful to be escaping the city this weekend for a short retreat with a girlfriend up at Shambala Mountain Center. It's been on my bucket list for years, and after she invited me earlier this year to join her and some awesome ladies for a couple days of writing, yoga and reflection, I couldn't pass it up.

As women, we spend a lot of time juggling multiple roles - daughter, sister, partner, mom, CEO, employee, etc - and it can wear us out. So many of my clients talk about the importance of their girlfriends in life. Girlfriends are our chosen family, the ones we get to choose to be with, outside of other life obligations. Research has shown that having healthy, fun and supportive relationships decreases stress, improves quality of life, and gives us a sense of meaning and connection. As a woman, and a Denver women's counselor, I know firsthand the struggles that women go through on a day-in, day-out basis. As much as we might love and appreciate the men in our lives, there's something about a great girlfriend that just gets it to boost our mood and improve our happiness. 

If you're looking for ways to connect on a deeper level with other women, working with a trained Denver women's counselor can help. Some of us have anxiety or fears that prevent us from getting close in relationships, some women may struggle to trust other women due to abandonment or betrayal. Building healthy female friendships with other healthy women can do wonders for our mood and outlook on life. Give us a call at (720) 363-9188, or Book Online Now!

In sisterhood, 

Root xo

Mindfulness and Anxiety

Whoa, what a crazy week of weather it's been in Denver! From snow to freezing hail to perfect 80-degree days of sunshine, we've run quite the gamut! Spring has sprung, it seems, and with it, the most unpredictable weather of the Colorado year.

Spring can bring a breath of fresh air after the long, dark days of winter - specifically for women dealing with anxiety. Being cooped up inside and not able to expose ourselves to sunshine (and with it, healthy doses of vitamin D and serotonin mood-boosting rays) can take a toll on our bodies and our moods. A lot of women find themselves getting outside more, walking in the evenings while it's still light outside, and hence generally feeling better.

Some women, however, have the opposite experience. With spring can come allergies and an overall adjustment to the pollen levels, leading to stuffy heads, foggy brains and lots of sneezing. We're all different, but two things we know that can help lower anxiety levels are practicing mindfulness, and anxiety counseling. Simple mindful exercises like walking, meditation, breath practice and yoga can vastly improve our sense of connection to our bodies, increase clarity of thought, an improve energy levels. One of our favorite yoga studios here at Root is Samadhi Yoga in Denver. With classes nearly every hour or two starting around 5 am to 8 pm, even the busiest can gal can find some options to squeeze in to a tight schedule!

As much as yoga and mindfulness can help decrease the physical and mental symptoms of anxiety, often we need to get to the root cause of the anxiety - and that is our JAM. At Root we specialize in anxiety counseling for the amazing women of Denver, using evidence-based techniques to help our clients find lasting relief. If you're looking for an anxiety therapist in Denver, we'd love to come alongside you and help you find your path to greater calm, ease and peace!

Give us a call at (720) 363-9188 or Book Online Now! You don't have to suffer with ongoing anxiety, sister. There's a better way!

with love and light, 
Root

 

How Do I Know if My Anxiety is a Problem?

Fortunately these days, it’s become more and more acceptable for people to talk openly about their struggles, whether it’s problems with family, work, or our mental and emotional health. A lot of women, however, have become so conditioned to moving at such a fast pace that they aren’t sure how to distinguish their day-in, day-out overwhelm from an anxiety problem requiring professional help like counseling.

Here’s the thing, ladies: We don’t need to wait until we have a full-blown anxiety disorder to seek help. In fact, it’s much, much better if we don’t. Like most health problems, it’s easier to treat anxiety and heal it if we catch it early. In other words, if you’re consistently on edge, losing sleep, feeling overwhelmed, and the like, it’s probably a good time to slow down for a moment and assess what’s really going on with you.

In the West, we usually wait to seek help until we’re really struggling, or “sick.” Anxiety is a natural response and indication to us that something is out of whack in our lives, or that there is something going in us mentally or emotionally that is requesting our attention. As women, we often ignore these smaller signs, for a number of reasons –  perhaps we’re busy taking care of kids, or families, or careers. In addition, society often encourages us to put ourselves last.

When we learn how to tune in to our bodies, hearts and minds, and pay attention to these signals, or “alarm bells” going off – we do ourselves a tremendous favor, and we can head off a bigger problem later. It’s not always easy to do this, or to know how, and this is where anxiety counseling for women can help immensely.

Here at Root, we LOVE helping women catch issues in the “yellow” zone, before we cross over into the “red zone.” If you’ve had a nagging feeling that something isn’t quite right with you, but you aren’t sure what, give us a call at (720) 363-9188 or Book Online Here. That’s exactly the time to seek counseling, because we can help you identify, address and correct whatever might be out of whack, before it gets any worse.

With love and light,

Root

 

Anxiety in Women

Ladies, did you know that as women, we are TWICE as likely to experience anxiety disorders as men? UGH, right? So unfair! There are many reasons for this, but some include things specific to us, like hormonal cycles, for example; or the fact that women are overall more conditioned in society to internalize negative feelings about themselves. Women are also often the survivors of physical, mental, or sexual abuse, and those experiences in life can lead us to experience greater anxiety. If that's not enough, we're also often juggling multiple roles at the same time: work, friendships, children, all while trying to do some good in the world. 

The great news is, women also have the most INCREDIBLE resiliency and capacity to change and adapt. Our bodies, minds and spirits are designed to manage multiple changes in life, and with the right support, we can heal. Reset. Find ways to cope with life and all its changes without feeling like we're running ourselves totally into the ground.

Anxiety counseling tailored specifically for women can be a crucial component in learning tools to help decrease anxiety, as well as therapy support to address the underlying root causes of it once and for all. At Root Counseling, helping the kick-ass women of Denver find relief from anxiety and overwhelm is our passion. If you're a Denver women suffering with anxiety, you DON'T have to feel this way forever. Give us a call at (720) 363-9188 or Book Online Now!

Warmly,

Root

xo

What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

Happy Friday, ladies! Looks like we may be getting our last (?) big snow of the season this weekend, woot! As I write this up in the mountains, it's just starting to come down outside, a stark change to the 70-something degrees we've had in the city the last couple weeks!

Today I had a chance to catch an awesome yoga class with a friend whom I ADORE. We picked out one specifically for where we're both at today...kind of tired, sore, needy to slooowww wayyyy down. It was perfect, and if you're ever up in Dillon, Colorado looking for a great yoga class, check out Peak Yoga Studio for some beautiful mountain views and awesome asana!

Afterwards at lunch, we talked about what anxiety feels like PHYSICALLY in our bodies as women. Ugh! For many, it shows up as:

  • racing heart
  • feeling out of breath
  • feeling "spacey" and not really "here"
  • tightness in our muscles and joints
  • lack of hunger or insatiable hunger
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • headaches
  • weird periods
  • the list goes on and on...

We both acknowledged how much it helps us to manage our anxiety when we do things that feel GOOD for our bodies, and our minds. If you're struggling with some of the physical symptoms of anxiety listed above, chances are there are also emotional struggles you're facing that are manifesting in your body. We feel best as women when we take care of both our bodies, AND our minds, and address the underlying causes leading to our anxiety. 

Anxiety counseling for women can be a HUGE help in moving past stuck places and getting rid of anxious feelings that can overwhelm us. Give us a call at (720) 363-9188 or Book Online Now! Helping women heal from anxiety problems is our JAM and we'd love to support you in your journey!

Warmly, 

Root

xo

Managing Anxiety in Challenging Times

Ladies, do you ever feel like what's going on in our current world and political climate is just too much? LIke the news is just an endless cycle of bad news? And like Facebook is just a constant stream of negativity? It's enough lately to skyrocket anxiety in all of us. As chill of a town as Denver can be, it seems that folks are just feeling more anxious in general. 

As women, we are also often dealing with the stress of managing families, careers, friendships and a whole host of other issues on top of all that. It's super important that we're finding ways to manage our anxiety. Sometimes that can be tough to figure out how to do when we're busy running around trying to keep up with it all. 

Talking with a trained anxiety therapist can help us learn evidence-based, specific tools to navigate our complex worlds. At Root Counseling, we LOVE to provide anxiety counseling for women that's specifically tailored for them to work with their busy lives. It's never about adding more to our plate; it's about managing what we do have on our plates in more effective ways, so that we can be more present to our loved ones and ourselves. We are passionate about setting women free from the constant cycle of anxiety and busyness, and helping them feel better in their bodies, hearts, relationships and minds. 

Give us a call at (720) 363-9188 or Book Online Now! We'd love to help you curate a lifestyle that involves greater joy, peace and freedom!

Warmly, 
Root

xo

Women and Anxiety

WHOA it's suddenly spring in Denver, ladies! Walking through Cherry Creek today I saw the first tree of the season I've seen in bloom...hard to believe that winter is already on its way out!

One of my favorite things about the warmer weather coming is that I get to start holding what I call "walk in the park" sessions with clients, where we meet outside and have our session together while we're moving. For women dealing with anxiety, this is especially helpful because the physical act of moving (and the left-right rhythm of stepping) has been proven to actually help calm our nervous systems. It's also just nice to be outside in the fresh air, and moving can actually help us find new ways of thinking about a problem or situation. 

While many anxiety symptoms are the same between men and women, some are not. Women can experience anxiety in the following ways:

  • Specific times of the month where anxiety feels higher due to our cycles and hormonal changes
  • A feeling of needing to be "perfect" and not "rock the boat"
  • Heart palpitations or a racing heart that can be scary
  • Difficulty sleeping, ESPECIALLY if we're already sleep-deprived from caring for a new baby or young children
  • Increasing pressure to 'manage it all' - home life, kids, our work
  • Experiencing a constant feeling of failure and a never-ending 'to-do' list

If any of this sounds like you, know that anxiety counseling tailored specifically for women can help! Give us a call at (720) 363-9188 or Book Online Here! You don't have to suffer alone, and you don't have to feel miserable right as the longer and warmer days are beckoning us outside.

with love and light ,

Root 

xo

Finding Calm in Anxious Times

Happy Friday, ladies!! The weather in Denver has turned into what feels like an early summer, and Denver's beautiful parks are calling our names!

And thank goodness, because it seems like a lot of folks have been feeling a little stir crazy lately, a bit, well, anxious. Politically, our country feels anxious. Economically, many of us have anxiety. Worse, we may be finding ourselves experiencing the effects of this anxiety in our bodies - having scary panic attacks; not sleeping; perhaps just generally feeling 'keyed up.'

Here's the thing, y'all: If you're a Denver woman experiencing anxiety, you are NOT alone. Everyone experiences anxiety in some form, it's just a matter of how, and to what extent. When we find that we're struggling to find calm on our own, or when our anxiety seems to take on a life of its own, know that working with a Denver-based anxiety therapist can massively help!

At Root Counseling, we're experts at guiding women through the anxiety counseling process. It's our jam. We'll look at what's happening underneath to fuel the anxiety, and come up with practical ways to make shifts in your life that can very quickly lead to a LOT of relief!

If you're a Denver woman struggling with anxiety right now, give us a call at (720) 363-9188, or Book Online Now! We'd love to help you find the calm and peace you so deserve!

Warmly, 

Root

xo

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Happy Sunday, ladies! Hope you are all enjoying some of the Colorado sunshine that has finally found it's way through the winter storms to us! Denver is once again basking in the glow of blue skies and melting snow!

We've been talking a lot about women's self-esteem counseling over at Root this week. One of our clients was sharing recently how she feels sometimes as if she's utterly "failing" in life. She's in her mid-thirties, unmarried, doesn't own a home, doesn't have kids, and was talking about how - when she looks around and compares herself to others - she pretty much feels like shit. Like she should have ALL those things, and because she's doesn't, is not quite making the cut. This, of course, leads to her experiencing more low self-esteem and struggling to see and feel her own value and worth. 

As we explored these thoughts and gave them a safe place to be voiced, she came to recognize that there is a direct correlation between how she THINKS and how she FEELS. When she compares her life to others, all she feels is the following: lack, inadequacy, low self-esteem, depressed mood, anxiety, pressure and insecurity. However, when she shifts her focus to all that she has, all that she loves about her life, and all the possibility that life has to offer her, she fees the opposite: grounded, OK, happy, hopeful, energetic, more joyful and free. She also realized that the things she thinks she wants are things that may not look the same way for her as they do for other people. It was beautiful to journey with her in shifting her thinking and noticing the immediate relief and freedom she felt, simply by honoring HER journey.

If you're a Denver woman struggling with low self-esteem, we'd love to meet with you and talk about ways to help you change your thinking about yourself so that you can change your life. We ALL have immense power in every moment to change how we feel, yet most of us don't access it until we learn how, and start to tap in the immense spiritual power we all hold within us. 

Give us a call at (720) 363-9188 or Book Online Here!

Warmly, 

Root 

xo

 

Trying New Things and Getting Uncomfortable!

One of the best ways to break out of our old, familiar routines and shake things up a bit is to try something new. Recently, some of us at Root have branched out into experimenting with new types of learning: dance classes; cooking classes; and for me recently - Kundalini yoga. 

Kundalini is unlike any other form of yoga I've practiced...really, it feels much more like meditation, mindfulness and breath work than yoga. And y'all... it was FREAKIN' HARD. Sitting for long periods of time and moving through exercises designed to help us process and shift our thoughts and emotional is no joke. Strong emotions come up, we feel uncomfortable, we want to STOP, to do anything else, to run away, to hide. Really it's a lot like life can feel sometimes. Except we try and stay. We sit. We notice the feelings and allow them to move through us.

And that...THAT is powerful. There's a sweetness on the other side of allowing discomfort to just BE without jumping to run from it, avoid it, get out of it. We find that we can do hard things. We find clarity. We become less reactive in our daily lives; more able to move through challenging situations with intention, more peace, more consciousness. For those of us women that deal with anxiety, learning how to do this can be immensely helpful. This is a lot of what we teach clients how to do in anxiety counseling and women's counseling here at Root in Denver. We LOVE helping women get rid of anxiety and find peace. 

Kundalini yoga (and really ANY yoga practice) is a great supplement to working with a trained therapist and can massively help relieve anxiety! If you're suffering through high anxiety during these stressful times, give us a call at (720) 363-9188 or Book Online Now. You may also consider trying something outside of your comfort zone! We've got a lovely Kundalini yoga center right here in Denver

Blessings, 

Root xo

The Magic Within You

Lately I've been thinking about the concept of "magic." (Perhaps this is because I've finally started reading Harry Potter, ya know, like 20 years late). Regardless, it's something that I'm beginning to believe we need more than ever, especially in times of political stress, personal struggle and economic uncertainty.

When I think of the word "magic," I also think of the concept of awe - the childlike feeling of actually noticing, with wonder, the incredible and miraculous things happening around us in a day. These things can be SO hard to see when we're in the midst of pain or struggle; yet - they persist, available to our consciousness every day, if we can become mindful enough to notice them. As ambitious Denver women, a lot of us are busy managing ALL THE THINGS. It's hard to slow down and we can become addicted to our busyness, which leads to anxiety.

Marianne Williamson wrote that, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us." I love this quote because it speaks to the immense power we hold within us; power that is accessible to us at any time - yet requires that we start first with believing that we even have it. THAT is where our focus and perspective starts to shift. And when our perspective shifts, that is where the magic begins. We start to feel the magic inside of us. We start to see it in the world - in flowers blooming. In a child's laughter. In the taste of a perfect muffin and latte. In the hope that holds us together and the eternal potential for good and kindness in each other's human hearts.

How might your life feel differently if you believed - like, believed deep in your bones - that you are powerful beyond measure, just as you are, right now? What might you attempt that you've been neglecting? Whom might you forgive? What could be let go of that perhaps is no longer serving you? What feelings and experiences might become accessible to you? 

At Root Counseling, we believe wholeheartedly in magic - because we see it every. damn. day. Women, just like you, overcoming immense obstacles and realizing, often, that what is needed most is actually quite simple: A shift in focus, that leads to believing in yourself and recognizing the immense magic and power of what you already hold within you. Learning how to access your power. Trusting that you are good and light and beautiful and powerful beyond your wildest dreams. Starting to access your power, and watching it unfold in the most magical of ways. Stress counseling and anxiety counseling for women in Denver doesn't have to be hard or boring - we believe the process is inherently fun, magical, and JOYFUL. We watch women dealing with stress and overwhelm come back to life every. single. day. 

We're experts at helping women rediscover the inherent magic in their lives and beings, and we'd LOVE to help you find your sense of awe again. Give us a call at (720) 363-9188, or Book Online Here!

With love and magic, 

Root

xo

Self-Care 101

Wow, ladies - I've been noticing that folks are STRESSED this month, and 2017 has felt off to a rocky start for a lot of folks. The political division and energy pulsating around us is negatively impacting a lot of people, and self-care has become more important than ever to help us navigate a lot of change in our country right now.

Often, when we think of self-care, we think of it as an "indulgence," or a "luxury." NOTHING could be further from the truth. The truth is, society doesn't reward us for taking care of ourselves, especially not as women. Think about it. When we ask another person how they've doing, how often is the response, "Oh, so BUSY!" We almost wear it like a badge of honor - as in, being overwhelmed and busy = I'm succeeding at life. We glorify the notion of working through lunches, eating in our cars, and getting in ONE MORE THING for the day. The problem is, this approach is totally burning us out and making us sick. Living like this for long enough can also lead to massive problems with anxiety.

So ladies, take heart. A little self-care can go a long way. Trying starting off with just this simple ritual: First thing in the morning, take 5 minutes for yourself. Make a cup of hot tea with lemon (this has numerous health benefits which you can read about here). While sipping this, read ONE thing that lifts you up - a spiritual book, or perhaps a mantra or affirmation. Alternatively, simply close your eyes and breathe, visualizing something that makes you feel good. 

FIVE minutes. Doing this daily will start to change your thinking and your life - and help you get out of that panicky morning chaos that usually marks the beginning of our day. How we start our day matters!

If you're feeling the extra stress lately, we've got a wealth of tools and expertise here at Root Counseling to help you get rid of that sense of overwhelm once and for all. Give us a call at (720) 363-9188, or Book Online Now!

With love and light,

Root xo

How to Recharge Like a BOSS

Since the turn of the New Year, we've been talking a LOT about renewal at Root Counseling. How do we recharge? Why do most of us, as women, constantly run on all cylinders and pressure ourselves to do all the things, all the time, perfectly?!

Ladies, more than ever, we need to give ourselves permission to chill. A lot of us, myself included, can fall in to a vicious cycle of working our asses off and running super hard, only to crash and burn. If we look at the word "recreation," and break it down, we can see that it's "RE-creation." Meaning to make over, to be created again. 

This is a big part of our problem, both individually and collectively. We strive and push and work only to take our "two weeks vacation" each year, during which we usually crash, and then come back to work feeling like we need another vacation after our vacation. 

The problem is that constantly re-creating ourselves isn't sustainable. What is, however, is cultivating a ongoing lifestyle of rest and renewal that FUELS our lives and our dreams; one that doesn't burn us out completely and then require us to dig ourselves out of a giant emotional hole to come back to life. 

If we start to notice that we're totally overwhelmed a LOT of the time, it would behoove us to look at where we might start to make small, sustainable daily changes that may not seem like much, but start to add up to a greater sense of well-being and calm. This can include all sorts of tools, like practicing just 10 minutes of meditation in the morning; learning how to say NO to things we don't actually want to do; or decluttering our physical, emotional and even calendar spaces. 

We're committed to helping the awesome women of Denver find ways to recharge like a BOSS so that you've got the energy you need to run with passion in to your hopes and dreams. We'll never get there if we're exhausted all the time! Stress counseling for women in Denver is a passion of ours because we LOVE LOVE LOVE to see women set free from the tyranny of their to-do lists and self pressure! Our clients often report that after working with us, they find more freedom, lightness and ease in their lives, and wonder why they stayed in a super stressed-out lifestyle for so long. 

If you're looking for some support and guidance in how to decrease stress and cultivate a lifestyle worth living that takes care of YOU as well as well as you take care of others, Book Online Here or give us a call at (720) 363-9188! 

With light and love,

Root

How Do You Want to Feel?

Happy New Year, ladies! We made it! Hopefully in one piece, although I imagine a lot of you are feeling preeeetty exhausted after this first week of the New Year. Back to work for a lot of us, plus catching up on the backlog of bills, emails, all the things. Good thing it's Friday, hopefully y'all are planning a little time for yourself this weekend. :)

A good friend and I were talking this week about our hopes, dreams and visions for 2017. For both of us, time feels like it's picking up pace every year and it can be hard to keep up. Many of us make New Year's resolutions, but a better question than "What do I want to do this year that I haven't?" - and, one less likely to end in an unused gym membership sometime around March - is, How do you want to feel? REALLY want to feel?

Asking ourselves this question (with some good, honest reflection) can help us get to the root of what we really want in life, and hence where we might want to consider making changes. Do you want to feel more joyful? More rooted and centered? More spiritually connected? More sober and clear? Once we have the answer to this question, we can start to plan how to move toward the desire feeling instead of adding one more thing to our to-do list. We stay in the positive, setting our intentions to a desired feeling instead of a desired outcome. 

For example, my dear friend really wants to feel more joyful this year. This has led to her exploring what really brings her joy, and so far, she's realized that her first step is actually not a new thing to do but an old thing to stop doing, so that she can create space for something more joyful to have room. 

As for me, one thing I'd like is to have more variety in my hobbies and exercise some new brain muscles, so I am dreaming about taking some new cooking classes to mix up my skillz in the kitchen! I too am realizing that to make space for this, I need to say no to more things than perhaps I do. It's not that I want to check a cooking class off my list. I want to FEEL more creative and free in my cooking, less bound to a cookbook and the same old recipes.

Are you ready to make a great transition from 2016 to 2017, and find your path to greater wholeness, joy and ease? Give us a call at (720) 363-9188 or Book Online Now! We'd love to help you feel how YOU want to feel this year!

xo

Root

Closing Out 2016!

Today is the last day of 2016, and as we find ourselves bringing the year to a close, many of us are looking ahead to what lies in front of us in 2017. It's been a hard year for many, and we may find ourselves reflecting on what has past and what is to come.

Around this time each year I like to set aside some alone time to write, vision and reflect on what I've learned, and set my compass pointing towards where I still am hoping to grow. It's a great time to clear out space - both literally and figuratively. Just this morning I spent some time de-cluttering my bathroom (um, I think I may have found decades-old lipstick from college...WOW, and...that's embarrassing) and found myself realizing, once again, how much crap I have in my small space that I just don't need. It felt GREAT to clear it out, donate what's useful, trash what isn't, and continue the journey of fostering more minimalism in my life. 

Why minimalism? So many reasons...but for starters, it's one of the quickest ways that we can decrease feelings of stress and overwhelm. Studies show that people who keep only things they LOVE and USE in their homes report feeling calmer, clearer and more joyful than those of us (ahem, yours truly) who let too much crap accumulate over time. 

We can also practice minimalism in our physical, spiritual and mental lives - through kundalini yoga, cultivating a meditation practice, and practicing mindfulness of our thoughts. (Follow the links for some GREAT resources right here in Denver!) We may also need to clear out relationships and familial or behavioral patterns that are no longer serving us or the world. 

Whatever you're hoping to leave behind in 2016 and whatever you intend to embrace in 2017, those of us at Root Counseling are cheering for you 100% and committed to journeying along with you on the path to greater joy, freedom and health. We're passionate and dedicated to helping the beautiful women of Denver have their GREATEST year yet in 2017 - and we've got the tools to help you get there! Give us a call at (720) 363-9188 or Book Online Now!

Visiting with Family: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

It's hard to believe that 2016 is already coming to close (whaaaat?!?) and that 2017 is LESS than two weeks away! Many of us are right in the throws of holiday stress, finishing up end-of-year tasks, and preparing to travel. It can feel like a last-minute scramble to get everything done.

With the holidays often comes traveling home to see family, or perhaps hosting out of town guests. And time around family - as great as it can be - also brings with it a lot of old "stuff" in our family dynamics that can be challenging to navigate. Many of our clients come in around December/January saying things like, "I feel like I'm 16 again! My parents drive me NUTS!" When we get around a lot of family at once, it's not uncommon for everybody's old patterns to surface, for better or worse!

We were walking around Denver's beautiful Blossoms of Light display at the Botanic Gardens this week, and while there were many lovely singles, families and couples enjoying the lights, there was also an easily observable tension present for a lot of folks! Phrases like "We're late! Get moving!" or "You ALWAYS do that!" could be heard amongst the passer-bys. It seems everyone is just a bit more stressed this time of year. 

If you find yourself stressed out around this time of year or after spending time around family, we're here to help! Stress counseling can be a great way to learn tools to navigate tough people, tough situations and tough holidays. EMDR therapy is another great way to process through feelings and patterns related to our families of origin, and can drastically improve our relationships and happiness!

Book Online Now or give us a call at (720) 363-9188! We'd love to help you de-stress and learn tools to navigate those tough people you love :)

With love and light,

Root