Proper input

Proper Input

No doubt you’ve heard the common phrase “garbage in, garbage out.” It originated, I believe, with computer scientists to explain how computers are dependent on the input we feed them to produce the quality results that we want. Computers are logical devices. Their only “thinking” capability is hard wired into them. They operate with such reliability that any variability…

Words have power

Words Matter

The words we choose matter. Although relationships with others can be complicated and confusing, words give us the ability to express ourselves and connect with others. Words are among the most powerful tools we have available to us. People often struggle to find the right words when a loved one experiences a challenging time. Unfortunately,…

overcoming anxiety

Overcoming Anxiety

Anxiety. Three days of hard work and I overcame the unhealthy hold it had on my life. It sounds like a television testimonial that will ask you to buy their product, doesn’t it? From one perspective, it took only a few days of focused attention and emotional tumult to knock down anxiety and improve my…

Uncertain times

Uncertain Times

When we encounter life’s challenges and face times of uncertainty, it often seems as though we need all available energy to manage our stress and maintain the belief that better times are ahead. While we cope with difficulties without knowing exactly when things will improve, everyday responsibilities still clamor for our attention. As much as…

the magic of 21 days

The Magic of 21 Days

21 Day Fix, 21 Day Kickstart, 21 Day Sugar Detox, Transforming Habits in 21 Days, Quit Complaining for 21 Days, How to do Anything in 21 Days… A quick Google search can show you that just about anything can be achieved if you work toward it for 21 days. But, what is so magical about…

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Take Back Anticipation Stress

My yellow Labrador absolutely detests going to the veterinarian. Every time we pull into the parking lot and the vet’s building comes into view, she starts shaking uncontrollably and refuses to stop until she has returned to the safety of our van. Besides being amazed at what a fantastic memory she has, I am keenly…

opening up

Opening Up

I have been going through two stressful life events in the last two months. There was a lot anger that these events were occurring; anger because I did not have much influence over the outcome of either situation. I could play a role, be active in making the situations slightly better, but nothing could be…

Too Much of a Good Thing

Too Much of a Good Thing?

My mom used to say “everything in moderation” and in my younger years, I used to counter with “you can never have too much of a good thing”. I may have warmed a little to her concept of moderation after I consumed too much Halloween candy or experienced the boredom of too many summer days…

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2016 EAP Blogs: An Appreciation and Looking Forward

As we enter a new year, we would like to thank all of the Empathia staff who contributed to our blogs in 2016. It’s greatly appreciated! Here are our wonderful writers’ names and a web link to their various articles: Carol W. – http://www.empathia.com/author/cwilson/ Carrie R. – http://www.empathia.com/author/carrie-reuter/ Chris M. – http://www.empathia.com/author/chris-m/ Heather B. –…