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“I” Openers

Is there a better time in Northeast WI to winter wisconsin
talk about mental health than when we
have been facing record snowfalls and
low temperatures?  We think before cabin
fever has you in its grips – NOW is the
perfect time to share some tried and true tips to keeping the spring in your step and the smile on your face.

Enjoying mental health means having a sense of wellbeing, being able to function during everyday life and feeling confident to rise to a challenge
when the opportunity arises. Mental health includes striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental.  At times, you may tip the balance too much in one direction and have to find your footing again.

Your personal life balance will be unique to you.

In the next three issues of our newsletter, WELLBEING, we will be sharing ways to boost your mental health and maintain your life balance.

TIP #1:  Receive as well as give

Many of us confuse having a realistic view of our good
points with conceit.  We have trouble accepting kindness
from others.  We often shrug off a compliment with a, “Yes,
but…”  and put ourselves down.  Accept compliments —
Next time someone compliments you, say, “Thank you! I’m glad
you think so.”

TIP #2:  Take care of yourself

Be active and eat well — these help maintain a healthy body.
Physical and mental health are closely linked; it’s easier to feel good
about life if your body feels good.  You don’t have to go to the gym
to exercise — gardening, vacuuming, dancing all count.  Feeding your
body yummy healthy foods can keep you feeling good, inside and out.

TIP #3:  Challenge yourself

Learn a new skill or take on a challenge to meet a new goal.  Learning
improves your mental fitness, while the process builds confidence and gives
you sense of progress and achievement.  This formula adds up to be
a boost to your emotional wellbeing as well.

TIP #4:  Notice the here and now

Take a moment to notice each of your senses each day.  Simply “be” in the
moment — feel the sun, notice the air you are breathing.  It’s easy to be
caught up thinking about the past or planning for the future instead of
experiencing the present.  Practicing mindfulness, by focusing your
attention on being in the moment, is a good way to do this.  Making a
conscious effort to be aware of your inner and outer world is important
to your mental health.


Word Alive

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“Power in Our Lives”

“Our Strength will be found in Charity”

I am always in awe of God’s power to use opposites to bless and teach us.

In God’s plan, we must lose our life to gain our life.  (Matthew 16:25) In God’s plan, we must give to receive.  (Luke :38) In God’s plan, it is in our weakness that power is perfected.  (2 Corinthians 12:19)

The truly strong people in life are those who do not walk in fear, but give freely of their time, money, and talent.  Such people show us great strength of character.  Just know such strength does not grow easily.  Romans 5: 34 tells us that it is through tribulation and perseverance that character and hope come.

Let us therefore, live our lives believing in God’s plan to empower us through all of life’s experiences, especially the tough ones.  (Romans 8: 28)



Sharin’ the Journey

A Note From the Director                  

In Between

On a regular basis at CCM people come to us in the middle of their own” in between” place.  Sometimes people are in between a relationship not working and its being healed and healthy.   Others come feeling stuck between a struggle with anxiety or depression and the relief that comes with new coping skills and hope.  Then there are clients that come in between the pain of their pasts and the promise of their future.  Still others enter our doors trying to navigate the in between of life transitions like jobs, moves, loss, etc.  We also have clients experiencing the in between of having insight but needing help to take action.  It is a privilege that people choose to reach out to us from their in between place.

Speaking of in between places, this newsletter comes to you nestled in between the afterglow of Christmas and the anticipation of a New Year.  While attending a Christmas service I found myself in my own in between moment.  My in between –could best be described as between disbelief “Seriously! How can this be?” and belief “Wow what a great message; a message worth implementing.”                                                                                                                                                         The message began, “Christmas is not about giving.”  My mind instantly jumped to …Really! Haven’t you heard it is better to give than to receive and wouldn’t that especially be true for Christmas.   The message continued… “Christmas is about receiving.  It is vital that Christmas be a time that we receive the gift that God has sent us in Jesus.  It is key to our existence that we receive the love that God intended for us through the person of Jesus.  To receive God’s love means making time to receive.  Just  5 or 10 minutes a day — sitting quietly and opening up to receiving love from God can make such a big difference.”   The question was posed, “How can you truly give to others if you have not received love –from the source of all love?”  As I said…I went from disbelief to belief.

So as this newsletter arrives in your email “in between” Christmas and New Year’s maybe considering – making(the Christmas message) receiving God’s love  a part of your New Year’s  new habit will make for a very fun and creative in between moment for you.

All of us at CCM Counseling & Wellness hope you had a wonderful Christmas and will have a blessed New Year.


Word Alive


 Relationships fail when we try to write scripts for them.

 Relationships fail when we try to control them.  They also fail when we see others in our lives mainly for our own benefit. 

1John 4:8  “The one who does not love does not know God.  For God is love.”

When we recognize that we are in this world to love each other – not to change or to use others, our relationships will become healthy and life giving.