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Calm Connect

Calm Connect

By Nicole Festa LPC, LAC, NCC
An ongoing series about resilience; empowerment; and healing.
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Successful people respond. Unsuccessful people react.
Avoid reacting in your life. Play it cool and respond instead.
October 15, 2020
7 Ways to Higher Self Awareness
You might ask; why is it so important that I obtain higher self-awareness? Because if you are self-aware you can objectively evaluate yourself, manage your emotions, align your behavior with your values, and understand correctly how others perceive you. To see yourself clearly allows you to become more aware, alive, creative, and engaged in your life and your own wellness. Your communication will increase; social interaction will increase; and happiness will increase. Learn 7 real techniques that assist in increasing self-awareness.
October 09, 2020
Why Taking Action is the Thing That Matters
At times we all do a lot of talking instead of doing. Whether it be fear or self-doubt holding us back. Maybe you spend free time reading tons of self-help articles, creating vision boards, or daydreaming of the things you wish you could do. Perhaps you believe that if you envision it every day for 10 years it will happen?  Listen, I am a dreamer and believe me I dreamed up all kinds of wonderful things to "put them out in the universe" and make them happen. And, some of them did. I have been lucky. But I cannot say I sat there with my eyes closed dreaming of everything I attained. It took hard work and sweat. It took loss of friendships and dedication of time to make it all happen. It required networking and connections; late night conversations and mapping out steps and plans. It was never the power of my mind all by itself.  Nothing changes until your behavior changes. 
October 06, 2020
Calming the Inner Critic
Learning how to put the inner critic dialogue to work for you instead of against you. 
August 01, 2020
Momentum and Motivation
Things to do to keep your passion and vision strong. 
May 24, 2020
Belief in oneself: Self-Authority
The phrase, “Believe in yourself,” is a common piece of advice. But, what does it really mean? Although part of it is self-confidence, there’s a deeper meaning to be found and appreciated.
April 24, 2020
Communication Tension with Partners in the home during COVID!
Are you feeling increased tension in the home due to a breakdown in communication? Has COVID left you in the home with your spouse and even though you love them, they are driving you crazy? This episode is for you!
April 22, 2020
Evening Affirmation
I wrote this affirmation to share with all of you when you are dealing with stress and are having a hard time seeing the brightness in life. 
April 16, 2020
Relaxation Exercise: Color Stream
Visualization is another tool or technique that people can practice which is brief and can relax you. It adds to the reduction of somatic symptoms and stimuli, in our environment daily, which causes or exacerbates anxiety.
April 15, 2020
Building Inner Strength
We often focus on physical fitness, losing weight, going to the gym. But what about inner fitness and strength? Isn't that just as important if not more? Let's review some ways to truly build upon that inner strength!
April 15, 2020
Let go of Regret
Regrets can weigh you down and become such a focus that you don't see positivity in your life. Lets talk about ways to conquer this!
April 14, 2020
I embrace what life throws my way.
Look forward to the unexpected and turn the negative into positive.  Self Reflection Questions: 1. What strategies can I use to remain positive and hopeful? 2. What can I do to turn a negative situation into a positive one? 3. What characteristics am I able to build when I embrace what life throws my way?
April 14, 2020
Reflection: Everything that happens is for my ultimate good
I make the most of everything that happens to me. Whether it is something most people would consider to be positive or negative, I find a way to use it to my advantage. Self-Reflection Questions: 1. What is the worst thing happening in my life right now? What can I learn or gain from it? 2. If I did the best I could with everything that appears to be negative in my life, what would happen? 3. How can I leverage the resources and circumstances in my life to be more successful?
April 12, 2020
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
This is an amazing relaxation tool to utilize before bed. Follow my voice and I will lead you through all steps of this practice that you can do at any time you need to decompress and relax your mind and body!
April 11, 2020
Asking for support
Many of us are hesitant to ask for help. We feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask. We think it makes us look weak or incapable. But, all of this is untrue. It might not be easy to ask for help, but it is smart. Asking for help is a great way to take control of, and responsibility for, your life. There’s certainly no shame in asking for help.
April 11, 2020
Morning Reflection: Health and Happiness
Personal Reflection Exercise with Reflection Questions for the day: 1. What are my sources of Joy? 2. How do I take care of my body? 3. What am I grateful for today?
April 10, 2020
Finding Your Peace in Challenging Times
Creating inner peace is a choice. We have a choice to create peace or create stress. I often explain it to my clients as standing like a strong pillar during a chaotic storm. We are the pillar that stands strong. 
April 10, 2020
Ways to Relax you may have never considered!
The world is full of stress and it is important to add relaxation into your routine for overall wellness and healing. 
April 10, 2020