Why Is It So Damn Hard To Change

Change, Behavior, CBT, Lifestyle Change

by B. Imei Hsu, RN, LMHC

Why is it so darn hard to change? If you can understand it, you can take steps to make change happen for you.

Why is it so darn hard to change? If you can understand it, you can take steps to make change happen for you.

If you are looking for a scholarly explanation about why it is difficult for so many people to change something in their lives, keep looking. You won’t find that theoretical discussion here.

However, if you are searching for a more pragmatic discourse about why it is so damn hard to change, you’ve come to the right place! Right here, right now, I will serve my observations to you with no holds barred, completely unrestrained, straight up, and the plain and simple truth (with a small letter ‘t’).

Ready?

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    How To Drink To Your Health

    health, hydration, fluids, summer, hot weather tips

    by B. Imei Hsu

    With all the fancy beverages out there, is it time to understand what it means to drink water when it's hot outside?

    With all the fancy beverages out there, is it time to understand what it means to drink water when it’s hot outside?

    Unless you’ve been hiding in a cool basement underground, you have probably noticed that parts of the U.S. are experiencing a heatwave. In the Puget Sound region where Seattle Direct Counseling is located, we’ve been hitting temperatures in the high 80’s and low 90’s. My fitness club has been filled with people running indoors in order to get their miles in without wilting, as many of us are not accustomed to exercising in weather that starts in the 70’s in the early morning and keeps climbing. We’re more used of jumping on a plane to Maui and laying in a hammock with a good book while a cool breeze passes by!

    Yet every year, I see people taking actions in contradiction to the increased need to hydrate properly in warm weather. Sure, they might move from a latte to an iced latte, but there is a lack of connection with exactly what goes on when the mercury rises and you feel hot. I thought I’d give our readers a quick reminder on drinking for your health the smart way.*

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      Five Ways to Text With Love

      by B. Imei Hsu, RN, LMHC
      Ever thought about how much time and effort you spend texting your main squeeze? Find out how to be super smart about love and texting.  And watch where you're going!

      Ever thought about how much time and effort you spend texting your main squeeze? Find out how to be super smart about love and texting. Don’t text and move around, OK?

      While walking from the office to my bus stop, I watched a young woman texting someone as she briskly walked towards a busy intersection. She was engrossed in a text conversation, furiously tapping on her virtual keyboard, and three steps away from walking against a red light. When she was ready to step into oncoming traffic, I yelled, “Stop now!” and touched her arm. She looked up at me with a startled expression, oblivious to what almost happened to her, then turned her attention back to her phone without removing an earbud of her headphones.

      The two other witnesses standing nearby shook their heads and smiled. It’s like we knew what the other was thinking. Next time, she won’t be so lucky.

      Isn’t that awful? What is so important in that text that a person would risk her own life?

      Let me share with you five things I’ve learned about texting the one you love, so you can become super smart about making the most of your mobile device while not getting tripped up (no pun intended) on the curbs of modern love foibles. It’s one thing if you get hit by a truck (and I really hope you don’t!); it’s another if you throw your own relationship under the technology bus.

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