Nine ways to get through anxious times from Santa Rosa life coach & psychotherapist Patty Bechtold. www.wiselifetherapy.com

9 ways to feel better during anxious times

We’ve had some anxious times here in California lately. Still, we’re getting really good at packing our go bags and having them ready in case of evacuations or emergencies. And these days, you can find tons of online advice about just what needs to go in a go bag. But lately I’ve wondered if we need…

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Therapist Patty Bechtold writes about how to create a self-care journal at wiselifetherapy.com

What goes in my self-care journal?

(Lately I’m sometimes called to write more personal blog posts that originate in my journal. This is one of them.) You might be wondering, what exactly makes a journal a self-care journal? I pondered this myself for a long time, sometimes wondering if I needed separate journals, one that was a “regular” journal and one…

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Life coach and therapist Patty Bechtold blogs about finding solace in a writing prompt at wiselifetherapy.com

Finding solace in a writing prompt

Finding solace. Last month I was talking with a friend and she used the word solace. I remembered it was a word I loved. The essence of it. The sound of it, the way it lingers on your tongue. I thought about two books I’d read in the Before Times that had solace in their titles:…

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Is it possible to return to normal?

(Lately I’m sometimes called to write more personal blog posts that originate in my journal. This is one of them.) Is it possible to return to normal? Saturday was one of those perfect days: intense blue sky, soft breezes, an almost too-warm sun. You could kind of forget about the fires and mayhem that began…

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Santa Rosa therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold blogs about why imagination is important for healing and hope at wiselifetherapy.com

Why imagination is important now more than ever

Imagination is important. Imagination has saved me a thousand times. I wrote those words in my journal 10 days ago. It was good timing; I need the reminder today. Because, as you may know, Northern California is experiencing another onslaught of wildfires. Some of the most beautiful landscapes are going up in flames or being…

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