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We all face daily challenges in today's complicated and demanding world. ACA’s Counseling Corner Blog offers thoughtful ideas, suggestions, and strategies for helping you to live a happier and healthier life.

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  • It's Time To Be In Charge Of Your Life

    Jul 03, 2019
    It's easy to get wrapped up in our daily routines and to let things just sort of happen. Many of us are probably somewhat lazy and it doesn't take much effort to just life happen each day. At least until we wake up one day feeling bored and realizing we aren't really happy with how life is just going by. It doesn't have to be that way. If we start making small changes in our lives opportunities can open up and life can be much more satisfying.
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  • Depression In Teens Shouldn't Be Ignored

    Jul 03, 2019
    Teenagers can be difficult to read. They often are hesitant to communicate with parents and they often display a wide range of emotions, leaving parents confused and lost as to what prompted the latest round of mood changes. But when a parent observes a teen experiencing a prolonged period of sadness and depression that's bringing the teen significant life changes, that's when a parent needs to pay attention and take action.
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  • Recovering From A Mistake

    Jul 03, 2019
    Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody fails sometimes. And hopefully, we move on past that mistake or failure. But sometimes, some of us find it difficult to put what has happened behind us. That can be a problem that limits our future. Dwelling on what went wrong in the past can keep us from undertaking any sort of risk in the future and can limit opportunities and accomplishments. The good news is that past failures can be overcome.
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  • You Do Deserve The Success You've Earned

    Jul 03, 2019
    It's not uncommon for people to feel that they are doing better and are more successful than they really deserve. We might feel we've just been lucky when good things happen, without taking credit for the talent and work that has made the accomplishment possible. It's called "impostor syndrome" and it's feelings that can sometimes keep us from enjoying our successes and even limit our future accomplishments.
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  • Car Trips With The Kids Don't Have To Be Stressful

    Jul 03, 2019
    Summer is the busiest time for car trips with the family. Travel agencies estimate that more than 50 million families will be driving off on vacation this summer. That can mean a lot of hot, unhappy kids sitting in the back seat and asking over and over, "Are we there yet?!?". With a little planning, however, it's possible to make that drive an enjoyable one for the kids, and, most importantly, for their parents.
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  • Don't Ignore Childhood Complaints Of Teasing

    Jun 07, 2019
    Children tend to sometimes pick on one another. It happens at virtually every age and may often seem to be a simple, normal part of childhood and growing up. But the reality is that repeated incidences of teasing or bullying can do real harm to a child, eroding self-esteem and self-confidence, and in some cases leading to tragic outcomes.
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  • You Can Overcome Feelings Of Shyness

    Jun 07, 2019
    We all would like to feel confident and outgoing all the time, but the reality is most of us find ourselves in situations where we feel uncomfortable or like we don't belong. For some people that can be an everyday experience that limits their lives in numerous ways. But there are ways to overcome shyness and to build one's self-esteem and confidence.
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  • Don't Let Summer Just Happen

    May 30, 2019
    Summer is a season that seems to inspire laziness in most of us. It can be a time of the year when it's hard to get motivated about too many things, but then we suddenly look up and realize that most of our summer opportunities have already slipped by. Our advice is to do a little planning, get motivated and really enjoy the season and all it has to offer this year.
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  • Motivating Your Kids To Do More

    May 30, 2019
    Parents today often find it's really difficult to get their children's attention or to get them to contribute much around the house. We can thank video games, cell phones and a variety of social apps for helping kidnap our children's time and interests. But it's not totally a lost cause. We have some tips on ways to help get your children at least slightly more involved in the home again.
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  • You Don't Want To Give Up!

    May 08, 2019
    When faced with a difficult challenge in life we often start out full of enthusiasm about overcoming the problem. But far too often as we get discouraged by not achieving success in a short time our enthusiasm begins to wane and eventually we may find ourselves admitting defeat. It doesn't have to be that way. Challenges we face may be difficult, but when faced in the right way are usually also surmountable.
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