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Hanna Rodriguez is a counselor in training at McNeese State University, and is completing her internship at the McNeese Kay Dore Gambling Treatment Program in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She is interested in viewing mental health from a wellness perspective. Read more about Hanna at:



    Sep 06, 2016
    Hello there! I want to invite you to take a quick break from your busy day to step back from your responsibilities and look at the bigger picture. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. Imagine yourself at the perfect job for you. Imagine yourself earning enough money that you are financially comfortable in your lifestyle.
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  • Our Values Lie Behind the Fight or Flight Response

    Aug 16, 2016
    Recently, I have found myself so petrified by anxiety because I know that my life is going to change very soon. I will be out of school, and I will need to start my first real full-time job as a counselor (in training). I feel this uncomfortable, agitation to “get going” on something important, and the voice in my mind is telling me how I should be so much farther now than I am now. I should be better at being a counselor, a student, an employee, and even as a person.
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  • Be Gentle with Yourself – 5 Tips to Help Improve Emotional Wellness

    Aug 09, 2016
    Improving emotional wellness is one of the primary objectives in the counseling process. Emotional wellness can be described as an individual's ability to use coping skills, to express emotions appropriately, and the ability to integrate emotional experiences with values in the process of making decisions. In this post, I will offer my own insights about improving emotional wellness, although this is by no means an all-encompassing explanation.
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  • The Essential Self – Spiritual Wellness

    Jun 21, 2016
    According to Myers and Sweeney (2005), the wellness perspective considers Spiritual Wellness to be the central component of wellbeing, also called the "essential self." Spirituality is a universal process of development that is also very personal which involves the beliefs, practices, and the experiences in which an individual engages.
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  • 5 Processes to Improve Social Wellness

    Jun 07, 2016
    In our busy society, we don't always reach out to our social support networks to share the highs and lows of life. Some of us deal with stress by tuning out of life; watching hours of television, scrolling the endless pages of social media, or binging on high-carb junk foods like potato chips or ice cream. We find comfort in foods and in the mind-numbing effect of the television. Sometimes, we end up so frustrated and stressed out that we "take it out" on the people we love the most.
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