Stephanie Lowe-Sagebiel

Tip 21 – Practice patience towards yourself and others.

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Tip 21 – Practice patience towards yourself and others.

Therapist Stephanie Lowe-Sagebiel explains that when we are getting frustrated, or impatient, it is usually because something is not happening soon enough or not playing out the way we think it should.  However, what does being impatient ever get us?  Probably just more frustration and negative emotion.  The key to patience is trusting that everything is going to be fine and developing the faith that there is a plan.  This Christmas season, when you are rushing out the door to get somewhere or getting upset because a family member is making you late, we encourage you to pause for a moment and think “being impatient will only complicate things more.” When you...

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Tip 17 – Practice gratitude. Count your blessings when your mood begins to sag.

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Tip 17 – Practice gratitude. Count your blessings when your mood begins to sag.

Board member Sue Guyton shares scripture for this tip Think on these things: whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, anything that is excellent or praiseworthy–Philippians 4:8. Board member Tamara Zahn says that recalling the positive aspects in her life, rather than the negative, lifts her spirits and evokes positive thoughts. Therapist Stephanie Lowe-Sagebiel, with help of authors David Kessler and Elisabeth Kubler Ross, explain that when you express gratitude, you feel your true power.  Giving thanks for all you have this holiday season takes the focus off of the things you can’t...

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Tip 8 – Focus on Positive Emotions & Relationships

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Tip 8 – Focus on Positive Emotions & Relationships

Focus on positive emotions and relationships. Board member Tamara Zahn suggests surrounding yourself with people you enjoy being around,  who give you energy, and lift you up!  Without realizing it, we can sometimes get sucked in to toxic relationships that drain us and feed negative thoughts into our lives.  This can dampen our Christmas spirit as well as our mood. Therapist Stephanie Lowe-Sagebiel often refers to a book by David Kessler and Elisabeth Kubler Ross, Life Lessons.  In this book, the authors explain that happiness is actually a state of mind and has very little to do with what is going on around us.  Thankfully, the good news is that we have been given...

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Helping Our Kids Strike a Balance Between Life and Social Media

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by Stephanie Lowe Sagebiel, LCSW Does it seem strange to you that social media has only been around for the past 9 years?  The phrase “social media” was first coined in 2004 and was defined by Webster as: forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages and other content (such as videos).  If your child was born in the last few decades, they likely cannot remember a time without it all.  Not only has the content changed, but the devices in which we access our content are rapidly changing as well.  Long gone are the days when families had one house phone (even if you had call...

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Creative Custody

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By Stephanie Lowe-Sagebiel, LCSW The on-going issues of divorce never seem to get more complicated than when children are involved.  Many times, parents, who are still in the midst of dealing with their own grief and loss, feel completely overwhelmed when considering how to organize their children’s lives.  As a result, beleaguered parents may ask their attorneys and judges for assistance and may end up with something akin to the Indiana Parenting Guidelines. Custody arrangements do not have to be left up to the courts.  You know your family and your children better than anyone.  Different arrangements can meet the needs of different personalities and parenting...

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Keeping Children Informed and Safe in Times of Trauma

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January, 2013 Stephanie Lowe Sagebiel, MSW, LCSW  Age Appropriate Media Exposure Certainly, as far as media exposure, the age of the child is critical.  Because of their brain development, young children do not have the ability to filter the information to which they are being exposed; and they rely heavily on adults to provide that filter for them.  For example, a child watching a violent television show or even a news reports of weather disasters around the world, may become fearful that those events could happen to them at any moment.  The same is true for children exposed to real-life violence, such as what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary or the Colorado...

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