Ken Corr

An Antidote for Procrastination

Do you have a task that you have put off and put off and now it’s causing you some real anxiety?  Why can’t you bring yourself to do it?  At some time or other, we have all procrastinated.  Have you noticed that the task never gets easier because we put it off?  It is always still there, waiting and waiting for us to get it done.  Most often, we finally do it and then ask, “Why did I wait so long?”  My experience is that it is easier to do the task than to worry over doing it.  But still,...more

There is Help for SAD

The days are getting shorter and the weather is beginning to cool.  There are signs that Fall is just around the corner.  For some, that means the beginning of SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder.  You might sometimes hear people talk about “the winter blues.”  It’s a real thing.   For many, the shorter days and cooler weather do bring an onset of depression.  You might experience a general feeling of...more

Lessons from the 1665 Pandemic

It is day 176 for me of working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and there is currently no end in sight.  There is still no vaccine and no treatment and so, we wait, and we develop new routines for work and leisure.  I think we are all looking forward to being able to go to the grocery store without a mask, return to stadiums full...more

Redeeming the Time While Sheltering in Place

We are all hoping that the COVID-19 pandemic will end soon.   There is great concern about how long the social distancing and sheltering in place orders can last without permanently endangering the economy and people’s emotional health.  We are constantly hearing different reports about the length of time before life will return to normal.  Will things be up and running by Easter? Are we talking about the first of...more

Keeping a Schedule to Fight Anxiety

Today is my first day to office from home.  We now have 4 adults officing in the same home.  Life has certainly shifted for all of us in many ways.  We are enjoying each other, but there are some challenges to being at home all the time, all day. In a recent post, I gave 10 suggestions for maintaining mental health while quarantined at home (see www.kenacorr.com).  The first...more

10 Suggestions for Staying Mentally Well While Quarantined at Home

We are not there yet, but all indications are that we will soon be quarantined at home.  Staying home for a day or two, maybe even a week, sounds like fun.  At week of “at home vacation” can be a great way to spend your free time, but what happens if that week extends into two weeks, or a month, or longer?   Suddenly, the “at home vacation” begins to...more

Ministry and the Coronavirus Crisis

It feels unprecedented: a major public health crisis for which there is no known treatment; people being quarantined; travel restrictions; border closings; panic.  It is unprecedented in my lifetime, and it is creating challenges for ministry.  Recently, we asked our deacons to temporarily suspend hospital visits, our congregational worship service was conducted online, and our support groups are not currently meeting.  I am guessing that these will not be...more

Anxiety in the Midst of Uncertainty

The current Coronavirus pandemic reminds us how quickly life can change.  Two weeks ago, we were giving little thought to the Coronavirus and now that is about all that we think about.  The news is constantly changing: sporting events are being cancelled; travel is being curtailed; groups are no longer meeting; colleges are extending breaks and offering to complete courses online; businesses are limiting hours; churches are suspending services....more

Life Giving Life Groups

Some years ago, I attended an annual C.O.R.E. conference (Clinical Overview of the Recovery Experience) and heard a researcher talk about the effectiveness of 12 Step programs in the recovery process.  He said that there were two factors that made this type of therapy successful:  community and spirituality.  When I heard his conclusion, I immediately thought, “Church.” I have worked with 12 Step groups and I know how powerful...more

Mental Illness and the Church

If you are having surgery, or suffering with chronic illness, or undergoing chemotherapy treatment, or have had a heart attack, the church can be a resource of support and help.  People rally around these individuals with prayer, food, cards, and visits.  But if you suffer from chronic mental illness, or have a family member who is struggling with addiction, or have a child with depression, the church has often...more
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