Kim Nichols, MA, LPC, RYT | Licensed Professional Counselor

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What is Sustainable Life Rhythm, or SLR?

Sustainable Life Rhythm is a radical idea. It is a realistic, achievable plan of action, healing, and growth. Each Sustainable Life Rhythm is custom-tailored for each person. Furthermore, it is designed to be sustainable, so each client can stick with a unique plan over the long haul. Also, each SLR evolves or changes over time. For example, as your life changes so does your SLR.

Why did I create Sustainable Life Rhythm?

I created Sustainable Life Rhythm as a tool for self-care. It allows my clients to incorporate discoveries made during counseling sessions into their life. It provides a framework for clients to do what they say they want to do. In other words, walk their new talk.

What are the benefits of a Sustainable Life Rhythm?

A Sustainable Life Rhythm allows you to accept who you are, live who you, and be who you are. Who you truly are is revealed during our counseling sessions. Often, difficult times and situations can help us learn who we are and what we're capable of. Through SLR, each client has the opportunity to see, accept, and live these truths.

What's more, every time someone makes a conscious decision, that's power. As people make decisions towards accepting who they are as a whole, they are healing. These decisions of acceptance are powerful.

How I create a Sustainable Life Rhythm

I utilize a safe, non-judgmental space and therapeutic exercises to guide my clients to be more conscious of who they truly are and to be more aware of their own true feelings. This self-awareness happens at physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

From this 'awakening', I encourage my clients to think about things that make them happy, things that support whole health, and things that promote overall well-being. These things include activities they've enjoyed, positive experiences they've had, as well as interests that make them happy.

Next, I encourage clients to regularly schedule these activities, interests, and experiences into a calendar. This calendar should include which days and times to engage in each activity, as well as how often. This is the Sustainable Life Rhythm.

As clients practice their new rhythm, they are encouraged to notice how their plan is going and use the skills discussed during counseling sessions to make changes as necessary. Personal power is knowing we have choices in every moment to create the life we want to live.

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