June 26th was International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Since the month of June is also PTSD Awareness Month, let’s talk about PTSD and drug use.    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a life-altering diagnosis. You probably think of veterans when you hear the term. But PTSD is more common than you think, […]

Addiction, Disorders, Emotional Health, Mental Health, PTSD, Stress, Substance Abuse

June 27, 2023

PTSD and Drug Use: Let’s Rethink Our Approach

What’s wrong with me? It’s summer and everyone is happy but I’m stressed, depressed and overwhelmed.  Sound like anyone you know? Maybe you’ve been there yourself. And it’s Okay!  We live in a world that avoids uncomfortable conversations. And that makes everything worse. So let’s have the conversations.  Life is full of ups and downs […]

Anxiety, Depression, Emotional Health, Grieving, Mindset, Moods, Stress

June 30, 2022

What’s wrong with me? It’s summer and everyone is happy but I’m stressed, depressed and overwhelmed. 

  Emotional health is a priority. We need to stop sweeping things under the rug. You know what I always say…. Silence is the enemy.  My podcast The Be Ruthless Show  has a recurring theme: damage is done when we continuously sweep things under the rug and avoid talking about our emotions. It’s important to […]

Blog, Emotional Health, Relationships, Stress, Support, Teenagers, Therapy

June 2, 2022

Emotional health is a priority. We need to stop sweeping things under the rug.

stress management We live in a world that glamorizes being stressed. It’s like a badge of honor, and it begins early in life. My 11 year old niece said to me recently, “Aunt Sam – can I call you back? I’m really stressed out right now.” 😂 While adorable and amusing, it’s also rather alarming. […]

Blog, Emotional Health, Mental Health, Stress, Support, The Be Ruthless Show

November 4, 2021

Managing Stress In Celebration Of International Stress Awareness Day

Stress Management

Adopt the anti-hustle Are you constantly hustling and pushing only to burn out and crash before getting back up and repeating the cycle?  We live in this fast-paced go, go, go world where we have normalized and even glamorized, pushing through exhaustion and overwhelm. . As a result, people are unaware that taking healthy, planned […]

Emotional Health, Ideas, Mental Health, Mindset, Stress, Support, The Be Ruthless Show, Uncategorized

September 23, 2021

How To Adopt The Anti-Hustle Into Your Life Today

Adopt the Anti-Hustle

Let’s talk about laughter! Laughter really is the best medicine, and here’s why you should find what makes you laugh and incorporate it into your daily routine … Research shows that if you sit and laugh for a long time, you will stimulate endorphins, which minimizes or ultimately gets rid of pain because the brain […]

Anxiety, Depression, Emotional Health, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Mindset, Stress, Support, The Be Ruthless Show

September 9, 2021

Getting Unstuck Through Nutrition

Get Unstuck Through Nutrition

From living with an invisible chronic illness to using mindfulness tools to navigate anxiety and painful triggers, these inspiring stories will leave you feeling less alone and more confident to be you, without fear of judgment. Mourning the Life That Was, An Episode Honoring Chronic Illness Grief doesn’t look the same for everyone.  Most people […]

Anxiety, Depression, Emotional Health, Grieving, Mental Health, Self Esteem, Stress, Support, The Be Ruthless Show

August 12, 2021

Mourning the Life That Was and Why Mindfulness Matters, 2 Beautiful Episodes You Are Going to Love!

When I look around, I see lights everywhere. I see couples holding hands. The air even smells festive. But the fact of the matter is, people everywhere are struggling in different ways. What they have in common is that they mostly sit back and observe, not wanting to disrupt the festivities. I’m here to let […]


December 6, 2019

Supporting Individuals Struggling with Mental Health During the Holidays

The holiday season is in full swing, and many of even the strictest dieters have thrown caution to the wind. We’ll pull ourselves together and begin eating responsibly again after January 1, but until then there’s no harm in eating whatever we want… right? Unfortunately, this may not be the case. Studies have shown that […]

Addiction, Depression, Mental Health, Moods, Stress

December 23, 2016

Can Your Diet Affect Your Mood?

Though similar, anxiety and stress are two very different psychological issues. People who are stressed sometimes try to compare themselves to people with anxiety, but anyone who has ever experienced chronic anxiety knows that the two will never be the same. In my practice as an online mental health counselor, I have worked with several […]

Anxiety, Stress

December 7, 2016

Stress vs Anxiety: Understanding The Difference

Stress is considered one of the most alarming modern epidemics in America today. An increasingly large percentage of our population is suffering from chronic stress, and our culture is beginning to suffer for it. In attempt to counteract this growing trend, April has been designated National Stress Awareness Month. During these thirty days, your online […]


April 14, 2016

19 Shocking Statistics About Stress

Are you stressed? According to the American Psychological Association, 47% of all Americans (and more than 50% of working adults) say that they are concerned with the amount of stress in their lives. I believe that stress is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions in America, and steps should be taken immediately if we are to […]


March 11, 2016

Stress: One Of The Fastest-Growing Conditions In America