03 Aug

How to Use Pinterest


Lidkea Stob has wonderful LSA Pinterest boards that we often refer our clients to for resources and strategies.  We have boards with subjects like mindfulness, mental health, gratitude, anxiety, healthy meal ideas, stress and relaxation and happiness. Some people embrace it and take what they need from the boards and create their own but for some the idea of Pinterest is entirely new and can be somewhat overwhelming.  It really is simple and easy to use and a fantastic way to organize and store things.

So this week we are going to talk about How To Use Pinterest so people can make their own boards and file things that they find interesting and useful.  Think of Pinterest as a digital card storage system.  It is a place to file an article you enjoyed or that great recipe you don’t want to lose.  Let’s say you are interested in learning more about Mindfulness. You can key that term into Pinterest and browse other people’s pins but you can also choose your own online articles to pin as well. The internet has so much information and Pinterest is a fantastic tool to organize this.

The first step to Pinterest is getting your own account.  So go ahead and sign up for your new Pinterest account. Using the option of linking to your existing social media will help find friends that may already have boards to follow. This will allow you to organize things you find and file them away for future use.  An article from Real Simple does a great job outlining How to Use Pinterest.  This article is a good primer to get you started.

Key points are installing the “Pin It” button to your web browser and creating boards.  This will make it as easy as a click of a button once you have it in your web browser. You will be able to add things from the web once you have created some boards of your own.

Create boards to organize your pins in categories.  Think about what interests you and come up with a list. You might start with quick meals, books to read, things that make you smile, a bucket list or maybe a workout board.  The fantastic thing about Pinterest is that you get to choose what you want and it is uniquely yours.  You can share the boards with others by leaving them “public” or set them as “secret”.


For a little more technical advice take a look at How to Use Pinterest Like a Pro.  This offers screen shots and explanations of the Pinterest lingo.  It walks you through step by step and is worth a read before you jump in. There is even a mobile app for your smart phone or tablet.

You can even find How to Use Pinterest for Beginners pinned right there in Pinterest. It has 8 easy steps to get you started.  So browse away and find people with similar interests to follow but don’t forget to spend some time looking at our boards and the great resources that are already there waiting for you!





25 Apr

Take a moment to be grateful


Even in difficult times we have things to be grateful for.  As a counsellor I find gratitude exercises to be positive and very powerful for clients.

Gratitude can be as simple as being grateful for a sunny day or as complex as gratitude for the opportunity to find your way through an emotional struggle or serious illness.  People often spend time thinking about what they are not grateful for but there is quite a shift when we look at the good things in our lives instead of the negative.


Robert Emmons,  a leading scientific expert on gratitude looks at the physical, social and psychological benefits of gratitude in Why Gratitude Is Good.  His research finds that gratitude can help us have more restorative sleep, be happier and more connected.

In 10 Ways to Be More Grateful  Emmons provides suggestions on how we can integrate gratitude into our daily living. In an inspiring Ted Talk by Benadictine monk David Steindl-Rast the answer is simple “Want to Be Happy? Be Grateful.”

So to help you get going, we’ve added to the Lidkea Stob,  Gratitude board on Pinterest some great strategies to choose from.  Perhaps a 7 day gratitude challenge or the creation of a happiness jar.

So get started, don’t wait, find your way to a more relaxed and happier you. The moment is now!





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