Health & Happiness: Cultivate your values

By Camille Keith13 Camille Keith Photo

As spring approaches, we may think about spring cleaning. While many people focus on clearing out their physical space, this can also be a good time to reflect on your emotional and mental health.

Just as we let go of things that we no longer need, we can let go of ideas or behaviors that are no longer working for us. This allows us to focus our energy on the things that are important to us.

Take some time to think about what is really important to you. Remember, there isn’t a wrong answer. This is your opportunity to be clear on what you want. Identifying your values can help you make sure your actions are aligned with your core beliefs.

Values act as a compass, guiding you when you have a decision to make. For example, imagine you receive a job offer in another state with a good salary. Would you take it? If you value being close to your family, you may choose to turn the job down since you don’t want to move far away. On the other hand, if exploring new opportunities and being independent is important to you, you may choose to take the job because you want to try something new. Neither option is better or worse. But knowing yourself helps you make the decision that will be best for you.

Counseling can help you explore your values. Your values will then guide our work together, and ensure we are focusing on the goals that are important to you.

Camille Keith, MS, NCC is an LPC Intern under the supervision of Tara Sanderson PsyD, and provides individual counseling to help you clarify your values and maintain your sense of self in relationships. For more information, call (971) 295-1547 or visit