Patricia Aburime

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Patricia is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern at Amy Wine Counseling. She enjoys working with women facing the challenges of life changes through all stages of life, from late teen years well into adult-hood.

Regain Control: Reconnecting with Your New Year Resolution(s)

By Patricia Aburime | January 7, 2020
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The new year is in full swing. How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? If the answer is Great! – well keep on rocking! Great job! If the answer is Not so good – let’s pause and take stock.  First and foremost, it should be noted that forging new and healthier habits is hard. What you are attempting to cultivate in your new year is admirable. If you are not successful on the first go, that is okay! It is not important that you meet your personal goal(s) flawlessly. What is important, is that you meet your goal, despite […]

Get Real With Your Resolutions

By Patricia Aburime | December 23, 2019
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 You celebrated with your nearest and dearest! The New Year’s Eve celebrations are over.  It is time to set your sights on the year that lies ahead. If you are like most individuals, the first item on the agenda of your new year is probably one or a cluster of New Year’s resolutions.  According to some sources, only about 10% of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions actually achieve them. How can you increase your chances of becoming a part of that small yet successful percent? It starts with careful planning and realistic expectations.  Be Realistic: Start Small It may […]

Minimizing to Maximize: Exploring the benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle

By Patricia Aburime | December 6, 2019
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The end of a calendar year ushers in a sense of hope and the desire for new aspirations. As we anticipate the new year, it is typical to set goals and “New Year’s Resolutions.” This is the perfect time to incorporate lifestyle changes as well as healthier habits.  Minimalism A particularly interesting lifestyle that appears to have garnered momentum in recent years, is that of Minimalism. It is commonly described as a way to place more value and emphasis on experiences and loved ones rather than possessions. In doing so, one is able to cultivate a greater sense of self […]

A Holiday Wellness Check: Enjoying the season on your own terms

By Patricia Aburime | November 26, 2019
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gjoyjoy‘Tis the season for all things jolly and bright! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the holiday season is officially in full swing. This is the time of year for office parties, Friendsgivings, and just plain entertaining and mingling. It is no coincidence that this time of year is accompanied by high stress and triggers for mental health disorders.  (Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)). Let’s explore ways to mitigate the affects of holiday stressors and how to make the most of this holiday season! Identify Holiday Stressors The great thing about holiday stress is that it is often predictable. We can […]

The Gradual Normalization of Mental Health

By Patricia Aburime | November 12, 2019
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Mental health is an increasingly relevant topic. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five American adults experience a mental health issue in their life time. Moreover, additional sources note that in a yearly period, one in 10 young adults experience a period of major depression and one in 25 Americans live with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. Despite the prevalence of mental health issues in our society, a number of Americans continue to live their lives without the mental health care they need. Much of this is due […]

The Unavoidable Guilt of Screen Time

By Patricia Aburime | November 12, 2019
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As the parent of two preschoolers, it often feels like parental guilt is a staple in my day-to-day routines. I feel guilty for not offering my children Pinterest-worthy meals, accommodating their requests to eat cereal for dinner, allowing toys in bed for naptime…the list goes on. But perhaps my most cringeworthy struggle with parental guilt correlates with screen time usage. A very long time ago, in my pre-parent days, I was under the misguided belief that I would never park my future children in front of a screen to occupy them. In my infinite, childless, wisdom I believed that it […]

Maternal Suicide: Mom’s Are Not Immune

By Patricia Aburime | September 9, 2019
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September marks Suicide Awareness Month across the globe. This is an especially important and vulnerable topic to address because the effects of suicide are far reaching. It touches many lives. I would like to take this time to highlight a segment of suicide awareness: Maternal Suicide. The organization, 2020 Mom, sponsors an annual Maternal Suicide Awareness Campaign. This year the campaign will take place September 9 – 13, 2019. If you are interested in supporting this cause, please visit https://www.2020mom.org/maternal-suicide-awareness What is Maternal Suicide? Suicide is one of the leading causes of maternal death in the United States, and is […]

The Back-to-School Reset

By Patricia Aburime | August 22, 2019
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Back to school reset

School is back in session for districts across the country. The start of the academic school year sets a number of actions in motion for parents: clothes and school supply shopping, new routines, preparation for fall extracurricular activities, and readjusting bed times. There are several aspects involved in transitions from lazy summer days to busy school festivities. Moreover, there are big milestones to mark. For some parents, this is the first-year venturing into ‘big kid’ school, while for others it is the last hoorah of senior year. Once the whirlwind of the first day settles, many parents will be left […]

How to Manage a Life Transition

By Patricia Aburime | August 13, 2019
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While growing up, my mother created poignant teachable moments using proverbs. One of my favorite sayings referred to an outlook on life. She often said, “the only constant in life is change”. This sage advice did not truly have meaning in my life until I reached adulthood. I am amazed at how quickly days and months pass by. And yet the only constant within the passing days is the anticipation of major and minor life changes. Life transitions can be exciting and challenging times often accompanied with a myriad of feelings. From high stress, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem to […]

How to Incorporate Optimism: Step 1

By Patricia Aburime | July 3, 2019
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“[…]  Pessimists can learn the skills of optimism and permanently improve the quality of their lives.” – Martin Seligman. Ph.D. My previous blog, Why Optimism Matters, established that optimism is pretty darn important. It can have a lasting impact on your health and overall well-being. Our mindset is powerful! Now that we recognize the importance of this aspect, how does one achieve consistent optimism?  Dr. Seligman describes several ways to achieve an optimistic lifestyle in his book, Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. This blog will focus on the first step he mentions, which is a […]

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