Self-care

Relax & Unwind with the 7 Types of Rest

At this point, we're all aware of the basics of getting enough rest: proper sleep, less screen time, more relaxation. We also know how important it is to get enough rest. But in a world so driven by distraction and hustle, the idea of 'doing nothing' can be daunting. In ...

Why You Should Take the Word “Lazy” Out of Your Vocabulary

What does "lazy" mean to you? I had a professor challenge me on saying the word "lazy" when I talked about my form of self-care. She reflected back to me that we all have different needs and it doesn't make us lazy. It made me pause and think about how ...

You are not alone: Signs that you are battling loneliness and how to win that battle

Human connection is an energy exchange between people who are paying attention to one another. Connecting with others is more important than you think. Social connection can lower your anxiety and depression, help us regulate our emotions, lead to higher self-esteem and empathy. It can also improve your immune system. ...

[Pandemic] Burnout is Real

It is a new year but not much else is new in the world. Mask wearing is a mandated norm. Additional new norms include routine sanitizing your groceries and doorknobs as well as the strategic placement of hand sanitizers throughout your most frequented hotspots. Though some parts of the country ...

Parenting a Chronically Ill Child

Raising a child with an ongoing illness can pose many challenges for couples, and the family as a whole. Learning to navigate these challenges in a productive manner is essential for maintaining stability within the family unit, not just with the affected child. Parenting under these circumstances can negatively impact ...

Things Therapists Want You to Know

The therapeutic process can seem a bit intimidating and even mystifying. As a therapist, I often encounter some inaccurate depictions of what others think therapy entails. Pop culture more often than not, depicts the therapeutic process incorrectly. I want to take this opportunity to share some perspectives about therapy. My ...

When to Consider Marriage Counseling

“Conflict in relationships is normal, so how do I know if marriage counseling might help us?”  You may feel like marriage counseling seems too drastic for the need you’re currently managing.  Maybe you’ve only known people to pursue marriage counseling when they’re “really in trouble” and that’s not you!  You ...

Lessons Learned in 2020

For nearly all of us, 2020 has been overwhelming, challenging, transforming, and forever life-changing. Never could we have predicted so much loss and suffering brought on by an unprecedented pandemic never before seen in our lifetime. This year has brought about unpredictable and unmeasurable hardships for millions, and the impact ...

I Resolve to be Resolute in my Resolutions…or Not

This year I really, really, really, really, really mean it. I am going to keep my New Years’ Resolutions. I will. Last year I wasn’t ready. This year. Yeah, I will. Been there? You ever wonder why it is so hard to keep New Years’ Resolutions? Have you ever been ...

“I Just Want to be Heard!” How to Communicate our Emotions Assertively and Effectively

“You always make me feel so…” Have you ever found yourself saying these words (or even hearing these words) in an attempt to just have your feelings understood or heard?  What is usually the outcome of that conversation?   For a lot of people, these types of conversations typically lead to ...
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