06Sep

Self-Care 101—The Personal Side

As I said in the practical blog on this topic, I never learned about self-care in school. In fact, I didn’t really learn about self-care or what we as therapists call “positive coping skills” until I was a young adult. Sure, I had ways to cope and I even had some positive skills in my […]

01Sep

Self-Care 101—The Practical Side

In grade school, at least when I was growing up, we all took sex education class. I remember they separated the boys from the girls and talked to us about our bodies and how to protect them. They even showed us anonymous pictures of people with diseases so that we could know what the diseases […]

07Aug

Lifeline—The Personal Side

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Honestly, I am a combination of the two, but if I had to pick just one I am more of an introvert than an extrovert. This means I recharge better alone. And it also means that I tend to inwardly process my thoughts, feelings and ideas before sharing […]

01Aug

Lifeline—The Practical Side

A few weeks ago I came home from work, sat down at my laptop to check my email and sat there stunned for a good ten minutes after my computer fired up. On the home page that pops up before I go to my email I saw that Anthony Bourdain had died by suicide. Even […]

07Jul

Counting Sheep—The Personal Side

Are you a parent? Ever had the flu? Ever been jet-lagged? Ever drank too much caffeine too late in the day? I am sure at some time in your life you have had trouble falling or staying asleep. If you haven’t, just wait longer. Trouble sleeping affects everyone at some point in their lives—even if […]

01Jul

Counting Sheep—The Practical Side

There are literally dozens of sleep disorders listed in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. In addition, there are dozens more disorders in that same manual that impact sleep—such as anxiety, depression and grief—just to name a few. The list of sleep disorders Americans now face is huge, but these disorders often involve one […]

07Jun

Pain, Pain, Go Away—The Personal Side

Many years ago, I lost a dear friend to Lupus. She had been sick since childhood when she first found out she had the autoimmune disorder. In later years she developed lung cancer and ended up losing one of her lungs during her battle. Her doctors contributed her cancer to Lupus and lifelong complications related […]

01Jun

Pain, Pain, Go Away—The Practical Side

At least 100 million Americans suffer from “chronic pain” according to WebMd (www.webmd.com). There is a vast difference from what I call “regular pain” or “acute pain” and “chronic pain.” Acute pain is your body’s normal response to illness or injury and only lasts a short amount of time. Acute pain goes away with treatment—in […]

07May

Like Fine Wine—the Personal Side

I was at a dinner party and one of the women there was jokingly telling her husband that now that he is 40 years old he is only 10 years from 50 and 20 years from 60. We all laughed and continued nibbling on our appetizers and sipping our drinks, but her comment did get […]

01May

Like Fine Wine—the Practical Side

Whether or not you drink wine, you are most likely familiar with the saying, “I am like fine wine. I only get better with age.” Many people use this phrase jokingly, but I think most of us like to believe that we are getting better as time goes by. By better I don’t necessarily mean […]