In the practical blog on this subject, I asked you to take inventory of your current connections and ask yourself this question: “Do I regularly engage in activities that foster mental, emotional, spiritual and physical connection in my life?” Not long after typing that question, I remembered a somewhat funny piece of advice a professor […]
I love this season. I really do. I love buying (and getting) gifts, parties, baking and all of the traditions my family celebrates year in and year out during the holidays. BUT, every year I find myself pretty well physically spent by the end of the season. Usually, as I am ringing in the New […]
From my previous Blog… Forget Perfection and Embrace your Accomplishments. Perfection is simply unattainable. Let it go. You will never be perfect. This is simply an artificial creation of our society. It doesn’t exist. Instead, focus on all of the accomplishments in your life, both big and small.
When I think of what is impossible versus possible, I often think of those who first worked on our space programs. We have gone from early astronomers gazing at the stars to putting man on the moon and exploring our universe. I had an opportunity a few years ago to view the launch pad of the […]
One of the most challenging experiences for a parent is learning how to help a child in emotional distress. A parent can feel overwhelmed and inadequate, when faced with the acute emotional distress of their child; especially when they try to respond by attempting to calm the child down or with problem solving…and it doesn’t work. Panic can […]
For the personal piece on caregiving, I wanted to share some advice from a dear friend. My friend of many years—let’s call her Lily—is caregiver to a young son who is currently struggling with two different types of mental illness.
Do you live with someone struggling with a mental illness? Are you a caregiver for an aging parent or seriously ill spouse? Do you have an active relationship with a close friend battling depression? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are caring for someone with special needs and are a “caregiver,” […]
Anger can be a symptom of depression, grief, acute stress disorder, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and/or addiction, personality disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia and many, many other disorders. Thus, anger should never be ignored. And, even if you seek treatment and find that you do not have a diagnosable mental health disorder, feelings of anger should […]
“Anger management” is a term that is used loosely nowadays and even used jokingly in movies and conversations to refer to treatment that might help emotionally explosive individuals. But, anger is a real and powerful emotion and can be dangerous both for the person with deep feelings of anger and for those around him/her.
When we get married, we have many plans and dreams for our future with our partner. Most of us know that the divorce rate is over 50%, but we just know that it won’t happen to us…..and then it does.