Overcoming the Obstacles that Keep You Stuck
Many arguments between couples have fear at the heart. Whether it’s fear of abandonment, fear of being rejected, or a fear of falling apart – sometimes you can lash out at the person who you want to keep the closest to you. Even though the fight might look on the surface like it’s about something else, if you look close enough you can often find that some sort of fear is hiding just under the surface. By managing your fears, you can begin to calm the storm that has begun in your relationship and heal the wounds. Here are some tips for how to conquer the fear in your relationship so you can move into a healthy direction.
Don't Let Anxiety Take Over
If you suffer from anxiety it can be hard to maintain a strong bond with your partner. When you are freaking out and he or she tries to get close, your fear might tell you to push your partner away. In reality, it’s important to learn to turn to your partner and gang up together against your anxiety, but this might not come naturally.
How joining the circus just might change your life.
Finding a passion in your life can do worlds for your self esteem and state of mind. Whether it’s a sport, hobby, doing some sort of crafting project, or literally joining the circus – finding something you are truly invested in helps you find joy and fulfillment in your life. What’s even better is finding a group of people who also have the same passion. When you have a common interest with a group of people, a family can form, which will serve as a support system during the best and worst times in your life. Here's how to build self esteem by leveraging your hobbies and neighbors.
One woman's story about how she's coming to terms with infertility and her feelings about childlessness
Deciding whether or not to be a parent is not an easy choice to come by, and sometimes our decision on the subject can fluctuate -- even within the same day. Other times, we are not given the choice to have biological children, but can still choose to adopt. Below is the story of a friend of mine, who wishes to remain anonymous. She wanted to share her feelings on what it's like to be uncertain about becoming a parent, and how sometimes being childless is a choice, while other times it's an unintended circumstance.
Elevate Your Self Esteem by Eating Right
"You are what you eat" may be just an old saying, but the truth is that you can be changed emotionally and physically by what you eat on a daily basis. The type of food that you eat can elevate or reduce certain neurotransmitters in your brain that affect mood.
The Well-Rounded Health Series: Part 2
Emotional health is tied to more than just counseling and dealing with your feelings. In so many ways, how you care for your body impacts how you feel inside. I decided to do a series on how to keep well-rounded health, where we will explore how physical health is tied to your emotional health.
Want to Improve Your Skin and Self-Esteem? Take a Look Inside Your Fridge.
For the second part of the well-rounded health series we will look at how what you eat affects your skin, and ultimately how you feel inside. Meet Tracy Duhs, founder of The Santuary day spa. In this interview, she filled me in on the benefits of a raw food diet, and how she sees food as being essentially linked to skin care and feeling better. She even shared her favorite recipe!
Getting your emotional baggage out in the open can support a healthy relationship in the long run.
We all have emotional baggage going into a relationship. After all, you haven’t been living in a bubble until you met your partner. Our emotional baggage can get heavy when we carry it alone, so it helps to share the load with a trusted partner. On the other hand, you don’t want to disclose your entire past to someone on the very first date. So when do you start to unpack your baggage in a relationship and how do you get help with this intense task?
HOW TO GROW A STRONG EMOTIONAL FOUNDATION
Pinterest is quickly becoming a dominate social media outlet and I have been building my boards and putting them into categories. As I look for pins that exhibit health, images and quotes showing physical health and fitness abound, but pins depicting mental and emotional health are not so easy to come by. This got me thinking – especially as a therapist who focuses on relationship dynamics and emotional well-being – have we forgotten that emotional health is key to overall health? Mental health is just as important as physical health in many ways, and in fact how you feel can affect the state of your body. There are many aspects to overall health; here are some things to work on as you try to better yourself.
How do I stop being so invested in social media?
You may have experienced the feeling when you sit in front of your computer working and you see a message from Facebook staring at you. You think to yourself, “I will make a quick response and then get right back on track with work and be productive.” But next thing you know, you are reading the hilarious posts from friends, responding to interesting conversations, and saying hi to friends you haven’t seen for a while. As your “quick” peak evolves into a long-long time, the facebooking feels “addicting.” Does this sound familiar? You might have a Facebook addiction.