We all experience emotional pain and heartache in life that is difficult enough to endure, so why is it that we continue to relive that pain? Why is it so hard just to let go of the past and move on? Whether it’s a past relationship or a failure that you continue to play over and over in your mind,
As parents, you have a tremendous amount of influence on your children, and with their teenage years being some of their most formidable and uncertain ones, it is an opportune time to help them build resilience. Having resilience does not mean they will not experience difficulties in life, but they will be more equipped to deal with them once they
A highly emotional situation is typically something that you do not see coming. Anything from receiving some bad news to losing someone you love or ending a relationship can elicit intense feelings that are entirely normal and valid. When you experience fear in the face of something like a highly emotional situation, that fear signals a powerful stress response in
This year we’re all facing a shift in holiday traditions to some extent. The restrictions, regulations, and safety measures brought on by COVID-19 continue to create unprecedented times and the holiday season is no exception. Many people might have to let go of treasured holiday traditions this year which can be really challenging. The truth is, the holidays can be
Here we are more than six months into the coronavirus outbreak and it’s clear we still have a long road ahead. This is a distressing, uncertain time. Maybe you are grieving the loss of a loved one or the loss of your day to day routine before the outbreak. Perhaps you are experiencing financial stress or job loss. You may
Feeling down in the dumps lately? Tired of the way things are in life? Angry about the cause and actions of what’s happening downtown? Sick of feeling stuck in a mindless routine day after day? We all go through times when it feels like we’re in a rut. It’s not uncommon to feel like you’re just going through the motions,
Before COVID-19, a little bit of worry was just part of life. Now, heightened levels of anxiety seem to be universal. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 40 million Americans suffer from diagnosed anxiety. But now we’re living through unprecedented and challenging times full of concerns about our health and the economy, everyone is prone to
Mindfulness is a new buzzword that’s turned into a multibillion-dollar industry. From meditation apps like Calm and Headspace to yoga and meditation studios popping up around every corner, it’s clear that the mindfulness movement is in full swing. But what is mindfulness exactly and why all the hype? We live in a hyperconnected world where it’s easy for us to
Let’s face it, we all deal with stress to some extent. This is especially true during these uncertain times. Stress is a natural response to a perceived threat (the fight-or-flight response) that dates bac k to our ancestors. Not all stress is bad However, when you feel stressed, your body experiences a collection of changes known as your stress response.
Currently, Washingtonians are to stay at home- except for essential activities like grocery shopping and doctor’s appointments. All public and private social, spiritual and recreational gatherings are banned. All non-essential businesses are closed. Of course, these safety measures are in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but they can also cause anxiety and panic for many. The key
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