Healthy Caregiving During the Holidays
"Holidays bring out the best and worst in us. Just the thought of festive gatherings surrounded by the people you love most may elicit warm feelings inside. For others, anticipation of the holidays creates an internal feeling resembling a knotted rope. This latter reaction is more common among caregivers. If you are like the average caregiver, you love certain aspects about the holidays but dread others." More...
How to Get Out of a Crisis
"When we make bad decisions repeatedly, life forces us into a crisis situation. We are faced with a drama and we have to make decisions. Denial and procrastination are no longer an option. How to get out of a crisis is something that we all need to know:" More...
Getting Out of the Abusive Cycle of Intimate Partner Violence
"In simple terms it is any act, attempt or even a threat of force or violence by either a family member or intimate partner toward another person with whom they are in relationship. The term intimate partner violence encompasses a wide range of behaviors that includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological harm, stalking or intimidation by a current or former partner or spouse." More...
Give Yourself a Break!
"In this era of multi-tasking, we endure increasing tension at work and home. In our effort to accomplish more in the same amount of time, we often eliminate breaks from our work schedule. But research indicates that short, frequent breaks actually help us get more accomplished by reducing stress and helping us concentrate better." More...
Dreading the Holidays with an Addict
"We worry, feel angry, afraid, and alone. We hide our private lives from friends, co-workers, and even family to cover up the problems created by addiction or alcoholism. Our shame isn't warranted; nonetheless, we feel responsible for the actions of the addict. Our self-esteem deteriorates from the addict's lies, verbal abuse, and blame. Our sense of safety and trust erodes as our isolation and despair grow. My focus is on alcoholism, but many of the feelings partner's experience are the same, regardless of the type of addiction." More...
Children, Rituals, and OCD
"The fact is that rituals are a normal part of childhood, and they play an important role in children's overall development. Rituals create order for children as they grow and try to make sense of the world around them. For example, a bath, story time, and cuddles every night before bed give children structure and a sense of security. They feel safe; they know what to expect. Everything is as it should be. Here, rituals are a good thing. But if you're suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, the rituals you feel compelled to perform actually help perpetuate your OCD. How is it that something that can be so wonderful in one situation cause so much suffering in another?" More...
Get a Better Night's Sleep
"For some, sleep is a luxurious break from the hassles of the day; for others it is literally a nightmare. The fact that we spend nearly one-third of our lives in bed doesn't necessarily mean that we sleep well or even at all. At least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders and an additional 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)." More...
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