Are You a Caregiver?
"Bob, Sam, Patty, and Susie have two things in common. First, they are all caregivers. Second, they don't think of themselves as caregivers. This is a dangerous combination, because it increases the risk for caregiver burnout. Are you a caregiver? You may be, even if you don't identify yourself as one. If you provide any kind of assistance to a family member, neighbor, or friend that affects your schedule, your physical or emotional health, or your relationships, guess what? You're a caregiver. And that's okay." More...
The Dance of Intimacy and Autonomy
"Love tends to join and hate to separate, but joining is not the same as love, and separation is not hatred. Sometimes the most loving thing a person can do is take a step back: that’s distance in the service of attachment. And it’s not loving to join in invasive or smothering ways. Most people want both closeness and independence. " More...
Dealing Constructively With Marital Conflict
"The main problem with conflict in a marriage is not that we are at odds with each other but rather the way we go about trying to resolve it. Here are the three most common and ineffective ways conflict is handled in marriages:" More...
To Age with Joy, Be True to Yourself
"Did you know that sociologists have suggested several theories about how people "should" grow older in society? The first major theory popped up in 1961 and was called disengagement theory. Sounds pretty awful, doesn't it? That's because it was. This theory (and remember the era during which it was developed) described aging as an inevitable, universal process of mutual withdrawal of the individual and society from each other. Yikes!" More...
Eight Ways to Take Care of Yourself During a Health Crisis
"Receiving a medical diagnosis we didn't expect is never easy. In fact, it can be downright terrifying until we wrap our minds around what is happening. When a health crisis strikes, it's easy to forget to take care of ourselves. However, self-care is paramount if we are going to cope effectively and make good health care choices. Here are eight ways to take care of yourself during a health crisis:" More...
Postpartum Depression, Neurotransmitters, and Nutrition
"Like other forms of depression, postpartum depression (PPD) is often associated with a neurotransmitter imbalance. Many new mothers with PPD have low serotonin or norepinephrine levels in the brain that are aggravated by nutritional deficiencies. Scientists have found that proper nutrition is essential for the production of neurotransmitters." More...
How To Reduce Your Child's Texting While Improving Parent/Child Communication
"Here's a question I was recently asked and I share it here along with a response to help parents who may be struggling with the same issues: My 14 and 16-year-old kids are constantly texting their friends. We bought them phones so we could stay in touch when we're apart. But they are so preoccupied with texting their friends, we barely communicate with each other anymore. Any suggestions of how we can reduce the texting while improving our communication?" More...
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