Slowing Your Life to Enjoy it More and Get More Done
"I talk with a lot of worn-out people. Most of these people are overworked and on the verge of burnout. They say they want more work-life balance in their lives but this goal seems to elude them. Most of these folks typically work an average 40-50 hours a week, in addition to their commute. That is manageable for most people. What puts them into the overworked category and primed for burnout is the "second shift." This second shift begins when you leave your full-time job and start the endless list of activities that leave you little or no discretionary time to replenish your physical and emotional reserves." More...
OCD Versus Eating Disorders
"While it can be argued that both OCD and eating disorders involve obsessions and compulsions, as well as the need for control, those who suffer from eating disorders typically obsess over their weight and/or body image. My son was not focused on either. His eating (or not eating) rituals stemmed from magical thinking, a cognitive distortion that is common in those with OCD. Maybe something bad might happen if he ate on Tuesday, for example. Eat that peanut butter sandwich before midnight and someone he loved might die. Others with OCD might restrict their food intake for other reasons, perhaps because they are concerned about germs and contamination." More...
Thinking and Beliefs
"Do our thoughts accurately reflect reality or do they create our reality? This has long been a question I have pondered on. What is the truth? What we believe and feel in our hearts or the bare face objective reality unfettered by emotions?" More...
Social Workers in Emergency Rooms: An Idea Long Overdue
"Have you ever been to an emergency room, either for yourself or someone you love? Chances are you witnessed some degree of chaos, regardless of where you live. Emergency rooms are inherently stressful due to long waiting times and overworked hospital staff. Layer that stress on top of the individual anxieties experienced by each patient with his or her own story, and the pressure can be difficult to bear." More...
Making a Work Plan Work for You
"Most people spend enormous amounts of time on trivialities that are unnecessary at the moment. This means the truly important matters get pushed aside. If this happens often enough you might find yourself moving from one deadline or scheduling crisis to another. "Dan" was one such person who came to counseling for stress-related concerns." More...
How to Change Your Attachment Style
"We're wired for attachment - why babies cry when separated from their mothers. Depending especially upon our mother's behavior, as well as later experiences and other factors, we develop a style of attaching that affects our behavior in close relationships. We seek or avoid intimacy along a continuum, but one of the following three styles is generally predominant whether we're dating or in a long term marriage:" More...
What Will You Do With the Rest of Your Life?
"This is a question I've been asking myself lately. Perhaps you have been as well. It feels like a natural question to ask since I am at that stage of life where I'm clearly past the half-way point. While some are simply trying to hold on until "retirement" I'm asking how to eliminate retirement from my future plans. I want to use the experience, learning and insight I've gained thus far to continue doing things that matter." More...
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