Managing Tense Family Relationships During the Holidays - Part I
"For many, the holidays conjure images of family happily gathered around a home cooked meal or relaxing in front of a warm fire. But for others the family scenes they envision are of perpetual conflict and tension. What some consider a pleasant, memory-making time, others view as a nightmare to endure. Tense family relationships can not only spoil a festive holiday for the ones in conflict but possibly for the entire family." More...
Discovering Your Best Personal-Professional Energy: Reconnecting with Your Spiritual Homeland - Part II
"As mentioned, aging frequently has surprises in store: like the seemingly "sudden" appearance of significant or serious medical problems. These "unforeseen" health issues typically have external and internal roots in such realms as: a) repetitive motion injury or slow erosion lifestyle and nutritional choices, b) exposure to environmental toxins and social-psychological-family-organizational dysfunction and, as noted, c) genetic predisposition and family history. Lifestyle choices, including lack of exercise as well as exercise-related injury or repetitive trauma, along with food or substance use and abuse, invariably catch up with us. " More...
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...
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