Category: Relationships

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How to Support Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID

Social restriction due to the pandemic is already challenging for many, and can be even more isolating if a loved one tests positive for COVID. How can you support someone who has tested positive for COVID? 1.        Make a call. One of the easiest first steps to help someone connect is to reach out and call them to see how they’re doing. While sending … Read More How to Support Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID

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How to Deal With a Breakup the Empowered Way

Dealing with a breakup is difficult which can result in a resurgence of habits that take a toll on our mental health. Managing a breakup in an empowered way helps us to deal with hurt in a positive and productive way as opposed to taking the pain out on ourselves. Self-care is key. If your best friend called you and told you they broke … Read More How to Deal With a Breakup the Empowered Way

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9 Ways to Kickstart the New Year

2020 has been a whirlwind of new challenges and hardship. In a year that has been filled with sad, dark, and at times depressing days we need a resolution remix for 2021. Below are some new takes on an old tradition to help kick start the new year off right. Kick deprivation to the curb. Many of us have tried strict dieting in the … Read More 9 Ways to Kickstart the New Year

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Empty Chairs at the Table This Holiday Season

There’s nothing like the holidays and a new year around the corner to remind us that 2020 is almost over. This year let’s try to take nothing for granted. Especially since millions of Americans will soon sit down to a holiday meal with one or more loved ones missing. Those empty chairs are a reminder of what we have endured this year. Whether it … Read More Empty Chairs at the Table This Holiday Season

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What Presidential Elections Can Teach Us About Losing Gracefully

For the winner of any election, the moment of victory brings joy, applause, laughter, relief, and often champagne. Losing the presidency, however, is felt like a crushing defeat. The hours of travel, giving speeches, campaigning, fundraising, stress, and sleepless nights are all for naught. The feeling of defeat is experienced by the candidate and their support staff, family, and the millions of people who … Read More What Presidential Elections Can Teach Us About Losing Gracefully

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The Painful Side of Narcissism

Narcissism is a term which has roots in Greek mythology, and as the story goes, a nymph named Echo fell in love with a handsome young man named Narcissus who loved nobody but himself. Echo had previously been cursed by a vengeful goddess who took from her the ability to form her own words. Thus, she was only able to repeat the words of … Read More The Painful Side of Narcissism

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Tips for Raising Optimistic Kids

1. Model it – children will look to their caregivers for cues on how to respond to life stresses. As parents, it is important to model the characteristics you would like your child to exhibit. Why? Because kids are constantly watching and listening to you. Healthy habits, including optimism start with having an optimistic mindset yourself.  2. Practice looking for the positive – daily … Read More Tips for Raising Optimistic Kids

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What to Say When Someone Loses a Pet

Anyone who has lost a pet knows the pain is very real, and in that moment there is nothing that can take away the sadness. Animals bring so much joy into our lives, and for many, pets are considered family members.  The most important thing to remember is to be sensitive and understanding of someone’s loss. The passing of a pet leaves a huge … Read More What to Say When Someone Loses a Pet

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Can There Be Hope Amid Politics?

I consider myself to be an apolitical person. I try to stay informed. I vote. But when it comes to politics, I prefer to listen to what others have to say more than I like to talk about what I think. But after watching the first woman of color accept the nomination for the vice president of the United States of America, it’s hard … Read More Can There Be Hope Amid Politics?

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Finding Gratitude

It’s hard to tell in the photo but the wine glass says “FUN” on the side. I didn’t realize that when I pulled it out of the cabinet. As I was pouring wine into it late at night I read the glass and had to laugh because nothing about that moment was lowercase “fun” let alone uppercase “FUN.” I was tired after a long … Read More Finding Gratitude

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COVID and Children’s Mental Health

COVID has brought to our doorsteps much unexpected change, anxiety and stress. The current atmosphere is challenging for adults, but is also trying for children in different ways. Thinking about how to begin a conversation with a child about the current climate can be daunting. Know that there are strategies and resources available to help. Prepare The first and most necessary step before speaking … Read More COVID and Children’s Mental Health

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Embracing Change

It’s been said that the only constant in life is change. If that is the case, then why is change sometimes so difficult to cope with when it happens? Perhaps it is that when change occurs, it doesn’t provide much warning, so there’s little time to prepare. When we are caught off guard, we are forced to react instinctively as opposed to being able … Read More Embracing Change