How to Self-Soothe (No Extra Food or Alcohol Needed)

Posted By: on March 08, 2017
 When you’re upset, angry and anxious, you need a coping mechanism to help you calm down. Self-soothing utilizes the five senses to help you calm down and feel better. However, there are ways of self-soothing that may be harmful. Relying on alcohol, drugs, or even food to cope can lead to addiction. Here are healthy ways to self-soothe when you feel stressed.Look at NatureNature, plants, and sunlight all help lower your anxiety levels. Take a walk outside, buy yourself some flowers for your h

Learning to Love Your Rough Edges

Posted By: on February 24, 2017
We all have parts of ourselves we don’t necessarily like. It may be easy to love your great sense of humor, compassion or friendliness, but there are other things about yourself that you probably find harder to love. You most likely aren’t proud of your temper or tendency to procrastinate. However, if you want to love yourself fully, you need to learn to love your rough edges, too. Unconditional love doesn’t require you to be perfect, so you don’t have to completely change or lose all yo

Impacts of Being Raised by Emotionally Neglectful Parents

Posted By: on December 07, 2016
In an ideal world, all of us would have been raised in a two-parent home by parents who were loving, attentive and emotionally available. They would have talked to us about our feelings, asked about our days, and shared their own emotions openly and honestly with us. Unfortunately, many people are raised by parents who don’t talk about feelings. It’s called Childhood Emotional Neglect when a parent doesn’t respond to a child’s emotional needs. Here are some of the impacts of growing up w

The Power of Acceptance in the Healing Process

Posted By: on October 19, 2016
When we experience a devastating loss or situation, such as the death of a loved one, we experience grief. Typically, there are five stages associated with grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. While you may not experience each stage, you hopefully get to the acceptance stage so you can heal and move forward. Here’s why acceptance is such a powerful and importance part of the healing process.Acceptance doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be happy about a situation al

Dealing with Anger in your Relationship

Posted By: on October 05, 2016
Relationship Boundaries
Anger is a natural human emotion. Sometimes things at work are frustrating, or someone rear-ends your car. It’s nearly impossible to never get angry. In reality, it’s how you deal with your anger that matters. If you and your partner are frequently angry at one another, there are ways to address it that will help avoid nasty fights and massive arguments.1. Address It ImmediatelyDon’t let anger linger. The more you sit and stew over a problem, the angrier you’ll become. Chances are, you

How We Go Through Grief

Posted By: on September 21, 2016
 When we experience a big loss, it can be very painful. There’s not much that can prepare you to experience that kind of grief or pain, but knowing how humans experience grief can help you understand what you or a grieving friend are going through.Grief isn’t limited to just one situation. It often happens when a loved one dies, but can also occur after a divorce or breakup, losing a job, the end of a friendship, death of a pet or a traumatic experience. Any significant loss can lead to som

How Your Family of Origin Impacts Your Emotional Issues Today

Posted By: on September 15, 2016
Our family of origin, or the family that we grew up with, impacts us for the rest of our lives. Family of origin could mean biological or adoptive parents, siblings or grandparents or any other childhood caregiver.  They influence so much of our lives and behaviors, from our diets to our cleaning habits. Our families also impact our emotional issues (or lack of, if we’re fortunate). If we can recognize how our family of origin impacts our emotional behaviors, we can work toward correcting neg

Addiction Treatment and the Recovery Process

Posted By: on September 07, 2016
By Matt GonzalesDrug addiction can become a chronic disease that affects your physical and mental health, job status and relationships. Once you're hooked on a drug, your whole life can revolve around it.Substance use disorders are common in the United States. Heroin use in particular has skyrocketed in recent years. From 2002 to 2013, heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Al

The Benefits of Longer Term Therapy

Posted By: on August 31, 2016
Long term therapy
 Many people will seek professional counseling or go to therapy at some point in their lives. It’s beneficial for many areas of life, or before and after big life changes. People talk with professionals about marriage, divorce, a new baby, losing a friend or family or being unemployed. Talking with an unbiased professional who can offer practical advice and coping mechanisms is extremely beneficial during a difficult time. However, most people who get professional help only do so for a short

Managing Your Anxiety

Posted By: on August 25, 2016
Dealing With Anxiety
 When anxiety strikes, it’s easy to let it quickly get out of control. While therapy is an important part of getting help for your anxiety, here are a things you can do to manage your anxiety levels at home.Remember to BreatheIt seems silly to remind yourself to breathe, but when anxiety starts rising, your breath is often the first thing to go. When you’re anxious, your heart rate rises and your breathing becomes shallow, worsening the problem. By taking deep, slow breaths, you slow your h