When you've had a major loss (a parent, a child, a partner, a close friend, even a job), it's easy to feel like life will never be the same. You may be flooded with regrets for what did (or didn't) get said or done. You might feel resentment (whether justified or not). Many people feel hopeless or helpless about going on with that loss hanging over them, knowing that they can't control change. Know that it is normal to experience despair, denial, feelings of failure, guilt, being out of control, insecurity, confusion, panic, even numbness.
What is the one thing that almost always guarantees the success and longevity of any relationship? It doesn't necessarily matter how much you have in common or how great the sex is — these things are secondary to what matters most in a relationship.
There's nothing worse than being forced to do something you don't want to do ... unless you also have to pay for it. Frequently, partners or spouses get dragged into counseling when they'd rather be almost anywhere else. The thought of talking to a stranger about feelings and intimacy appeals greatly to some, disgusts others and terrifies many.
Let's take a look and determine if some of your favorites are doing you more harm than their escape from reality provides in benefits. I've been surprised lately that so many movies and TV shows are violence, betrayal and fear-based. Unfortunately, that's what sells so it also says a lot about our society, beliefs and stress levels.
As Valentine’s Day approaches divorced women are wondering how they deal with it, a day that is devoted to romance and love. Divorced women often report that their pain of loss increases as they are bombarded with images of hearts and flowers everywhere they look. They cannot even walk inside of a grocery store without seeing big white teddy bears holding large red heart candy boxes. To make matters worse, it appears that there are happy couples everywhere!
Valentine’s day is an invented holiday that has become fraught with expectations and promises along with hurt and fake joy! Let’s challenge the meaning of this once a year time, and stop feeling wasted emotions. This one day of the year really has no meaning. It is a waste of time, energy, emotion, and love!
Natalie is torn up inside about what her husband Sam has been going through. Both of Sam's aging parents have had major health crises over the past year. Because his brothers live far away and Sam and Natalie live in the same town as his parents, he's been driving them both to and from doctors' visits and has been maintaining their house too.