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We are often scared to change. Even when we're up against the wall, and our relationships are flailing, commiting to learning something new is scary, because we don't know if it will work or make things better. Are you at the point yet, where you've decided to do things differently, because you want healthier relationships? Doing the same thing over and over again leads to two things:
In my last article I addressed the topic of body image and how it is important to love your self so you can let love in. While I think this is extremely important because many women loathe their bodies, I also think it is just as important to not ignore your health. I have worked with a number of women in their 40’s and 50’s that were overweight. They worked out, they dressed well and they took care of themselves. BUT they had not been to the doctor for several years because they were afraid of getting on the scale and what they would hear.
A new phenomenon has come to town and entered the bedroom of one of my clients. One that is causing her to feel guilty. One that goes against her beliefs around relationships and feels to her like gender role-reversal: she doesn't want to spend the night—or all sorts of extra time—with the new guy she's seeing. She'd rather restrict their couple time to three or four hours during the evening, hang out or go out, followed by sex. But then have them call it a night.
The first and most important relationship you'll ever have throughout life is with yourself. How you feel about and care for your own mind, body and spirit sets the stage for all relationships outside yourself—with your partner, family, friends and co-workers. From psychological, spiritual and practical perspectives, it's pretty clear that if you don’t love yourself, it's in turn harder to give and receive love.
Body image has become almost a buzzword in today's culture. People are writing about it, coaching about it, selling diet plans or gym memberships based on it. But when it comes to Clarity Haynes, she takes the concept of image to the next level...she paints it. And in doing so, she helps women embrace their bodies in a healthy, loving way.
If you’ve EVER had a food craving, you know the overwhelming sensation that you experience. It is an intense feeling, and typically very different than “normal hunger.” According to the Wikipedia definition, there is no single explanation for food craving. Not very encouraging I realize. The explanations can range from low serotonin levels affecting the brain centers for appetite to production of endorphins as a result of consuming fats and carbohydrates.
Do you daydream about reconnecting with a boyfriend from the past? Do you search Facebook and the internet looking for any piece of information you can find out about him? Are you obsessed with the idea of meeting him again and rekindling your love? It can be painful and frustrating to long for some one who isn’t there with you and it can make you feel depressed and unhappy with your life.
**Don't miss your chance to chat with John on the YourTango Facebook page this Thursday, August 11 at 2pm ET. Find out more about the event and RSVP here.** When Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus published almost 20 years ago, the book was hailed by readers and critics alike as a genuine take on what happens in “modern” relationships and marriages.
I was signing books at a bookstore the other day and a young woman came up to me. She looked at the title of my book “The Pathway to Love” and asked if she could read some of it while she waited for her friend to arrive. I said “sure” and handed her a copy to explore. About thirty minutes later she came back with the book in hand and tears in her eyes. I waited for her to speak, not sure of what was to come. Finally I asked “Are you okay?”