Jaylee made her way slowly across my office and into a chair. As she began to tell her story, silent tears coursed down her face and fell onto hands clasped tightly in her lap. Here is Jaylee's story: Several years before, Jaylee had returned home early from a meeting to discover her husband in bed with the babysitter. "I have tried to get over it," she said.
Your friend texts you about their frustrating day, your taxes have to be filed, the radio spouts news of another disaster somewhere, and you still haven’t taken your car in for its oil change. With the wonders of technology and high-speed interaction between us all, we’re finding it more and more difficult to keep our mental machinery chugging away at optimum performance. What you need is scheduled maintenance.
I couldn't find a better post-divorce survivor if I tried, than Sigourney Weaver in Political Animals. As Weaver said in an interview Friday, "When I look around the world, I don't really see too many damsels in distress." As Elaine Barrish, Weaver is strong, determined, intelligent and competent. So of course Barrish is called cold and calculating by some.
No matter how wonderful being in a relationship with someone is there will always be stressful times and challenges. Relationships reveal to us who we are and the personal growth we need to do. Stressors like: Worrying about money, the economy, your children, your job, etc. trigger the release of adrenalin and stress hormones such as cortisol. When chronically stressed, we tend to be at our worst in relating and coping. We often trigger stress in others which creates a reinforcing loop adding to the malaise.
There is always something on TV to scare us. Hysterical articles in the media sell papers and attract eyeballs to websites, but usually exaggerate facts. If you listen without evaluating what you're being told, it's easy to become frightened. There's a reason why I don't usually waste time and energy on panic and drama.
our smartphone can help you ease your mind and reduce your stress level. Here are our favorite stress reducing apps, available for iPhone and Android phones. The best part? They are all free.
It's time to debunk the idea of the bridezilla and the checked-out groom. I'm going to share four things I've learned from my sister in hopes that you will take it to heart, and truly enjoy your wedding.
In the 43 years I have been counseling individuals, I have worked with many who have suffered from severe physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse in childhood. Many of those who sought my help were suffering from fear and anxiety, depression, various addictions, relationship problems and sexual problems.
We all have our "To-do" lists. How much of your list includes ways to keep your spirit up? Often, the demands of work, family and household upkeep means our needs get shifted to the backburner. When this happens, frustration builds and we can spiral into mental abyss. But, by incorporating little things into your routine, you can increase your happiness factor. So, make "YOU" a priority and use the tips below to improve your overall sense of happiness and wellbeing.
Our physical and mental health is of the utmost importance and is what makes life really worth living. When we are strong and healthy, full of energy and life, we can do the things that we want to do, visit the places we have always wanted to visit and experience all that this wonderful life has to offer us. Put yourself first. Many of us are treating the person who is causing us stress better than we treat ourselves. That person could be a romantic partner, a friend, a co-worker or a boss.
By Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder, Psy.D., Talking Teenage for GALTime When the alarm goes off at 5AM I know I have to get up right away. Even a second of dozing off is a second too long of lost time. The day takes off from there and does not stop until my head hits the pillow at bedtime. “Stop the world, I want to get off,” I want to shout, but who has time?
By Patricia Conte for GALTime Deadlines looming at the office. Prepping the house for last-minute guests. Muscle pain from a weekend hiking excursion. Chances are you’ve been in one of these situations – probably more than once – and felt the stress and pain that goes with them. Wouldn’t a massage be great?
Okay…here’s a question. When is the last time someone said goodbye to you with a “Take care!”. Now here’s an even better one – when is the last time you did take care? Not care of your partner or husband, not your kids, your aunt Matilda or your co-worker, but yourself. And what does taking care of yourself look like to you?
Dr. Lynda Klau Dear Woman, Are you more “burned out” than you realize, running on empty most of the time? Are you too drained to be truly present with the closest people in your life? When people ask you how you’re doing, do you say “Great!” even though you’re dragging yourself around with your last ounce of energy? Do you feel like your needs don’t count?