The Path Out of Shame

Shame and vulnerability researcher and author Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, describes shame as “the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging.”  Shame is probably among the most harmful of human emotions.  It has the power to convince us that that little voice in our headContinue reading “The Path Out of Shame”

Put One Foot in Front of The Other

Some days it takes all our energy just to get through the day.  It seems like the simplest tasks seem insurmountable.  Especially during this Covid-19 pandemic, emotions seem to be magnified and a bad day can feel overwhelming.  It is in these times that we only need to focus on one step at a time.Continue reading “Put One Foot in Front of The Other”

Helping Others Helps Ourselves

You may know the expression, “It is better to give than receive,” but do you know that the benefits of this truism have been proven by research?  People who are kind and compassionate recognize the benefits to their lives. Kindness can also help reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing. Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at leastContinue reading “Helping Others Helps Ourselves”

Unresolved Conflicts

Conflict can happen when friends, co-workers, or family members have different views or beliefs that are incompatible with our own. Sometimes conflict can occur when people misunderstand each other and jump to the wrong conclusion. Issues of conflict that are not resolved peacefully can lead to arguments and resentment so it is important to faceContinue reading “Unresolved Conflicts”

Intimacy

We have all heard of intimacy and we may even know how important it is in relationships. But, what is it and how do we create and maintain it? Intimacy is defined as a close familiarity or friendship; closeness. While it may seem this applies to romantic relationships, intimacy is important in non-romantic relationships asContinue reading “Intimacy”

Relax

There is so much going on in the world around us that the state of our mind can become overwhelmed.  Know that peace of mind is only a matter of your deciding that you want it.  You deserve it, it’s good for you, and it takes less time than you think. Your mind will answerContinue reading “Relax”

Heart Healthy for Valentine’s Day

February is American Heart Month.  The first proclamation was issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson in February 1964, nine years after he had a heart attack. Since then, the president has annually declared February as American Heart Month. Since Valentine’s Day has us thinking of candy hearts, it’s a great opportunity to take care ofContinue reading “Heart Healthy for Valentine’s Day”

Winter Hurdles

As it gets colder outside and the daylight hours become shorter, it gets harder to fight the urge to just stay inside, snuggled up by a fire, watching TV or reading a book. You will feel better and have more energy, however, if you stick to your fitness goals this winter. The colder months areContinue reading “Winter Hurdles”

How Can I Make Exercise Work For Me?

So, you’re ready to start an exercise regimen as part of your new healthy lifestyle, but exactly how are you going to find the time? Fitness experts say that exercising for just 20 to 30 minutes three or four days a week can dramatically improve a person’s weight, mental state and overall well-being.  Of allContinue reading “How Can I Make Exercise Work For Me?”

Motivation: Keeping Your Resolutions Alive

We often jump into the New Year full of good intentions and resolutions. But sometime around February, those intentions seem to diminish. If you find your motivation waning again this year, don’t let it. Motivation is essential to achieving goals and to leading a healthy lifestyle. To maintain motivation, figure out what you want, powerContinue reading “Motivation: Keeping Your Resolutions Alive”