Learning to recognize your own signs when you are stressed is one of the most important steps in improving your willpower. Sometimes simply remembering to stop and take a few deep breaths when overwhelmed or tempted can have a big effect.
Why is it we say things to ourselves that we would never say to even our worst enemy? Harsh self-criticism seems to be the norm. But is it really helpful? Instead try a little self-compassion next time you think you’ve messed up.
In our highly-driven culture, the common belief is that success depends on being competitive and pushing yourself to your limits. What if this approach proved to be more harmful than helpful? Recent research shows self-criticism and a competitive attitude create obstacles to achieving goals.
Do good relationships just happen? Is it simply a matter of the right chemistry? The truth is healthy relationships take effort to establish and maintain.
Caring for our family can bring out the best in us but can also cause some conflict. Maybe you have had one opinion about a family member’s care and a sibling, relative, or attorney thinks something else. The stress in determining the role each family member will play can put a strain on even the closest of family relationships.
Whether you have just found out or have known for several years, living with and loving someone who has mood disorder is difficult even in the best situation. In the course of any given day, you can feel hopeless, helpless, overwhelmed, confused, hurt, angry, frustrated, and/or resentful. If not dealt with, these feelings can lead to guilt, shame, sadness, exhaustion, fear, and isolation. Know that there isn’t a right or wrong way to feel. Learning how to handle negative emotions is what is most important.
January is almost half over. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? If you’re like most people, you’re probably feeling like you took two steps forward and one step back. You decided to make positive changes in the New Year and within a few days or even hours, you slip up and revert to your old way of doing things.
For some, this time of year is full of excitement and anticipation, but for others it is a time of dread and anxiety. The people portrayed in the famous Norman Rockwell painting or in the latest Hallmark movie create a longing for many that this holiday season will be different.
If you’re going to survive being part of the Sandwich Generation (caring for both your kids & your parents), you’re going to need some help.
Middle-aged adults are finding themselves “sandwiched” between aging parents and kids. They are the “Sandwich Generation.” Are you feeling the squeeze?