The holidays can bring some stressful experiences with them. Gift-giving can stretch our budget, organizing everything can deplete our energy, and family gatherings can challenge our patience. So how can we still be filled with peace and joy, no matter how the holidays unfold?
Are you going through one of the big life changes, like loss of a loved one, separation or divorce, loss of a job or home, moving, getting married or having a new baby? Here are 5 tips to keep our stress levels down and give our brain and our body time to adjust when major life changing events happen.
Over the last four weeks, I have gone through a period of major purging, organizing, decluttering, and downsizing. There are some surprising benefits to this whole process of completing one phase of our life before moving to the next stage in life.
Have you felt bad or guilty because you seem to have it much better than others, perhaps better than your partner or another family member? How do we turn these feelings of guilt into something useful and beneficial?
Sometimes we feel completely stuck in a situation, out of control and helpless. Yet, five simple questions can shift our perspective and allow us to see our choices, feel more in control and empowered.
COVID-19 has created an unusual situation for our marriages and close love relationships. Suddenly many couples were forced to live and work in close quarters, often struggling with financial hardships and worried about their health, about educating and entertaining their children at home and about the future in general. The close and constant proximity has highlighted their differences and accentuated their conflicts and doubts to a point where the pressure has become unbearably painful.
In recent months, people all over the world have been catapulted into using a variety of online portals to connect and meet with colleagues and friends, to buy groceries and other products, to learn virtually or to offer our own services online. But what if we really want to be online to offer our services to others or to learn ourselves but we have doubts? Underneath doubts are limiting beliefs and those can be easily shifted with belief change techniques like PSYCH-K®.
Our personal life story is never just a summary of facts and events. We as the narrator cannot help but interpret what happened. What is essential is how we integrate the facts and events internally into a coherent story which has characters and a plot line that weaves it all together and gives meaning to the events. We can explore how our stories are serving us, but also how they are holding us back. Our stories always reflect the beliefs we have internalized about ourselves, our relationships, other people and the world in general.
Mood and anxiety disorders are among the most common types of mental disorders and have a major impact on the daily lives of those suffering from it. What can be done to address anxiety successfully? Author David A. Carbonell, PhD suggests five steps called the AWARE method.