How to afford therapy

We talked about why therapy is important and thoughts and behavior cycles that may prevent us from going to therapy, but financial responsibilities may prevent us from getting the mental health services that we need. Let’s discuss some of the options that may be available to you to help you get the mental health treatment … Continue reading How to afford therapy

Understanding the unhealthy norms

We have often heard that the meaning gets lost in translation. The intensity of an experience can definitely get diluted in the balancing act of living a bi-cultural life. In honor of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, I would like to offer some culture-specific examples that may help with understanding the importance/impact of these experiences.  … Continue reading Understanding the unhealthy norms

Need for Sleep

Does anyone else think that it is extremely unfair that naptime is not built into our day as adults? What if I told you that we would perform our duties better if we allow ourselves that standard 20-minute power nap sometime during the mid-day… would you believe me? Just when I start to underplay the … Continue reading Need for Sleep

Commitment Phobia

There is no official diagnosis for it but it is a real thing. It is something that many struggles with, sometimes without even realizing that they are affected by it. Some say that the individual is not mature enough to handle grown-up life decisions while others find themselves continuously around the “wrong” crowd. Commitment Phobia … Continue reading Commitment Phobia

What is Mental Health?

Let’s start today with a pop quiz. What is Mental Health? a)    Understanding what mental issues we struggle with. b)    Understanding our overall well-being. c)     A diagnosis so we can get help from insurance. d)    Everyone is just crazy! If you answered B, you are correct! Mental health is so much more than just understanding … Continue reading What is Mental Health?

Impact of social media in our lives

Is social media really the reason we are not as connected to each other anymore? Is it the reason we have poor postures? Is media the reason we believe what we believe or is it lack of communication and our fear of rejection that is really creating this disconnect? How often have you found yourself … Continue reading Impact of social media in our lives

Caregiver Burnout: The Balancing Act

The month of celebrating love is not complete without recognizing the hard work of caregivers. It truly requires someone special to take on the physical and emotional challenge of caring for a loved one unconditionally. A caregiver can be a paid helper or a family member who looks after someone who is unable to care … Continue reading Caregiver Burnout: The Balancing Act

Boundaries: Understanding the consequences and enforcing them

How was your week of practicing boundaries? Was it fairly easy or did you find yourself struggling with creating the needed distance? What was the hardest part for you? One of the most difficult things I noticed was to actually enforce those boundaries. I may be uncomfortable with certain action(s) but without reinforcement, things will … Continue reading Boundaries: Understanding the consequences and enforcing them

Boundaries: What are they and how do I set them?

As I start writing this blog about boundaries, I can’t help but recall my high school geography class. A huge part of the class was actually coloring; I remember trying different coloring methods to figure out what felt natural and comfortable. Initially, I loved outlining with markers but after some time, I became more comfortable … Continue reading Boundaries: What are they and how do I set them?

How Making Your Bed Can Increase Emotional Intelligence

I recently came across a graduation speech which made me evaluate some of my current daily habits and the motivations behind them. This speech was by Admiral William H. McRaven at The University of Texas graduation. The speech started with the idea of: "If you want to change the world, start off by making your … Continue reading How Making Your Bed Can Increase Emotional Intelligence