How do you tie your shoelace? Who taught you? Do you know who taught them? Chances are that it was a parent or a family member who taught you just like they were taught by the generation before them. When we talk about family “inheritance,” we mostly assume money, traditions, or even genes but it … Continue reading Generational Trauma
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?
Struggling with Anxiety seems to be part of many of our daily routine. Sometimes the symptoms may become severe enough to have a diagnosis within the Anxiety Disorder family but that does not mean that “everyday” anxiety is any less. Before we discuss anything related to anxiety, it is important to understand what it is … Continue reading Everyday Anxiety
April is National Stress Awareness Month and in honor of the stressors we experience in our daily lives, today’s blog post discusses one specific method to help manage this stress while also expressing one’s self. Our lives are increasingly fast-paced and full of stress and anxiety. Often, we do not make time for ourselves during … Continue reading Managing Stress Creatively
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
Working in the mental health field allows me to learn about human interaction, reaction, and brain activities in ways I never imagined. It never ceases to amaze me how our brain stores and shares details of information based on our safety and needs. There are hundreds of studies to evaluate a variety of mental health … Continue reading Body Integrity Identity Disorder
We probably spend most of our time awake at work. Work becomes our new family. We have various dynamics at play and it becomes our identity. We take pride in our career and our passion- we find our purpose in our work. So, what happens when work becomes a place to avoid? We all have … Continue reading Toxic Work Environment
Humans are social creatures. I am not talking about introverts vs extroverts; instead, I’m talking about our need for support from each other. We have a need to connect to others- to understand where we belong. Because we are multifaceted, our treatment needs to be a holistic approach. In order to fully understand the developmental … Continue reading Does my therapist really need to know that?
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
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