How to be Vulnerable

Being vulnerable is important for forming close relationships, but it can also be difficult for many people to do. To be more vulnerable, admit when you are hurting and have an emotional need. Be OK with sharing your feelings with others. Tell your partner what you want and honestly share what you are thinking. You […]

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How to Recover from Breaking Up

The end of a romantic relationship is never easy, but there are ways that you can cope and get through this experience. First, make sure you have firm boundaries with your ex. This can help you move forward from the relationship. Next, don’t hold onto the bitterness of the breakup. Try to forgive both them […]

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Using Science to Treat Anxiety

Research from the University of Cambridge has revealed effective coping tools for anxiety. Instead of stressing, or being overly perfectionistic, just jump in and start doing the task at hand.  When you make a mistake, take it easy on yourself with kindness. When something wrong does happen don’t immediately start worrying. Put it on hold. […]

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Mindfulness and Our Genes

It turns out that our bodies positively respond to mindfulness activities at the most basic, genetic levels. Researchers analyzed eighteen studies that comprised 846 participants. The object was to learn more about how activities like yoga and meditation benefit our bodies. They found that stressed “fight-or-flight” thinking releases certain molecules. Thes molecules control aspects of […]

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The Connection Between Inflammation and Sleep

Researchers are finding that there’s a link between not getting enough quality sleep at night and inflammation. The study was supported by the Ohio State University Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research. Forty-three couples participated in two visits. They had their blood drawn and reported how long they had slept for the previous two nights. The […]

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 Preventative Steps for Couples

Many of us do preventative things to stay healthy such as visiting the doctor, eating right, and exercising. Why not do the same thing for your relationship too? Talk about important decisions that will affect you both as a couple before they happen. Think about how having a child will affect your relationship. Consider how […]

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At-Home Mindfulness Practice Works

According to a review of studies, there appear to be benefits to practicing mindfulness programs at home. This is true even if those practicing do so for a shorter period of time than prescribed. A typical meditation session should usually be 45 minutes long each day. Yet meditation students often reported doing so for 30 […]

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Why Twos Help

Enneatype Two personalities struggle with wanting to be cared for. Yet, they also have a strong desire to care for others. “Two” personalities develop during childhood when the child is still developing into who they are but doesn’t have secure relationships. As adults, they struggle to taking care of themselves or with asking for help. […]

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Using the Enneagram System of Personalities

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has come under criticism for not being a reliable tool for diagnosis. However, there is an argument for the Enneagram System of Personalities instead. The Enneagram uses a numerical figure to describe nine behavioral styles that are both healthy and unhealthy. Some of these styles include: “The […]

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How to Talk to Someone with Depression

Do you know someone who is struggling with depression? Pay attention to these suggestions for what not to say.  Avoid making statements that blame or shame the individual. They can’t simply “cheer up” or “shake it off.” Don’t tell someone that they are to blame for having depression. That simply adds to the negative perception […]

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