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Are you feeling anxious? Do you get stressed out easily or frustrated easily? You may feel nervous, all over the place, and unable to relax. You may have tried self-help books, deep breathing and calming yourself down. These are all good tools but they don’t always work. Anxiety is a false alarm in your brain, like a code red that something bad is going to happen but it’s really not. It is a false sense
As Nat King Cole sang, roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!! We all love the warmth and relaxed feeling we experience during the summer months.  I mean, what’s not to love…right?  Besides working on our tans, summer is a good time to exercise, eat healthy, light meals and revisit our goals for a satisfying life!   One of the things I like to do in the summer months is catch up on my
You know that couple. The one that seems so happy and so in love, even after they have kids. (Lol) They are the envy of others. They want to be together. They want to sit at the dinner table next to each other. They talk to each other. These couples are happy and healthy. But how do they do it? What’s their secret? It must be natural to them. No that is not true. To
Hey!  You!  Yes you….do you know what your personal comfort zone is right now?  Comfort zone is defined as “a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment, experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress. “ [Alasdair A. K. White “From Comfort Zone to Performance Management”] Do you like that safe comfortable feeling of familiarity, relying on routines and daily patterns to feel
Ahh Valentine’s Day, the time to celebrate love. From chocolate to jewelry to romantic dinners, who doesn’t enjoy a nice Valentine’s gift? But, somewhere along the way we lost the true meaning of this day. It isn’t about the chocolate, or the jewelry, or romantic dinners, it is really about reminding each other of your love for one another. Yes of course, gifts are nice but how can you really let your mate know how
Preparing for the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year for couples. From planning who to give gifts to, and budgeting for the gifts and shopping for them, couples need to de-stress more than ever. Not to mention, deciding on how to divide up your time with each family, or if you have in-laws, how to find time to celebrate with both or just one this year and the next
I recently read an article on Huff Post, written by Laura Doyle titled, ‘6 Reasons Why Marriage Counseling is BS’. I thought the title was creative, and it made me want to read it, especially given I am a marriage counselor. It turns out the author, makes some preposterous claims about the nature of genuine marriage counseling. While she may be a best-selling author and relationship coach, she is clearly not trained as a marriage
Ready for a change in your relationship? Have you been looking for a retreat or some type of workshop that can help you communicate better? Perhaps you have found some couples retreats or workshops online, but they are too far away, too expensive, or none of them really work for your schedule. How about a one-day local relationship workshop open to singles and couples that is on a Saturday? You don’t have to take off
It’s that time of year again. Last week we  celebrated  freedom and independence in America. Fireworks, grilling, beach and pool time, and spending time together with family friends is what the holiday is all about. Now that we have  grilled the  burgers and enjoyed the holiday celebration, I want to take some time and reflect on the difference between healthy independence versus being interdependent in your relationship. Is being independent a good thing? Yes of