I am convinced that a good amount of the stress many of us feel during this holiday season stems from 3 troublesome phrases: should, have to, and need to. I saw a Facebook post the day after Thanksgiving that went something like: “If you’re one of those people who’s already got their Christmas decorations up and
Stress–my old frenemy. You’ve made rush hour commutes to work disastrous, packed schedules exhausting, and raising a rambunctious toddler feel nearly impossible. It seems all bad, I know. And many of you are probably scoffing at the suggestion that stress is both friend and foe. The very definition of stress is “an individual’s response to
The decision to seek therapy, although a great one, can result in a range of conflicting emotions. You may feel relieved that you are finally taking steps to get through a rough transition in your life. You might feel fearful, afraid of the unknown. Maybe you are fighting feelings of defeat because you’re returning to
Perhaps your usual methods of managing stress or dealing with the difficult relationships in your life are no longer helping. Or, you find yourself repeating a pattern that always ends in pain or disappointment. Maybe a friend or family member has suggested you talk to someone. No matter how you reach the decision to enter
Connecting with others is one of the necessary parts of personal growth. Although at times it may seem like other people are the very root of the problem we’re facing, and fantasies of fleeing to a remote island for 6 months might seem the most attractive solution, we are not designed to exist in isolation.
The average day of a teenager is not an easy one. High school classes start early and, according to a 2013 survey conducted by the APA, the pressure to do well academically is reported to be the biggest source of teen stress. The vast majority of teen participants worries about being good enough, meeting and