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What You Need to Know Before Reconnecting With Old Friends

Are you considering reaching out to a former friend? Maybe you stumbled across their social media and feel a pang of sadness for your old connection. Perhaps a certain song or memory triggered a happy thought associated with them. Even though we may feel incredibly close to certain people, life can get in the way. Career changes, relocation, and having...[ read more ]

Managing Regret After Divorce: How to Heal Gracefully

It's no secret that divorce can take a significant toll on your mental health.  Research shows that new divorcees are at a heightened risk for depression, anxiety, and substance use. With that in mind, divorce regret is a real struggle, and many people aren't prepared for its impact. They often feel angry or even guilty over this regret. While some...[ read more ]

What Is Collective Trauma? 

We all felt something when the COVID-19 pandemic first made headway in 2020. In the subsequent months, people oscillated between fear, anger, denial, sadness, and anxiety. These emotions seemingly affected everyone around the planet- there was a sense of a universal shared experience amid the chaos. This phenomenon is known as collective trauma, and this kind of trauma isn't easily understood. Furthermore,...[ read more ]

5 Considerations To Keep In Mind When You Become a Grandparent 

You're about to enter a whole new world. Your (not-so-little) baby has announced they are having a baby of their own. You're about to become a grandparent. Regardless of your emotions, it's likely going to be a life-changing experience for you! Here's how to support your child, embrace the change, and make the most of this new adventure. Respect Your...[ read more ]

Are You Struggling With These Lesser-Known Trauma Symptoms?

Research shows that 70% of Americans have endured at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Trauma can impact your physical and emotional health. It can also affect your self-esteem, relationships, and sense of safety in the world. But while some reactions are apparent, it's just as important to recognize some of the subtle, lesser-known trauma symptoms. Let's get into...[ read more ]

How You Can Still Practice Self-Care With No Free Time 

The concept of self-care has exploded in popularity in recent years, and for a good reason. Self-care is associated with numerous physical and emotional health benefits. In addition, people who take care of themselves regularly tend to be more confident, happier, and satisfied with their overall quality of life. But how do you practice self-care with no free time or...[ read more ]

Hate The Holidays? Here’s How to Cope 

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Or is it? Despite what all the movies and retail industry want us to believe, the holiday season isn't always filled with cheer. And if you hate the holidays, you're not alone. The American Psychological Association reported that only 8% of people felt happier this time of year. Many people find the...[ read more ]

How To Start Rediscovering Yourself and Healing After Divorce 

When ranking life stressors, the impact of divorce is cited as the second leading cause of stress, ranking only behind the death of a spouse. If your marriage has recently ended, you know the depths of this stress all too well. Divorce can affect all areas of functioning. It can make you question yourself, your future, and the relationships you...[ read more ]

What Are The Signs of Delayed Grief? 

Grief can come in many different flavors, and it affects everyone uniquely. Sometimes, grief hits you immediately, and you feel the wave of intense emotions right after the loss occurs. Other times, in the case of delayed grief, it can take several months or years to feel its true impact. There is nothing wrong with you if you are experiencing...[ read more ]

Strained Relationship? 5 Tips for Reconnecting With Your Adult Child

Do you feel like you and your child have drifted apart? Do you worry that the two of you are becoming strangers, that you have somehow damaged the relationship or lost the connection you once shared? Parenting is a lifelong task, and the work undoubtedly changes once your children become adults. Now that they have independent lives and other significant...[ read more ]



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