Self-compassion practices are how we learn to be kind to ourselves, which in turn allows us to lower our stress levels and be more present in our day-to-day lives. Over time, you’ll notice that you’re happier with yourself and less stressed when life gets tough.
There's been arguing, stress, unhappiness, and tension. Parents talk about how frustrated they are and about the negative changes they’ve noticed in their teen. Teenagers tell me that they feel like their parents are rigid and unwilling to give them independence or respect.
The adolescent years have a reputation for being stressful on parents. You may feel like you don’t know your kid anymore, or there is so much tension, you don’t know how to go about fixing it. There are good reasons for this!
Lately, it feels like every day family therapy clients are telling me about how 'addicted' their children, spouses, or friends are to their devices (phones, tablets, etc.). I feel like I’m continually hearing complaints about the hours people spend looking at screens and how little they interact with each other or the outside world.
We may expect that by releasing a certain amount of responsibility, we might also release a lot of stress. In some cases, this may be true - but there can also be a great deal of stress that comes along with the transition to retirement.
Technology makes our life easier in so many ways, but it also blurs the lines between work and home and makes us feel like we’re always on the clock. To top it all off, we’re told by society that we need to "do it all”, and if we can’t handle the pressure, we label ourselves as “weak” or “failing”. owever, stress and anxiety are obstacles we can all overcome if we have the tools.
When we feel too busy, that’s exactly when we need to prioritize our self-care. It helps us feel better, be more productive, and handle the stress in a healthier way. Plus it helps us to be kinder and better people (translation: our family, friends, and colleagues can tolerate us!). Managing stress and anxiety is key to a happy and healthy life.
The idea of being in a truly happy relationship may seem unrealistic or unattainable, but it isn’t. We see couples that make relationships look so easy, but it often feels like they’re keeping some kind of secret from the rest of the world. How do they do it? Here are five things that happy couples do well.
You’re not alone. In fact, you’re in good company. At any given time, the statistics showing the number of burned out professionals in the U.S. are shockingly high. Our culture has long promoted this as the standard vision of adulthood: functional adult = stress, anxiety and exhaustion.