Tag: Self-care

Why do therapists love “I statements” so much?

If you’ve been in therapy, taken a parenting class, a couples communication class, an anger management class, or worked with a mental health professional in pretty much any capacity, you’ve probably heard about “I statements.” They are a basic tool in the communication toolbox, and for good reason. While “I statements” alone won’t magically turn…

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Want to Feel More In Love?

As Valentine’s Day approaches we get a lot of messages from the world about love and romance, but sometimes we’re not feeling as much in love with our partners as we’d like to. Here are 5 ways to connect more lovingly with your partner starting today: Create a “hello” ritual A kiss, a hug, a…

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Taking the Leap

On a recent shopping trip to Trader Joe’s, I bought a package of smoked oysters. As the check-out clerk scanned it he mentioned he had recently tried smoked oysters for the first time. Then he said, “I was intimidated to try them, and now I can’t believe I haven’t been eating these all along!” Does…

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Hope: The Essential Element

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” -Albert Einstein Hope is the belief that you may be able to have what you want. It motivates us to get out of bed in the morning. It gives us a reason to show up: because we think…

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Why is Self-Care So Important?

Most people respond to the idea of taking care of ourselves in one of two ways: a) It’s a no brainer – if I don’t take care of myself, who will? or b) It’s selfish to take care of myself. Where do you fall? If you’re in the second camp, let me explain how “self-care”…

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