How to Cope with Difficult Feelings During the Holidays

My colleague Michelle Farris, LMFT wrote this new blog post about coping with difficult feelings such as anger and sadness. These are especially difficult feelings to have during the holidays when we're expected to be happy. I hope you'll benefit from Michelle's practical tips and ideas. How to Cope with Difficult Feelings During the Holidays
By Michelle Farris, LMFT
The holidays can be challenging when you’re not...

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6 Articles that Remind Us Why We Need Gratitude More Than Ever

Research has repeatedly shown that gratitude -- the act of being thankful and appreciative -- is good for your mental health. And I think most of us know from experience that practicing gratitude improves our mood and creates a more positive outlook on life.

But incorporating gratitude into our everyday lives can be hard. Sometimes we don't feel grateful. Other times we're worried about...


11 Relationship Red Flags and Why We Ignore Them

When a relationship ends or isn’t going well, it’s natural to reflect and wonder whether there were signs -- or red flags -- that your partner wasn’t a good match. You might find yourself thinking:
Did I miss something?
Were there signs that this relationship wasn’t going to work out?
Why do I keep dating the wrong people?
I had a gut feeling...


How to Protect Yourself from Family Drama During the Holidays

What’s the most stressful part of the holidays? Chances are it’s not the crowds, long to-do lists, or even the financial strain. My clients, friends, and colleagues resoundingly say that dealing with difficult family members and their over-the-top drama is the most stressful part of the holidays.
Who creates unwanted drama in your life?
For most of us, the holiday season means lots...

Highly Sensitive Person

Book Review: The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

We live in a world with high levels of sensory input – loud movies, bright lights, crowds of people, the 24-hour news cycle, social media and technology that constantly interrupt and demand our attention. If you’re a highly sensitive or empathic person, this can be overwhelming and overstimulating, and leave you exhausted and lonely. According to Dr. Judith Orloff, “…empaths are emotional sponges who absorb both the...


11 Fall Self-Care Activities for October and November

Fall is here and with it comes busier schedules, colder weather, and shorter days. In the blink of an eye, the holidays will be here, and we’ll be wrapping up another year. Autumn is a natural time for reflection and gratitude, and it provides some special opportunities to use seasonal self-care ideas like the ones below.
Why do you need self-care?
Stress is a natural part of life for all...