Understanding and Managing Anguish

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Anguish is an intense and complex emotional state caused by mental or physical suffering. When people experience anguish, they often …

Getting Through Grief

Getting Through Grief

Getting Through Grief and Letting Go Letting go of grief is no easy task. Grief is something you might be …

The Other Side of Grief

The Other Side of Grief

After months of preparing for her father’s death due to a terminal illness, his actual passing set off a series …

Carving Your Riverbed

Carving Your Riverbed

Looking back through an old journal, I read a reflection on the function of boundaries during a time I was …

Meet Yourself in the Muck

Meet Yourself in the Muck

Today there are 9 hours, 23 minutes, and 55 seconds of daylight, but who’s counting? The limited daylight is one …

Accepting Mistakes

ACCEPTING-MISTAKES

In the book I just published (Wildly Wise: Trusting the Nature Within), I included illustrations in every chapter. Well… almost …

Communication and HFA

Communication and HFA

Communication can be tricky territory for anyone; it’s a skill that takes practice and can make or break a relationship. …

Self-Sabotage

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Self-sabotage can be hard to identify when it is happening, and can leave us questioning ourselves and how we are …

Benefits and Risks of 5-HTP

Benefits and Risks of 5-HTP

5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is the precursor to serotonin, and is an amino acid produced naturally in your body. In supplement form, …

Questioning for Clarity

Questioning for Clarity

We have all struggled with uncertainty at one point or another in life, and you may find that the more …

Women and Body Image

Women and Body Image

Body image does not just affect how we feel about our bodies, it impacts how we move through life. Body …

Active Listening

Active Listening

When communicating, it can be easy to focus more on what we are saying than how we are listening. If …

Menstrual Cycle and Mood

Menstrual Cycle and Mood

The menstrual cycle is composed of four different phases, which vary in duration from woman to woman, and may fluctuate …

Binaural Beats

Binaural Beats

Binaural beats are a tool used by some people to help them induce states ranging from sleep to high alertness. …

Harmful Oils

Harmful Oils

Polyunsaturated Fats, or PUFAs, from the right sources and in the right quantities, are important for your health. However, several …

Soothing the Stressed Amygdala

Soothing the Stressed Amygdala

If you look deep inside your brain (please, don’t), you’ll find a part of your brain that’s critical for emotion, …

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence, a term coined in 1990 by Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer, refers to “a form of social …

Your Gut is Your Second Brain

Your Gut is Your Second Brain

There may be more validity to the statement “go with your gut” than you previously realized. The gut-brain axis refers …

Are You Drinking Your Hot Cacao?

Are You Drinking Your Hot Cacao?

For many, chocolate may seem like a guilty pleasure. However, you can have chocolate guilt-free while supporting your mental and …

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar is a disorder that causes someone to experience abnormal changes in their energy, mood, and ability to manage daily …

Why Are We So Negative?

Why Are We So Negative?

Have you ever wondered why there’s mostly bad news being reported, or why it can be so easy to focus …

Disorganized Attachment

Disorganized Attachment

Mary Ainsworth’s work on attachment identified three attachment categories (secure, insecure avoidant, and insecure ambivalent/resistant). The development of the disorganized/disoriented …

Negative Self-Talk

Negative Self-Talk

Telling someone to be nice to themselves seems simple enough, but being kind to yourself can feel challenging when your …

When Sugar Isn’t Sweet

When Sugar Isn't Sweet

Do you have a sweet tooth? In the United States, the average person consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a …

Emotional Regulation with DBT

Emotional Regulation with DBT

Emotional regulation skills are important for maintaining emotional stability. Many people learn how to regulate challenging emotions early on in …

A Look at Attachment Styles

A Look at Attachment Styles

The way we relate to others has roots in our childhood, when our attachment styles are formed based on how …