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On Feeling Overwhelmed

As we enter a new season, one where school started again, the holidays are around the corner, and things are up and running, life may feel overwhelming. What does it mean to feel overwhelmed? The Oxford definition is to be buried or drowned beneath a huge mass. That is a pretty staggering and informative explanation …

Lessons from the Leaves

As we begin a new season, a season of change and transition, what can autumn teach us? Are there lessons hidden in the weather change, the comforting activities of staying in, watching the leaves fall, and wearing more layers? Autumn can provide us with lessons in transformation, balance, mystery, and rebirth. Some lessons to reflect …

Numbing The Pain

The yin and yang of the human psyche allows for both light and dark emotional experiences. We have the capacity to feel both joy and sadness, peace and anger, hope and fear, desire and disgust, love and hate. We can even feel them all at the same time. There is no limit to the spectrum …

Developing a Self-Care Plan

Self-care is a mix of practices that promote mind-body wellness. Life is not always smooth. When we feel emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted, it can be more challenging to make self-honoring decisions, function at work or home, and leave us feeling worse. A self-care plan reflects your specific needs. Whether it be when you are …

The Most Desirable People: Are You One of Them?

There are two certainties with the concept of desire: Everyone wants to be both its recipient and its donor. Whether you are seeking an employee or a life-partner, research shows that people are drawn to certain characteristics more than others. You probably have extensive experience in your interactions with different personality types that prove how …

Common Cognitive Distortions and How to Reframe

One of the main contributors to emotional dysregulation is cognitive distortions. Cognitive distortions are irrational thoughts that we experience surrounding a specific event, situation, or as a learned response. Cognitive distortions are common, but when experienced more regularly, they can become harmful to our overall mental health and functioning. Here are some common types of …

Creating Boundaries

What are boundaries? When you hear the word boundary, what comes to mind? Maybe it is the literal definition from the Oxford Dictionary, “a line that marks the limits of an area” or “a limit of a subject or sphere of activity.” Maybe you think about it in terms of relationships, work, family, or energy …