Making that first initial phone call to a therapist can be challenging. The mind can race faced with the issues that can drive us to therapy. Let’s examine some of the thoughts and questions that can persuade us to stay in our pain instead of reaching out for help.
If you clicked on this blog title, chances are you or someone you know is letting technology take over their relationship. But have no fear, you are certainly not alone. We are all susceptible to the trap of spending hours on that new app, binge watching the latest Netflix offering, or getting lost in a sea of social media entertainment. Many of my clients report simply wanting to be able to unwind and relax after a long day of work and parenting, and I don’t blame you! There’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking a little time for yourself in order to recuperate. I relish my alone time as much as anyone. However, as with most things in life, balance is key.
Research has shown that arguments that start off harshly will result in tension that is equal if not more intense than where it was when the argument began. Starting discussions with your partner in a SOFT way is important and crucial to conflict resolution and maintaining emotional safety within the relationship.
Scientists and doctors are starting to finally unravel how the gut functions and how that impacts other parts of the body, including the brain. This has yielded information on the trillions of bacteria in our guts that are collectively known as the microbiome. These bacteria play a role in supporting the immune system, producing certain vitamins, and digesting nutrients and food that produce neuroactive substances that eventually become neurotransmitters (the chemicals that our brains use).
Can sex be used as a stress reliever? Yes, many people experience sex as a great release during stressful periods. Some will even go on to say it improved their overall mood. But what happens when you’re overwhelmed with stress?
Generally, rules and guidelines are designed to provide structure and a working understanding of how to act/behave in any given environment (i.e. rules for sports, traffic laws for drivers, and behavior expectations for employees). The same principle applies to the rules for fair fighting when it comes to couples.