5 Ways to Recharge Your Energy After a Rough Day

Few things zap your energy the way a stressful day can. Stress is known to reduce our levels of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that play an important role in our mood, energy and motivation. After a difficult day, you might be tempted to lounge on the couch watching TV until it’s time to go to bed. Although it might feel good in the moment, it won’t give you the mood and energy lift you need after a rough day. Here are five simple ways you can recharge yourself. 1. Unplug After a stress-filled day, you need to unwind—and that means… Continue Reading This Article

When to Worry: Recognizing Signs of Trauma in Your Loved Ones

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Over the past several years, there have been numerous traumatic events all across the country. From incidents of mass violence to devastating natural disasters, hundreds of thousands of Americans have experienced or witnessed a disastrous or life-threatening event. In addition to tragedies such as these, anyone who has experienced a shocking or dangerous incident (such as a car accident or a robbery) is at risk of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a serious mental disorder that requires medical treatment. PTSD can have devastating effects on every aspect of a person’s life, from their marriage and family, to… Continue Reading This Article

4 Subtle Signs of Trauma: When You’re Dealing with More Than You Think

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When you think about someone experiencing trauma, incidents such as a violent or sexual assault or a terrible car accident might come to mind. But there are other, subtler forms of trauma that can negatively affect our lives and hinder our relationships. Emotional trauma is often overlooked and minimized, and we may think we’ve “gotten over” some emotional pain that we’ve simply buried, and not dealt with. A break up, being passed over for a promotion at work or even a simple but negative childhood experience can cause emotional trauma. Read on to see if you recognize any of these… Continue Reading This Article

Why EMDR is Effective in Treating Trauma

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a therapeutic protocol used in the treatment of mental and emotional trauma. It has been widely praised in the United States and is currently used by agencies such as the American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Those suffering from PTSD caused by major traumas such as sexual or physical assault, combat experiences, accidents or the sudden death of a loved can benefit from EMDR therapy. Sessions work to alleviate PTSD symptoms like flashbacks and nightmares, angry outbursts, difficulties sleeping and concentrating,… Continue Reading This Article

What is EMDR?

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, or EMDR, is a set of standardized protocols that incorporate elements from many different treatment approaches. It has been researched extensively and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. What Issues Can EMDR Treat? EMDR is used to treat a variety of mental health issues including: – Panic attacks – Complicated grief – Dissociative disorders – Disturbing memories – Phobias – Pain disorders – Performance anxiety – Stress reduction – Addictions – Sexual and/or Physical abuse – Body dysmorphic disorders – Personality Disorders How Exactly Does EMDR Work? It appears that EMDR has a… Continue Reading This Article

Padres Solteros

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¿Lo que ha sucedido? La crianza de un solo hijo puede ser muy desafiante y puede venir de cualquier dirección, como la pérdida de un cónyuge hasta la muerte, la pérdida de un cónyuge para el divorcio, la decisión de adoptar o tener un hijo biológico sin pareja. Todas estas dinámicas impactan cómo nos criamos. La dificultad a menudo está relacionada con la forma en que experimentamos nuestra propia infancia, como la forma en que nos criaron. Si tenemos buenos recuerdos y estamos bien adaptados, podemos aprovechar nuestra reserva interna de recursos para ayudarnos con nuestros hijos. Si tenemos las… Continue Reading This Article

Single Parenting

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What has happened? Single parenting can be very challenging and can come from any direction such as the loss of a spouse to death, loss of a spouse to divorce, deciding to adopt or having a biological child without a partner. All these dynamics impact how we parent. The difficulty is often related to how we experienced our own childhood, like how we were raised. If we have good memories and are well adjusted, we can tap into our internal reservoir of resources to assist us with our child/children.  If we have the finances to go places, like vacations, purchase… Continue Reading This Article

Dejar ir el pasado

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El “PASADO” cae en cada día que pasa. Dejar ir significa hacer elecciones diferentes de las que se lamentan, ya sean buenas o desagradables. Dejar ir principalmente significa aceptar el resultado, a veces decidir qué harías de manera diferente y luego elegir eliminar esos pensamientos. Puede que no desaparezcan, pero puedes hacerlos menos accesibles. El punto es no seguir reviviéndolo sin cambiar el resultado preferido y liberarlo. El lanzamiento viene de la aceptación de que puedes escribir el presente a tu gusto. Cuando la mente acepta lo que no puede cambiar, se produce un nuevo comienzo. Le permite diseñar su… Continue Reading This Article

Letting Go of the Past

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The “PAST” falls into every day that goes by. Letting go means making different choices from the ones regretted whether good or unpleasant. Letting go mostly means accepting the outcome, sometimes deciding what you would do differently, and then choosing to file those thoughts away. They may not disappear, but you can make them less accessible. The point is to not keep reliving it without changing the preferred outcome and releasing it. The release comes from the acceptance that you can write the present to your liking. When the mind accepts what it cannot change, a new beginning takes place…. Continue Reading This Article

Alzheimer’s and Havoc on the Family/ Alzheimer y Estragos en la Familia

Being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s can be devastating. It’s a gradual erasure of memories for the patient and a constant reminder of a life of memories lost for the caregiver. Coping with Alzheimer’s is much easier if you know how to navigate the stormy seas of this disease. Talking to someone who’s been there and adjusting along the way has been short of miraculous for me and our family. It started for me by reading the 36 Hour Day. It was eye opening experience and insightfully rich with stories of what I was going through. I was looking… Continue Reading This Article