“I find myself at times reacting to unseen threats… afraid of hurt, of wound. But now I know that I have love as my companion.” For the rest of the article, ” Love Will Change Your Relationship With Fear,” click on the photo. Photo by Ian Chen on Unsplash
Each of us can be caught by envy. We look at the next person and long for what they have: the bigger home, kids, a better or happier relationship, a better job or a bigger office, to have a better body or to be richer. One of the most painful things we have to face … More Facing the Inevitable: Life Will Not Turn Out How You Planned
“Do we really need to separate our emotions from our mind, our behavior, or from our spiritual selves?” For article, “Is Good Friday Good for Your Mental Health?” click on photo. Keep it Real
“Asking whether God wants us happy or whether he cares more about our character is unhelpful. Does God prefer that a person remain in their depression, feeling deeply hopeless and dark… yet have good behavior?” For article, “Is Good Friday Good For Your Mental Health,” click on photo Keep it Real
God does not want you to change everything about yourself. He wants you to be more fully human. Faith and Mental Health, Part II ___ Growing up I sat through many religious holidays and church services. When I was young, my faith gave me a community and certainty. But as I have aged, my questions … More Is Good Friday Good for Your Mental Health?
Their pain is their own. We do not need to own our parents’ or other’s pain. “We internalized so much blame for the chaotic emotions and actions of our parents that it becomes second nature for us to take responsibility for other people’s pain and suffering.” Empathy is a strength when it is balanced by … More 7 Things We Learn Growing Up With An Alcoholic Parent
Danish researchers at the Happiness Research Institute researched 1095 Facebook users and compared regular users to those who took a week off. They found: A better social life. Finding it easier to concentrate. Being in a better mood. Wasting less time. Rather than using Facebook, people used their time to talk to each other, call … More Take a Week off Facebook and You Will Improve Your Mental Health
“Compassion practice is daring. It involves learning to relax and allow ourselves to move gently toward what scares us.” Pema Chodron Recovery is moving gently towards what scares us. You may not feel particularly courageous today. Sometimes the courageous thing to do is the compassionate thing. In spite of your fear, in spite of how … More What Will You Do Today to Care For Yourself?
For article, “4 Ways that Depression has Changed My Life” click on photo. I write articles that talk about the kind of changes I am trying to make in my own life. I hope that my writing also helps you. My topics include addiction and mental health recovery, relationships, and personal growth. I work as … More This is Why I No Longer Read Self Help Books
For article, “Maybe it’s Time to Give Yourself the Gift of Closure?” click on the photo. I write articles that talk about the kind of changes I am trying to make in my own life. I hope that my writing also helps you. My topics include addiction and mental health recovery, relationships, and personal growth. … More Closure Will Not Make You Bulletproof, Painproof, or Hurtproof