Holidays

5 Tips for Surviving Family Drama During the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Holidays, Mental Health, Relationships | 0 comments

5 Tips for Surviving Family Drama During the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching. Warm fires, yummy pies, comfort food, long-held traditions. These are the things that so many of us look forward to and enjoy about Thanksgiving and Christmas. But there are also those of us who dread the holidays. For some, the holidays mean facing some messy family drama. As a society, I think we like to assume that the holidays mean cozy families huddled around a table in a room full of laughter. The truth is, for many of us, the scene is much different. There’s conflict, broken relationships, deep-rooted hurts, etc. Stress clouds the joy.  For some,...

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The Single Valentine

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Holidays, Mental Health, Relationships | 0 comments

The Single Valentine

These days, Valentine’s day seems like it has taken on a life of its own with the all the commercial hype! For many of us this is fine, it is a fun excuse to celebrate our love and/or relationship. However, for those who don’t have a significant other this can be a hard time of year. All the hearts, flowers, candy, etc. can be a painful reminder of something that you are missing. I understand, I have been there before. I remember one Valentine’s Day before my husband and I started dating where it seemed like all of my friends were in serious relationships. I was dreading...

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Holiday Traditions

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Featured, Holidays, Parenting, Relationships | 1 comment

Holiday Traditions

What holiday memories do you have from your childhood?  They are likely tied to family traditions.  When I was growing up, my family lived far away from our extended family members, so we were almost always traveling on Christmas Day.  So unlike many of my friends, whose grandparents, aunts, and uncles all lived nearby, we didn’t have the tradition of waking up at home on Christmas morning, opening presents, then heading for brunch at my grandparents’ house.  Instead, we sometimes had “Christmas morning” (in other words, the opening of gifts from Santa– I mean, my parents) on an...

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Grieving During the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Grief, Holidays | 0 comments

Grieving During the Holidays

The holidays can be such a fun and joyous time for some of us that it is easy to forget that for some the holidays are a really hard time. I have several clients that are facing the upcoming holidays while mourning the loss of a a loved one and I know they are not alone. For those that are grieving the holidays can be a really difficult time. Things that once were fun and heartwarming traditions are now filled with painful memories of the person who is no longer here to share them. Plus, seeing everyone around you celebrating happily can be a painful reminder of your loss. If you find...

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Christmas Gift Ideas

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Holidays, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Christmas Gift Ideas

I love giving gifts! It is one of my favorite parts of the holidays. I love spending time looking to the perfect gift for every person on my list. Something that tells them I put thought into what they would like and what would make them feel special. There is something special about seeing someone open a gift that you put a lot of thought into. However, as much as I love gift giving there can also be a lot of stress associate with it. The idea of shopping and facing the crowds of crazy shoppers. The money that can be spent can make you feel like your budget is out the window! The idea of...

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Taking Back the Holidays (Ways to cut out stress)

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Holidays, Mental Health | 0 comments

Taking Back the Holidays (Ways to cut out stress)

It seems like lately the holidays have become increasingly intense and stress-filled. There are so many expectations, demands, and pulls on our time, energy, money, and other resources. It is so easy to get wrapped up in all the demands of the holiday season and the internet doesn’t help. I have said it before, and the holidays are no exception, but sites like Facebook, instagram, and pintrest only help to make the stress worse. We are constantly seeing images that others post of perfectly decorated homes, amazing gifts, and perfect holiday meals. Combine that with all the other...

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