The world is in a state, to say the least. It’s full of anxiety and fear. It feels chaotic and overwhelming. As soon as we seem to have a grip on things, things change again. For some, it feels…well…a little hopeless. But there’s a group of us holding strong in hope – who can see peace amidst the storm. There is one thing these people have in common, and that’s the ability to choose positivity when they can easily choose negativity. But how can you choose to see the bright side? How can you be so positive when the world feels so negative? We’re so glad you asked…
Consider the last time you vented frustrations to a friend, family member, or significant other. How did they react? Did they say things like, “Give it time and it will seem insignificant”, or “It’s not that big of a deal”? If so, how did that make you feel in return? Not exactly the greatest right? Now think about if they had answered in a way that confirmed those unpleasant emotions. “That must feel disappointing, I would be upset too” or “Wow, I don’t blame you at all for feeling the way you do”. It is just as important to validate our unpleasant emotions as it is the positive ones. That’s why today we want to dive into the concept of validation and how powerful and liberating it can be.
Valentine’s Day was only a week ago. And we’re sure that there was some disappointment out there in regard to meeting expectations. Before you throw your significant other in the emotional doghouse, take a moment to reflect upon your communication. If you were expecting something big and romantic, did you tell your partner that that’s what you wanted? Instead of gifts, give your partner what they really want, better communication!
We have reached the end of the first month of the new decade. And this is a great time for a bit of self-reflection. How has this month gone? If you made resolutions, how have they been going? Have you been able to stick to them? Or do they already feel like a lost cause? More importantly, how are you feeling? For many, falling off the wagon on a resolution can lead to self-doubt and negative self-talk. This is why this is the perfect time to talk about your relationship with yourself and ways to build your self-worth this year!
Ah, the new year. A wonderful time to focus on new goals and reset priorities to reach them. Some people set similar goals year after year, only to find that they aren’t every really reaching them. If this sounds like you, forgiveness may be the key to unlocking your potential. That’s because, without forgiveness, we are stuck in cycles and patterns of choices that continue ending in the same place. Forgiveness helps us move forward, forgoing the negative emotions tied to that memory. And ultimately helping us grow, evolve, and reach our potential.
Breakups can be hard. But some would say that breaking up with a friend is even harder. It can be hard to tell when it is time to let go of a friendship. Today’s culture throws the word “toxic” around constantly, but what does that really mean? While there are those friends that will be a constant in your life, it is okay to realize some friendships only suit you in certain seasons of your life. Here are the steps you can take when deciding to let go of a friendship.
As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us focus on the things we are grateful for. Our families and support systems. Security in having a roof over our heads at the end of the day. Food on the table. Financial security. There are many things to be grateful for each and every day. But how often do you practice gratitude outside of the month of November? Today we want to talk about the case for gratitude, and how consistent practice can affect your mental health for the positive.
If you identify as an introvert, you might be starting to feel a bit burnt out. While, Halloween may be over, next come two of the most popular and social holidays. Just thinking about Friendsgiving’s, family gatherings, office parties, and running into old acquaintances may be enough to make you want to curl under a blanket and hibernate until after new year’s. If you’re a bit anti-social, here are some ways you can cope and find solace during the most social time of the year.
How often (and most likely tired) are you of hearing that women should be the primary caregiver in the family? We’re approaching a new decade, and you would think that as times continue to change, so would our view on stay-at-home dads. But it seems as though evolving gender roles are continually being met with friction. Corporate culture can put pressure on fathers to miss big parts of their kid’s lives for the sake of their careers. Plus, stay-at-home dads often get scoffed at for not being the breadwinner in the family. As many of these men would tell you they have felt disapproval from others. But the good news is that more fathers are getting more involved in homemaking than ever before. Here are some ways you can help facilitate the breaking of the stay-at-home dad stigma.
Having a roommate can be a wonderful experience for some, but we’ve all heard an anecdotal tale about a terrible roommate. As we reach the middle of the semester, you may be feeling emotionally and physically exhausted with both classes and dorm life. But learning to grow and adapt to communicate efficiently with others is just as important as growing in the classroom. Being a roommate can help a person expand their patience, increase cooperation and generosity. It means learning active listening, effective communication, and compromise. Here are our four biggest tips to help you get through the semester and cope with your roommate.