When we don’t reach out to others, we allow them AND ourselves to sit alone in our shame, and by doing so we feed shame two of the ingredients it needs to survive: silence and secrecy. Using shame to fight shame doesn’t work. And using shame as a tool to try and change others doesn’t work, either. We can, however, all benefit from shared empathy. Empathy is what helps extinguish shame in its tracks.
One of my favorite ways to practice self-care is through nutrition. When I eat well, I feel well, and when I feel well, I do well. It creates an ongoing, positive cycle, that has a domino effect onto many areas of my life. I get a lot out of healthy eating habits, and summer’s seasonal offerings sweeten the appeal for many of us to follow suit.
Suicide. It’s not a fun or pretty topic. It’s taboo, and downright terrifying to talk about, or hear a friend or loved one think about suicide. Or possibly you’ve entertained those thoughts. As uncomfortably, scary, and awkward as it feels, it’s IMPERATIVE for suicide to be discussed no matter your age, ethnicity, gender, social class, […]
Winter time can be a debilitating time for many. At least I know it can be, and is, for me and many of my clients. The “Winter Blues”, otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), can include feelings of sadness, lack of energy, lack of motivation, difficulty sleeping, and a number of other depressive […]
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” ― Oprah Winfrey Thanksgiving. Synonymous with Gratitude, and being Thankful. By now, most of us have heard that grateful people are happier, healthier and generally more fulfilled. For a lot […]