Month: June 2021

relationship abuse Relationships

What to Know About Relationship Abuse and How to Get Support

No one deserves to be abused or threatened. Yet, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in three US women and nearly one in four US men have experienced violence at the hands of a partner. While there is a global predominance of male perpetrators of abuse against female partners, the truth is, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities can…

June 30, 2021

LGBT

How to Talk about Gender Pronouns

A noun is a word that refers to a person, animal, place, thing, idea, action, or quality. As the name suggests, pronouns are a subtype of nouns and are unique in that they can be used as substitutes for other nouns. Think about how you would tell a story about your friend Lupe. Imagine how it would sound if the only identifier you could use…

June 22, 2021

Gaslighting Relationships

What Is Gaslighting? How to Spot It and Stop It

“That never happened. You must be going crazy.” “It’s just your imagination.” “Are you sure? You never remember things accurately.” If your partner repeatedly says things like these to you, they may be using an insidious technique that mental health professionals call “gaslighting.” If that happens, your experiences, words, and emotions are twisted and used against you, so you may even start questioning your thoughts,…

June 18, 2021

stress in men Stress

Recognizing the Symptoms of Stress in Men

Stress affects all genders, but does it affect men and women differently? Yes, in some ways, and that’s why today we’ll be looking at how stress specifically affects men and how their experience can differ slightly from women. Understanding these gender differences makes it easier to recognize stress in men, which is a fundamental part of learning how to deal with it effectively. While acute…

June 18, 2021

dads and daughters Parenting

5 Reasons Why Dads Are Important to Their Daughters

While mothers are considered natural caregivers and nurturers, we can’t simply overlook fathers’ role in their children’s lives. And although most people recognize this as particularly true for young boys, girls also need a positive male role model. A daughter’s relationship with her father can affect not just her confidence and self-image, but also her opinions of men and ability to trust later in life.…

June 18, 2021

depression Depression

5 Myths and Facts About Depression

Depression is a difficult condition to navigate, and it is surrounded by some unhelpful misconceptions and stigma that can prevent people from recognizing when they have it and getting the help they need. Here is a look at some of the most common myths you might have heard surrounding depression. We’ll also explore why they are misleading and look at the scientific facts of the…

June 15, 2021

Wellness

How to Fight and Stop Negative Self-Talk

Our inner voice or internal dialogue can be either positive or negative. If one encourages us to believe in ourselves, there’s also that voice that constantly reminds us how inadequate we are. The latter can sometimes be downright mean or rude, along with expressions of judgment, criticism, and disapproval about everything we are and everything we do. The dialogue inside our minds or the voice…

June 15, 2021

stonewalling Relationships

Stonewalling in a Relationship: When Your Partner Refuses to Communicate

We all need to feel heard, especially by those we love. So, when your partner goes quiet and refuses to acknowledge what you say, it hurts. Stonewalling can be intentional or unintentional. Either way, it is hurtful to the recipient and may severely damage a relationship in the long run. What Is Stonewalling? The term “stonewalling” was popularized by John Gottman, a relationship researcher. It…

June 8, 2021

control your anger Emotions

How to Deal with Anger: 8+ Tips to Help You Stay Calm

Anger can be a positive emotion—especially when it motivates you to work through issues or create positive social change. However, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by it and get verbally or physically aggressive. Conversely, refusing to acknowledge, express anger, and deal with it healthily can affect your health and well-being. When your temper, and how you choose to cope, leads to undesirable consequences, you need…

June 7, 2021

gratitude Wellness

How to Practice Gratitude to Improve Your Mental Health

Gratitude is sometimes considered synonymous with being thankful. Whilst this is true to some extent, true gratitude is much more than just thankfulness. Gratitude can have a significant effect on the brain, with researchers confirming that it can lead to substantial neurological benefits for those who practice it. Here we will look at what gratitude is, how to practice it, and how it could benefit…

June 7, 2021

Child as a Same-Sex Couple LGBT

How to Confidently Raise a Child as a Same-Sex Couple

All parents soon learn that once you have a child, you’ll receive unsolicited advice, criticism, or disapproval from relatives, friends, and even strangers on the street. Somehow, having a child seems to give people the impression that they can pass judgment on you and your decisions in a way that they never would for any other part of another person’s life. If you’re parenting as…

June 7, 2021

control emotions Wellness

7+ High-Level Strategies to Gain Control of Your Emotions

Emotions are powerful. So powerful that they control almost every action you take every day. Like every other aspect of life, emotions are best handled with moderation and logic. In their extreme form, they can have negative consequences, including sleep issues, high stress levels, harm to self, and others. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to apply logic while experiencing extreme, intense emotions. Fortunately, anyone…

June 5, 2021

Stress Disorder Grief and Loss

What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?

If you are living with painful memories from a traumatic experience, you might be wondering if you are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Feeling scared during and after traumatic situations is natural as fear spurs your body’s “fight or flight” response to protect you from harm. However, if you do not recover from these reactions after your trauma and you experience ongoing stress…

June 5, 2021

a mood journal Wellness

How to Use a Mood Journal to Manage Your Emotions

From early cave paintings to the modern works of Toni Morrison, we can see how humans are natural storytellers. It’s how we make sense of our experiences, process our internal worlds, and connect with each other. Journal writing is a powerful storytelling tool that we engage in with ourselves. When we arrange our experiences into a coherent narrative, our logical left hemisphere is able to…

June 3, 2021

lgbt children LGBT

Simple Ways to Support Your LGBTQ Child

When you find out that your child identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or is questioning their identity, it may come as a big surprise or even an unwanted shock. Other parents may long have suspected that their child may not be heterosexual or that they may come to question their gender later in life. Whether your child has come out to you, or is…

June 1, 2021