Month: February 2022

What Is Binge Eating Disorder Eating Disorders

What Is Binge Eating Disorder: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Reading Time: 8 minutes Everyone may overeat from time to time. For example, you may occasionally eat an entire bag of cookies in one sitting, finish a bag of popcorn while watching a movie, or have a celebratory five-course meal. But if you find yourself binge eating regularly – once a week over a period of three months, you may have a binge eating disorder, which is a serious…

February 24, 2022

overcoming fear of success Motivation

Overcoming Fear of Success: Why We’re Afraid to be Our Best

Reading Time: 6 minutes Most of us want to set goals for ourselves, so that we can feel a sense of accomplishment when we achieve them. Having life goals also gives us something to work towards and creates meaning and purpose in our lives. While many people do want to experience successes in life, some may have an underlying fear of success. For some people, anxiety surrounding personal achievement…

February 23, 2022

what to expect on a first online therapy session Therapy

What Should I Expect from My First Online Therapy Session?

Reading Time: 8 minutes I often compare the first therapy session to a pilot episode of a new TV show. You get an introduction to the main characters and their dynamics, the general setting and background, and a hint about what’s to come. It’s typically not a very juicy episode but it helps you decide whether it’s a show you want to continue watching. It can be intimidating to…

February 22, 2022

Benefits of Solitude Wellness

Benefits of Solitude and How to Get the Most from Your Alone Time

Reading Time: 5 minutes In today’s ever-connected world, there’s always something vying for our attention. For some solitude can be scary, while for others, it is seen as a luxury. Here, we’ll explain why solitude should be something we strive for as part of our commitment to our own well-being. Research suggests that spending time alone can be beneficial for our mental health, improving our resilience to stress and…

February 18, 2022

gratitude Emotions

How Gratitude Makes You Happier

Reading Time: 6 minutes Many of us express gratitude by saying “thank you” to a person who has helped us or when we’re given a gift. Since childhood, we’ve learned to thank automatically and as a social rule. But gratitude is more than the action of showing good manners. It’s a positive, conscious, social emotion that has roots in evolutionary history. It may have evolved as a survival mechanism…

February 17, 2022

Self-awareness Self-Esteem

Know Thyself: What Is Self-Awareness, and How Can You Improve It?

Reading Time: 9 minutes Do we really know everything about ourselves? Far from it! Let’s say Bob’s a perfectionist who tries to do everything just right but can’t recognize that this is a self-sabotaging behavior, and it makes them be too hard on themselves. Jane often tells others that she’s fine, but at a particular moment, she can’t fully understand what she’s really feeling and what makes her feel…

February 15, 2022

Valentine’s Day When You’re Single Relationships

How to Be Kind to Yourself on Valentine’s Day When You’re Single or in a Long-Distance Relationship

Reading Time: 6 minutes Valentine’s Day is associated with love, romance, and enjoyment, and it’s a happy occasion for many. Yet it can be stressful for people who are single or in long-distance relationships. Displays of roses, teddy bears, and couple getaways are all aggressive reminders of how much you’ll miss out on. Still, it’s just one of the days of the year. While there’s tons of pressure put…

February 11, 2022

Making friends as adults Relationships

5 Ways to Make Friends as an Adult

Reading Time: 6 minutes Friendships are more important than you think. Having a strong support network can make you more resilient, teach you how to deal with obstacles more effectively, and help you improve as a person and achieve your goals. But to reap the benefits, you have to make meaningful connections first, and it isn’t as simple as it seems. Unfortunately, making friends in adulthood may be quite…

February 11, 2022

how to use mood journal to manage your emotions Therapy

How to Use a Mood Journal to Manage Your Emotions

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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…

February 10, 2022

Disenfranchised grief Grief and Trauma

Disenfranchised Grief: Recognizing Unrecognized Grief

Reading Time: 12 minutes “My mom called me to say that our cat died after a prolonged illness. This heartbroken news made me cry and feel deep sorrow. I was mourning all day long, and my partner, knowing about this, asked me to relax, cheer up, and have some fun. – I can’t! Don’t you see, I feel awful? – But why? It was just an old cat! You…

February 4, 2022

How Attachment Styles Affect Romantic Relationships Relationships

Find Out How Attachment Styles Can Affect Your Romantic Relationships

Reading Time: 7 minutes Humans are social creatures, which means we not only crave company but also intimacy and emotional connection. Even though forming social bonds is our biological need, a lot of people struggle with building relationships. While the reason is often difficulty finding someone you click with, in most cases relationship problems stem from how you relate to others. If you’ve ever wondered why some people act…

February 2, 2022

What Is Gaslighting Relationships

What Is Gaslighting? How to Spot It and Stop It

Reading Time: 12 minutes “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,…

February 1, 2022