Posts Categorized: Whitney Emrick

Growth Through Gratitude

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During extraordinary times like these, it can be difficult to cultivate gratitude. Our brains are not designed to lean towards scanning for the positives. For biological and survival purposes, we are created to search for threats. Unfortunately, having an “attitude of gratitude” takes effort. Scanning for the positives is a learned skill, that requires daily […]

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Resources to Discuss Race With Your Child

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At what age is it appropriate to start talking to your kids about race and racism? According to the educators and counselors, it is never too early to start the conversation. Here are 10 Tips For Talking & Teaching Your Kids About Race, From MomsRising.org 1) Start early. By 6 months of age babies are […]

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Stonewalling

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We have all been there when arguing with our partner, it typically occurs at the end of the whole fiasco… Blank facial expressions, silent stares, or walking out of the room are all examples of stonewalling. The term stonewalling refers to the act of turning away from the discussion, (or person) due to a lack […]

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Defensiveness

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Many times when we get into arguments, one person in the relationship criticizes or is contemptuous, which often leads to the other partner feeling attacked. When someone is feeling attacked they get defensive or shuts down emotionally. Most of the time, Criticism, contentment, and defensiveness are doing a little dance together during an argument. This […]

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Corroding Relationships with Contemptment

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Another act besides criticizing that negatively impacts relationships is contemptment. This behavior is also known as disrespect or coming from a place of superiority. This is the biggest indicator of divorce according to Gottman’s research. Couples who are contemptuous of each other will also have higher health-related issues, such as colds or flues. This behavior […]

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Distracting from Racing Thoughts

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We have all experienced racing thoughts that seem uncontrollable or impossible to untangle. Many times it can be helpful to reframe the thought or return to a calming mantra to feel grounded. These skills can work for many situations, but not all. Other times the thoughts are so intense, those powerful tools don’t seem to […]

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Criticism vs. Complaint

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In the past two months, we have been in close quarters with our partners and noticed some cute and some not so cute habits of theirs… Or maybe things were rocky before sheltering in place, and now those issues have been amplified. Believe it or not, arguing and fighting are part of healthy relationships. Relationships […]

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Understanding Ecotherapy

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Can digging in the dirt and soaking up sun rays improve your mental health and wellbeing? According to Ecotherapy, the answer is YES! Ecotherapy is an activity or program used to improve health by connecting with nature. It is also referred to as green exercise, nature therapy, green therapy, horticultural therapy, or “park prescriptions”. Throughout […]

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Cultivating Courage

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“Courage is like—it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: You get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.”​ -Brené Brown Courage is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger you become. It’s not a trait that one is born with, it’s developed […]

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Daily Mental Health Maintenance

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Big changes start with small steps. Daily mental health check-ins are small, but essential steps for maintaining wellbeing and balance. Mental health check-ins are not mental health assessments or diagnostic tools, but rather a moment to collect your thoughts and ask yourself how you are doing; that includes mentally, physically and spiritually. Here is the […]

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