Posts Tagged: Men’s Wellness

Supportive Friends and Empowering Therapists

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The scene is common. Usually, a group of men or women gathered around one distressed individual, plying them with tissues, words to bolster one’s masculinity, ice cream, and occasionally a nip of an adult beverage. For centuries, women and men have gathered in community to comfort their comrades in times of crisis. The common phrases […]

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The Power of Self Compassion

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Most of us can be critical of ourselves from time to time. We may judge our performance, appearance, behavior, or personality. Feelings of guilt or shame may prompt us to reflect on something we said or did. Reflecting on behavior can be a healthy learning tool for changing behaviors we don’t like or don’t connect […]

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Sleep and Mental Health

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When I was growing up, my mom would always ask us in the morning, “How did you sleep last night?” Now I find myself working with teens and asking them a slightly different question, “Did you sleep last night?”. Usually the answers range from a shrug to answers that they slept 1-4 hours. Teenagers (and […]

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Selfish or Self-care?

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People in our society often prioritize work, school or other people over their own health and well-being. When they come to therapy and are challenged about it, they state they do not want to be selfish. I have heard this over and over in therapy sessions with teens and adults. Our culture promotes competition and […]

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How Does Sleep Affect Your Emotional Life?

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Parents of adolescents often tell me that their children stay up too late, usually on electronic devices, and that they are sleep-deprived during much of the school year.  Most parents assume that poor or insufficient sleep is impacting their teenager’s mood and ability to function optimally in school.  And they are usually right. Studies of […]

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Expressing and Showing Gratitude

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Gratitude is recognizing the good in our lives and being thankful for those positive experiences. It turns out that the ability to acknowledge the good in our lives and to express gratitude for the people, places and things that bring us joy can protect us from the negative symptoms of depression. For some people this […]

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Healthy New Year Resolutions

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As the holidays come to an end and the new year approaches, you are probably beginning to make new year resolutions. I like new year resolutions; it’s healthy to explore and reflect on the ways you can be your best self. The good news is that being the best version of yourself doesn’t have to mean […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

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The new calendar year is approaching, and for many this means resolutions! The beginning of a new year often signifies new chances and new opportunities for change and success. For many of us, the process goes something like this: identify a problem or obstacle, set a resolution, plan to stay committed…and then fall of the […]

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Why Mindfulness?

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Do you feel you often forget things or conversations?  Do you have difficulty staying focused or completing a task?  Do you find yourself feeling bored if you are not doing more than one thing at a time?  Do you ruminate on your thoughts and/or struggle with anxiety?  If you answered yes to any of these […]

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