Posts Tagged: Social Distancing

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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Could You Get PTSD from Your Pandemic Experience? The Long-Term Mental Health Effects of Coronavirus

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Written By: Cory Stieg @CORYSTIEG Experiencing intense flashbacks, nightmares, irritability, anger, and fear? In the face of a traumatic event like the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s common to feel this way. While many people associate post-traumatic stress disorder with something like war, it’s a chronic psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, such […]

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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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Lockdown is the World’s Biggest Psychological Experiment – and We Will Pay the Price

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Dr. Elke Van Hoof Professor, Health Psychology and Primary Care Psychology Vrije Universiteit Brussel April 09, 2020 With some 2.6 billion people around the world in some kind of lockdown, we are conducting arguably the largest psychological experiment ever; This will result in a secondary epidemic of burnouts and stress-related absenteeism in the latter half […]

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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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Waiting on the Unknown

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The past month has been a difficult and scary time to say the least. As we are entering in our second month of COVID-19, it can seem like our current situation is endless. Everyone has made drastic changes: From how or if we are working, staying at home, and distancing ourselves from friends and families. […]

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“You’re Not Working from Home, You’re Home Working Through a Pandemic.”

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This quote has been my mantra during this unpresented time of COVID-19. Every time I feel unmotivated, I remember this quote. Every time I reach for that extra cookie or pack of fruit snacks, I remind myself of this quote. For many of us right now there’s a pressure to continue life and work as […]

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