How to Set Realistic Expectations

Why You Need Realistic Expectations and How to Set Them

  “Expectations are resentments waiting to happen.” – Anne Lamott Realistic expectations have the power to make you happier. The holidays don’t feel like the “most wonderful time of the year” for everyone.  It’s emotionally difficult to join in holiday celebrations when you’re experiencing grief, strained relationships, infertility, divorce, or difficult family dynamics. The single most […]

Tips for Reducing Stress During the Holidays

Tips for Reducing Stress from Your Holiday Celebrations

  Holiday celebrations are an opportunity to get together and celebrate the season with family and friends, but they’re also a source of stress, especially if you are trying to maintain your sobriety. Between conflicts among guests to the stress of planning celebrations or deciding which events to attend when your schedule is double-booked, there […]

How to Use Mindfulness to Cope with Holiday Stress

How to Use Mindfulness to Cope with Holiday Stress

How can you use mindfulness to cope with holiday stress?   Do you find you’re frequently trying to squeeze more into your day by multi-tasking?  Or do you miss pieces of conversations or opportunities to connect because you’re distracted, rehashing the past, or worrying about the future?   In an effort to be more productive, […]

14 Gratitude Journal Prompts

14 Gratitude Journal Prompts

  We need gratitude more than ever. When we’re feeling discouraged, alone, anxious, or angry, it’s hard to be grateful. We know we’re supposed to feel grateful. It’s Thanksgiving-time after all. But you may be having a hard time tapping into gratitude right now.  Our country is in turmoil, leaving us with a heaviness that’s […]

My Boyfriend Won't Commit by Sharon Martin, LCSW

My Boyfriend Won’t Commit

Fear of Commitment Do you have a girlfriend or boyfriend who won’t commit? If you’ve never experienced this yourself, chances are that you’ve had a frustrated friend who wants to know: “How long should I wait for him to commit?”.   I recently contributed to a column on the website Love Evolve and Thrive about […]

What Causes Codependency?

What Causes Codependency?

  What Causes Codependency? Once people recognize that they have codependent traits, they often begin to wonder where these codependent tendencies came from. Why are some people susceptible to codependency in their adult relationships? What causes codependency? Why is it so hard to break free from codependent relationships? While the answers aren’t the same for everyone, […]