When people think of OCD, they often think of what they’ve seen on TV. Like the person who washes their hands uncontrollably, or the detective who has to touch every lamp post they walk by. And while these are some of the ways OCD will show up, it can also show up in less obvious but still very distressing ways.
Why is so hard to be assertive? To say “no” when you have no desire to do something or have way too much on your plate already. To give your opinion, especially when is varies from what others are saying. It makes sense to view others in an open and forgiving light. But when it comes to ourselves, it can be all too easy to put our needs aside and say yes when what we really need to be saying is no.
Many of you have seen Robbie Tripp’s Instagram post about his wife, Sarah, which recently went viral. In the post, he professes his love for his wife and her curvy body.
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but school is back in session. Kids everywhere are crying, while parents everywhere are cheering. Well, at least that’s what’s happening at our house. [Continue Reading…]
The negative mind. Ed. The demon in your head. The eating disorder voice. There are lots of ways of describing the negative thoughts that individuals with eating concerns experience, but they are all essentially describing the same phenomenon which are the thoughts and urges that compel us to make choices that we know rationally are not in keeping with our well-being. [Continue Reading…]
Our bodies are amazing and capable of so much! It’s easy to recognize when things go physically wrong or when we’re less than happy with how we look, but I hope we also pause to recognize how our bodies are capable and smart.
How would you like to improve your looks? You won’t have to buy a tummy trainer and there’s no need to slug it out for hours on the dreadmill. No fancy face creams are required and you can do it without ever having to force yourself to eat broccoli. [Continue Reading…]
Do you fail?
Are you a failure?
Your answers to these questions can say a lot about you, how you approach life, and whether you will be successful. For most of us, our gut reaction is to avoid even thinking about failure. We don’t want any part of it and it frightens us even to think about the subject. Fear of failure is one of the most often cited fears people have. Is it any wonder we avoid considering the possibility of failure. But even more the potential gifts of failure?
My College Roommate
I still remember walking into my roommate’s room in college, just in time to see her look in the mirror and say, “I look hot!”. My initial reaction was somewhere between shock and disgust—how dare she be so cocky!? I remember thinking “Who compliments themselves?” In all honesty, she did look beautiful and I’d complimented her a hundred times. But for a reason that I did not understand, I felt uncomfortable with her complimenting herself. Had I walked in to find her complaining about skin problems, hair or body issues, I wouldn’t have had a second thought. [Continue Reading…]
We live in a voyeuristic world where reality television is the norm. We sit on our couches and watch real people’s lives fall apart as they are confronted by worried loved ones during interventions filmed by camera crews. We follow individuals as they move through addictions treatment, and we weigh in with contestants as they try to win money for starving themselves. [Continue Reading…]