Body image: notoriously the last thing to change in the course of recovery from an eating disorder. But it’s not just individuals with eating disorders who struggle with negative body image. It’s a recurring theme that comes up in sessions with clients, including clients who aren’t struggling with eating concerns. It’s an epidemic in our country. It is acceptable, reinforced, and even valued to critique, criticize, and hate our bodies. [Continue Reading…]
In the book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Dr. Brené Brown, vulnerability is defined as “uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure.” Brené says that “vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creativity. [Continue Reading…]
People can smoke for decades and not experience a “smoker’s cough” as part of their habit, but then upon quitting smoking, they may suddenly develop a cough. This seems counterintuitive and at first glance, feels like they are getting sicker, not better! But the reality is the opposite. This sudden onset of a cough, is a symptom of their lungs beginning to heal. Cigarette smoke paralyzes and damages thousands of tiny hair-like projections in our lungs, called cilia. When a smoker stops smoking, cilia start to regenerate and begin to move the trapped toxins, up and out of the lungs, leading to a cough that can last weeks or months. [Continue Reading…]
I read an article recently in the New York Times that really resonated with me and I wanted to share it with you. I would love to get some feed back about how you approach this idea. The article was about JOMO, which the author explains is the “joy of missing out.” It is the antithesis to FOMO, or the “fear of missing out.”
As a clinician leader, you have a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. Whether it’s ensuring consistent referrals, providing excellent clinical care, or supporting your team, the demands on leaders are constant and require a nimble approach that is grounded in core principles so that the stressors you face don’t undo you. [Continue Reading…]
You’ve had a long day at work, caring for your kids, or however you spend your busy days. You’ve eaten dinner, finally get everyone in bed, and settle in for your favorite Netflix show and a moment of peace, when a little voice emerges from the hall calling your name in distress. Maybe instead you have a child that tricks you into thinking you’re home free, then sneaks into your bed in the middle of the night. Kids having trouble sleeping is an all too common occurrence that can be very stressful for both the child and their parents. [Continue Reading…]
We all do it. We watch other women at the grocery store, at the gym, at church. We scan their bodies, we criticize their clothing, we pick apart their make up. Why do we do this? Are we really this critical? Are we really this mean?
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but life does not get easier. Trials will still be thrown our way, bad things happen to good people, and the unexpected doesn’t stop happening. More than a few individuals have asked me, “I’ve gone through so much, when will it be my turn for a break and for life to just be easy for once?” These people are most often waiting for some sort of external force to cause them to have an easier life.[Continue Reading…]
I’m lying in bed and need to “settle down” so, by habit, I pick up my phone and open Instagram. I begin to mindlessly scroll through my feed, “liking” almost every photo and post that I scroll past. Sometimes I pause to comment on a photo, either offering sympathy or LOLing or relating. I pass by a video montage of a girl I taught in church getting married and I cry a little out of happiness. [Continue Reading…]
Is it just me, or are we hearing and reading about suicide more these days? In recent weeks there has been a lot of news coverage of prominent individuals committing suicide, and most reports indicate that suicide rates are indeed rising in the United States. We need look no further than the Netflix series 13 Reasons to see that our society is intersecting with suicide more and more.