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Holiday Rx

With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season has officially launched. This can be a very special, fun and holy time of year, but these next several weeks can also be a time that is tough for many of us. Anyone with past trauma involving the holidays may find old, unhelpful internal tapes running at full speed. Those of us in...[ read more ]

In gratitude, a letter to our granddaughters…

Dear Cora and Holly, On the evening of the day that your Papa and I got engaged, we were walking around a strip mall in Orlando, Florida. It was the only time I’ve ever been in Florida. We were there because Papa’s mother had suddenly passed away from a heart attack. It was in the high emotion and stress of...[ read more ]

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is with a deep and abiding gratitude for the gifts of faith, family and friends that Rich and I wish all of you the very happiest of Thanksgivings. Safe travels everyone! Enjoy! ~ Liz

Are the “5 Stages of Grief” Real?

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance: these are the very well-known five stages of grief, as postulated by Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death and Dying. At the time of the book’s publication, very little instruction was given in medical school on the subject of death and dying, which was what motivated Kübler-Ross to share her findings in her work with terminally...[ read more ]

Making New “Glory Days”: How to Stop Obsessing About Youthful Successes

“Ahh, the good ol’ days.” How often have we heard or uttered this familiar phrase? It can be a source of great pleasure and amusement to reminisce on a time when we were younger, remembering a special event or activity. We tend to look at our past experiences through a filter that magnifies the positive while diminishing the negative. While...[ read more ]

Let’s Go for a Walk: How Regular Exercise Can Aid Mental Health

By now, most of us know that exercise offers numerous health benefits. From maintaining an ideal weight, to reducing the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis, moving our body every day improves the length and quality of our lives.But not all of us recognize just how important exercise is to our mental health.Beyond Hormone ReleaseMost of us have had that...[ read more ]

Balance Your Mood With Food: How Good Nutrition Supports Mental Health

Our brains are magnificent machines: while the brain controls rudimentary yet complex functions like your heartbeat, breathing and motor functions, it also controls a multitude of other complicated tasks such as creating your thoughts and feelings. A machine this advanced, that runs 24/7, clearly requires fuel to run. The fuel you supply to your hard-working brain is none other than...[ read more ]

Helping Your Teenager Transform into a Happy, Well-Rounded Adult

Raising kids is one of the toughest jobs on the planet. You do everything you can to make sure they stay safe and healthy. And then a study comes out that states that happy kids grow up to be more successful adults. (Great, so now they have to be happy as well!).It turns out that happiness is a big advantage in the real world....[ read more ]

Co-Parenting Strategies for Divorced Parents

Going through a divorce can bring the worst out of a couple that once promised each other forever. Your world might feel like it’s falling apart, and trying to co-parent when you’re struggling to simply keep going can be overwhelming. Learning to co-parent won’t be easy, but it’s not impossible. Use the five strategies below to start co-parenting with your...[ read more ]

Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child

If your child is sensitive to the emotions of others, worrisome and easily overwhelmed by changes or new people and environments, you may have a highly sensitive child. Parenting can be demanding, and parenting a highly sensitive child can present additional challenges. However, with a few simple strategies, you can better manage everyday problems and create a more peaceful home...[ read more ]



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