Is Everything Really Temporary?

Over the holidays, I watched a movie called “Ideal Home.” It shares the story of two men who open their home to an estranged grandson they have never met. It made me laugh and cry, and I’ll definitely watch it again because it really had heart.   But, there was a pivotal scene in the…

You Can Take a Story out of Snapchat…

Using Snapchat over the past few years has taught me a lot about community and telling stories in 10-second “bursts.” A quirky example of this is the holiday series I shared on Snap in 2016: A Krampus Christmas. Over several days in November and early December that year, I trickled out a non-serious mystery about…

Don’t Leave Loved Ones in the Dark

It’s the time of year when many of us feel the joyful anticipation of time spent with family and friends. For those of us who are perfectionists, it can come with festive stress. And, it can send others spiraling into depression, depending on life circumstances and mental health and wellbeing. This hit me really hard…

When Your Nature Works Against You…

Life is full of contradictions. And, yes, sometimes we find them in ourselves. A recent post from Psychology Today points out one reason this may happen: confirmation bias. As Jeremy Sherman, Ph.D., points out, many of us have gut reactions to people or situations that give us short-term relief from indecision. When those decisions are…

Are You Feeling Festive Stress?

The holiday season upon us again. It brings parties, gifts and, for many, stress. According to The New York Post, “Festive stress” is real… It reports that 31 percent of Americans describe the holiday season as “frantic,” and 41 percent admit to working “too hard” to achieve the “perfect Christmas.” One approach that may help…

Are You Bait for Bullies?

Bullies are nothing new; and, unfortunately, they can be anywhere in real life or online. When you’re dealing with one, it’s unmistakable. And, since it’s national bullying prevention month, it seems like a good time to examine this toxic behavior and how to handle it — as a grownup. Ironically, I don’t recall being bullied…

Domestic Violence Is a Cycle

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when many work to build awareness for the issue, the challenges and ways to get and give help to those who are victims of this abuse. I’m glad to see this national observance because I’m a survivor myself. It was long ago, and I moved past it thanks…

It’s Time to Improve How We Discuss Mental Health

Today, one in five adults has a mental health condition. So, there’s a pretty good chance you know someone who does — or you may have a condition yourself. Either way, days like this week’s World Mental Health Day and Mental Illness Awareness Week, all remind us all that it’s time to do a better job…