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…

You Need a Tribe

Today is Women’s Equality Day in the U.S. It marks the anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave us the right to vote. When I think about all the work that happened to bring that to life, it really drives home just how much friends and allies in this world matter,…

Beat Holiday Stress: Be Real With Yourself

The holidays can bring all kinds of joy.  They can also be insanely busy, full of people, parties, extra calories, increased spending and extra pressure we put on ourselves to make everything “great” for everyone we love. Depending on how you handle stress and excitement, this can lead to anxiety, depression or a combination of…

Everyone Has A First Drive… Remember?

Since it’s National Teen Driver Safety Week, I’m thinking a bit about life behind the wheel – and the many road trips I’ve taken since that first day of freedom. I’m also thinking about how people approach “the unknown” in life. The day I passed my driver’s test, I came home with my paper license…