How Couples Can Create Strong Happy Relationships. Learn how to calm your busy mind, prioritize your partner, and embrace imperfection.

How Busy Couples Can Create Strong, Happy Relationships

  Have you wondered how busy couples can create strong, happy relationships?   Life is busy these days! Most of us are juggling work and family responsibilities and trying to squeeze in time to exercise and see our friends. When life gets busy, it’s often our most important relationships that fall to the bottom of […]

What's the Difference Between Perfectionism and OCD? Understand Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Perfectionism, and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

Perfectionism and OCD: What’s the Difference?

  I’m often asked what the difference is between perfectionism and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). It’s actually a fairly complex question and one that realistically this article will only be able to address on the surface. This article isn’t meant to diagnose any mental conditions and isn’t an exhaustive study of OCD or any other […]

Give Your Emotional Life a Spring Cleaning

Give Your Emotional Life a Spring Cleaning

  An Emotional Spring Cleaning Spring is a time of new beginnings, growth, and hope. It’s also the time of year to clean out the garage and the closets, and discard what’s broken or obsolete. Like many of you, I have a love-hate relationship with spring cleaning. Cleaning isn’t exactly at the top of my […]

Can Journaling Improve Mental Health?

Can Journaling Improve Mental Health?

Can journaling really improve mental health? Journals aren’t just for teenagers trying to hide their private thoughts from their parents’ prying eyes. Journaling is a helpful therapeutic tool. It’s not going replace mental health treatment from a qualified professional, but it can be a useful addition or way to accelerate your healing.   What is journaling? […]

How to Increase Motivation When Depressed

How to Motivate Yourself When You’re Feeling Depressed

  It’s hard to motivate yourself when you’re depressed. Depression zaps your energy and motivation.   Karen was having an off day, feeling depressed, and totally unmotivated. You know the kind — when you just feel like crawling back in bed. We all have days when everything feels like an effort and we don’t want […]

How to Reduce Anxiety by Grounding Yourself

Reduce Anxiety by Grounding Yourself

What is anxiety? Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the United States. Even if you don’t meet the clinical criteria for an anxiety disorder, I’m sure you’ve experienced some of the hallmark symptoms from time to time: uncontrollable worry trouble concentrating insomnia rumination or obsessive thoughts muscle tension stomach aches, […]

13 Common Cognitive Distortions. Negative automatic thoughts, distorted thoughts, CBT challenge negative thinking errors.

13 Common Cognitive Distortions

What are cognitive distortions? Cognitive distortions are also known as thinking errors, thinking distortions, irrational thoughts, distorted thoughts, and negative automatic thoughts. Cognitive distortions are ways that you twist up your thinking to see yourself, your situation, and other people in a negative light. They’re basically your mind playing tricks on you; convincing you that […]