Our children internalize their experiences and create self-dialogue. Are they learning to hate themselves through comparisons, feelings of inadequacy, or others’ negative opinions? Or are they learning to love themselves with grace and acceptance? Incorporating these three exercises into their days will empower them to be mentally healthy.
Posts in the "Finding More Joy" category:
In a way, knowing about a fatal disease, such as GM1, is a blessing. It gives you a little more perspective and appreciation for the little things. None of us knows when we will die, but we can be grateful everyday for what we have.
We all face times that are more difficult than we expect at different points in our lives. No matter what is causing us stress and anxiety, there are coping strategies we can follow to help us manage the struggles we all face. Here are four that have helped me.
We always tell ourselves, “I’ll never forget this moment.” But memories are fragile and time is fleeting. I often find myself looking back at pictures of my children and wondering what we talked about that day. I wish I could remember all of these things, but I can’t, or can I?
Do you believe that you need something more than you have to be happy? You need to lose more weight, get a promotion, or take a better vacation? If you’re looking to stop basing your happiness in a hypothetical future and start soaking it up now, the key is gratitude.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be passionate about my work. Waking up each day excited about work was my goal! But the moment my son was born, I knew I didn’t want to go back to my job.
Are you overwhelmed by Christmas Craziness? Just for fun, since none of us needed to sleep during the month of December anyway, Allyson Reynolds takes at look at a few of the things many of us feel like we want or should do during the Christmas season (and then she talks reality after).
I’m not judging anyone who hands his or her kids the latest iPhone; several of my favorite teens carry one in their pockets. But if you buy your teen a little red flip phone, I promise they won’t be alone. And they’ll probably thank you for it.
I’ve already spent far too much of my life’s energy focusing on the negative. I want to spend as much of the rest of my life telling a a story of gratitude, a story of optimism, a story that focuses on all the beauty, joy, and love surrounding me every day.
When my oldest turned 9 and we began to struggle to get along, I thought back to when I was her age and tried to remember what I felt then. And then I began to consciously tell her my stories.
Consider what your end goal for this holiday season is. Write it down, and start working backwards!
I’ve gotten in my own way, losing out on opportunities to achieve goals or move toward becoming the woman and mom I want to be. So how did I get to the land of body love? It’s taken time, effort, and learning to live by a new set of ABC’s.