Though the term “self-care” has become popular in recent years, we seem to have drifted away from its original intention. People tend to associate self-care with getting a massage or soaking in a bubble bath, and while these activities are certainly enjoyable, self-care extends beyond
Fall is almost upon us. For many, this is a joyful time, characterized by cozy sweaters, colourful leaves, and pumpkin spice lattes. For others, the transition is a time of grief, representing colder, darker days, and the end of carefree summer. If the change in
At Lightwell, we regularly meet with clients who are struggling in their romantic relationships. The reasons why couples attend therapy vary widely, but all of our clients are seeking the same thing – to feel loved and seen by their partners. Often, even though partners
In our previous blog post, Five Tools to Help with Anger Management, we reviewed a few techniques to try if you struggle to tame your temper. Here, we’ll outline strategies on managing conflicts effectively. Disagreements are an inevitable and natural part of all interpersonal relationships.
Anger can be a normal response to challenging situations. Often, anger sends the important message that something isn’t right, and you need to take action. However, anger becomes problematic when it is more intense than situations warrant, when it frequently flares up, and when it
A panic attack is defined as a sudden rush of intense fear or discomfort. Panic attacks are accompanied by at least four physical symptoms, such as a racing heartbeat or palpitations, sweating, shaking, difficulty breathing, a choking sensation, dizziness, and stomach upset (American Psychiatric Association,
Guided imagery is widely recognized as an effective stress management tool. Research has also demonstrated its usefulness for enhancing sleep, decreasing pain, alleviating depression, curbing overeating, and boosting the body’s natural ability to heal. In light of the evidence, a growing number of hospitals are
Has your career left you overwhelmed? Do you feel increasingly uninspired and depleted? Research suggests that, after continually escalating for the last few decades, work-related stress has reached epidemic levels. It seems that work-related stress is largely related to the perception of control. Studies have
Tackling a mental health concern, such as anxiety and panic attacks, can feel daunting. You may even find yourself not knowing where to begin; however, it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Try developing these healthy habits on a daily basis to improve your emotional wellbeing.
As outlined in our previous post, Dr. John Gottman’s Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling) are communication styles that spell disaster for any relationship. Good news is that if the Horsemen are galloping through your home, you can tether them by