Wellness Wednesday: Connection … when you grew up without it

Your relationships in your family of origin prime you for relationships in your adult life. If your emotional connection with your parents/family (or lack thereof) left you confused ... you will likely have a confusing time in your adult life with relationships, at least at first, until you work through some of your earlier connection/disconnection [...]

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2018 Reflection

This year seems to have flown by. It has been a tremendous year of growth and self-improvement for me. I am not where I want to be yet, but I'm a lot closer. Taking time to focus on myself and my needs ... and really taking care of myself is where my energy has been, [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Pulling Yourself Out of Anxiety and Depression

Sometimes doing exactly what you don't want to do is precisely what will save you. I recently joined a local Y and have been going to yoga classes and swimming laps. I notice on the days that I do either of those things I feel better equipped to handle my to-do list those days. It's [...]

Wellness … Thursday?

I can't believe it's already December. This year flew by, and for the most part I have been pretty consistent about posting every Wednesday/at least once a week. I plan to continue doing that into 2019. As for this week, yesterday was a pretty jam-packed day for me so I didn't get a chance to [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Trauma Responses Are No Joke

When trauma responses are activated they can look different based on the individual; however, broadly, they likely include the following: intrusive thoughts, unpleasant bodily sensations, heightened emotions, hyperarousal (fight or flight). Oftentimes if trauma has been a part of your life, you may be living pretty consistently in a state of hyperarousal, which can be [...]

5 Signs of Relational Trauma

You don't trust people. You're able to "fake it" and appear connected with others on the surface, but you find yourself having visceral reactions of fear and disgust and pain when you have to rely on another person. You would rather do things yourself so you don't have to worry about or deal with involving [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Spring Will Come

When the cold and the grey of Pennsylvania start getting me down, I have to remember that Spring will come. That's hard to remember on days when my anxiety gets the best of me. It's a constant battle. Today, at this very moment, as I type this before going into a meeting at my university-- [...]