The Family That Dines Together, Stays Together

For many busy families, getting everyone to sit down at the table together for dinner can seem like an impossible task. However, Dallas-area counselors agree that family dinners can have a substantial impact on positive communication and increase bonds between family members of all ages. Making the time to dine together often means that the

Keeping Your Romance Warm When it’s Cold Outside

Romance The winter blues got you down? Well, it’s not just you. The time of year following the holidays can be depressing for a myriad of reasons, and often leads to emotional low points. In this way, romantic relationships are also inevitably impacted, and these feelings can lead to a chilling effect. If you’re questioning

It Pays the Bills: How to Recover and Restore Your Job Satisfaction

Job Satisfaction Everyone dislikes their job at one point or another. This is an unavoidable reality of being in the workforce, but there's a difference between being totally disillusioned and perpetually drained, versus having a bad day or feeling occasionally burnt out. Whether you're an entrepreneur or work for a large corporation, Job Satisfaction, finding

Start Counting Sheep: Five Ways to Exchange Insomnia for a Good Night’s Sleep

Start Counting Sheep: Five Ways to Exchange Insomnia for a Good Night’s Sleep Most Americans don’t get enough sleep. Both in childhood and adolescence, many find it hard to calm down enough to fall asleep or simply don’t enjoy sleeping. However, even adults who would love to get more sleep often find it difficult, and

No Need for New Year: How to Improve Yourself Now Instead of January 1st

No Need for New Year: How to Improve Yourself Now Instead of January 1st There are multiple reasons not to wait until January 1st to try and improve your life. Not only are New Year’s resolutions often an excuse to finally pay attention to things you’ve neglected, but they also notoriously fail. That’s why making

Humble Holidays – How Not to Over-Gift Your Kids

Allen family counseling Every year, we’re inundated with ads for the hottest new toys. We see news stories chronicling holiday gift-giving madness, as normally sane people charge into stores to grab the last remaining nearly-sold-out toy on the shelf. Holiday movies depict the best times as when the children get the most gifts. The truth

Avoiding Family Conflict at the Holidays

Dallas-area counselors The holidays are a joyous time full of celebration and opportunity to bring families together. They’re also one of the most stressful times of year, and can actually cause clinical anxiety and depression. Enlisting the assistance of Allen family counseling can help both you and your loved ones remember how to communicate and

Grief & Goodwill: How to Enjoy the Holidays without Letting Go of the Grief

The first holiday season after the death of a loved one may seem like a period that you want to skip over and avoid instead of going through and enjoy. The thought of the Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas morning breakfast table having an empty seat without the warmth and presence of your close friend or

Shop, Don’t Drop: How to Enjoy the Holidays as a Former Shopping Addict

One of the most challenging times of years for a former shopping addict can be the gift giving holidays, when half the to-do list is based around purchasing. However, with a little careful consideration, it’s possible to keep your mental health in check, as well as your spending practices. To start, addressing personal and professional