Getting Your Health on Track After the Holidays

It’s that time of the year for mistletoes, Christmas trees and brightly-wrapped gifts. And then you have the never-ending feasts—the treats and sweets, the meat, the wine—it’s no wonder people love the holidays. It’s so easy to derail your diet, though, with the booze and the slews of desserts. But once the holidays are over—gone are the loaded buffets and heaping plates—then you’re back to minding your weight and going for healthful portions. Or are you? If you’re having a tough time getting your health back on track after living off the holiday leftovers in your fridge for days, here are helpful tips for you: Track Your Habits Identify whatever bad dietary habits you picked up during the holidays. For instance, maybe you picked up [Read more...]

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 growth can help a lot when it comes to addictions and compulsions with Dallas-area counselors. Scheduling an appointment with a mental health professional can help you prepare for the season ahead, as can the following tips. Be on the Lookout for Old Symptoms It’s very difficult to face an old problem you’ve dealt with and overcome head-on in a new frame of mind. Even the most recovered shopaholics have to [Read more...]

Fear vs Phobia: How Can You Tell the Difference?

Facing just the fear of extreme fear can be scary in and of itself, whether you’re addressing it personally or trying to help someone else. However, there’s a major difference between fear versus having a visceral and deep-rooted reaction of terror that never goes away and tangibly impacts your life. Here are a few ways to tell if you’re dealing with a phobia or a fear.Fear vs Phobia: How Can You Tell the Difference? Age Makes a Difference If you’re an older person, chances are you won’t develop a phobia you’ve never experienced before. According to Medical News Today, phobias develop in early childhood or teenage years, but very rarely manifest after age 30. If you’re trying to determine whether your child has a phobia [Read more...]

Fair Fight: How to End a Spousal Argument with Two Winners

Argument with those we live and work closely with is a part of life. For married couples, there is simply no avoiding the spousal argument. However, with divorce rates topping out over fifty percent for American couples, learning how to settle arguments fairly and without lasting damage to a relationship is a top priority. The question for many married people is the same: How can you make arguments work for you and your spouse, rather than against you?Spousal Realize It’s Only Natural One of the most important things that couples who argue effectively and in a healthy manner do that others do not is realizing and embracing the fact that arguments happen. The Huffington Post stresses in their article about marital arguments that the most [Read more...]

Why Playtime with Your Kids Works Best Without Video Games.

Children and teens in the United States love video games. The University of Vanderbilt tells us that nearly ten percent of American youths are considered to be addicted to video games. Over eighty percent of children play some kind of video games with at least some regularity, and that number is only likely to keep increasing as tablets, phones and computers come preloaded with games of all kinds. With the video game industry ruling the Christmas wish lists and entertainment at large, is there a way to take back your child’s playtime from the television screen? Experts at Allen family counseling centers suggest you take an educated approach and collaborate with your child on reforming family fun time, together. Content Without Context One of the [Read more...]

My Parent’s Spouse: The Danger of Forcing a Blending Family Transition

Once you say “I do,” you may picture your spouse’s children immediately accepting you as their new parent. You may even imagine each of them giving you a tight hug with tears in their eyes as they lovingly call you “Mom” or “Dad” for the very first time as a way to say “I love you.” In a perfect world, that is exactly how it may play out – a smooth and quick transition where no one flinches and the mere thought of “You are not my Mom/Dad” never comes up in their precious little minds. However, since you apparently want to deal with reality, it is vital to know that is not how it plays out in real life. What is the key to [Read more...]

Take Time to “Find the Baby” in Your Relationship

Most parents remember the days when their babies first learned to play “hide and seek.” For some reason, the concept of crawling or running to a concealed spot in the house and knowing that their parents have to search high and low to find them is absolutely hilarious to most babies. The joy of being searched for and found is not something that fades with childhood. Whether you realize it or not, your significant other feels the same way about you. He or she wants to experience the same joy of being searched for and found in different ways within your healthy relationship. Here are several ways you can “find the baby” and make that happen. The Concept of Object Permanence According to Parenting magazine, [Read more...]

Emotional First Aid Kit: Tools to Keep Handy When You’re Feeling Down

Over 350 million people around the world suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A report from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) shows that an estimated 16.1 million adults within the U.S. alone suffered at least one major depressive episode in 2015. Even if you do not suffer from depression, we all have our bad days when we feel down in the dumps. What can you do to get a quick pick-me-up? Below is a guide of several “tools” that you should keep handy in an “emotional first aid kit” to mend the wounds caused by depressive episodes of any length. A Cheat Sheet of Breathing Exercises When your emotions begin to overwhelm you, proper breathing is essential. The concept [Read more...]

Bringing Sexy Back: How to Light a Lasting Flame in the Bedroom

  Do you remember how it felt when you and your significant other brought your bond to the bedroom for the first time? Even if the first time was filled with mistakes and miscommunication, you more than likely reached a point as time went on where everything flowed smoothly together like peanut butter and jelly. As time continued to pass, though, there may have come a point where the sizzle fizzled, right? However, all is not lost. As is the case with any real-life fire, you can take the steps to rekindle the flames and get the fire burning brighter and bigger than it ever did before. How? Keep reading and find out. Just Do It It is much more than just a Nike slogan [Read more...]

A Mutual Loss Key Points for Couples to Remember after a Miscarriage

A Mutual Loss: Key Points for Couples to Remember after a Miscarriage One of the worst things any couple can endure is experiencing the excitement of pregnancy and parenthood, only to have it all taken away. Everyone attributes miscarriages to different things, but the truth is that it often doesn’t have a practical reason at all. This can be frustrating, which is why working with Allen therapistscan help couples deal with the stages of grief. Here are a few ways to accept a miscarriage as a mutual loss and support each other in a time of despair. Dealing with the Grieving Process One of the worst things you and your partner can do after a miscarriage is to deny sorrow. AmericanPregnancy.org advises that the first [Read more...]