Blog

Fight or Flight

Fundamentals of the “Flight or Fight” Response

When discussing mental health or addiction issues, the term “flight or fight response” comes up frequently to explain maladaptive human behavior. The “flight or fight” response can explain motivations for behaviors that are reminiscent of survival instincts. While we do not face the same kinds of daily threats that the “flight or fight” response is […]

Self-care

How Can I Make Time for Self-Care?

Self-care practices are crucial for maintaining our mental wellness. When we have kids struggling with challenging issues, like running away from home, going in and out of psychiatric units, dealing with addiction, self-injurious behaviors, or other problems, we might neglect our own needs for self-care. When we become overwhelmed with crisis after crisis with our […]

Control

What You Can Control During Conflicts

When we get into a conflict with others, we often wish we could just “get them” to change their behaviors or perspectives. We continue to struggle in the conflict, arguing in vain to “make them” do what we want or even think the way we want! No matter how hard we try, we cannot control […]

Balance

The Importance of Balance to Live a Meaningful Life

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about many changes over the last year. Many of us might have lost our jobs, struggled with mental health illness, experienced increased stress, mourned the loss of loved ones, and other issues. Social restrictions and limited access to preferred activities and events might have left many feeling that their lives were […]

Unconditional Love

How Can I Show My Child Unconditional Love?

When children display challenging behaviors, like drug use, drinking, cutting, running away, or other actions, parents might struggle to show their kids love and affection. Some parents might withhold affection to avoid “reinforcing” destructive behaviors. However, when our children appear to deserve our love the least is when they need it the most.  Parents might […]