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Toxic relationships tend to drain your energy, because the patterns of behavior from a toxic person can be confusing, hypocritical, and exhausting. You may not recognize how toxic the relationship has become until you take some time to really think about the patterns that have been established.
Selective self-control refers to our ability to control ourselves in some circumstances, but not in others. Selective self-control tells you that you can’t control your reactions to certain circumstances, and then you feel helpless about your ability to exert power over your own behavior.
Anger management can be a problem for some people, but there are definitely some skills that you can work on to help with this problem if you are one of those people. You want to be in control of your anger, not have your anger control you.The goal of anger management is not to never feel angry. The goal is to be able to express anger appropriately and without aggression towards other people.
Personality differences can complicate relationships. Communication and respect for your differences will help you use those personality traits to your advantage and build a stronger partnership along the way.
Sometimes the hardest thing to overcome in your relationship is not what’s happening right now, but what happened to you in the past and how that affects you today. Being aware of how your past has impacted you emotionally will help you to have a healthier approach to resolving conflict with your partner and build the relationship you really want.
Confidence and self-esteem are all about you as an individual, but they also play an enormous role in your relationship.When you don’t feel confident in yourself this will come out in your relationship in one way or another.
Holistic Mental Health
Depression can feel like an overwhelming sadness that saps the joy out of your life and prevents you from taking even small steps forward. Depression is treatable, though, and there are many ways to manage the symptoms of depression.
Using sensory distraction is one way of coping during a panic attack, and there are several ways to do this.The RAINBOW method involves the use of your visual senses. You can think of this practice as kind-of like a mantra that you can use during period of overwhelming anxiety to bring your attention back to present moment.
If you are someone in grief, holidays can be an interesting time of year.There are some seemingly universal truths that are experienced in grief but can also be profoundly misunderstood.
Trauma disrupts your sense of safety and changes the way that you view the world. This also includes the effects that trauma has on your relationships with other people, whether romantic or platonic.
Traumatic experiences can overwhelm the brain’s ability to cope using normal methods of stress relief, and thus alternative coping methods have to be developed, which can cause disruption in the lives of people trying to recover from trauma.When you have experienced trauma, your brain goes into a state of hyper-arousal, basically because your fight or flight response has been triggered and your brain reacts by trying to prepare you for potential danger.
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Rachel Mullins, LCSW
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