Seven Tips for a Happier, Healthier Life

Seven Tips for a Happier, Healthier Life

Seven Tips for a Happier, Healthier Life

Reap the benefits of being kind to yourself! Prioritizing a good night’s sleep, positive self-talk, using vacation time and intentional self-care can have some surprising benefits for your productivity, longevity, confidence, weight and relationships.

Resizing Your Christmas Expectations While Grieving

Resizing Your Christmas Expectations While Grieving

Facing a loss this holiday season? This might be a good time to think about resizing your Christmas expectations while grieving. Several years ago I met with a patient to discuss ways she could cope with the holiday season after…

Joy through Giving; Joy through Receiving

Joy through Giving; Joy through Receiving

Many of us are comfortable giving but not receiving assistance. However, we can reap benefits from the act of both giving and receiving. Giving requires the act of letting go. Receiving invites us to open and let something in. While…

Children, Parenting and Holiday Stress

Children, Parenting and Holiday Stress
The holidays are supposed to be a "happy" time for children and families; a season filled with wonder and joy. However, for some families the holidays can be very challenging. Some families may become more stressed during the holidays due...

From the Sober Kitchen: Holiday Food and Families

From the Sober Kitchen: Holiday Food and Families

I remember saying in my first year of recovery, “For this holiday season, I am actually going to cook Christmas dinner for my family for the first time in a long time!” The truth was; I cared more about my serenity. It turned out well, and the family was grateful for the meal and time spent together.

Tips for Dealing with Holiday Financial Stress

Tips for Dealing with Holiday Financial Stress

Thinking about money or your finances during the holidays, with gift buying, entertaining and travel, can be stressful. Here are some tips to help you deal with financial stress around the holidays: Make one financial decision at a time. When…

A Patient’s Story of Recovery: Meet Nikki

A Patient’s Story of Recovery: Meet Nikki

My drinking began early in my teenage years. By the time I was 20, I knew I didn’t drink like most people. I remained functional and managed to graduate from nursing school. When my brother committed suicide in 2010, my…

Tips for Managing Depression During the Holidays

Tips for Managing Depression During the Holidays

The holiday season can be emotionally taxing for everyone. However, it is often particularly miserable if you are struggling with managing depression during the holidays. You know you should be excited to spend time with family and should be enjoying…

Holiday Giving as a Family

Holiday Giving as a Family
We have all felt the power of giving to others as well as receiving from others, even something as simple as a hug. It is a connecting interaction that reminds us that we are not alone. Giving to others has...