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Igniting a New Flame

There has been so much discussion about how the CoVid-19 pandemic has changed our social norms, adjusted extra-curricular outlets, altered working lives to remote, and resulted in endless home improvement projects. Yet, there has been less discussion about how the pandemic has also shifted our intimacy and quality of connection with our romantic partners. There is a misconception that having...[ read more ]

Sleep Hygiene: What is it and Five Ways to Practice it

You’ve been struggling to find restful sleep on a regular basis. Maybe you have one really great night of sleep, but then the next night it’s back to counting sheep or staring at your phone until 3am when you pass out from watching TikTok. Sound familiar? You may struggle with your sleeping habits - or maybe you find yourself asking...[ read more ]

Helping Your Aging Parents With Depression

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As our parents age, we want to treasure them for as long as we can, so we look for ways to help them stay healthy and active. But many older people suffer from depression, a condition that is not always easy to battle.According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, depression affects more than 6.5 million of the 35 million Americans...[ read more ]

Self-Compassion for Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic (And Always)

A mother and daughter sit close to each other smiling and laughing. They have successfully completed grief counseling with LifePath Counseling in Chicago, IL 60602.

Read More about Anne Caregiving is one of the most stressful and under/unpaid jobs in the world. Most caregivers wear several different hats and work additional jobs to provide for their loved ones. While the work of daily caregiving can test our patience, caregiving during a national pandemic comes with a whole new set of challenges and worries. It can...[ read more ]

Feeling Disconnected? Here are 3 Ways to Reconnect

Thanks to Hollywood, many couples have been led to believe the secret to reconnecting and rekindling the passion is through a Caribbean cruise, sports cars, or jewelry. But the reality is, once there’s a disconnect between partners, gifts and vacations simply won’t cut it.It may seem counterintuitive, but love is mended not through grandiose deeds, but through small acts of...[ read more ]

5 Ways to Effectively Manage Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety, you know that awful feeling when heart races, you start to sweat, and you feel like you just want to run. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the United States, affecting roughly 40 million adults. While anxiety can feel debilitating, there...[ read more ]

How to Set Healthy Boundaries

Relationships can only be healthy when both people have the space to be themselves and maintain their personal integrity. Sadly, many people find themselves in relationships, romantic and otherwise, with people who do not respect boundaries and feel entitled to have their needs met regardless of the other person’s. These people most likely grew up in households that were unsafe...[ read more ]

The Long Days and Nights of Parenting During Social Distancing.

Read more about Hannah First take a deep breath and know you are not alone. This is hard work taking care of children and especially during such uncertain and extraordinary times.  During the first two weeks of social distancing and working from home, I have been talking with friends, colleagues and clients about how we are all adjusting to having...[ read more ]

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a major depressive disorder that occurs during the same season each year. Also known as the “winter blues,” SAD typically comes on in the fall and winter, when the light is diminished.SAD is believed to affect nearly 10 million Americans and is four times more common in women than men. Many people experience symptoms...[ read more ]

3 Steps to Self-Compassion

“God, you can be so stupid sometimes.”“Why would he be attracted to YOU?”“You’re just going to screw this up.”These are things you would probably never say to another human being unless you’re a real jerk. But how many of us have that inner critic that says these kinds of things all the time.Most of us treat ourselves far more harshly...[ read more ]

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