The Science of Marriage

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by Lilliane Farinazo, RMHC

What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “marriage” or “committed relationship”? Responses differ based on personal expectations or prior modeling. Although people may think that, “my marriage will be different”, they may also have unrealistic expectations that this goal will be effortless to achieve. Some discouraged couples may even ask, “Is this what marriage is all about?” or “Can I be married AND happy?”

 

In this era of perfectionism, comparisons, and the proverbial “grass is always greener on the other side”, many couples struggle to find relationship principles that are practical and scientifically proven. Setting priorities for finances, time-management, chores and child rearing are usually where couples begin to face their difficulties. As a matter of fact, research has shown that on average, couples wait a period of ...

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  • Marriage

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  • Intentional Listening
  • boundaries
  • counseling
  • emotional health
  • emotions
  • empowerment
  • influence for good
  • love
  • love and relationships
  • mental health
  • relationships
  • wellness

The Resilient Family

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by Guillermo Cancio-Bello

Resilient Families are families that have a network of support from both within their system as well as from the broader community, are able to adapt under stress, they are relatively stable and intact, are able to remain thoughtful and manage their emotional reactivity, and each member is able to see themselves as a separate individual as well as one who is deeply connected to and has an influence upon every other member in the family.

The resilience of a family is tested when it is faced with the chronic illness of a single member. Chronic illness can be defined as long-term physical, emotional, or behavioral disability that severely undermines functioning. It can be irreversible, degenerative and progressive.
Not only must an individual and family deal with the actual symptoms of the illness, but they must also manage the ensuing, and inevitable, emotional effect. Regardless ...

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  • Family

Tags:

  • empowerment
  • influence for good
  • love
  • mental health
  • relationships
  • resiliency
  • wellness

You CAN Relax! Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

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by Kaara Kiddoe, Student Intern 

Did you know that anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the United States? Almost 40 million Americans are affected by anxiety. Chances are you or a loved one may feel anxious, worried or stressed almost daily. Anxiety can take many forms ranging from social anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), separation anxiety, test taking anxiety, perfectionism, and generalized anxiety, to name a few. Regardless of which type of anxiety we may face, our bodies’ physical response is very similar. Anxiety leaves us feeling stressed, physically tired, and tense.

Although the effects of anxiety can be stressful on our minds and bodies, there are many techniques for treating anxiety that have proven to be extremely effective and can help us to claim victory over anxiety.

Everyday l ...

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  • anxiety
  • counseling
  • mental health
  • overcoming anxiety
  • wellness

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