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Depression can really do a number on your motivation and energy level.1 At times, it can be difficult to keep up with day-to-day chores around the house. Yet, too often a messy house only makes us feel worse and it can be very discouraging.
Conflict in life is impossible to avoid. We encounter conflict in our workplace, at school, with friends and even within the most important environment in our lives, our families. Each unique situation where conflict arises can be resolved by using some very basic techniques. However, some situations require more effort and patience. You can always change jobs or relocate. You will eventually leave school behind. You can and will acquire new friends who are more compatible with your beliefs and personality. But you cannot choose, change or leave your family. Family conflict resolution requires care, understanding and love. A simple format, taking these things into consideration, can help resolve or at least provide a solid framework for beginning to resolve family conflicts and issues.
Karly* said, “Everything and everyone is getting on my nerves. I love my kids, and I’m so worried about what life with coronavirus is doing to them. But I can’t stand to be around them anymore! And my husband and I are sniping at each other from morning till night. I remember that not so long ago I loved him, but I can’t get in touch with any of those feelings right now. I can’t stand to be in the same room with him—I don’t even want him to touch me. I need time off—a vacation—not just from work, but from everything and everybody. But there’s no time off from COVID. Summer’s my favorite time of year, but not this year. I’m trying to work, to give my kids some kind of social life, and to figure out what I’m going to do about school this fall. I’m on edge all the time. Even little things are making me lose my temper. I’m so cooked.”
Stress, depression, even suicide has risen during the pandemic. By nature, each of us has a predominant style of coping with stress. But during extraordinary times, our stress levels are also extraordinary. When we can't control what's happening, we can challenge ourselves to change the way we respond to what's happening. The coping strategies you ordinarily use may need to be altered in the face of these unusual challenges.
Anxiety and the alarming thoughts our anxiety conjures are normal to experience, especially under stressful and challenging times like now. But anxiety feels terrible so it's good to have a few tools to calm an anxious nervous system. Speaking supportive words to ourselves can provide relief, much like a parent reassures a child.
If your relationship with your significant other is suffering right now, you’re not alone. Relationships go through ups and downs in the best of circumstances, but the arrival of COVID-19 has put many relationships under unprecedented strain.
If you do a quick search on quotes about a child who is in grief and dealing with loss you find information on parents losing their child, typically to death. I found this interesting. It doesn’t appear that many people focus on child loss and grief and yet a child grieves losses in just as deep a manner as any adult. With children, however, it is hard to see their grief.
The COVID-19 is a novel virus, and the pandemic has posed a novel way of life for all of us. Beyond concerns about contagion, prevention, or slowing down its spread, and fears of illness and access to healthcare, one thing is clear. We are all facing grief and loss. The greatest loss is the tragic death of a parent, grandparent, relative, or close family friend.