Have Trouble Taking Care of Yourself?
April 01, 2017 -Penelope Y. Andrade
Do you have trouble taking care of yourself? Selfcare includes: eating when hungry (the foods your body requires), stopping when full; 7-8 hours’ nightly sleep; moving your body; limiting screens, games, alcohol, recreational drugs; nurturing relationships.....
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Are You Selfish Enough to Have a Good Relationship?
February 01, 2017 -Penelope Y. Andrade
Are you selfish enough to have a good relationship? Like many, you may be focused on nurturing relationships by being attuned to others’ needs. While this is essential, getting your needs acknowledged and met is just as imperative! .....
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Tired of Striving for Goals Not Reached?
January 01, 2017 -Penelope Y. Andrade
Are you tired of striving for goals not reached? The origin of ‘strive’ is a French word meaning strife. Striving actions are different from engaged actions as they often include a frisson of friction. If you’re working hard and not getting to goals, it may be time to look for inner discord that has turned your attempts at effective action into wearying strife..... (... read entire article)
Undoing Aloneness During the Holidays
December 01, 2016 -Penelope Y. Andrade
Do you know how to undo aloneness during the holidays? For many the glitter and glow of holidays cast a shadow of unfulfilled hopes in family/and love relationships. With media continually displaying cozy scenes, taking stock of your own situation is often painful. Finding comfort can be a challenge.... (... read entire article)
Do You Know the Surprising Truth about Forgiveness?
October 01, 2016 -Penelope Y. Andrade
Like many, you may aspire to forgive when people have hurt you. Like others, you may also refuse to forgive…feeling some actions are just unforgiveable. What you may not know is that every time you don’t forgive someone, any residue of judgment lands for your unconscious mind as a black mark against yourself... (... read entire article)
Do You Know How to Handle Panic Attacks?
September 01, 2016 -Penelope Y. Andrade
Even when your symptoms (racing heart, constricted breathing, etc.) are diagnosed as panic disorder and not life threatening these experiences are still terrifying. Once they’re over, you’re often left feeling helpless, ashamed and out of control! Learning how to make another attack less likely as well as how to minimize your stress during an attack is a real challenge.… (... read entire article)
Are You Pushing Yourself Too Hard?
August 01, 2016 -Penelope Y. Andrade
In our 24/7 world of pressure to excel in career, community, relationships, parenting, athletics, and healthy living…it’s hard not to! Like many, you probably end up vacillating between charging ahead (most of the time) and collapsing (once in a while) in pj’s for binge watching TV. Days go by in a habitual stew of motion with an occasional dab of couch potato… (... read entire article)
Do You Know How to Heal Toxic Shame?
July 04, 2016 -Penelope Y. Andrade
Do you know how to heal toxic shame? If you’re alive, you’ve likely experienced shame…both healthy (which helps develop humility) and toxic (which brings a cognitively disorganizing collapse of self.) You may even feel ashamed of being ashamed…a double whammy. That’s when you withdraw from everyone and try to push that dreadful experience out of sight and mind. (... read entire article)
Letting Go of Responsibility for Your Parents Pain
June 03, 2016 -Penelope Y. Andrade
Can you let go of responsibility for your parents’ pain? It’s normal for children to want to help when parents are hurting. This is true even when the pain isn’t explicitly acknowledged. If this early dynamic hasn’t been repaired, your inner child has likely been too long alone and overwhelmed by feelings too big for your inner youngster to handle. (... read entire article)
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