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Psychology Today – Getting Unstuck: Kick Starting Your Marriage

This article is published in Psychology Today by Mark Banschick and Heather Edwards. When your relationship needs repair...

Making Up For Time Lost: 5 Tips for Getting Back in the Game

I just lost a week of productivity due to "acute pharyngitis", which is the medical term for a sore throat. Normally, one would carry on, ignore it, and complete one's typical activities with minor discomfort. Not me. My sore throat felt like seven samurai swords incessantly scraping my trachea with a splash of hot sauce and 40 grit sand paper for gauze. When experiencing this type of pain, things such as work, exercise, conversations, smiles, and wakefulness all come a bit harder. In fact, the only thing that feels natural is lying down and feeling sorry for yourself. Sleep even hurts. Now it's Monday, a week later. I'm in panic mode and have a lot of sh*t to get done. Since it's time to put...

Psychology Today – Getting Unstuck: The Toxic Relationship

...This article is published in Psychology Today by Mark Banschick and Heather Edwards. We've all heard the term "toxic relationship".  What does it really mean? Let's break it down.  Something that is toxic is poisonous, causes death or debilitation, and drains energy and life.  Snake venom is toxic.  Asbestos is toxic.  Some bacteria are toxic.  A relationship is the state of being connected, associated, or related to one another.  It can take the form of afriendship, a family member, a spouse, or a romantic partner. A difficult relationship may trap you because these tendencies may have started as early as childhood, according to Psychology Todaybloggers, Rosemary K.M. Sword and Philip Zimbardo. Regardless of the degree of toxicity in your relationship - if it’s unhealthy it’s time to fix it, or get out of it!   So how do you know if your relationship is toxic?  Consider...

Jobs 101: The Ultimate Search Simplified

We've all run full speed ahead in the hamster wheel of work-exhaustion and discontent, at times. Job dissatisfaction can bring you down and effect all areas of your life, if it is not addressed.  People often feel burned out and under-appreciated at work.   "I feel so disrespected.", "I'm bored with my job and I deserve a promotion.", "I'm overwhelmed, I don't enjoy my work anymore.", are pretty common expressions of burn out.  These are obvious indicators that it's time for a career make-over.  If you put in the time, effort, and soul searching required, you can create the career you want!  It seems like a daunting task, but the alternative is not an option.  How does one turn that formidable rodent wheel of work...

Psychology Today Article… Getting Unstuck: Revitalize Your Professional Self… Six Ways to a Better Job.

This article is published in Psychology Today by Heather Edwards and Mark Banschick.  It is entitled, " Getting Unstuck: Revitalizing Your Work Life Five Ways to a Better Job".   Let's face it.  We've all been there, running full speed in the hamster wheel of work-exhaustion and discontent. Job dissatisfaction can bring you down and effect all areas of your life, if it is not addressed. People often feel burned out and under-appreciated at work.   "I feel so disrespected.", "I'm bored with my job and I deserve a promotion.", "I'm overwhelmed, I don't enjoy my work anymore.", are pretty common expressions of burn out.  These are obvious indicators that it's time for a career make-over.  If you put in the time, effort, and soul searching required, you can create the career you want!  It seems like a daunting task, but...

Turn Chaos Into Calm: Five ways to create a Zen day

Whether there are too many obligations or too much stress, feeling anxious and overwhelmed can bring your productivity to a screeching halt.  When the stakes are high, the last thing you need is low focus and low motivation.  Our bodies are designed to protect and preserve our well-being.  But when stress is prolonged and our sympathetic nervous system (SNS) takes over, it can have negative effects on our health and peace of mind.   The fight-or-flight reaction that our SNS creates to keep us safe from danger actually causes panic like symptoms including, short & shallow breaths, tightening of the muscles, increased heart rate, and intensified negative emotions in preparation for survival.  When this happens, we're lit up like a billboard in Times Square on New...

Psychology Today Post – Getting Unstuck!

My latest blog in collaboration with Dr. Mark Banschick, Getting Unstuck - Eight Ways to Get Your Mojo Back, published in Psychology Today.   Life takes twists and turns. Just when it seems you've figured things out, that metaphorical rug can get yanked out from under you. It can leave you spinning and wondering which way is up...

The Recipe for SUCCESS

We all strive for success.  It's in our nature to set goals for self improvement and get to work on them.  The difficult part is seeing them through to the end.  Falling off the self-improvement wagon hurts!  It bruises our ego, self esteem, and motivation.  In order to succeed, you must imagine your future-self in a place where all your goals are met.  What does that look like?  What do you notice about yourself?  What do you see in your surroundings? Who is with you?  Where are you? What are you feeling?  Now that you're there and you've taken a look around, notice how you got there.  Backtrack through the steps you took toward your success in the future.  What were the hurdles and milestones? ...

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Love the Skin You’re In!

Its officially summer and the weather is hot! We have longer days, more outdoor celebrations, and parties by the pool or at the beach. These are all good things that most look forward to, but if we are not happy and confident in our own skin, the summer months bring on anxiety and self-doubt. Appreciating yourself can sometimes be a difficult task. Being comfortable in your skin is knowing exactly who you are and adoring yourself - including your quirks and flaws!  Balancing and accepting yourself can help your self- esteem and also bring you inner peace. Here are some ways to help you love yourself as much as you deserve! Thank Yourself:  Our bodies are amazing things but we tend to take them for granted....

Feng Shui Your Mental Closet

Imagine this: you have an incredibly busy day ahead of you and it seems as though you have a million errands to run, hundreds of phone calls to make, a dozen appointments, laundry, cleaning, and cooking, but because you spread yourself so thin- you're misplacing things like your car keys and you forget the time of your appointment and can't seem to find that important person’s phone number and the dryer seems to be eating all your socks. Everything is in a disorganized hair pulling mess and you don't end up getting nearly as much done as you would have liked. Sounds familiar right? And we know that if we don't organize, compartmentalize and de-clutter, our to-do lists are bound to become overwhelming. So we...

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