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General

A Volatile Combination: Loneliness and the Holidays


It was the first Thanksgiving / Hanukkah without her husband of 47 years. Nothing seemed right. For the first time, she was not hosting either celebration, her daughter and son took the holidays over to relieve her stress. But without the rituals and traditions, Nikki felt more isolated and alone.

As soon as the first sign of Christmas arrived in the stores, Brandy took a deep breath to hold back the flood of dread. She hated...

General

30 Ways to Jump-start Your New Life


Alex was desperate to move forward after her divorce was finalized. She was so tired of every conversation with her close friends and family beginning with the phrase, “So how’s the divorce coming along?” She wanted to talk about her, not her as a divorcee, but the person underneath the cloak of a bad marriage and a nasty divorce.

Her dreams, likes and dislikes, ambitions, and passions were as forgotten during the divorce as they were...

Coping Skills

7 Steps to Thrive Instead of Survive


Caleb desperately needed a change. Thanks to a nasty, never-ending divorce, he was completely burnt out. His ex was abusive during their marriage and her assault was even worse while divorcing. Not only was the process expensive, but he lost his business as well. Now that it was over, Caleb wanted to stop surviving and begin to thrive.

He knew that the process began with him but was unsure how to start. Caleb longed for the...

Exhaustion

Why Divorce Feels Like a Death


Mariah thought, that once the divorce papers were signed, everything would be better and she would finally feel relief. But she didn’t. Somehow, unexpected emotions of remorse, sadness, and guilt piled on top of bitterness, resentment, and frustration intensified. Her confusion caused her to wonder if she made a mistake.

She relived the marriage and divorce desperately seeking answers as to why this happened, what went wrong, and how could things have been dealt with differently....

Marriage

10 Reasons a Person Divorces


For Megan, getting married was an easier decision than getting a divorce.

Their relationship started so well and seemed so natural that Megan ignored the warning signs her family tried to show her. Now, after three years of being married, she realized that a divorce would be necessary. Making this decision, however, was much harder than she expected.

At the beginning of their marriage, Megan felt the excitement, passion, and desire that a relationship often brings. But...

General

Spouse Wants to Separate, You Don’t


After 15 years of marriage, Tim’s wife said she wanted to separate. He was shocked. It came out of nowhere. Just the month before they were on a family vacation and now she was asking for a separation? Her reasons were vague at best and the harder he tried to convince her otherwise, the more the difficult conversation escalated. She even mentioned getting a divorce.

It was one of the hardest conversations he had ever experienced,...

Coping Skills

7 Reasons Why Good People Do Bad Things


This article is for the rule-followers, the dependable, the overly responsible, and the eager to please. The ones who know what the rules are (legal, social, moral, and economical), try their best to live by them, and often encourage others to do the same. They view themselves as “good” people, which is a perception often reinforced by their family, friends, and co-workers.

As a person who intentionally makes few mistakes, when they do, they are quick...

Family

5 Tips for Surviving Narcissistic In-Laws over the Holidays


As the holidays approached, Heather began to worry about the next encounter with her in-laws. Last Thanksgiving was a complete disaster. After spending days getting their new house ready for the visit, her narcissistic mother-in-law walked in the house and announced, “It’s not that bad.” Heather tried to brush it off, but the comments kept coming.

“Let me help you fix the table,” she said next. Then she proceeded to reorganize the silverware, napkins, and other...

Coping Skills

How to Talk to Someone in Shock


Shock, or Acute Stress Disorder (ASD), is a psychological and emotional stress reaction that occurs when a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event.  One moment everything is normal, then the event happens, and the person immediately feels fear, stress, pain or panic. The shock is magnified when it is combined with or threatened by a physical injury, death, or destruction.

Some examples include:

Thinking physical symptoms are a bad case of the flu only to...

Coping Skills

How to Begin Healing from a Devastating Hurricane

Hurricane Michael hit Floridians by surprise. What began as a tropical storm early in the week quickly escalated to a rare category 4 hurricane a few days later. The hurricane wind speed was the 4th most powerful to make landfall in the United States. This left families and shops unable to prepare for damage and even less time to evacuate the area. The eye of the storm devastated the Mexico Beach and Panama City, in...