How to Talk with Your Doctor for Productive Outcomes

How to Talk with Your Doctor for Productive Outcomes

In the United States, the health care system is dysfunctional. Patients are frustrated by the declining quality of care, which is a result of how doctors must practice medicine today. But instead of feeling helpless and frustrated in the system, patients can advocate for themselves and take charge of their health care. It begins by focusing on clear communication from all parties. Use this article as a cheat sheet to feel more in control at your next doctor’s appointment. 

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Some Creative Ways to Deal with Loneliness

Some Creative Ways to Deal with Loneliness

Loneliness is a pervasive worldwide issue. No country or culture is immune. While mental health professionals wrestle with how to address it, private organizations and businesses are taking charge by bringing forth creative solutions. From raising chickens to sitting on park benches, innovators are thinking outside the box to get us socializing again. We can apply this creativity to our own lives. First, we need to reframe our thinking about what loneliness means then we must find a bit of imagination and bravery to try something new with someone new. 

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How Small Daily Interactions Can Help Overcome Loneliness

How Small Daily Interactions Can Help Overcome Loneliness

When we think of our social wellbeing we naturally think of our closest friendships. But they don’t fully encompass the entirety of our social circle. Acquaintances, too, have a place in our lives. Our interactions with them, which may seem inconsequential, can actually help us feel like we have a broader and more diverse social network. They can also help us expand our connections for finding new career opportunities, hidden resources, or even other new friendships. Within this post, I share five ways to get more acquainted with acquaintances in your life

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Screen Addiction is Slowly Killing Us and Our Relationships

Screen Addiction is Slowly Killing Us and Our Relationships

There is no denying that we are spending more time in front of screens than ever before. While technology is infinitely useful, it also comes with a dark side. Our increased screen usage is becoming addictive and that’s impacting our mental health and social bonds. We can take steps, however, to wrestle back our autonomy by choosing where to put our time and attention. Contained within are practical suggestions to help change our habits so technology remains our servant not our master.

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How to Establish Healthy Boundaries in Relationships

How to Establish Healthy Boundaries in Relationships

Personal boundaries are something usually invisible but become quite noticeable when infringed upon. We all come into adulthood with expectations of boundaries modeled for us in childhood. If not shown healthy examples, we may feel disrespected and stuck when some of our loved ones cross a line time and time again. But by recognizing our own power and space and by creating a thoughtful action plan for change when required, we can enjoy our relationships without the burden of potential overreach.

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Are We Acquaintances or Are We Friends?

Are We Acquaintances or Are We Friends?

We all have a bunch of “friends” thanks to Facebook but the term has gotten watered down. We now live with uncertainty about what we can expect from people in our social circle. By evaluating who we have in our social life with honesty and transparency we can get to the heart of who’s in our corner and who’s just in the room.

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