Research finds that going through tough times as a kid can have a developmental impact on the brain. In the studies (referenced below), the adult brains of people who were raised in a stressful environment before the age of six were smaller than the brains of adults who had a less stressful childhood. This result was also impacted by the child’s ability to cope with the stress. Often if the child had no means of releasing stress they would internalize the stresses experienced years earlier – ruminating and bottling up emotions.
Let’s face it – not all families fit into the old stereotype of the problem-free, two-kids-and-a-dog suburban dream. For those of us who live in the real world, far away from the “Leave it to Beaver” era, family life can look anything but idyllic. Marriage is hard work, children quarrel, and life essentially consists of constant changes that require adjustment and resilience.
Improve your relationship with your spouse.
These 5 strategies will help you regain clarity and calm, which will allow you to then manage the struggles at hand.
And no, we don’t mean keeping your pillow cases and sheets clean (although we recommend you do that 1x/week!).
With so many demands on our time these days, we can often forget to incorporate a few basics that are essential for maintaining good health. By making some key changes, we can lower our risk of various diseases and potentially live longer and healthier lives into our retirement years. Here are some tips to get […]
There are many healthy choices we can make for ourselves including our diet, surrounding ourselves with positive people, and exercising. Another healthy choice is making the decisions to care for our emotional and mental health by talking to a professional counselor. Therapy is an important part of understanding ourselves and exploring the thoughts and feelings […]
If done correctly, goal setting can be an extremely powerful tool to unleash your untapped potential. Follow these five simple steps to set yourself up for success. Identify Your Goal: First Identify your ultimate goal. Rather than saying “I want ___,” say “I will ___.” Your belief in achieving your goal is the very first […]
Recent Studies indicate that 54% of Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their lives. No one is completely free of stress. Stress in a small dose can actually benefit us by keeping us motivated, focused, and alert when we need to be. However, when life’s demands exceed you ability to cope, stress […]