Stress-Busting Strategy: Take a Conscious Mental Vacation
Life presents many kinds of stress, which can be chronic, unexpected, or some combination of the two. At times, stress might feel overwhelming. If you can’t stop what you’re doing and travel away on a vacation, you can still use a strategy to relieve your stress. As a child, I loved to visit my grandparents’ farm. Out in one field, there was a group of trees with a clearing beneath them. I spent many happy hours there, in what I called my Playhouse. I let my imagination
Short-Circuiting Conflicts: The Mirroring or Reflecting Communication Technique
Disagreements and arguments can sometimes stem from misunderstandings. People have different definitions, emotional content, or perspectives regarding the meaning of words or phrases. Conflicts occur when people incorrectly assume that others share their mindset or understand the meaning of their conversation. Clear communication can only occur when everyone has the same frame of reference for the subject at hand. When you find a conversation becoming tense or confusing,
Short-Circuiting Conflicts: The Time Out Communication Technique
Differences of opinion, perspectives, and strategies are part of life. No two people agree on everything. Many families have not yet developed conflict resolution skills, so children don’t always learn them at home. School curriculum may not include lessons on how to resolve disagreements. If you don’t learn how to settle conflicts at home or school, your ability to get along well with others could be seriously hampered. This could especially be true if someone with a co
Which Type of Meditation is Best for You?
Research has shown that meditation is beneficial for mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. While physical exercise is a good discipline for keeping your body in shape, meditation is a form of mental discipline for keeping your mind alert, calm, and relaxed. If you decided today that you wanted to run a 26-mile marathon, you wouldn’t immediately run 26 miles. You might walk a half-mile on your first day. It might take awhile before you worked up to walking a mile. Th