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Everyone has a unique style of communicating appreciation and connection; however, we expect everyone else to share the same style. A lot of conflict in relationships comes from not being able to translate other people’s love languages and understand that there is no single right way to be in a relationship. We can understand how to build relationship skills by understanding that there are at least five love languages that people use in varying combinations depending on the relationship. Love languages...

When we’re having a bad day or a frustrating experience, many of us reach for the phone to call or text a friend to talk about it. Sometimes when a situation is difficult, talking about it can help you process the experience and gain some perspective. Experiencing emotions is a healthy part of life and while it is natural to get upset at times, there are healthy ways and unhealthy ways to express emotions like frustration and anger.   Venting vs. Dumping Keeping...

Having goals is usually thought of as a positive thing. But sometimes goals can be unrealistic and actually have a negative effect. Not always reaching your potential is okay, but overthinking it is a problem. Having goals helps young adults find purpose in their lives, but if their self-esteem revolves around reaching those goals, they can increase anxiety. A recent study by Edith Cowan University (ECU) found that “it’s not failing to make progress toward our ideal self that is...

We live in a world where multitasking and productivity are used as a sign of success. It’s all about the “hustle” and “no days off”. But the truth is that this kind of thinking very quickly leads to feeling of being overwhelmed and burnt out.  One of the biggest obstacles to developing a self-care routine isn’t necessarily loathing the activities it might entail, it’s believing that one deserves to take a break and do things for themselves. It’s a Catch-22 that...

Young children seem to fall into new friendships with ease. It can seem like every time kids are in a room together, new friendships are being made. As we start to get older, it can become more challenging to create those friendships. Without the starting point of a classroom or a shared game, how can we begin to connect? Leaving home for the first time, new responsibilities, and changing social dynamics can all be barriers to creating new friendships. And...

Upon completion of a residential treatment program, young adults may wonder what comes next? For some students, preparing to return home can be exciting and they feel fully prepared. For others, the idea of returning home to old triggers and patterns may feel overwhelming. For these young adults, leaving the structured environment of a residential treatment program and going straight back to home may not be the best course of action. In these situations, there can be a great benefit...

It is a fact of life that we are not going to agree with everyone in our lives. People will always have different opinions, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. People with different perspectives can help broaden your worldview and help you see things in a new way. But there may be times when differing opinions can lead to difficult situations or arguments.  Shifting To Conversations If you want to learn how to de-escalate an argument and turn it into...

Completing a residential or wilderness program can be an exciting time where teens can feel proud of the work that they have done and look forward to returning home. But not everyone who completes a residential program is ready to head home right away. It can feel overwhelming to leave the support of a program and return home to a place that may hold a lot of triggers or challenges. Step-down programs are designed to support teens as they transition...

There are many reasons to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule: improved cardiovascular health, increasing strength and bone density. But studies have shown that physical activity can have a positive effect on the brain as well. While we may not be able to exercise our brain in the way that we exercise our muscles, we can use physical activity to sharpen and improve cognitive functions.  Physical Activity and the Brain Exercise can help the brain both directly and indirectly. Directly, exercise can...

Do you find yourself stuck in a rut or feeling uninspired? Maybe you feel a bit like you’re going through life on autopilot with minimal real thinking throughout your day. It could be time to challenge yourself. Challenge is by definition something that is difficult. But the truth is, it is when we challenge ourselves, that we grow.  Why Seek Out Challenge? When you push yourself past your comfort zone and into an area of growth, each new challenge is an opportunity...