Boss Bullies

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer Bullying, as a term, might sound very high school-esque. But, bullies don’t necessarily go away just because you’re an adult. Workplace bullying is a completely real, valid issue that can be detrimental to our mental health and career confidence.  There are few telltale signs of a workplace bully. MostContinue reading “Boss Bullies”

The Art of Setting Boundaries

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer Boundaries are important for an array of reasons–both for keeping negative experiences and negative projections out and keeping emotional energy in.  Wellness culture loves the topic of compassion and empathy. Kindness, compassion, and empathy are incredibly valuable. Where we fall short in this discussion is how to fuel ourselvesContinue reading “The Art of Setting Boundaries”

Attachment Styles: What Your Interactions Might Say About You

Written By Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer The way we’re brought up determines a lot of things about us, including the way we interact with romantic partners. Attachment styles are generally exposed in long-term relationships– “long-term” meaning within familial bonds (i.e. parent/child) or romantic partnerships. Attachment theory, first considered by John Bowlby, began out of hisContinue reading “Attachment Styles: What Your Interactions Might Say About You”

Simone Biles: When Mental Health is Most Important

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer Considering the hype around our Olympics gymnastics team–and Simone Biles in particular–everyone at this point has likely seen Simone withdraw from multiple days of competition. An earth-shattering, vastly public, high-pressure type of withdrawal.  Gymnastics scoring is a whole other system all on its own, with a scoring system that’sContinue reading “Simone Biles: When Mental Health is Most Important”

What’s In a Plan

Having a plan can be really comforting. For many of us a plan provides a sense of security, certainty, and assurance. A lack of a plan can mean fear, uncertainty, confusion, and anxiety. Trusting in someone else’s plan can be just as fear inducing as not having a plan.  Even when that someone else isContinue reading “What’s In a Plan”

I Am Not Interested

Often times we use affirmations and mantras to affirm what we do want in our lives. When helping clients create them, one of my encouragements is to take out any negatives (no, don’t, not, won’t, can’t). But I have also witnessed the power what I will call rebuke decrees. I just made this name up,Continue reading “I Am Not Interested”

Stress makes a mess

I’m not sure the extent to which this dis-ease may have been in my body prior to its full manifestation, but I do know that the year that it fully manifested was a fearful year for me.  And not in an entirely “bad” way.  I led a pretty predictable life for about eight years.  IContinue reading “Stress makes a mess”

National Hygiene Week: Where Mental and Physical Health Collide

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer July 5th–11th, was National Hygiene week! This might feel like an oddly specific week to have a national designation for, and for some, maybe it even feels superficial. But there’s a difference between selling beauty products and caring about hygiene.  First of all, hygiene and access to hygienic productsContinue reading “National Hygiene Week: Where Mental and Physical Health Collide”

July 3rd, Bereavement for Parents Day

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer July 3rd was Bereavement for Parents Day. Unfortunately, the experience of losing a child is more common than one might think and can manifest in different ways at different ages. About 50,000 children die every year (Rogers).  Psychologically, parents who lose children at middle age experience a maximum levelContinue reading “July 3rd, Bereavement for Parents Day”

June 27th, PTSD Awareness Day

Written by Lauren Abrams, Contributing Writer June 27th was PTSD awareness day, and June was PTSD awareness month! PTSD is complicated. Often, we solely associate being traumatized from war, battle, or massive, explosive violence. And it is certainly linked with those things. But it’s easy to forget that one in eleven people will develop PTSDContinue reading “June 27th, PTSD Awareness Day”