A loving relationship can be an oasis in uncertain times, but nurturing it requires attention, honesty, openness, vulnerability, and gratitude.
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Connecting and Disconnecting in Modern Life
Andrea Bonior Ph.D.
Differences of opinion about safety precautions for the coronavirus are causing friction in many relationships. Here are ways to manage the conflict.
Just as we protect our bodies from viruses, we need to protect our minds from toxic thought patterns that harm our moods and behavior.
Want to make sure to emerge from this pandemic with your relationship intact? Here are some things to keep in mind.
Research shows that harnessing hope in times that feel stressful or bleak can have important implications for our future health and well-being.
Stress is extremely high right now, and many of us are confined to our homes. Here are some ideas for how to pass the time while calming yourself.
These are extraordinary times, and some of us are struggling with our anxiety. Here are some tips that can help.
I have heard from so many of you over the years who want to change your controlling patterns. Here's a good place to start.
As nights grow longer and days grow colder, this means different attitudes about relationships for some of us.
The onset of winter and the demands of the holiday season can combine to create a significant amount of stress. Here are things to keep in mind that will help you cope.
Sometimes even the effort of self-care can feel like too much. Here are some quick steps to get you in a better mental direction.
As common as the word is, not all "frustration" is created equal. Exploring more about what's really getting to you can be helpful in getting through your feelings.
Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria is a relatively new mental health label that is gaining attention as of late. Here is what we know about it, and how to tell if it's affecting you.
Virtually no one escapes bad news at some point in their life. While it may threaten to knock you over, here are some steps for maintaining your emotional balance.
Many of us have such constant negative self-talk that we don't even realize we're doing it. Here's what three common types of it look like—and how to start to eradicate them.
Apologies are part of life, but some are far more effective than others. Here's what to keep in mind if you are facing one of your own.
In the age of social media, in-person high school and college reunions can bring mixed emotions.
Are you a habitual "yes"-sayer when you would rather be turning down obligations? Here's how to start changing your ways.
The occasional experience of anxiety is normal and can even be adaptive. But it can cause problems when it gets too severe or frequent. Read on for signs that this is happening.
Language doesn't just reflect the way we think; it also can influence it. Here are some common ways that we tend to think in all-or-nothing terms, and how that can be harmful.
One of the most common quandaries I see is whether a relationship is healthy or not. Sometimes, the signs can be subtle. Here's how to start figuring it out.
Trust is a crucial building block of a solid relationship, and yet it doesn't come automatically. It grows with time and effort. Here's how to cultivate it.
This has been a difficult week for many sexual assault survivors. Here are some ways to support yourself during these intense times.
In these days of constant busy-ness, it’s hard to prioritize keeping your friendships strong. Sometimes it can be easier than you think.
Why do people stay in relationships that aren't good for them? The answers can be maddeningly simple — but fixable.
With summer upon us, vacation is on the mind. Whether you are going far or just taking a bit of time off, here are some ways to make it count.
Long-distance relationships are common, yet many people know just how difficult they can be. Here are some ways to maximize the chances yours will last.
Your workplace may say all the right things about encouraging wellness. But underneath it all, is it totally sick?
The science is beginning to show that purpose — not pure happiness — is what helps our well-being. Here's how to begin the search for yours.
Are you stagnating in a "just okay" relationship? Here are some signs that it's worse than you may think.
In infidelity's aftermath, you may feel like your world has been shattered. As you take a breath, here are some steps to help you cope and find a path forward.
Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and speaker on the faculty of Georgetown University. She is the author of Detox Your Thoughts: Quit Negative Self-Talk for Good and Discover the Life You've Always Wanted.