Why relaxing is so much work.
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Navigating the complex world of family relationships.
Sarah Epstein LMFT
Nobody told you grief would be like this.
Listening to feedback can evoke powerful emotions. Here are a few ways that people typically respond.
How to understand and accept abbreviated grief.
Do you often downplay your emotions? Do you compare your life circumstances to others? A tiny mindset shift may have an outsized impact.
Are you chronically low maintenance but ready to advocate for yourself? Start here.
We just want our loved ones to look on the bright side. Unfortunately, that doesn't help.
Are you trying to be "low-maintenance" so that others won't call you needy or crazy? You're not alone.
Friendships between parents and grown kids can be tricky. Here's how to make it easier.
What movies get wrong about therapeutic breakthroughs—and what they are actually like.
2. When you're together, you become an expired version of yourself.
Some relationships should end. But that doesn't mean it won't hurt.
Do parental guilt trips work? Sort of.
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it will also bring you great inner peace.
#3: We worry the feeling will never end.
Are you trying to access gratitude during this crisis and find that it's not working? This might be why.
Does it feel like you're not allowed to grieve? Like your loss isn't big enough or recent enough? Understand how we deligitimize our own experiences and what we should do instead.
Are you tired of trying to "keep up with the Joneses?" Me too. Here's how to bust out of that vicious cycle.
Who do you lean on after a death in the family? Are you burdening those closest to a trauma? Follow this principle to be a considerate mourner.
Many of us fall into the trap of thinking we "should" have accomplished something "by now." Here's why those thoughts hold us back.
When you bring somebody home for the first time, they get the insider's peek into your family. Can you handle what they see?
Do you want your kids to call you more? Here's why they're not picking up the phone.
Part 1: How can families collectively grieve a loss when everybody's pain looks different? A few guidelines go a long way.
Do you make peace between friends? Do you get in the middle of family arguments? Do people vent to you instead of talking to the person they're mad at? This article is for you.
It's not about "bridezillas" or the fight for bigger centerpieces.
Have you ever felt a sense of loss when something great happens to you? Have you ever started a new exciting chapter of life and found yourself grieving for the past? Here's why.
Do you and your partner argue about money? Do their feelings about money seem irrational? You might be missing something important.
Does it ever feel like you're grieving even when nobody has died? Understand the types of loss beyond death that can trigger grief.
Does having divorced parents increase your likelihood of divorce? If so, why? And what can I do to protect my relationship, even if my parents got divorced?
Does your family have secrets?
We're one week into 2019. For many, the irresistible pull of a fresh slate contrasts with the reality that for most, New Year's resolutions end with a gnawing sense of failure.
Sarah Epstein, LMFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist in Philadelphia, PA and the Amazon bestselling author of the book Love in the Time of Medical School.