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How to bolster emotional wellness and build better relationships
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on March 29, 2021
Two-thirds of children feel burdened by the pandemic. Providing space for them to reflect improves coping skills and helps them feel supported. Here are some sample questions.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on January 10, 2021
As the pandemic wears on and the vaccine rollout feels agonizingly slow, people are struggling with hope. These science-backed strategies can help improve your mindset and mood.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on December 15, 2020
There's a reason we don't feel like doing self-care right now. The good news is there's a way to fake it, and it works.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on December 9, 2020
Daily micro-connections bond parents and kids, not grand gestures. With the stress of pandemic lockdowns, tiny bursts of bonding are needed more than ever.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on November 20, 2020
Amid the pandemic, kids are craving interaction and attention. Unfortunately, their "bids" to connect are sometimes seen as whining, viewed as behavior problems, or ignored.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on September 17, 2020
Parental burnout may be widespread during the pandemic, but it has the potential to seriously harm kids' development. Here's what helps.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on August 19, 2020
Screen time can be a drag and even make kids depressed. Parents can bring joy to their days through breaks (boosts) like these.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on July 15, 2020
Pre- and postpartum women stopped exercising during the pandemic, but this powerful practice has a strong association with decreased anxiety and depression.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on July 9, 2020
Has your anxiety spiked during the pandemic? These evidence-based tools can help.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on July 7, 2020
When kids don't get enough sleep, it can be harder for them to manage their emotions.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on April 14, 2020
Research has illustrated clear steps toward family happiness. Here are some we can take during COVID-19 restrictions.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on April 9, 2020
Ever notice the mood among family members turning angry, anxious, conflictual, or stressed? Science suggests there's a surprisingly simple way to help shift it.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on April 6, 2020
These evidence-based steps prevent couples from experiencing detrimental conflicts, taking their difficult feelings out on each other, or drifting apart during the pandemic.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on April 3, 2020
During the coronavirus pandemic, we may feel angry while grieving. We need to be mindful of when we direct it at people or situations with a force that may not be warranted.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on March 29, 2020
We’re all stressed and sad due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some ways the evidence-based strategy of "behavioral activation" can prevent us from becoming depressed.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on March 22, 2020
Facilitating specific activities to "boost" of each of the feel-good chemicals can help you and your family can stay well during this difficult time.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on March 21, 2020
Kids' sadness about COVID-19 may not look like sadness and may even be mistaken for "naughtiness." Children's sadness is often covered by anger, numbness, or resistance.
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on December 27, 2019
We know from research how important it is to bond with young children, but what should we be doing every day to achieve this?
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on December 26, 2019
Have you ever been at a loss as to what to say to a terminally ill relative? This strategy can actually help.
Is your spouse grieving? Try these 7 science-backed steps to intentionally show your support.