A loving relationship can be an oasis in uncertain times, but nurturing it requires attention, honesty, openness, vulnerability, and gratitude.
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Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP
The pandemic has brought new meaning to "long-distance relationships." Explore some of the benefits and challenges of when a close relationship takes place more online than in person.
When the demands of a complicated September threaten to overwhelm you, tend to maintenance, mastery, and social relationships.
Yoga and its emphasis on breathing brought me comfort, insight, and power. A clinical trial comparing three wellness programs for students and a new book support my discovery.
When a sudden event disrupts your future, your nervous system automatically responds. Tools can help you restore balance and promote your well-being so you can respond optimally.
When life issues invitations or makes demands, we can choose our own response. Ambient and discretionary stimuli can direct, inspire, or engage our imagination, influencing action.
Our internal states, whether or not we are conscious of them, often determine our behavior, undermining our best intentions or surprising us by our own inclinations or actions.
Have you ever felt stuck on a treadmill in pursuit of life "success"? Try looking at the value of your efforts from an alternate point of view.
Changes in our political, climate, technological, and medical landscapes can converge to interfere with a person's best intentions. When outrageously frustrated, try these tips.
With over 38 million U.S. jobs lost, today's adults face unique challenges. At least seven sets of skills—four traditional and three personal—can be helpful in pursuing work.
The wisdom of "social distancing" during a pandemic urges couples to find ways of expressing love that go beyond physical closeness. Here are principles for rethinking intimacy.
Books from three different genres—fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction—address challenges women can face at mid-life and beyond and ways they can cope with them.
The COVID-19 pandemic offers coping challenges across our experience. Here are resources for entertainment, learning about unrelated topics, and reliable coronavirus information.
Unknowns surround the new coronavirus, amplifying pandemic-related stress. Shifting perceptions of time can help us cope with the resulting anxiety, anger, fear, or grief.
Poor coping can hurt individuals and damage relationships: Addiction, panic buying and hoarding, risk-taking, avoidance, aggression, blame, and emotional contagion are illustrations.
The kind of stress we experience and its impact depends on a person's unique history, temperament, and context, as well as the groups they belong to and the universal human condition.
The coronovirus pandemic is a source of disaster-related-stress for people around the globe. Adjusting your perspective and priorities can help. Here are resources to help.
Why do we visit museums? What impact can art have on our experience? How can we regulate our emotions so that the interest created by novelty does not evolve into exhaustion?
My strongest needs, desires, wants, and other yearnings gradually became conscious. Now the part of me they come from and the responsible, patient, directing adult I am are one.
Do you struggle with decisions, searching for some external standard to help you make a choice? Does fear of commitment fuel your distress?
Update your rituals so they stay meaningful. In an inspiring story, Jill Le Grand and her daughter updated their Christmas tree to support their beliefs. Unexpected joy resulted.
In a challenge, a mother was calm, problem-focused, and flexible, modeled morality, and intuitively understood the importance of discipline.
Interviews with mature adults and professional researchers in newspapers, magazine articles, and refereed journals show that attitudes toward sex in later life are expanding.
Do you struggle when giving gifts? Here are seven reasons why, plus three strategies to assure your gift will be treasured.
The popularity of giant teddy bears in Paris may be explained by qualities of the man who brought them to his neighborhood, traits of the bears, and our relationships with them.
Smells have powerful effects on feelings and potentially behavior. When the impact is negative, we can use imagery techniques to broaden our reactions.
Do you listen to your body, or do you rely on numbers from external measures to guide your life?
Often we pursue rewards that the world can give us like fame, fortune, status, or admiration. Other times we act to satisfy needs that lie solely within us. Learn to choose.
Try these strategies to brighten your September: Finish unfinished business, retrain your temperament muscles, respect your circadian rhythms, and celebrate your achievements.
When you have trouble shifting gears, identify sources of your difficulties. Tools grounded in learning theory can help you confront your maladaptive habits and change them.
Make your travel, especially vacations, more rewarding by appreciating ways in which your own and your companion's style (and temperament) affect experiences and your relationship.
Roni Beth Tower, PhD, a retired clinical, research and academic psychologist, earned a BA from Barnard (Religion), her PhD from Yale, and did postdoctoral work in epidemiology and public health at Yale Medical School.