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1208, 2020

How Mental Illness Affects Sibling Relationships

Mental illness has a deep impact on families, including sibling relationships. NAMI (National Alliance Mental Illness) writes that… “The disruptive force of mental illness is often referred to as family burden. This burden has a subjective component, which consists of the emotional consequences of the illness for other family members, and an objective component, which consists of their everyday problems.  At the core of the subjective burden is a powerful grieving process. Family members may mourn for the relative they have known and loved before the onset of the illness, for the anguish of their family, [...]

508, 2020

5 Strategies to Improve Your Marriage When Facing Mental Illness

5 Strategies to Improve Your Marriage When Facing Mental Illness  1. To fight isolation, choose connection  Connection: Connection isn’t just about a weekly date night. It’s choosing to move toward each other when it would be easier to withdraw or lash out. It’s choosing validation. If you don’t remember how to do that check out the previous video about kids and parents in this series. It’s about being vulnerable with each other and in community.  2. To fight stigma, speak up Speak Up: Don’t let the stigma of mental illness prevent you from reaching out for help. That [...]

2907, 2020

5 Ways Mental Illness Affects Marriage

In my last video we talked how our child’s mental illness affects our relationship with them. So if you missed that video be sure to check it out. Today, I’m excited to be back sharing content after a not being in the studio due to pandemic restrictions, so I decided to get creative and film outside to stay safe and still get you some content. One of the biggest ways that these times have impacted our lives is in our relationships so it’s timely. Author and minister, Gary Thomas writes about marriage saying, “A good marriage [...]

1307, 2020

The Expectation of Perfection

Perfection.  It seems like the societal expectation.   We expect it from the guy that makes our sandwich at Subway.  We expect our children to get straight A’s and never make mistakes as they try to figure out who they are.  Most of all we expect ourselves to be perfect at work, be the perfect spouse, parent, and with all that still have our home look like it walked out of an episode of HGTV.  We lose sleep over each miss-step.  We wonder what people are thinking of us and we look at ourselves in the mirror [...]

2206, 2020

4 Mental Health Tips for a Covid World

I bought a dodo . . . And other things that aren’t true. I received an email today from an unknown source requesting my bank account information so they “can do a bank transfer for the payment of the dodo you purchased.” I didn’t buy a dodo. I didn’t send them my bank account information. I probably won’t get the bird I didn’t purchase. Covid culture is a new and uncertain time for all of us. It has us isolated, stir crazy and reprioritizing what is essential for our lives to continue with some sense of normalcy.  We [...]

1506, 2020

Processing Covid-19 Experiences

When the pandemic hit, our collective worlds came to a screeching halt in ways we are still trying to understand.  University classes and schools were cancelled, sporting events postponed, concerts rescheduled, and so much more.  Then the layoffs came, unwanted furloughs.  A sense of fear and uncertainty washed over our communities, nations, and the entire globe.  A felt sense of disquiet throughout our collective veins. We Are Tired I am reminded of something Brené Brown mentioned in a podcast back in March.  It is okay we don’t know what we are doing. After all, this is the [...]

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