Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spring Clean Your Relationships!

Jump into spring by making a continued committment to carry out your New Year's resolutions.

New content up on the Teens and Tweens page, as well as Intimacy page.

The question to ask yourself is this--is what you have been doing in your relationships up to this point working for you?

At any point, you can always learn new skills to help you have healthier relationships. Your relationships do not need to be cut off, you don't need to break up, you don't need to raise your kids as a single parent, you can reconcile, you can start over after loss, grief, or divorce. To do this--learn new ways to interact with others, care for yourself by putting your needs first, and parent kids so they take the best of what you have and carry it forward into their lives.

Anything is possible--if you take action. Make a plan to learn new things, implement the plan. Tackle your goals instead of just thinking about them. Take responsibility and control of your life.

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The Basic Ways We Change

There are three ways in which we can actively monitor ourselves so that we may change how we interact with our surroundings:

(1) Thoughts (cognitions)
(2) Feelings (emotions)
(3) Actions (behaviors)

When you are in traditional counseling sessions--the counselor uses a variety of theories that typically focus on one of these areas to help you make changes in your life. In the best case scenario the theory that the counselor is using is based on their training background/when they received their masters degree, as well as what the current trend is based upon research on the effectiveness of the theories in actual practice. However, we won't delve too deeply into theories and understanding methodology, because this site is educational and for you to understand more of how you work.

The activities that are posted and linked on this blog are to help give you immediate tools to begin actively reorganizing how you interact with your thoughts, feelings, and actions.

People that are aware that they can use their feelings and thoughts to influence their actions are able to control what happens to them. Novel idea? This is because they recognize that they can influence their outcomes based on identifying the emotions they are feeling, then choosing what thoughts they would like to focus on, and then putting it in to action.

Latest Research on the Impact of Marriage on Family Life

This week check out your skills on how much you know about how marriage impacts family life.

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