Mental Health, Parenting

The Journey Of A First Generation College Student

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Imagine being clear on the path you want to take but unsure of what direction to go and unsure of what is needed on this journey. Imagine picking up a map to help you navigate this new journey but easily getting overwhelmed with the multiple tasks and possibilities. When you reach out for support from your loved ones, you realize their support may be limited as this is a new journey for them too. When there is lack of support and guidance, the initial feeling of excitement and achievement can quickly be replaced with Anxiety and stress.

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Early Childhood, Mental Health, Prevention

E-Thoughts: Nurturing Healthy Relationships At An Early Age.

As a therapist and a parent, I often think about how to teach children (my own included) to learn as much as they can about their bodies so that they can have a positive sexual health. How do I nurture and strengthen our communication so that if they were ever victims of any type of abuse (emotionally, physically or mentally) they could feel safe enough to Continue reading “E-Thoughts: Nurturing Healthy Relationships At An Early Age.”

Early Childhood, Mental Health, Parenting

Preventing Sibling Rivalry During Early Childhood

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Early childhood relationships such as (parent, sibling, grandparents, etc.) can serve as a template for all future adult relationships. Through these early childhood interactions, a child learns about boundaries, safety, sharing, and the foundations of forming attachments.  These relationship models provide us with learning opportunities. A child may observe their parent’s behavior across several social settings. Through observation and trial and error they may learn how to create and maintain those relationships. Continue reading “Preventing Sibling Rivalry During Early Childhood”

Mental Health, social justice

APATHY: In Mental Illness and Social Issues

Remember when the bagger at the market would ask, “paper or plastic?”  It was a reminder of how a simple conscious choice we could make to benefit the environment. It takes about 1000 years for a plastic bag to degrade; when discarded and burned, toxic gases are emitted onto the atmosphere. Plastic has negative effects not only on the atmosphere, but also on the environment. When we make a conscious choice, we choose not to ignore the effects of our actions and take personal responsibility. Continue reading “APATHY: In Mental Illness and Social Issues”

Mental Health

The Misconceptions Of Being A Feminist

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There is a common misconception that to identify as a feminist you must abandon certain parts of yourself that contradict the stereotypical image of being a feminist. Just the other day I came across a magazine article titled “Can Feminist Wear Makeup?” Focusing on how a feminist should look undermines the thoughts, actions, and most importantly, the histories of feminism. The modern feminist movement as we know it, began in the 1960’s with the struggle to bring women’s rights (including reproductive rights, fair and equitable wages, divorce and child custody laws, etc.) to the forefront of our society and break the cycle of oppression. Continue reading “The Misconceptions Of Being A Feminist”

natural disasters, Self Care

Remembering the Tragedy of Nevado Del Ruiz

It was 1985 when I learned what it meant to feel unsafe. Nevado Del Ruiz, a volcano that is part of the Andes mountain range in Colombia, erupted and triggered a massive mudslide. The ensuing tragedy devastated the town of Armero, Colombia and surrounding areas leaving many homeless, injured and killing over 23,000 people. Continue reading “Remembering the Tragedy of Nevado Del Ruiz”

Grief & Loss

E -Thoughts: Self Care Tips During A Time Of Loss

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Recognize the emotions you are feeling are normal
  • Accept help and support from others
  • Find balance between staying busy and reflecting your loss
  • Brush off comments you may receive that may not be helpful while taking in comforting words
  • Recognize that grief affects all areas such as physical, mental, emotional, and existential
  • Don’t compare your response to the response of others. Your grief process is a unique experience
  • Take small steps towards adapting life to living without your loved one
  • Seek professional help if you have any concerns about your grief response

 

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Grief & Loss

The Grief and Loss Of Immigrant Families 

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Understanding the grief process, its complexities and many layers, within immigrant families is an area that is lacking in research. An immigrant suffers multiple losses in a short period of time including but not limited to their family unit, support system, home, language, and culture. In addition, many immigrants experience trauma during their journey. Continue reading “The Grief and Loss Of Immigrant Families “

Post Partum Depression

A Roller Coaster Of Emotions

 

There are many emotions and different stages when experiencing the birth of a baby. Although there are guidelines and literature of what to expect, it is a journey that looks different for everyone.

This journey may include positive experiences as well as traumatic ones. Once the baby is born, the attachment process can also differ from person to person and is not always an automatic process. Yet most women can relate to the roller coaster of emotions. Continue reading “A Roller Coaster Of Emotions”

Self Care

E-Thoughts: Half Way Home Mark

Utilizing the half way home mark can be very beneficial in separating work and home life.  This can allow you to be present in the moment and mentally separate from any stressors that are occurring in your everyday life.

Tips on how the half way home mark works: Continue reading “E-Thoughts: Half Way Home Mark”