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Raising a Confident Daughter in the Age of Instagram

Social media has become a staple in our lives – whether you are young or old. While there are many benefits to this level of connectivity, it has also created more issues than we could have ever imagined. Take Instagram, for example. Today’s youth are faced with images of stereotypical beautiful and alluring women with slender waists, long legs, and the ‘perfect’ figure. So how do young girls compete? The answer is that, as parents and role models, we must learn how to instill confidence and empower these young women to love and value themselves. Raising a confident girl in this Instagram culture isn’t easy and will undoubtedly come with hurdles, but it can be done. You may be asking yourself, “how can I encourage my daughter to be confident in who she is when she is confronted on a daily basis with an unrealistic standard of beauty and perfection?” While we’ve come a long way since the gender-prescribing attitude of the 1950s, there is still work to be done. Movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp have helped change the way we view women – and ourselves – as we work hard to create a more inclusive, positive culture of…

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What You Should Know Before Starting Therapy

Making the decision to start therapy is undoubtedly a big one, but there are also a few things you should keep in mind before your first session. Walking through the door for your first appointment can be difficult and even scary for many people, but we are here to tell you it doesn’t have to be. The very idea of entrusting a complete stranger with some of your innermost thoughts is intimidating, to say the least, but this could easily be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. Many of us have an idea of what we think therapy will be like – which is often based on what we’ve seen in movies and on TV. While these fictitious notions of therapy aren’t too far off, they don’t exactly prepare you for what it will really be like. Therapy is a great way to address a wide range of concerns. Some of the most common reasons for seeking counseling include anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating issues, marital disputes, family problems, anger, work and career concerns, and conflict. For both the therapist and the client, the first session is everything. This is where you will begin to build a relationship and…

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6 Ways To Get Your Relationship Back on Track

It is no secret that relationships are hard work and come with many ups and downs. While it is only natural to go through small rough patches as a couple, if you are experiencing more bad times than good, it may be time to take a step back and reevaluate. In order for a relationship to remain healthy and last forever, patience, love, and respect for one another must be present. If you have found that your relationship just isn’t where you would like it to be, it may be time to talk to someone. Here at Lifeworks, we offer marriage counseling services that aim to help you find the tools to maintain a healthy and strong relationship. We understand that conflicts arise and you may not always see eye-to-eye with your partner, and we are here to help. Unfortunately, people often find themselves in an unhealthy relationship because they do not take the time needed to focus on themselves. We often put everyone else ahead of ourselves, which can lead to a negative cycle. If you and your spouse are struggling right now and aren’t sure how to get back on track, we encourage you to give Lifeworks a…

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5 Signs you may have an eating disorder

In today’s day and age intense dieting and eating disorders are becoming more and more common and are beginning to affect much younger generations. We live in a culture that is obsessed with new diet and fitness trends, and we are constantly surrounded by it and reminded of our figures and how we should be perfecting them. If you have noticed that you have a negative relationship with food, you may be wondering whether you are possibly suffering from an eating disorder. Eating disorders can take over your life, and considering that food is a necessary part of our day-to-day activities, it’s no wonder that living with one can be so life-altering. Although only a professional can make a proper diagnosis, you may want to look out for these prominent signs of having an eating disorder… #1 Constant concern with one’s weight, body, and appearance If you have found yourself constantly thinking about your weight, body, and appearance, this may be an onset symptom of an eating disorder. If you begin feeling conscious about how others are seeing you out in public, or feel paranoid that people are staring or judging you, these are all symptoms of an eating disorder. Pay…

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How to stay sober when life gets rough

Life has ups and downs, that is just how it is. And a lot of time, through life’s stressors and trials, we as humans have a natural tendency to want to find a way to release. We search for ways to vent or distract ourselves, keep ourselves busy, or to try and just forget about our problems. Unfortunately, many people turn to alcohol as an outlet, a way to let go, relax, and try and forget. The problem is when people begin to continuously turn to this behavior to try and relieve stress, it becomes addicting; especially if that person is prone to addiction. Trying to stay sober maybe be proving to be difficult when it is during a rough patch that is lasting longer than usual or a trial that one is facing that turns out to be more difficult than ones they have faced before. Sometimes it feels like there is no way out, and many people attempt to make alcohol the “solution.” The issue with this is that alcohol isn’t a solution, but only a temporary “fix”. It may seem like an impossible task to stay sober during life’s hardships, but it’s important to remember that it…

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How to Deal With Anxiety at Work

If you are an adult in the working world, it is highly likely that you have had to try and learn to cope with the stress that comes alongside many careers, at least at some point in time. Although work stress may be all too normal, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t learn how to properly cope with it or overcome it. If you continue to just let the stress eat away at you, it is likely that this stress can develop into chronic stress, which can develop into long-term anxiety. It is important to note, that whether or not you previously have suffered from anxiety or have begun to develop it, living with anxiety without the necessary tools or motivation to overcome it can be dangerous for your health. When it comes to facing your anxiety, it is important that you do just that, face it. In order to conquer it, you will need to learn to embody a new mindset. So, let’s go over some tips that you can use to practice dealing with anxiety at work… #1 Don’t work against your anxiety Trying to suppress your anxiety can sometimes make it worse and more overwhelming because the…

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How to manage conflict in a positive way?

Relationships in life can be complicated, whether it’s your partner, a family member, a good friend, or a co-worker, etc., it is important to develop the proper tactics to resolve any sort of conflict that may arise in that relationship. In order to be happy, communication skills are important. Communication skills will help you in resolving conflict, whether it is verbal communication or even body language. It is inevitable that we will find ourselves in conflict with other people, so it is important for us to know how to handle it when it arises. It is important to remember that conflict isn’t always a bad thing, sometimes conflicts can be productive in a relationship, and lead to growth; whether that growth is between us and the other person or just within ourselves. Typically, you will find that your conflict is constructive if it results in the following: Solving a problem Seeing things from the other person’s point of view Realizing you are wrong and being able to admit it and fix it Gaining a better understanding of the other person Gaining knowledge on how to better solve other conflicts in the future Developing trust or mutual respect for the other…

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Helping Kids Deal with Bullying

In recent months there has been a lot of media attention regarding bullying and for good reason. Every single day kids are bullied at school, on the bus, and during extracurricular activities. This bullying has gotten out of hand and has led to the tragic deaths of too many kids. And perhaps the biggest problem? Bullying and mean kids aren’t just a middle school problem; the trouble even impacts kids in younger grades today. There have been numerous valiant efforts to bring attention to the epidemic of bullying in our country right now, providing parents and school officials with the tools to spot bullying and stop it before it has a devastating ending. It’s no secret that kids can be brutal, and while many schools have adopted a zero-tolerance policy and even push forward with criminal penalties for some of the roughest bullies, it’s not always enough. As a parent, it is your duty to help your child deal with bullies and give them the tools to stay above this serious issue. It can be difficult for kids to discuss being bullied with their parents, whether out of fear, embarrassment, or shame. This is why you must learn to spot…

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How to Help Your Teen When They’re Stressed

It’s no secret that being a teenager is tough, so how do you know whether your teen is just going through a phase or is stressed out? Many teenagers feel pressure to perform better in school, do well in extracurricular activities, build relationships with friends, and stay connected with loved ones. This can be extremely stressful for teenagers, in large part because they do not have the tools to deal with stress quite yet, which is where you come in. It is important to pay attention to your teen and take note of any changes in behavior or mood. While many teens do not respond to overbearing parents, leaving them to figure it out on their own is also not the answer. We encourage you to try and find a happy medium in order to help your teen deal with his or her stress. Perhaps the biggest source of tension and stress for teens is school, and rightfully so. According to a recent survey conducted by the American Psychology Association (APA), 13 to 17-year-olds today are experiencing higher stress levels than previous generations and higher than the APA considers healthy. Teens often feel pressure to get into a good college…

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My Husband Refuses to Go to Therapy With Me

Marriage counseling can be life-changing, but both partners must be committed in order for it to work. It is not uncommon for one spouse to want to go to counseling while the other one refuses to go or drags their feet. If this sounds all-too familiar, don’t worry – your marriage isn’t doomed just because your husband is refusing to go to therapy with you. There are a lot of reasons why men don’t want to go to counseling, including: They think you don’t need counseling and should be able to work things out behind closed doors They are fearful that the counselor will side with you They don’t want to admit anything is wrong with the marriage They think all of the marital problems you are having are your responsibility, not theirs They don’t want to acknowledge they can’t fix something or don’t know something They’ve never been to counseling before and are embarrassed First and foremost, it is important to understand that being fearful or anxious about going to counseling is completely normal. It can be strange to sit down with a seemingly stranger and immediately start talking about all the intimate details of your marriage – especially…

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