Healthy Coping Skills for Dealing With Uncomfortable Emotions

Emotion-Focused and Problem-Focused Strategies   Whether you’ve been dumped by your date or you’ve had a rough day at the office, having healthy coping skills can be key to getting through tough times. Coping skills help you tolerate, minimize, and deal with stressful situations in life. Managing your stress well can help you feel better physically and[…]

How to Cope With the Physical Effects of Grief

Many people mistakenly believe that grief is a single emotion, but normal grief is actually a powerful, multifaceted and often uncontrollable response that human beings experience following a personally painful or traumatic event, such as the death of a loved one. In other words, grief can affect us not only emotionally but also physically, mentally, and even spiritually.  […]

Why Experiencing Joy and Pain in a Group Is So Powerful

Brené Brown explains how to overcome our sense of disconnection and find our common humanity.    Today, our culture is in crisis. Many people have retreated to their ideological bunkers to hate from afar, dehumanizing others rather than risk having real, meaningful conversations across their differences.   How will we find our way back to[…]

Strategies for Discovering How to Forgive

When someone has hurt you, letting go of your anger might be the last thing on your mind. But forgiveness can be quite beneficial. Here are some strategies for forgiving someone so you can move on.   Although forgiveness brings many benefits, particularly to the ‘forgiver,’ to forgive is not always easy. In fact, many people who[…]

When You Run Out of Willpower

You only have so much mental energy and willpower. And if you’re not careful, you’ll experience what psychologists call ego depletion. Here’s how you can reach your goals even when you’re feeling drained.   Think about how you feel after a long, busy day. After running errands, working on projects, and rushing to appointments, do you[…]

Emotional Resilience Is a Trait You Can Develop

The Traits, Benefits and Development of Emotional Resilience   Those with a higher degree of emotional resilience are able to handle the stresses that come with daily life more effectively and calmly. They are also able to manage crises more easily. Fortunately, emotional resilience is a trait that can be developed. In fact, it’s a[…]

Embracing Negative Emotions

How Negative Emotions Affect Us and How to Embrace Them   You may be tempted to avoid or suppress negative emotions such as fear, anger, or frustration. But uncomfortable feelings have a surprising upside. Here’s how you can embrace them.   Anger, frustration, fear, and other “negative emotions” are all part of the human experience. They can[…]

Coping With Emotional Stress

People often fall into unhealthy coping traps like rumination and avoidance coping that only exacerbate the situation. Here are some healthier ways to handle your emotional stress.   Emotional stress can be particularly painful and be challenging to deal with. Part of the reason is that thinking about a solution, or discussing solutions with a good friend — coping behaviors[…]

Increasing Emotional Flexibility

Being able to “go with the flow” isn’t just good for your stress levels. Emotional flexibility can help you to get along well with others and move through life more easily.   Being able to “go with the flow” and be flexible in your thinking is a necessary skill for dealing with life’s inevitable changes.[…]

11 Facts About Smiling

You have probably heard that it takes fewer muscles when smiling than when frowning, so why not smile? Although the exact amount of muscles needed to smile or frown is not quite agreed upon, there are many reasons to smile each day. Here are some reasons to turn that frown upside down as well as[…]