This is an unprecedented time, which makes it easy to feel completely lost. Here are several tips on how to ground yourself and be intentional about your mental health during this crazy-making time!

  • Control what you can. Care for yourself and your community by washing your hands, practicing social distancing, and staying home if you’re sick.

  • Move your body. This is vital for coping with stress...

February 8, 2019

Scraping the car. Shoveling the walk. Bracing against the wind that is so cold it hurts your face. Trudging through the feet of snow. Closely watching the weather to see if your drive/flight will be delayed. Feeling trapped inside and wondering if it will ever end.

If this sounds familiar, you probably live in a place that has seasons - including winter. Winter can be really demoralizing for a lot of p...

Sometimes we feel out of control. We may be overwhelmed by a sense of terror or feel like we’re going to die as we struggle to breathe (such as with a panic attack). We may be reliving a horrific past experience as if it’s happening again right now, complete with the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations from that moment (such as with a flashback). We may be feeling extremely agitated or extremely nu...

We are absorbing stress into our bodies all the time. So I always say, “Stress in, stress out”. It’s a simple reminder to ask yourself: “I am taking stress into me. How am I getting it out of me?” If you’re unsure of the answer, chances are you’re not being intentional about relieving your stress. Unfortunately, that stress isn’t going to leave your body unless you do something about it.

Dr. Emily Nago...

November 17, 2017

Believe it or not, the holidays are here. Here are a few tips to help you survive this crazy time!

1. Care for yourself. Unfortunately it seems the busier we are, the harder it is to make time for self-care. Yet, the times when we're busy and stressed are the times we need self-care the most. Often we are going 100 miles an hour during the holiday season and we end up just kind of crashing into our hol...

September 2, 2017

What if you only spoke Mandarin, and your partner only spoke Spanish? How difficult would it be to communicate, let alone build a robust, lasting relationship?

When someone speaks to us in a language that is not our own, it is lost on us. No matter how loudly the person speaks or how badly we want to understand, we don’t have a clue what they’re saying! It means nothing to us. Unfortunately, something...

A few months ago I was interviewed by Stacey the Babymaker, an herbalist and naturopath who works with couples to create an individualized, natural fertility program to help couples conceive.

Wondering how infertility can negatively impact a romantic partnership and what couples can do about it? Have a listen!      

We’ve all done it. We said something we shouldn’t have; we didn’t say something when we should have. We broke our partner’s trust or did something we knew would upset them. Luckily, these mistakes don’t have to mean the end of a relationship. Here are six components of a meaningful apology.

1. I hear your pain.

The injuring partner should allow space for their partner to speak openly about their pain. F...

October 18, 2016

Back in April I was interviewed on the She Finds Truth Podcast - a faith based podcast about real life. Angela and I discuss how to be a friend to those who are suffering - and what to avoid.

Have a listen!

Infertility can wreak havoc on a relationship. Trying to get pregnant may begin as an exciting journey to bring a new life into the world together, but it can quickly become a steep climb filled with painful procedures, blame, shame, difficult decisions, and financial burdens. At some point you may look over and no longer recognize your climbing partner.

Here are 3 tips for maintaining your relationshi...

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