After talking to Jenn Sinrich in an article for Wedding Wire, I got to thinking about the most important things to do before having a baby. Here’s my take.
Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Beau Henderson for Authority Magazine. Beau is a syndicated columnist and radio host, and he is great to talk to. It was truly a pleasure to be a part of this series on improving mental wellness.
Just for my website readers, I’ve included some highlights from this interview. Without further ado, here are my picks for the top 5 things you can do to improve your mental wellness.
Fun Dates for Valentine’s Day Keeping the romance alive is vital for healthy relationships. Valentine’s Day provides a great opportunity to engage in some much needed together time. Need some creative date ideas for the special day? Here are our picks to consider: Rent a cabin in the mountains. Think cuddling up by the fire with a hot beverage or sitting in a hot tub stargazing. No distractions, no city noises, no cell phone service to interrupt the quiet solitude. Drive In Movie When was the last time you packed up the car and headed somewhere to watch a movie outside? Pack up the back of pick up truck with lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks for a double feature. Reading to Each Other If you love the sound of your partner’ voice, what better way to spend an evening than reading each other a favorite poem? It’s time to hit the books. Take a Hike Exploring nature reduces stress and enhances calmness. Walking and being present with the elements releases serotonin and oxytocin, which are the feel-good hormones. The release of these will create a feeling of shared experience and a sense of closeness. Catch a Train Spending time on a train is a relaxing way to travel while taking in the sights and sounds of new scenery. The adventure created together allows for an expanded sense of connected curiosity and wonder. Tried an Escape Room? Partners come together to work on problem solving skills and mutual goals. These puzzles …
Congratulations! You’re in a long term, committed, happy relationship. What’s your secret? People tend to think that the longer the relationship, the easier it gets. You finish each others’ sentences, you know your partner better than you know yourself, your communication is flawless, you have it down! Not quite… With time comes routine, predictability, boredom. The most common question I get from clients in long-term relationships summarizes it perfectly “Between kids, housework, chores and work, how do I keep the flame alive?” Indeed… What about the spice? I answered this exact question in my interview with QSalt Lake Magazine, read the full article on a fine romance, here.
Founder of the Relationship Place, Dana McNeil, was featured on episode #233 of the I Do Podcast the number one Marriage & Dating Podcast on Itunes. In this podcast, she talks about the importance of setting healthy emotional boundaries in your relationship.
In her latest installment of “Ask the Relationship Expert” Dana McNeil, founder of the Relationship Place gives advice about talking with your partner about personal time to recharge, regroup and be more effective in the relationship.
Own Who You Are and What You Want in a Relationship If you really want to be in a serious relationship, why pretend you don’t to appease someone else? It’s okay to make that known. Pretending to be interested in only casually dating or portraying yourself as someone who is willing to hook up without a commitment when that isn’t who you are is not going to serve you in relationships. You send mixed messages to both the new partner and yourself by accepting less than you want. The right person for you will find it refreshing and attractive that you are willing to own who you are, and state your expectations about what you are looking for regardless of whether or not the other person agrees or validates you. If you want to learn the tools about how to ask for your needs in relationships, we can help. Schedule your consultation today! We’re here to help.
Dana was recently interviewed by Sarah Crow for an article in BestLife in which she provided tips to help sustain a healthy marriage. Having made it through the stress of the holidays, the advice provided in this article is timely for those looking to strengthen their relationships moving into the new year. One of the tips in the article was to “tell your partner what you need without being critical.” When one spouse says, “Is there a way you could stop leaving your socks on the floor?” all too often, their partner hears it as a personal slight. Instead, try to make those needs known without criticizing your partner. “If we can find a way to talk about our partner’s behaviors and how those behaviors impact the way we feel, then it is much easier for our partner to hear,” says Dana McNeil, a licensed marriage and family therapist based in San Diego. In doing so, you’re more likely to receive a response that’s rooted in empathy, rather than defensiveness. If you would like to have more tools to help strengthen your relationship, schedule a consultation today. Even if you believe your relationship is great, you can still benefit from a relationship checkup. You can read the full article here.
Dana was recently interviewed by Beau Henderson for an article in Authority Magazine about optimizing wellness after retirement. One big takeaway: Invest Time and Energy into Your Relationships. One of the biggest determinations of successful aging is actively engaging in supportive emotional relationships. Read the whole article here.