Why relaxing is so much work.
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F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.
Relationships affect our happiness and trust is basic to relationships. But trust is complicated. How do you choose who to trust?
Feeling anxious, irritable, and unhappy? Research shows that self-soothing can improve your mood and your functioning at home and at work.
Mistakes are part of life. Research explains why it's important to acknowledge them. Seven rules tell you how.
We are born with an innate curiosity. This inborn desire to learn can help in times of uncertainty and doubt.
Even before the pandemic, loneliness had become a growing concern around the world. Researchers tell us that wisdom can help fight it.
Relationship troubles? Surprising techniques from business can help solve difficulties in your personal relationships.
Whether it’s exercise or writing or studying or even calling a friend, it seems harder than ever to get going during this pandemic.
COVID-19 has created an epidemic of sleeplessness. Here are 7 ideas from sleep experts to help you deal with wakeful nights.
A sleep specialist confirms what you probably already know: "With COVID-19, we recognize that there is now an epidemic of sleep problems."
More couples may be having affairs during the pandemic. What does it mean? And what should we do to protect our own relationships?
For many, the holiday season this year is looking bleak and sad, even though vaccines for COVID will likely be available fairly soon. Why are we having such a hard time?
With the pandemic spiking and couples together 24/7, tensions are rising and relationships are shaky.
The weather and the pandemic may fuel depression this winter. Here's what you can do to prepare.
How do you date during the pandemic? What about sex and intimacy? Here's what the experts say.
To organize or not to organize? Research shows that there are complicated benefits—and problems—with both behaviors.
Are you daydreaming your way through the pandemic? These daytime dreams can be more productive than you think.
Two important ideas can help you negotiate problematic behaviors.
Is COVID-19 damaging your relationship? Are you arguing more? Is your sex life diminished—or non-existent? A small shift can make a big difference.
Chronic stress can lead to anger, irritability as well as feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Here are eight ways to de-stress for improved mental and physical health.
Having a hard time making decisions during the pandemic? A few small changes can make a big difference.
Although emotional splitting is often seen in borderline personality disorders, it's present in plenty of other situations. Here are three ways to respond.
Feeling unstable, or out of balance, can be both a symptom and result of stress, leading to emotional and physical symptoms.
Change is part of life, but most of us fear it almost, and sometimes more, than we welcome it. What are you afraid of?
“It takes me until about 4 p.m. to actually get work done. Often I wind up stuck mid-thought on the staircase trying to recall what I was about to do."
Is COVID-19 making you angry? What should you do? (Hint: The answer isn't to express it!)
Research explains why working from home can make you feel down and anxious—even if it's your choice.
Tensions are escalating as the corona virus lingers. Selfish behavior is just one of the ways we are dealing. What can you do when someone's selfishness impinges on you?
Phrases like “this isn’t how it’s supposed to be” capture the sense of loss and uncertainty of the pandemic. Here's another way to think about it.
“I know I’m not supposed to ask about your personal life,” said Judy, who had been in therapy with me for awhile before COVID-19. “But I’m worried about how you're doing."
Research tells us that exercise is a way of dealing with stress. Here are five ways to get motivated when you can't make yourself exercise at home.
F. Diane Barth, L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist, teacher, and author in private practice in New York City.