Relationships and Mental Health

What to Do When you Can’t Escape a Toxic Living Situation

Are you trapped in a toxic situation? If you are, this article is for you. Conventional wisdom tells us to cut troublesome people from our lives, even (in some cases *especially*) if they’re family. And that’s pretty solid advice. If someone is abusing you emotionally or physically, the correct answer is to get away from …

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Relationship Rehab Series Part 3: Rebuild The Connection

**The Relationship Rehab Series focuses on the intersection between mental health and intimate relationships. Specifically we look at ways to optimize your love life through psychologically proven practices.** Check out Part 1: Starting the Conversation here: https://mysoulbalm.blog/2020/04/07/relationship-rehab-series-part-1-starting-the-conversation/ Check out Part 2: Fighting Fair here: https://mysoulbalm.blog/2020/04/10/relationship-rehab-series-part-2-fighting-fair/ Fix the Roof When The Sun Is Shining There’s an old …

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Relationship Rehab Series Part 2: Fighting Fair

**The Relationship Rehab Series focuses on the intersection between mental health and intimate relationships. Specifically we look at ways to optimize your love life through psychologically proven practices.** Check out Part 1: Starting the Conversation here: https://mysoulbalm.blog/2020/04/07/relationship-rehab-series-part-1-starting-the-conversation/ Fighting Fair in Relationships Today you’re going to learn how to fight with your spouse! Why? Because conflict …

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What to Do If Your Friend Is Contemplating Suicide

TW: Suicide Suicide is a tough topic to talk about so don’t go forward in this article if you feel triggered. ***Please note, this article is not a substitute for emergency mental health care, these are simply best practices. When in doubt about what to do always, always consult a mental health professional!!!*** What to …

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The Green Flag Test: How to Spot a Potentially Toxic Relationship

“I’ll be damned if I ever let someone hurt me like this again.” Those were the words of resolve as I drove away from my abuser’s house for the very last time. It took me four long, painful years to get to this point but I was finally free. I didn’t date for a long …

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Relationship Rehab Series Part 1: Starting the Conversation

**The Relationship Rehab Series focuses on the intersection between mental health and intimate relationships. Specifically we look at ways to optimize your love life through psychologically proven practices.** Good relationships are key to great mental health. Why? In their paper Intimate Relationships and Psychopathology, researchers Mark Whisman and Donald Baum find that “relationship discord is …

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Jakob’s Family: The Psychology of Generational Trauma

The Psychology of Generational Trauma: Did you know trauma can time-travel? Yep, that’s right. Studies suggest the effect of a traumatic event can be passed down like an heirloom generation to generation. It’s called trans-generational trauma and it’s handed down through parenting styles, cultural practices and maybe even genes. What is Generational Trauma? Generational trauma …

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Relationship Tech: Ten Apps Giving Our Marriage New life in 2020

Love in the 21st century is a tricky thing – we’ve got so much out there to disconnect us from the ones we love, especially those little handheld distraction machines we know as smart phones. But what if those same devices can also bring you together? In our relationship, my husband and I have found …

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Do’s and Don’ts of Couples Counseling

Couples counseling is for everyone. I’ll say it again for the people in the back: COUPLES COUNSELING IS FOR EVERYONE!!! Whether your relationship is on the rocks, you’re a newlywed, or you’re just looking to maintain your awesome partnership, couples therapy is an valuable tool to have at your disposal! Why is Couples Counseling so …

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