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There is a very big difference between being bossy and assertive. Being assertive is a very big part of healthy communication and healthy communication is necessarily for building strong relationships and keeping stress at bay. Life is stressful enough with things we cannot control so it is wise to learn to manage well those that we can. Communication is one of them.

"When negative thoughts seem like broken records in our minds, there are ways to turn them into positive thoughts by using healthy mantras."

This is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skill that I have found to be useful for temporarily tolerating painful, stressful events and emotions. The idea is when you can’t make things better right away, you can distract temporarily yourself so it doesn’t overwhelm your entire system and sense of self.

"Being overly critical of yourself leads directly to low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. Learn ways to stop being overly critical of yourself. Read this."

Seth's Blog: The choice

Parents' Day Wishes

Let it go! when you get really angry and you want to insult people.. breathe in then let it go

Why Validation is So Important

When we talk about SwanWaters, we often explain it as a place of support and validation. In fact, it is even included in our mission statement! #AbuseRecovery

Calming Conversation Guide

The calming conversation -what a healthy relationship looks like. A great tool to use when you are feeling upset or angry and are struggling to talk through an issue! <3 Theresa!