3 Simple Actions to Help You Overcome the Pain of Divorce

When you feel overwhelmed thinking about the pain of divorce, it can be unbearable.

During this very stressful time it is normal to feel animosity toward your ex, the heartbreak of betrayal, anger of disappointment, fear for your financial future, and concern about your children. These thoughts can trigger physical and emotional pain. You may experience headaches, abdominal pain, digestive upset, and sleeplessness. Your thoughts have power over your body because they activate your hormones.

If you are suffering from the pain of divorce, consult with a physician. If you feel your pain is predominantly emotional seek the help of a professional therapist to help you navigate your feelings and supervise your health. In addition, implement the following things to help you move past your pain.

1. First things first: Learn Who YOU are and expand your Self awareness

Your thoughts ultimately manifest into the relationships and  successes and failures that you experience in your...

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6 Tips on How to Heal from Separation and Divorce

At the Relationship Help Resort in Arizona we are dedicated to doing all we can to save and heal relationships, but what if you have already separated or divorced? Then what?

A broken heart is similar to a physical wound on your body such as a broken ankle or a serious burn. You would not consider not treating a serious physical wound, because you realize that the wounds could get infected, not heal properly and lead to future health problems. But a broken heart is a very serious wound as well that has emotional, physical and psychological ramifications if not tended to well. But most of us do not know what we should do to help ourselves in the healing process during and after a relationship crisis? Let’s look at six simple steps that can help you heal and grow stronger for your future.

1. Access Where/WHO You Are
To start the process of healing, it is wise to begin with understanding where you are emotionally and psychologically. This is no simple task. ...
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Relationship Help - What Choice Do I Have?

Thinking positively, like love, is a choice. It is not a feeling. You don’t think positively because you feel positive, you think positively because you choose to think positively, just as you choose to behave in a loving way, even when you don’t FEEL like it. Thinking positively is a consciously chosen mental attitude that expects good and favorable outcomes, and with those expectations, comes inner peace, success, improved relationships, better health, happiness and satisfaction. 

When we face disappointing situations and challenges which are inherent in all relationships, we have a choice about how we will choose to interpret them. There are basically two ways to interpret experiences. We can tell ourselves stories about whatever the situation might be that will generate negative thoughts and feelings, or we can frame the experience of a situation so that it generates positive thoughts and feelings. 

Why do some people choose to interpret their situations...

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Do Your Stressed Out Relationship Thoughts Affect Your Health?

There is exciting new research that tells us that your thoughts also affect your health? Well, exciting if you are not consumed with stressed out relationship thoughts that could actually make you sick.

According to Dr. Herber Benson, M.D., a professor at Harvard Medical School and co-senior author of the Plos ONE report, “The mind can actively turn on and turn off genes.”

Scientists have long known that there are particular genes that predispose a person to specific diseases and health disorders–but that merely carrying a breast-cancer gene, for example, does not guarantee the onset of that condition. Genes can be turned on or off by various factors, which means they may or may not express the instructions carried by the DNA. (I love this stuff!)

Towia Libermann, Ph. D., director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Genomics Center and the report’s co-senior author, adds, “This is the first comprehensive study of how the...

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Relationship Help - What Helps and Hinders Forgiveness?

Recent research has found that empathy, attributions and appraisal, and rumination all play significant roles in one's ability to forgive.

Empathy for the Transgressor

Empathy has been defined as an intellectual identification with another’s life, whether it be an emotional state or a set of circumstances. Empathy allows someone to feel compassion, tenderness and sympathy for another. In several studies (McCullough et al., 1997, 1998; Worthington et al., 2000), people’s ability to forgive was highly correlated with the empathy the person felt for their transgressor.

When transgressors apologize, they express degrees of fallibility and vulnerability, which might cause their victims to feel empathetic, which helps them forgive. Indeed, empathy for the transgressor is the only psychological variable that has, to date, been shown to facilitate forgiveness when induced experimentally (McCullough, et al., 1997, Worthington et al., 2000).

Generous Attributions and Appraisals


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Logical Limitations versus Living Your Relationship Dreams

“If God had meant man to fly, he would have given him wings.”
-Bishop Milton Wright 

Bishop Milton Wright, the founder of Huntingdon College in Huntingdon, Indiana, in the quote above, pointed out in a sermon he delivered in 1890 what he believed to be a self-evident truth. Self-evident truths are usually logical and practical.

Some people though, are not good at accepting limiting, and supposedly self-evident truths. There are those who prefer to do the impossible, like two of Bishop Wright’s sons, who thirteen years later built and flew the first successful, man powered, heavier-than-air flying machine. You have heard of them, their names were Wilbur and Orville.

It is difficult to go against the current and say “NO, I don't believe in limitations.” and “YES, I will believe in the dreams that fill my heart.”    I am not saying that simply believing is enough, especially when it comes to relationships. Why? Because...

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Relationship Help - Dreams of Change

Experts say it takes at least 30 days to develop a new habit. In my experience, it takes longer. Change is not easy. What is easy are acting out habits that no longer serve us, but at least we don't have to think about them, they are automatic. Most relationships are on auto-pilot. They have lost a great deal of conscious choice. They creep along doing the same things that don't work, until the relationship no longer works. 

This is not what people say they want. They say they want something better, a way of relating and connecting that feels good, interesting and not stagnant. And yet, they keep doing those things, behaving in those ways that do not bring hope and feelings of connection, but instead, only serve to push two people further away from one another. So why does this happen? 

It happens because healthy, happy relationships not only require commitment, patience, dedication, and internal fortitude, they require a great desire to care for their...

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15 Signs that You Need Relationship Help Now!

It’s crazy how we have a tendency to put off the very things that can take us in a better direction and bring us the most relief. We can spend years minimizing issues, or even in outright denial.

What are we waiting for? Something “really bad” to happen? At that point, unfortunately, it may be too late. Besides, what is worse than living in an unhappy and disconnected relationship? Isn’t that bad enough to make the choice to do something about your relationship?

Here are 15 signs that you and your partner need Relationship Help now:

  1. You’d rather be on Facebook or your phone for hours than talk to your spouse. 

  2. You never or rarely have sex. You feel like "just roommates" or business partners.

  3. You are losing the romance. You haven't had date night in 3 months.

  4. You rarely feel completely listened to, heard or understood.

  5. You don’t feel like your partner supports and cares about you anymore.

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Relationship Help - FREE Relationship Advice – How much is it worth?

Have you ever asked yourself, “How valuable is FREE advice?” I have. Especially FREE relationship advice. There is a boatload of that 'stuff' available, but most of it is worth the price you actually don't pay for it. 

There are two reasons why FREE advice, especially relationship advice, might not have the value you want or need.

The first is that you might find as you go through life is that those who give advice most freely are precisely the people who are least qualified to do so.

It has been my experience that busy, successful people don’t have time to tell you how to live your life, or live your dreams. They don't have time to get dragged into your relationship drama. They are busy living and loving. Their lives are full. 

Frustrated or mediocre people seem to have all the time in the world to stick their noses in your relationship woes. They have given up working on the dreams and goals they had for themselves and now, they...

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Relationship Help - Guilt versus Shame

Regret calls us to look at a previous behavior or choice. A physician named Craig Bowron states that regret can affect a person growth negatively, positively, and guess what? We choose how regret will affect us by the emotion we use to translate our regrets.  

When we look back we determine how we will think about, relate to, and make sense of and then use this thing called regret, there are two emotions that although many people think about them as interchangeable, from a psychological perspective, they actually refer to different experiences. These two emotions are guilt and shame. 

The same action may give rise to feelings of both guilt and shame, where shame reflects how we feel about ourselves and the guilt involves an awareness that our actions have injured someone else.

In everyday language people tend to use these two words more or less interchangeably; as a therapist, the distinction I'm trying to clarify is important and useful. Many people...

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