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Jennifer Christian, M.A., LPC

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Self-Compassion Fuels Kindness

I am excited to do something a little different this week. Kim Fredrickson, counselor and author of the book, Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend, graciously contributed a guest post as part of the conversation going on in the Kindness Community, A Word Imagined. Her…
A Word Imagined

A Word Imagined

by Jennifer Christian, LPC and Dr. Jeff M. Christian Words of hate tear at the fabric of our society; words of kindness mend. Imagine. Imagine life without unkind words. Imagine comments sections on your favorite website that only allow constructive criticism, words meant to further the conversation rather than out-shout those…
Upside of Stress

The Upside of Stress

In Kelly McGonigal's latest book,"The Upside of Stress," she explores how things that create meaning and happiness in our lives also create stress. When we learn to change our relationship with stress, we build in possibilities for meaning and happiness. In the following video, McGonigal recommends practical ways to shift our perspective on stress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axYicNRo8j4 Take some time to journal,…
Gratitude

Gratitude Is Healing

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it would be a nice time to focus on the healing benefits of a gratitude practice. I experienced an impact when my husband and I decided to start an active gratitude practice about five years ago. Over time we noticed subtle changes in…
Stressed

Creating Balance to Deal with Stress

[caption id="attachment_1118" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Photo by Mike Wilson[/caption] I hear more and more people talking about stress. Increased feelings of stress. I hear it on Facebook, emails from friends and family, even in everyday conversations. I spoke recently on the topic of self-compassion and stress-management at a major corporation in…
Emotional Freedom Tapping

Emotional Freedom Tapping

Emotional Freedom Tapping, or EFT, is very easy to learn, and will help you: Alleviate Negative Emotions Reduce Food Cravings Reduce or Eliminate Pain And Implement Positive Goals Emotional Freedom Tapping, or EFT, is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture. Simply tapping…
Shame Resilience

Shame Resilience

Shame is an intensely painful experience that impacts our sense of self and our relationships. Shame is the experience that there is something deeply wrong with me and there is no way to fix it. When triggered, we feel exposed and experience painful emotional and physical symptoms: Increased body temperature - a…
What Makes Relationships Work

What Makes Relationships Work?

I have noticed there seems to be way too much advice about relationships. If you struggle in your relationship, the conflicting opinions can feel frustrating and overwhelming. John Gottman's recent article, "Debunking 12 Myths About Relationships," is a helpful resource in sorting through advice that is actually helpful from the advice that causes harm.…
HeartMob

HeartMob Resource for Online Harassment and Abuse

HeartMob provides support for those targeted by online abuse. HeartMob connects people so that they can support and encourage those suffering from online attacks. If you or someone you know is experiencing online harassment, you do not have to face online harassment alone. Invite your friends, family, or other Heartmobbers to help you…

The 3 Phases of Love

I often walk alongside couples struggling to understand what happened to the love they shared early on in their relationship. I find it comforting to know that all couples go through times of disorientation and that moving through this experience together can actually foster deeper love. Michael Fulfiler's article "The 3 Phases of Love,"…