There’s an unspoken societal expectation that’s gotten crazier as time as gone by. We’re supposed to keep spring cleaned homes and full-time jobs. But we’re also expected to look like we fell from the cover of a magazine, be positive and mindful 100% of the time and yet deal with all “our stuff” so it doesn’t spill out onto our relationships (professional and personal).

I don’t know about you. But to me that will happen…Never.

We’re human beings. We spill milk and cry about it. We overindulge on food and shopping. We sabotage our professional and personal relationships. We stick our foot in the mouth. We’re messy and make tons of embarrassing mistakes. We’re supposed to.

If you feel less than lately, you can blame it on the media, your relatives, your dysfunctional relationships, but you can also focus on turning things around. This week’s posts are a basket of self-compassion and brimming with positivity. Learn how to deal with negative thoughts and learn more about yourself and your relationship(s). Have a great week!

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Healthy Ways to Cope With Negative Thoughts
(Weightless) – Listened to your thoughts lately? If the things you’re telling yourself are more bad than good, you’ll want to read this post. Find out the truth about negative thoughts and what you can do to manage them.

5 Ways You May Change When You Are In A Relationship With An Alcoholic or Addict
(Psychology of Women) – Statistically, there’s a good chance you know someone who is an alcoholic or addict and it’s impacting you. Here are the 5 major ways it’s changed you.

The Missing Treatment Link – Viewing Addiction as Symptomatic of Disordered Intimacy
(Sex & Intimacy in the Digital Age) – What’s the real reason why someone you love is engaging in addictive behaviors? It’s a lot more complicated than you think. Learn here about the relationship between intimacy, addiction and early trauma and get information on treatment.

It’s Never Too Late to Have a Happy Marriage
(Building Relationships Skills) – Most of us know great relationships take work. But what does working on your relationship mean? Read this true story that shows nothing, not even an affair can prevent a happy marriage if you’re willing to put in the work.

Talking With Children About Death
(Sorting Out Your Life) – When a relative or even a pet dies, it’s an opportunity to talk to your children about death. If you’re at a loss for words, read this to find out what you should say.