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Best of Our Blogs: May 10, 2019

It’s that time of year again when greeting cards with messages like, “Mother, my first friend,” makes us feel guilt, resentment, grief and regret.

Our mothers could be alive or gone. Our relationship toxic or healthy. Regardless, it’s complicated.

Mother’s Day exposes it to the light because the desire for a perfect relationship is strong. Even if we get it right at one stage, the dynamic keeps changing from childhood to adulthood and even older adulthood. At some point, we need to shift our expectations, learn to communicate better, and accept the mother we had or have.

While I have no answers here, I can offer you an alternative. You can honor and celebrate your mother as everyone else will be doing on Sunday. But you can also honor yourself for the mother you never got, but wished for. You can find things about your own mother that you can be grateful for. You can mother yourself. The point is that you are an adult with choices about how you want to spend the day and your life.

Happy Mother’s Day and whatever that means to you!

Religious Abuse and the “Duggar Effect”
(Narcissism Meets Normalcy) – When someone is in a cult, they tend to divide into these two groups. Which camp are you in?

CBD Will Replace Mindfulness
(Getting Older With Bipolar) – Is CBD the next magic pill? Maybe we shouldn’t give up on meditation yet.

The Many Faces of Anxiety
(Relationships in Balance) – You know what anxiety is, but did you know there are different types. This post goes into the many ways anxiety can show up in your life.

5 Steps to Shutting Down Your Mother’s Critical Voice Playing in Your Head
(Knotted) – Your mother’s words are still hurting you. The next time you’re stuck in a loop of self-criticism, try this instead.

The Secret To A Great Sex Life (Backed By Science)
(Hear Me Out!) – The fire has fizzled, but don’t give up on your relationship yet. Here are practical ways you can jumpstart your sex life from a therapist.

Best of Our Blogs: May 10, 2019

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2019). Best of Our Blogs: May 10, 2019. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 27, 2020, from
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