Stressful Situations In Marriage You Need To Be Prepared For

“A good marriage thrives on the open exchange of emotion, desires, and beliefs. In fact, communication is one of the most important aspects of a satisfying marriage.” — Erika Krull, MSEd, LMHP

 

Marriage is a big step in life for two individuals because it is a significant commitment they would have to live by for the rest of their lives. However, no matter how bonded two hearts are, it’s inevitable that stressful situations will still arise to make or break a couple.

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Since all relationships have their good times and bad times, it’s all heightened when the pair gets married. The wise thing to do is to prepare, so these “stressful situations” could turn into a mere obstacle that is easy to overcome.

 

Don’t be easily shaken. Problems are completely normal. Just take time to stop and enjoy life, your surroundings, and all the experiences that unfold. Don’t let problems take too much toll on your body or mental health.

 

If you are planning to get or are currently married, here is a list of stressful situations that you need to be prepared for:

 

  • Jealousy In Career

A married couple is still two individuals on two different paths. If your wife or husband is succeeding in his or her work, as the partner, you might have feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, and jealousy. As much as you want to have the same pace in progressing towards both of your career goals, it rarely happens in real life. So what’s the next best thing to do? Be there for each other, and be each other’s inspiration and motivation to be the very best version of yourselves!

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  • Financial Struggles

Sadly, a lot of couples break up and get divorced because of financial struggles. By having varying views and lifestyles, it might take a while to compromise and agree on a “proper expenditure.” Money getting in the way is always the ugliest. Spend money wisely together, and have fun together.

 

  • Sexual Needs

The honeymoon phase of marriage goes on for several months and possibly lasting as long as two years. Here’s when all the sexual activities happen ever so frequently! As time pass by, the sex becomes “less desirable,” or not enough for your liking. Keep the resentment or feelings of being “unloved” out of the picture. Be sensitive to your partner’s needs, and compromise when you can.

 

  • Family Planning

There’s a considerable figure on the number of married couples everywhere in the world. In fact, there are roughly 4 million married couples in the United States, but they still don’t have any children. Sometimes, the husband or wife may want to hold off having kids for a while to enjoy their time together.

 

“Life is unpredictable, and denial helps us cope and focus on what we must in order to survive. On the other hand, denial harms us when it causes us to ignore problems for which there are solutions or deny feelings and needs that if dealt with would enhance our lives.” — Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT

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One may be focused too much on building the career or managing the business and the other may just be hesitant to start the parenting journey. But a married couple needs to work things out when it comes to family planning. It is a very sensitive topic. All the more if there are issues of infertility among the two.

 

  • Parenting

Let’s say you agreed on starting your own family, and you did it. What now? They say parenting is a much bigger, and tougher challenge that anyone can face. They say it because it’s true. Imagine having a little boy you need to carry around the whole day while working? Or changing diapers in the middle of the night? The list goes on and on. But the bottom line is, it’s going to be the scariest (but rewarding) phase of your life. 

 

  • Nosy In-Laws

You can never really merge two families entirely without having any problems. There will be a mess, as you try to create healthy boundaries and dynamics with your in-laws. If you are all living together in the same house, you might want to put in a little more effort.

 

“Couples counseling is different than family therapy or individual psychotherapy. In family therapy, the focus is on helping the family figure out the large problems within the entire family (including children), and helping them to find fixes (such as improving communication).” — Jane Framingham, Ph.D.

 

There are probably a lot more situations you will face in your married life. All you need to do is keep a positive mindset and overcome it one by one.

Positive Thinking: What is Positive Psychiatry?

In today’s world, mental health is becoming a serious issue, and almost everyone deals with it every day. However, it still doesn’t get the kind of attention it deserves, and the stigma for people dealing with it is still very evident.

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“In fact, merely reflecting on how attuned we feel with our daily interactions has been linked with an increase in the experience of positive emotions.” — Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D.

 

With positive psychiatry’s growth as a new field and a new type of therapy, it aims to combat the growing population of people with mental health problems. Through the enforcement of positive characteristics, it hopes to end the sufferings of people undergoing depression, anxiety, and more. But what is it, and how can it potentially help people diagnosed with mental health problems?

 

What Is Positive Psychiatry?

Positive Psychiatry is an emerging field of psychiatry which aims to understand in-depth and promote the well-being of a person. Through several assessments and interventions, this type of treatment aims to involve positive psychosocial characteristics of people who are most likely to develop a mental illness or even a physical one.

 

The use of this treatment involves four components, the first one being positive psychological health outcomes, or the person’s well-being. The second one is composed of mental traits (such as optimism, resilience, social engagement, personal mastery and coping, wisdom, etc.)  and environmental factors (family, friends, and other environmental factors). The third and fourth components would be the biology of positive psychiatry ideologies and the positive psychiatry interventions.

““Positive psychiatry” is making its entrance and embraces the therapeutic benefits of relationships and holistic principles in even the most severe states of emotional distress.” — Margaret Altman, LCSW, MSW

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Basically, the use of this treatment helps one to look at their strengths as a person, and help them change the way they usually think. It aims to make people view life with a more positive outlook, and promote this not only within themselves but also to other people.

 

Positivism And Mental Health

Now more than ever, with the sudden and groundbreaking discoveries of neuroscience on how our brain is wired, it’s so easy to discover the causes of mental illnesses. However, psychiatry is so much more than that. It is designed not just to let you know the cause, but rather how to deal with it, something that cannot be fully explained by neuroscience.

 

Now more than ever, we need to take note of how to improve mental health, rather than just discovering the causes of mental illnesses. As much as the importance of determining the cause of a problem, dealing with the issue is also something to look into.

 

But how can one improve his mental health with positive psychiatry? Several “treatments” improve one’s psychological disposition.First of all, you should change the way you think. Practicing positivism every day would help you see the brighter side of things, and makes your mind healthier. 

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“If we want our positive affirmations to be successful, we need to learn how to construct these statements in the right ways. This way, our positive affirmations are more likely to lead to more positive actions, emotions, and experiences.” — Tchiki Davis, Ph.D.

 

Taking care of your physical body is also essential, as it can also affect your mental wellbeing. Exercise, eat healthily and get a good amount of sleep every day. Lastly, keep only the company of people who support you and care for you. You may find that some people can be toxic, and they surround you with negative energy. Do not hesitate to remove them from your life, and be thankful for those who are there for you through everything.

 

Practicing a positive attitude and outlook in life may be easier said than done. However, if you do it one step at a time, you may find yourself improving each day.

 

Online Counseling For Alcoholics

An occasional celebratory drink will not hurt, or going out to the bar with your friends from time to time is okay. However, when you seek the company of alcohol almost every day, it might be a sign of being an alcoholic.

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When one depends on alcohol too much for momentary bliss, or for whatever reason it may be, it might turn into an addiction. But what does “too much” equate to? And how can you identify if you are an alcoholic?

 

What Is Alcoholism?

Alcohol dependence or alcoholism is when one physically or psychologically desires to consume alcohol in excessive amounts, to the point of consuming it beyond their capacity. Alcoholics often do not care about how it can affect them, or other people around them.

 

In fact, according to the World Health Organization, about 3.3 million people globally die every year because of excessive drinking of alcohol. However, it should not be confused with people who abuse alcohol, or those who simply consume more than they can. It may be an occasional binge drinking, as some people might drink excessive amounts but not necessarily having a dependence on it on a psychological level.

 

“One of the most interesting findings, as far as I’m concerned, was that among remitted alcoholics the average amount of drinking was around 1.3 drinks per day with a lot of variability, a little higher than that of moderate drinkers (0.8 drinks per day) but lower than that of heavy drinkers (4.0 drinks per day).” — Adi Jaffe Ph.D.

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Symptoms Of Being An Alcoholic

Having an alcohol use disorder is a long-term disease. It is not something you can easily diagnose by yourself, nor self-medicate. However, early symptoms can help you point it out as early as possible. To be able to know if you are an alcoholic, or if someone you know is, here are some symptoms you might want to check:

 

  • Lack of interest in their normal activities
  • Looking intoxicated regularly
  • Consuming more alcohol to achieve same effects
  • Appears tired, restless, or irritable
  • Inability to say no to alcohol
  • Depression or mental health problems
  • Blacking out
  • Problems with work, finances, relationships, and authorities due to alcohol drinking

If you have any of the symptoms, it is best that you seek professional and emotional help from others. It will be best to accept the help of other people, as you might hurt not only yourself but those people around you as well.

 

“Many alcoholics have extreme personalities that often lack moderation. Therefore, when they get sober it can be a challenge to change their lifestyle to one that is conducive with recovery.” — Sarah A. Benton MS, LMHC, LPC, AADC

 

Seeking Help

Remember that you shouldn’t self-medicate or self-diagnosed, as this might hurt more than help you. Seek professional help from your doctor to get a much more accurate diagnosis and treatment. However, the first thing you can do is to accept that you have a problem and you are willing to help yourself.

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Listen to sound advice from your family and friends, and learn to appreciate their support. Most importantly, help yourself get better by following the prescription of your doctor, as well as involving yourself in activities that would prevent you from indulging into alcohol again.

 

“Others will not stop drinking — nor are they required to. They will not stop asking you to do things that may not be good for you. So ask your therapist to help you work on refusal skills — that is, the ability to say “no.”” — Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC, SAP, ADS and C.R. Zwolinski

 

You might find it hard in the first few months as your body will suffer from the alcohol withdrawal, but learn to resist that feeling and get into a new hobby. Trying a new sport, or just simply spending time with your loved ones are just some ways to help you resist drinking again. At the same time, you might find yourself getting better and happier each day, without relying on the effect of alcohol on your body and mind.

The Effects Of Not Drinking Alcohol For One Month

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Although everyone has different reactions to alcohol, a few common themes are feeling more relaxed and having more enjoyment in the situation.

 

“Sobriety actually means, first, not being intoxicated. It does not mean abstinence, as AA takes it to mean.” — Stanton Peele Ph.D.

           It is also very likely that most people will develop a tolerance to alcohol. Once tolerance is developed, it is important to be able to recognize one’s limits and be able to moderate alcohol intake.

 

Possible Reasons to Quit Alcohol

 

Some people can develop psychological reactions to alcohol, such as addiction. If you find yourself in need of professional mental health help, there are many resources available for you. 

As an example, BetterHelp is a company that offers paid online counseling and therapy. This is a company that strives to provide mental health help for those who want to avoid the stigma associated with seeking help for illnesses that cannot be readily observed. 

 

This company is also professional, affordable, and convenient. Their services are conducted online anytime, anywhere and are private. 

 

It is also possible to develop some physical reactions to alcohol, such as a rash. A rash may occur when someone is allergic to alcohol A common physical (and unpleasant) reaction to alcohol is a hangover. Find out more about how alcohol relates to health here.

 

Social Reactions to Abstinence

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Many people drink for social reasons. Alcohol can be found at parties or gatherings, giving people an opportunity to drink. Drinking has become something of a commonplace activity in today’s culture and society.

 

A study found that, in mid and late adolescence, social and coping motives are more closely tied to alcohol misuse. While not everyone who misuses alcohol is an adolescent, this study shows 

The decision to abstain from drinking alcohol can be met with resistance. Common questions are “Why?” and “How can you have fun otherwise?” These reactions simply reflect the cultural emphasis that is put on drinking socially.

 

The latter question specifically shows how many consume alcohol to destress. Alcohol can ease physical and emotional pain. 

 

“One way to see that event, of course, is divine providence or grace; my preference is to see that in the darkness of that night, there was one small part of me that could see the way out.  And that part of me, the “daimon” that James Hillman writes about so persuasively in The Soul’s Code, made sure that I got a look at who I had become and who I could become.” — Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

 

Benefits of Not Drinking Alcohol

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Abstaining from alcohol has both mental and physical benefits. In terms of physical benefits, most report that their skin becomes clearer and their sleep schedule becomes more normal and improves overall. It goes without saying that liver function also improves! 

 

In terms of mental benefits, productivity increases. In addition, stress reduction occurs because there is less of a strain on the bank account!

 

Overall, the effects of decreasing alcohol consumption are positive. While it is perfectly fine to consume alcohol in moderation, a month of abstinence provides immense benefits.

 

As always, if you need help with your reaction to alcohol, be it physical or mental, consult a professional. Speak to your general physician about physical symptoms and to a licensed mental health professional about your psychological health. Contact the professionals at BetterHelp to speak to counselor today.

 

“Instead of willing yourself to avoid the bad, enjoying the good – the benefits of your sobriety – will naturally draw you in a higher direction.” — Rick Hanson Ph.D.

Approaching Sobriety: Hit And Myth

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Addiction is a disease that’s still poorly understood by the majority of people, surrounded by myths that might have their origins in genuine attempts to spread awareness of the problem, but end up doing the exact opposite. Perhaps the most pernicious of these is that it is nothing more than a moral failing – the addict’s own fault. This may be true in some cases, but only a fool or a bigot will claim to know the lives of others well enough to make such a judgment. Another is that you can’t successfully try to help someone until they’ve completely destroyed their life. Or, that only hard drugs are addictive and destructive; nicotine is roughly as addictive as heroin, while people can also become the slaves of anything from gambling to social media.

When it comes to how addiction should be treated, the most harm is done by the fable that addiction is a simple disease which should have a simple cure. Even those who understand that it is a disease and not a choice rarely have the medical or psychological knowledge to realize just how many facets there are to addiction, and the commercial bias of the medical industry plays some part in this. Your stomach hurts? Are you feeling depressed? Do you want to lose weight? There is a pill for each of these conditions, so why shouldn’t treating addiction be equally simple?

The desire for a simple fix to every problem may be part of our culture, but it is rarely rooted in reality. There are many interlocking aspects to addiction: the addict may be trying to escape some psychological issue which led to becoming dependent in the first place, while the effects of a harmful habit can lead to further problems such as depression and chronic anxiety. The physical level of addiction can be just as bad: both the brain and the rest of the body undergo real changes as the result of long-term drug abuse, and simply ceasing to take an addictive substance can lead to serious, even lethal, withdrawal symptoms. What’s less commonly known is that these can take the form of acute, very uncomfortable physical effects immediately after quitting, but the brain may take much longer to adjust back to normal. This can lead to very deep depression and other psychological challenges, which is why many addicts are “cured” only to relapse weeks or months later.

“At bottom, sobriety is the opposite of craving, broadly defined: you’re not going to war with what’s unpleasant, chasing after what’s pleasant, or clinging to what’s heartfelt.” — Rick Hanson Ph.D.

If you rely only on the lack of experience of those around you, you will hear some of the most dumbass and utterly useless comments imaginable. No, beating addiction is neither easy nor simple. If you have someone you love who is suffering – if you’re reading this, chances are that you do – having someone who cares about him or she already places them in a much better position than many addicts. However, you have probably already realized that the burden you’re taking on is by no means light. You’re not the first person to make such a commitment, though. Others have gone before you: whether they and their partners succeeded or failed, you can learn from their experiences. Some of these lessons may be less than obvious or even counterintuitive.

Don’t Get Dragged Into Their World

Just because you are there for your partner doesn’t mean you always have to occupy the same physical and mental spaces. Supporting them is sometimes best done from a distance. I recently heard a mother talk on the radio about how her daughter wanted to better understand what her addict boyfriend was going through: she began with cannabis and ended with a lethal heroin overdose. The entire story was heartbreaking: she started off with the intention of helping someone and ended up destroying herself. 

“The word “sober” conveys an overall seriousness and purpose a person has. By promoting the goal of addiction treatment to be ONLY the absence of something—not drinking or using (an impossibility in many of the new addictions we are recognizing, like eating, shopping, electronic media, sex, love, etc.)—the 12 steps miss the most important part of recovering.” — Stanton Peele Ph.D.

Seek Help

While you are trying to help a loved one back to health, you will almost certainly be under a great deal of stress yourself. If you’ve experienced both, you’ll realize that there is a world of difference between professional help and the well-meaning but clueless kind. Treating the psychological effects of addiction and withdrawal, as well as the complex issues that come with it, is ideally a job for a specialist. If this is out of your reach for financial or other reasons, effective online alternatives are also available. If you do not spend some effort on taking care of yourself, you will also soon be in no position to help anyone else.

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So many people are misinformed about addiction and the way out of it that it’s likely you’re one of them. Talking to someone who has actually helped addicts overcome this affliction, or following other credible avenues to educate yourself, will almost certain to improve your chances of permanent success.

Don’t Accept Excuses

Almost by definition, we want to think the best of those we love and admire, as well as their actions. Beyond a certain point, unfortunately, this is only self-delusion.

There are always reasons for addiction, and these are rarely trivial, but don’t let your view of the situation be clouded by someone else’s self-justification. Certain behaviors, especially those that violate your boundaries, are just not acceptable. Addiction can change a person’s personality, including making them selfish, but allowing this to go too far will help neither of you.

“While alcoholics may find it hard to get through social occasions without a drink, those alcoholics with a depressive disorder may find it even harder.” — Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC, SAP, ADS and C.R. Zwolinski 

Don’t be Superficial

Above all, remember that understanding a problem, whether it’s your own or somebody else’s, is usually the first step towards dealing with it effectively. Actually listen to what they’re saying, find out as much about their circumstances and condition as you can – it will not make the journey ahead easy, but it will limit the pain both of you have to go through.

 

Alcoholism and “Dual Diagnosis” Conditions

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Unlike a disease such as a viral infection or a cardiovascular condition, beating addiction is not only a question of reducing some measurable parameter such as blood pressure or fever. Like obesity, not only the patient’s lifestyle has to change, but in a sense the patient himself, too.

Unfortunately, the behaviors associated with depression, bipolar disorder, chronic anxiety and other mental health issues are not restricted to avoiding social interaction, struggling to perform at work, insomnia and so forth. When the mental and emotional strain of a psychological disorder becomes too great, many sufferers seek temporary release in the form of alcohol, which can easily become a habitual indulgence.

“It is this—the dual nature of the affliction of the vast majority of addicts—that remains largely undiagnosed, untreated, and is greatly responsible for the sky-high incidence of relapse.” — Morteza Khaleghi Ph.D.

The Insidious Positive Feedback Loop of Dual Diagnosis Conditions

The term “dual diagnosis” is used when addiction coincides with and is caused by an underlying mental health issues such as bipolar disorder.

While a condition such as clinical depression is bad enough on its own, the situation is significantly more challenging when it results in addiction. It may take the form of substance abuse, but it can also be compulsive gambling or other destructive and uncontrollable habits. With two mental health issues feeding off and strengthening each other in this way, and the apparent relentless downward spiral is the imminent result. Not only can the physical effects of chemical dependence worsen the symptoms of the original illness, but the work-related and social consequences of addiction will also have a negative effect on the concrete circumstances of the individual’s life. In turn, a further impaired mental state makes substance abuse more likely, and so the cycle repeats.

“It is widely accepted that there is a genetic predisposition toward alcoholism. According to DSM-IV, the risk for Alcohol Dependence is three to four times higher in close relative of people with Alcohol Dependence.” — Cynthia Mascott, LMHC

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Breaking Free

Interrupting the interplay of substance abuse and mental issues is not as easy as taking a pill every few hours. Due to the interrelationship between the two conditions, addressing only one is rarely a successful intervention. Changing patterns of behavior is seldom painless, and even less so when a depressive or manic state is undermining a patient’s willpower. Escaping an unbearable mental state through alcohol is easy, whereas more permanent solutions will generally be much more difficult for the sufferer to pursue.

“By nature, I try to find meaning when there is difficulty, and find inspiration from existential concepts—specifically the Viktor Frankl quote “suffering ceases to be suffering the moment that it finds meaning”.” — Sarah A. Benton MS, LMHC, LPC, AADC

Conversely, any progress in one area has automatic benefits in the other. This is not to say that either problem can be viewed in isolation, but rather that a treatment strategy such as cognitive behavioral therapy that addresses the linkage between thought, emotion, and action, tends to be most effective in cases of dual diagnosis.

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Considering all of the above, someone in a caregiver role should, when confronted with a case of alcoholism or other addiction, be willing to spend some time exploring the root of the problem. It will often turn out to be psychological in nature. Equally, monitoring the intake of alcoholic drinks, prescription opioids, and other neuro depressants should be an important factor in treating depression and other mental illnesses. Neglecting this approach makes a relapse on one of the conditions.

 

Am I An Alcoholic? 10 Warning Signs To Watch Out For

Do you remember the first time that you tasted the first drop of alcohol? Were you blissful? Excited? Can’t wait for more? That’s actually the common impression on having your first drink.

 

Drinking is always related to fun and enjoyment. Most often than not, it is a part of socializing. That’s why most people who are considered as social drinkers ended up not being aware of developing tolerance and eventually addiction to alcohol.

 

“For many people who have limited experience with alcoholism and addiction, the subtle signs can be difficult to spot. This is made even more problematic if the alcoholic or user is considered to be high functioning, which means she or he is able to maintain a job, go to school, and have relationships without manifesting the full-blown signs of addiction or alcoholism.” — Sherry Gaba LCSW

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These ten warning signs should be observed cautiously to prevent yourself from going overboard as an alcoholic:

 

 

  1. LYING about how much and how often you are drinking. This is a big warning sign because you are not being rational about how much you are already drinking and dependent on alcohol.
  2. You have a headstart of drinking before going out to drink with your friends. Heck, can’t get enough of alcoholic drinks? You are already going out to drink yet you still have to drink before.
  3. You are having troubles with your memory. You are drinking too much that alcohol already fucks up your brain wirings.
  4. You are starting to depend on alcohol for relaxation.  There are many other activities besides drinking wherein you can relax such as watching movies, meditation, playing sports and yoga. Depending on alcohol for relaxation is quite alarming already.
  5. When you start drinking, there’s no way you can stop. Well. Well. Well. This is the most obvious sign that there is something going on with your drinking.

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“At first, alcohol allows the drinker to feel quite pleasant, with no emotional costs. As an individual’s drinking progresses, however, it takes more and more alcohol to achieve the same high. Eventually the high is hardly present.” — Cynthia Mascott, LMHC 

 

 

6. You are drinking faster than your friends. You seem like you can’t get enough of alcohol in your system. Your tolerance is relatively high compared to before that you need to drink more and faster to have that buzz you are looking for.

7. You are starting to drink in dangerous situations. Can’t wait to get into a bar or your house so you start drinking while driving. You can’t stop yourself from drinking before work. Simply put, you just drink anywhere, anytime.

8. Your drinking affects your relationships. Since you spend quite some time in drinking, you will probably develop conflicts and misunderstandings with your friends, loved ones or significant other. Alcohol influences your attitude towards your relationships with the other people.

9. You are experiencing withdrawals unlike before. When you try to stop drinking alcohol, you experience withdrawals–excessive sweating, unbearable headaches, weakness of the body. And of course, your solution for this is to drink again.

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10. You start making excuses just to drink. You started from social drinking and now you are coming up with bullshit excuses for you to drink without being guilty.

 

 

“If all warning signs came with gigantic flashing lights, they might be more effective. But the trouble with warning signs is that we often don’t recognize them at the time we most need to.” — Peg O’Connor Ph.D.

 

Moderation is the key. That is always the reminder for drinking. Even though we are so used to this reminder, it would still do as good to observe and follow.

 

 

How to Start a Yoga Community

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Yoga means union in Sanskrit.  It is the union of many different ideas, events, movements and beliefs.  It was originally instituted as a Hindu spiritual discipline, but has been transformed into a worldwide lifestyle that brings peace, love and health to the multitudes.  To establish a community of yogis (practitioners of yoga) is to establish a community of peace, love and togetherness.

 

“Hatha, meaning literally “sun-moon” Yoga is thought of as a way of uniting opposite energies, such as “masculine and feminine” or “hot and cold.” Traditional Hatha Yoga encompasses not only physical poses (asanas), but also breath-work (pranayama), mudras (energy locks), meditation, and contemplative practice.” — Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.

 

HOW TO START

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Yoga has become a mainstay in all towns and cities across the country.  There are probably multiple yoga studios within a close radius of your home right now.  There are a plethora of free how-to videos on the Internet. You can also purchase DVDs online and at many stores.  There are a ton of resources out there; you just have to decide which one to use.

 

You can get the word out by posting on social media; in the town library, community center or senior center; local newspapers that offer free community listings.  Signs can also be posted at the location where the class will take place. If school is still in session, notices can go out through notices sent home in backpacks.

 

OUTDOOR CLASS

 

Many yoga studios will want to get the word out about their classes and there is nothing like an outdoor class in a picturesque location.   The nature of yoga is to bring people together (there’s that word union again) to support a positive mindset so to bring a class to an outdoor venue in your town would be a perfect opportunity.  The yoga studio or yoga instructor could ask for a donation (maybe $5) and this could expose many more people to yoga inexpensively. Many times these classes are promoted as community classes.

 

“This need not be an esoteric metaphysical labour. Instead, it can be sociological: analysing the ways in which society shapes us to be functional. Yoga is like an inventory of the body’s habits.” — Damon Young Ph.D.

 

COMMUNITY CENTER/LIBRARY CLASS

 

Classes could be offered at local senior centers, community centers or libraries.  Since yoga is a quiet, peaceful practice, many libraries have meeting rooms in which videos can be shown or instructors can hold classes.  Another great win-win for everyone; the instructor gets the word out about their studio and the community builds a great group of peaceful, like-minded people.  This could be offered free of charge or for a small donation.

FACEBOOK COMMUNITY

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Another type of yoga community that is not a physical, face-to -ace community, but is a community nonetheless is a Facebook community.  There are many yoga themed Facebook groups that you can join, which are private groups. Within these groups, yogis post yoga challenges; words of encouragement; mindfulness exercises; online yoga class recommendations: questions about poses, yoga teacher training, props, etc…all within a supportive, like-minded community.  The people who join the group all have the yoga mind set, which is very accepting, supportive, understanding and mindful. It is a great way to start online or even face-to-face friendships. Since the groups are private and there is an administrator who oversees the discussions and posts, it is a safe place to ask questions that you may not ask elsewhere.

 

“Anxiety, sleeping disorders, ADHD, depression, pain and stress symptoms can be helped by learning yoga techniques. Several recent studies have documented the amazing benefits of regular yoga practice on health, which occurs over a relatively short time period.” — Constance Scharff Ph.D.

 

AFFORDABLE

 

People may not have the time or money to dedicate to joining a studio so all of these would be perfect scenarios for them.  Perhaps starting a home practice and then trying a public class makes some feel more comfortable. Others who may be curious about yoga, but not ready to commit to a full membership get an opportunity to try it out.   Those participants may become paying members of the yoga studio or they may just meet other like-minded people who they can then get ideas from for other similar activities. Who knows…lifelong friendships man ensue.

 

Get involved with a yoga community in your area.  It will be a great investment in your self-care.