How To Handle The Stress Of Adult Sibling Rivalry


Sibling Rivalry Stress: You Can Handle It!

Parenting blogs all over the internet, articles, and books usually talk about sibling rivalry among children and it has required more attention than anything else. In some points, it intensifies as the years pass and does not only happen during childhood. Talks regarding favoritism and being the best son or daughter lead to further arguments on who gets the most attention. You’re not alone if you experience being compared to your sibling or members of the family. Although parents usually love their adult children, it may be typical for a parent to support or be fond of a particular adult child over the others which leads to competition among siblings.

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The Perfect Time For Couples Counseling As Discussed In The 2014 New York Couples Counseling Workshop

There is one question that intrigued everyone at the start of the 2014 New York Couples Counseling Workshop: when is the perfect time for couples counseling? This one is usually the question of those pairs who are reluctant to attend a session. Most of them think that couples should seek counseling only in times of crisis. However, is this the case? Good thing the counseling workshop shed light on this.

The Perfect Time

Couples should attend counseling long before they feel that they need to. There is no more perfect time.


“Most issues within a couple start small and then grow in size when they don’t get resolved. This is where therapy can help, by giving tools and techniques to improve conflict resolution. The majority of couples that I work with say that they should have started therapy years earlier,” says counselor Kristie Overstreet.

Worst-Case Scenario

If you think that it is too late for you, and you and your partner are in dire need of seeing a counselor already, what are the things you should keep in mind? Here are a few things the participants discussed in the counseling workshop:


  • No counselor fits everyone. If you have attended a session and felt that the approach of the counselor is not compatible with the two of you, look for another one.
  • Be yourself, tell the truth, and open your mind when in session. It will ease the process of fixing your relationship with your partner.
  • Make sure to have an in-depth talk with your partner on why you should engage in couples counseling. Do not just force them to go with you.

Couples should not treat counseling as a remedy to the conflicts in their relationship. Instead, they should treat counseling as a normal thing which will strengthen them forever.

Supporting Your Friend During Their Battle Against PTSD


When you think of your best friend as part of the family, it is tough to see him suffer from a mental condition as unforgiving as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The person who used to be cheerful has become easily irritated. You need to walk on eggshells whenever talking to him because you have no clue about the topics that might cause his irrational anger to come out. You may not even know how he is doing unless you drop by his place since he has already lost interest in socializing.

Although this kind of pal is quite tempting to leave behind, you should try to lengthen your patience. Your friend needs your assistance now more than ever. It is uncertain whether he knows that or is too shy to tell you about it. However, if you decide to be there during his battle against the symptoms of PTSD, you can do the following to express your support.



Stay Considerate

Having PTSD practically entails that your friend has lost control over his behavior, thinking pattern, and other aspects of life. If he has always been independent, you can tell how challenging and scary the new situation may be for him. Because of that, as someone deeply invested in his well-being, you should be more considerate of how you act around him.

For example, in case your buddy is not opening up about his traumatic experience, you should avoid asking about it. The fact that he talks about anything but that subject means he is still not ready to handle it. Despite that, you should remind him every time you converse that you are available whenever he feels like discussing his issues.


Speak Wisely

When chatting with a friend who lives with PTSD, it matters to be aware of every word that comes out of your mouth. Remember that he is in a fragile mental state at the moment. You cannot joke around carelessly and expect him to laugh with you. Likewise, you should avoid dropping sentences like “I understand what you are going through” or “I can imagine how much pain you are dealing with,” especially if you have never experienced post-traumatic stress before. There are better things to say to this person – you merely have to think.


Introduce A Good Counseling Program

Finally, it will not hurt to search for a trustworthy counseling facility for your friend even if he has not agreed to go to one yet. It is common for patients of trauma to refuse to get psychological help when they do not believe that there’s a problem or they do not know the counselor who will administer the treatment. However, once you are confident about the therapeutic program you found, you can talk about its benefits and hopefully encourage your friend to at least go to a consultation.



In Conclusion

PTSD is a treacherous disease, in the sense that you cannot instantly tell if someone has it. After all, it is not merely a condition for soldiers who have seen and experienced the terrors of war. Anyone who has dealt with or witnessed a loved one deal with violence can acquire this disorder.

Nevertheless, when you open your heart and mind to friends living with PTSD, you can undoubtedly help them overcome it in time.

Beauty Rest: How To Achieve It The Easy Way



As much as you love sleep, how many hours of it can you get every night?

It’s highly essential for you to be aware of the actual numbers as they can affect every aspect of your life – even beauty. In case you slumber for less than three hours, for instance, you may get a headache and have a shorter fuse than usual the next day. Seeing the massive bags under the eyes may also stress you out. Should you gain over six hours of sleep, however, you’ll wake up with a clear mind, a confident heart, and better-looking skin.

Here are the tips on how to achieve beauty rest the easy way.



Keep Gadgets Away From You

Isn’t it relaxing to scroll through social networking sites or play online games while lying down on your comfortable bed? There’s no doubt about that, but you should restrain yourself from reaching for the mobile device if you want to sleep well tonight.

The reason is that the texts and images make your brain extra alert. Rather than transmitting time-out signals to the rest of your body, the activity does the opposite. Thus, you stay up until the wee hours, which isn’t okay for your health.

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How To Love Yourself Better

When a man or a woman becomes the victim of a messy breakup, how they deal with it is different. One can drink and party until he passes out. Others tune in to sad love songs and cry over a tub of ice cream. Once the hangover or the extra pounds catch up to you, though, it’ll dampen your mood even further. Surviving tough situations depends on a lot of things according to

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The Goodness That Comes From Being Self-Confident

Self-confidence is one essential trait that becomes tainted at times by folks who overdo it. Despite that, it doesn’t denote that you should live without it.



You actually need to be confident so that your true skills can shine through. Everyone performs at their best that way. It will open greater opportunities as well, and most – if not all – of your dreams may come true.

In case you’re looking for more validation as to why you need to be self-confident, keep on reading.

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Why Practicing Self-Love Is Life-Changing


Everyone can show affection to parents, siblings, pets, friends, or a particular someone. What not everyone believes they can do, however, is practice self-love.

It typically resonates when you are a selfless person. Anything you should give to yourself, you feel the need to share with others, or else the worry that you’re selfish eats your system. Wrong.

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6 Ways To Enhance Your Self-Confidence



Gaining self-confidence is harder for some than buying gizmos or clothes. At least, with material objects, they are available anytime in various outlets. You just need to have the right amount of cash. Self-esteem, on the other hand, is an intangible necessity in life that’s light years away from being bottled and sold in markets.

For that very reason, you have to develop the latter within yourself. There are six ways we can teach you to enhance your self-confidence.

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12 Things To Do For A Good Year’s Start


One superstitious belief I grew up with was that the first 12 days of January correspond to the 12 months of the whole year. If it rained on January 1st, that meant January was going to be a rainy month and so on. Of course, that only worked in two-weather places. You can’t expect the sun to suddenly shine in the middle of a cold month or else predict the whole year to be wintry.

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