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Caring for our Couple Relationship: Handling Stress

by Carl and Nancy Terry certified Better Marriages Leader Couple   Stress is always present.  But more so now with the COVID-19 virus and less opportunity to socialize and be with family and friends.  There is also more awareness of racial and social injustice and how that has impacted our lives in the past and […]

Supporting your Partner During Stressful Times

Instructions Reflect on questions 1-3 and jot down words and phrases that come to mind in response. Refer to Instructions for Your Couple Conversation, then share your responses with your partner. Respond to question 4 following your couple conversation and discuss with your partner. Refer to 6 Tips for Having a Productive Couple Conversation Consider […]

Tips for Quarantining Together: Claim your Space

Stay-at-home orders have led to a whole lot of togetherness, for better and for worse. Shared space can begin to feel like a prison if you don’t take proactive steps to carve out a space for yourself. You used to have time to “decompress” in the car commuting to and from work. You used to […]

Tips for Quarantining Together: Cut Each other Some Slack

These are highly stressful, unsettling, anxiety-producing times. Under these conditions, it can be more difficult to present the best versions of ourselves. So help each other through it by cutting each other some slack – even more than usual. Tension and conflict are normal reactions to this abnormal situation. It’s important that we muster a […]

Tips for Quarantining Together: Date Night

We know that date night is important. An hour a week together – just the two of us – can keep us connected, get us out of a rut, and continue to spark the romantic flame. But what happens when we’re quarantined together? Must we give up date night? Movie theaters and restaurants are closed. […]

Deep Breathing to Relieve Stress

Deep breathing is step 1 in managing our stress. Take five or ten minutes once or twice a day to practice the abdominal breathing method below until becomes habitual. Once this breathing becomes routine, it can be used to reverse the stress response whenever it is triggered. Abdominal Breathing Method Sit upright in a comfortable […]

Up the Down Staircase: Coping With Anxiety About Coronavirus

Dr. Linda Miles drlindamiles.com Download the free MP3 Train your Brain for Health and Wellness Use coupon code 6RY33R1 (good until April 1) Do you tend to feel overwhelmed by all the scary messages you are bombarded with daily about the coronavirus? Is it difficult to remember what is going well in your life when […]

Mindfulness Practices for Couples

drlindamiles.com New Course soon to launch in Close Companions Online Relationship Academy: Mindfulness for Couples   Physical affection and sex offer a myriad of opportunities to practice mindfulness with your partner. As you kiss on the lips, notice how your body feels as you attend to the sensations of the present moment. Remember what behaviors […]

Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale

Based on research by psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe in 1967, this index scale examines the link between stress and illness. The body is a finely tuned instrument that does not like surprises. Any sudden change in stimuli which affects the body, or the reordering of important routines that the body becomes used to, […]

Rekindle Your Relationship with Mindfulness

Rekindle Your Relationship with Mindfulness Dr. Linda Miles www.drlindamiles.com Coming soon: Online Relationship Academy Do you recall the beginning of your relationship, when you first fell in love? What is it that made those butterflies in your stomach fade away? What happened along the way that made you lose those moments of staring into each […]