Living an emotionally
healthy life is crucial to the well-being and productivity of children and
adults. Here are some of my favorite tips:
Get enough rest.
Pursue an interest that inspires you either in
your career or general life.
Always continue to learn whether you are a
student in an organized program or not. Learning feeds the mind and the soul.
Surround yourself with at least one partner who
is devoted to you and accepts you unconditionally. This may be a long pursuit,
but it almost guarantees your well being is sustained.
Give to others with empathy. When others feel
you understand them, they feel less alone and you feel a great deal of
gratification for being there for someone else.
Try to set aside worries for at least a few
15-20 minutes a day where you concentrate on staying in the moment with
Praise or say something kind to another each
day. It can be a stranger, an acquaintance, or a good friend.
Listen carefully with great attention to the
details that a child, teen or adult is telling you. Do not interrupt or offer
fast solutions. Be a sounding board that lets the other person know you care
about what they are saying.
Take time out of every day for some down time.
Include especially in a rushed schedule to have some time to relax. You will
become more productive and happier.
Learn to trust your judgment. This builds
self-esteem, allows you to tolerate mistakes, disappointments and frustrations
and those wonderful times when you chose the right decision or path.
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist of infants, children, teens, & adults. She is the three time award winning author of the Gold Mom's Award Book UNLOCKING PARENTAL INTELLIGENCE: FINDING MEANING IN YOUR CHILD'S BEHAVIOR; THE PARENT'S GUIDE TO MANAGING ANXIETY IN CHILDREN AND TEENS: THE PARENTAL INTELLIGENCE WAY; and THE PARENT'S GUIDE TO MANAGING ANGER IN CHILDREN AND TEENS: THE PARENTAL INTELLIGENCE WAY. She has been on the faculty of Naew York University, Long Island University, Society for Psychoanalytic Study & Research (where she was Pres.), Long Island Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has written for the International Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, the International Infant Observation Journal, The Inner World of the Mother. In practice for 30 years, she writes extensively on parenting for HuffPost and other parenting websites. She has been a painter for 20 years of still lifes, abstracts, landscapes, & portraits in acrylic, oil, watercolor, and pastel. She is the mother of two sons and wife of writer & sculptor, Jeff Hollman.
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