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6 Tips to Stay Connected to Your Spouse During the Holidays

by Jessica Marchena, LMHC The holiday season has quickly come upon us this year once again. It started with Halloween, and now Thanksgiving is over as well. With less than a week away from Hanukkah and less than a month away from Christmas, we can all start feeling the stress of too much to do in too little time. There is shopping, parties, cooking, and more shopping to do. It can be easy to get…

5 Tips on Managing Family Stress During The Holidays

by Yiolanta Sofiali-Brunvert, Ph.D It’s that time of year! Most of us feel warm and fuzzy around the holidays as we are surrounded by Christmas trees and decorations. There are bright lights, Christmas music and movies, and, of course, family – the embodiment of the holidays. However, for some, conjuring up images of a happy family gathered around the Christmas tree or dinner table is not always the case. Instead, they anticipate interactions that lead to…

Nourish and Exercise Your Mind as You do Your Body

After a few minutes of scrolling down my Facebook page in the massage chair, I reclined back and closed my eyes. With every vibration, I felt the muscles in my back relaxing. And with every exhalation, I feel the stress of the week melt away.  I heard a voice in the background and felt a nudge on my knee. It was my nail salon specialist telling me that the pedicure was complete and that I…

3 Unusual Ways to Overcome Your Anxiety!

Are you feeling anxious? Do you get stressed out easily or frustrated easily? You may feel nervous, all over the place, and unable to relax. You may have tried self-help books, deep breathing and calming yourself down. These are all good tools but they don’t always work. Anxiety is a false alarm in your brain, like a code red that something bad is going to happen but it’s really not. It is a false sense…

Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer…are here!

As Nat King Cole sang, roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!! We all love the warmth and relaxed feeling we experience during the summer months.  I mean, what’s not to love…right?  Besides working on our tans, summer is a good time to exercise, eat healthy, light meals and revisit our goals for a satisfying life!   One of the things I like to do in the summer months is catch up on my…

5 Ways Happy and Healthy Couples Stay Connected

You know that couple. The one that seems so happy and so in love, even after they have kids. (Lol) They are the envy of others. They want to be together. They want to sit at the dinner table next to each other. They talk to each other. These couples are happy and healthy. But how do they do it? What’s their secret? It must be natural to them. No that is not true. To…

Getting in Touch with Your Personal Comfort Zone

Hey!  You!  Yes you….do you know what your personal comfort zone is right now?  Comfort zone is defined as “a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment, experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress. “ [Alasdair A. K. White “From Comfort Zone to Performance Management”] Do you like that safe comfortable feeling of familiarity, relying on routines and daily patterns to feel…

Valentines Day: How to Connect With Your Mate Without Breaking the Bank

Ahh Valentine’s Day, the time to celebrate love. From chocolate to jewelry to romantic dinners, who doesn’t enjoy a nice Valentine’s gift? But, somewhere along the way we lost the true meaning of this day. It isn’t about the chocolate, or the jewelry, or romantic dinners, it is really about reminding each other of your love for one another. Yes of course, gifts are nice but how can you really let your mate know how…

Four Ways for Couples to De-Stress This Holiday Season

Preparing for the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year for couples. From planning who to give gifts to, and budgeting for the gifts and shopping for them, couples need to de-stress more than ever. Not to mention, deciding on how to divide up your time with each family, or if you have in-laws, how to find time to celebrate with both or just one this year and the next…

6 Reasons Why Marriage Counseling is Not BS

I recently read an article on Huff Post, written by Laura Doyle titled, ‘6 Reasons Why Marriage Counseling is BS’. I thought the title was creative, and it made me want to read it, especially given I am a marriage counselor. It turns out the author, makes some preposterous claims about the nature of genuine marriage counseling. While she may be a best-selling author and relationship coach, she is clearly not trained as a marriage…