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Relationships

.An Eye-Opening podcast with Melody Brooke, Marriage and Family Therapist.

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Easy, easy, easy to feel overwhelmed in todays world. We find ourselves just so flooded and stressed with all the things that are outside of our sphere of influence that impact our lives on a daily basis. How do we cope? How do we transform that OVERWHELM into OWNERSHIP? Listen in as Melody provides you with some great tips on changing everything. Melody's Website

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April 25, 2020

Love in the Age of COVID

Todays environment makes it difficult to manage our relationships when we can't go socialize or even escape from tensions in ways that we formerly could. If you are single, the frustrations are even higher. What can we do with the reality of the pandemic to help ourselves develop richer relationships? Melody's Website

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Most of us are raised to push emotions away, to stifle them. We sometimes feel overcome with them at unpredictable times and mostly, they get in the way of logical conversation and often defeat relationships. So why do we have them? What are they for? In this podcast Melody explores the reasons we have emotions and what in the world we are supposed to be doing with them. Melody's Website

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Engaging in a battle always starts with assignment of blame. I remember hearing Donald Rumsfeld after 911 talking about the need to understand the environment which allowed the terrorism to emerge and feeling hopeful their would be a compassionate response to the attack that would shift how we deal with our policies in the middle east. But unfortunately that's not what happened. (I'm not really talking politics here... this is just an example) When blame is applied what option do we have but to attempt to protect ourselves from the perceived attack? What if there were another option? Tune in to find out what alternatives you might have. Melody Brooke On the Web

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Often we feel torn because we have opposing feelings, feelings that seem totally opposite one another. This is called Dialectics.  It is indeed, possible to feel two things at once. How do we do that? When do we do that? How can we make sense of it? Melody's Website

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There is this thing that happens when our feelings grab a hold of us and have their way with our behavior, its call emotional DIS regulation.  Most of us struggle with it from time to time, and for some of us, its a huge problem. Our relationships suffer, we feel emotionally drained, we may even struggle to keep jobs and to stay out of jail or the hospital.  Most of us do better than that most of the time, but find ourselves really in trouble, unexpectedly, from time to time. How do we understand how to regulate our emotions and to understand how it happens that they get out of control. Melody's Website

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SO many things challenge us in our daily lives anyway. Life, relationships, social situations, job worries, kids worries, parent worries, weather fears.... COVID... lots of things to keep us stirred up. The question is; how do we deal with it? How do we help ourselves manage this daily onslaught? Melody Brooke Website

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Self care is a term we hear a lot these days. "Take care of yourself" "Practice good self care!" "That person really needs some self care"... but what does that mean. Seems to me, that its especially difficult for men... they aren't supposed to need anything. Women, of course, tend to see to other's needs and avoid noticing what we need.  Either way, we are stuck in a place of avoiding something imperative to our well being. But what the heck does it mean. Listen in, discover what you might have missed out on. Melody's website. 

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A lot of us have weird notions about what a "boundary" is and what it isn't. We've been told we don't have good ones. We've been told we need to set them. Yet what does that mean? How do we understand what they mean for us on a really personal level and how do we know when they have been violated? Melody Brooke Website 

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April 18, 2020

Failure: A misnomer

When we fail we are not, actually, failing unless we give up. How many times have you tried and failed and then.... just given up? What have you not tried for fear of failing at it? Failure is not actually what we need to consider. How is it you can find your way to being more, risking more? http://melodybrooke.com

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