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When you’re feeling overwhelmed and short
on time for the spa, try a quick self-massage.
It’s great for blood circulation and endorphin
release. Before you start, use a favorite
lotion and massage your palms and wrists,
gently tugging on each of your fingers.
Have a particularly tense spot in your back,
shoulders, or neck? Try rolling the tense area
with a tennis or golf ball.
Nearly everyone experiences difficulties in their
committed relationship from time to time, but
some people seem more prepared to anticipate
these hard times and respond to them more
skillfully than others. Marital researchers John
Gottman and Judith Wallerstein have identified
certain areas where relationships fall apart. Some
examples include: 1.) They’ve lost touch with
each other emotionally. 2.) Though they may live
together, they feel as if they are living parallel
lives, like roommates. 3.) They rarely have fun
together anymore. 4.) They avoid talking about
conflict. 5.) They argue about or rarely make
time for sex. 6.) They can hardly remember the
time when they fell in love. If you’ve noticed
some problems in your relationship, there are
self-help books that teach communication and
intimacy-building skills. You may also wish to
consult a professional to assess your strengths
and weaknesses and develop a relationship-
building plan. If you want to try on your own,
here are a few things you can do to try to bring
your relationship back to life: 1.) Together, review
your expectations from the relationship. 2.)
Acknowledge the disappointments and hurts.
3.) Identify the relationship’s trouble spots. 4.)
Stick to facts and feelings to leave less room for
disagreement & defensiveness. 5.) Discuss the
problem list with your partner. 6.) Together, design
solutions. 7.) Build relationship skills that will help
each of you reach the goals you have identified.
8.) One or both of you may need to learn to handle
conflict or anger, listen better or be more assertive.
Dr. Gregg Pizzi is a
Liscensed Psychologist and
Director of Dr. Gregg A.
Pizzi & Associates, P.A. in
Miami located at 175 SW
7th St.; For more info. or
a consultation, call 1.888.
DRPIZZI or visit his website
One of the best ways to
reduce stress is to avoid it
in the first place. Getting
and staying organized is
key to keeping you from
feeling overwhelmed and
out of time. Here are a
few tips and tools that
might come in handy.
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Choose a simple, easy-to-use calendar
app that can be synched on both your
phone and your computer. Make sure to
immediately enter any appointments you
make, whether business or personal.
Keep a task list, noting any deadlines, and
put them in order of priority. Make sure
to keep this updated. Sometimes you just
can’t get everything done — this way,
you’ll know what you can afford to drop.
The trash can is there for a reason — namely,
to get rid of all that junk cluttering up your
desk. If you need it, file it. If you don’t, it’s time
to trash it. Once you clear off your workspace,
it’s a lot easier to keep it that way.