Signs You’re Holding On When It’s Time to Let Go

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Letting go is hard. Damned hard. I first learned this as a young child, exploring my grandmother's basement, packed to the ceiling with carefully labeled and organized items as though she was preparing to seek refuge from the apocalypse. Which, in many ways, she was. She lived through starvation and disaster on the Dakota prairie. … Continue reading Signs You’re Holding On When It’s Time to Let Go

PTSD After Divorce

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Can you develop PTSD after divorce? When my husband left, I trembled for a year. That’s not just some figurative language used to convey emotion; I literally shook. For a year. My body quaked from the aftershocks of the sudden trauma, my legs constantly kicking and my hands quivering. Those weren’t my only symptoms, either. … Continue reading PTSD After Divorce

52 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Lonely

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Feeling lonely sucks. The sense of being disconnected and unseen can pull us down as certainly as a lead weight affixed to our ankles. Loneliness isn't always apparent to others. The person who lives and works alone may feel perfectly fulfilled while the married mother of three may be struggling with feelings of isolation. That's … Continue reading 52 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Lonely

5 Tips For Managing Your Pre-Divorce Anxiety

You've made the decision to divorce. Maybe you're ready for it to be over after months or years of trying to make it work, looking forward to closing this chapter so you can begin the next. Perhaps you've accepted that this is your best - or only - course of action and you just want … Continue reading 5 Tips For Managing Your Pre-Divorce Anxiety

15 Ways Fear Hides in Plain Sight

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It's one of the few times my mom ever screamed at me. Because of that, the memory is seared into my mind. I was six years old and ecstatic to visit the "Happiest Place on Earth" for the first time. We were standing at one of the monorail stations, waiting to board the next high-speed … Continue reading 15 Ways Fear Hides in Plain Sight