June 2018 Newsletter

Couples Corner

According to the article "How Vacations Can Help or Harm Your Relationship," vacation can be beneficial or troublesome for your relationship. The article lists some of the pros and cons of vacationing with your significant other. The article also offers some advice about how to make your vacation more helpful than harmful to your relationship.

A couple of the suggestions include:
1. Trying something new and exciting
2. Planning some independent activities
3. Avoiding exhaustion

To read the article click here.

Family Corner

The article "6 Tips For Being More Free-Range In the Summer" suggests that allowing your children to have more unscheduled time in the summer rather than filling their days with planned activities can be beneficial. Having unstructured time allows children to build a sense of independence and resilience. The article gives some ideas of how to allow unstructured time without completely sacrificing a sense of routine.

A couple of the suggestions include:
1. Unplugging from electronics during free time
2. Setting boundaries and then stepping back

These suggestions allow children to explore the world around them without giving them all the answers.

To read the article click here.

Individual Corner

Most of us have heard of the term "self care," but what does it really mean? Self care is mindfully taking time to pay attention to yourself, or in other words, ensuring that you are being cared for by you.

The article "Self Care 101" offers ten ways to practice self care including:
1. Knowing your limits
2. Knowing how to rest and getting the sleep you need
3. Identifying what you enjoy and trying to integrate it into your day

To read the rest of the article click here.  

Infertility Corner

Father's Day can be a difficult time for those struggling with infertility. The Ferre Institute offers the following tips for Surviving the Parenting Holidays:

• Consider Skipping Religious Services
• Focus on Adult Activities
• Spend Part of the Day with Others Who Have No Children
• Consider Celebrating with Your Parents at Another Time
• Consider Letting Someone Else Give the Big Family Dinner
• Keep the Emphasis Where it Belongs

Click here to read the full article

For assistance with your family building journey, call Stephani for an appointment at 217-972-4851

Are you having difficulty getting pregnant? Are you wondering if you might be experiencing infertility? This is the ConnectEdPAIRS corner for infertility. Check here monthly for infertility education and support. Stephani Cave, LCPC specializes in infertility counseling and holds Professional Memberships in the Mental Health Professionals Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM ) and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Both of these organizations' websites are sources of education and support as well.

Reading Corner

More reading from Brene Brown - The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Dr. Brown provides ten guideposts for Wholehearted living, such as cultivating self-compassion, that lead to the gifts of imperfection - courage, compassion, and connection. 

 You can read more about Dr. Brown and her research into shame, authenticity, and belonging on her website I look forward to reading what her current research examining men and shame might reveal.

Happy June!
We hope you enjoy Flag Day, Father's Day, the official start of summer, and a full moon. This month's articles focus on relaxing, having fun, and finding ways to reduce stress. One of Dr. Brown's guideposts is Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth. So, by following the suggestions in this month's articles, you are on your way to Wholehearted living! 

Announcement:  Prior editions of the ConnectEdPAIRS newsletter are now available on the Newsletter Archives tab on our website. Check it out here.

Prior editions of the ConnectEdPAIRS newsletter are now available on the Newsletter Archives tab on our website. Check it out here.

Is there a topic you would like featured in an upcoming newsletter? If so, please contact us and let us know. As always, you can call us for assistance in applying any of the information from the newsletter to your personal experience.

All best,
Stephani Cave, LCPC

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