Dr. Donald Gilbert, MS, PhD, LMHC, BCPC
7 Strategies to Help Avoid Getting Sick
There is no shortage of “couch doctors” advising on social media today. It is hard to separate fact from fiction. Our ‘healthcare’ is more about ‘sick care’ these days. What can you do to stay healthy and protect yourself from disease? Who do you listen to?
I am not an MD. Let me state that upfront. Research does give us some clues about strategies that are tried and true, that can at least assist in healthy “Self-Care”. I want strategies that I can practice, that are practical, and simple to add to my busy life.
Here are a few that I have come up with.
Active Listening is a Forgotten Communication Skill
Active listening is a vital communication skill that can deepen connection and understanding in all types of relationships. However when active listening is missing, it can have big consequences. When we forget the IMPORTANCE of listening, we are consciously or unconsciously saying we value our thoughts and opinions more than the person we are talking to. Keep reading for 7 ways listening improves your relationships.Read More
The Real Cost of Blame
How much control you believe you have over your feelings and circumstances can affect your mental health and lead to a pattern of blame, negative self-talk, depression, and anger. Read more about how you can regain control over your emotional wellbeing.Read More
Legacy Building: What will you leave behind?
Your legacy is something that lasts long after you’re gone- it’s not just about money. It is the relational ideals, the intangibles, the attitudes, the Godly perspective, and principles that will guide them as they pass those qualities on to their children. What Legacy are you passing on this father’s day?Read More
Speak Up: Breaking Your Silence
We all want to be known, heard, and understood in our relationships. But the only way to do that is by speaking up and making yourself heard. Depending on your past experiences, including how you were raised and what your relationships (romantic and otherwise) have looked like, speaking up might not come naturally. Your…Read More
Everyone wants some level of control in their life. It makes us feel safe, solid, and independent. However, problems can arise when we force that control onto those around us. Have you ever been told that you’re controlling? Have you ever taken time to reflect on how your communication style may be unconsciously communicating something…Read More
The Importance of Being a Father
Today in America, we see a clear decline of our societal foundations. David Popenoe wrote in his book Families Without Fathers, “The past three decades have seen a steep rise in crime, declining interpersonal and political trust, growing personal greed, deteriorating communities, and increasing confusion over moral issues.” People no longer conduct themselves according to the…Read More
Beat the blues
The cold weather and snow finally seem to be wrapping up, but that doesn’t mean your “winter blues” are headed out the door. In places where the sun doesn’t shine much of the year, up to 9% of Americans are impacted by SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). SAD is characterized by feeling “down” more than usual…Read More
The language of love
Close your eyes and think of the last time you felt deeply loved and appreciated. What did that person do to make you feel so special? Did they give you a warm hug? Bring home a personal gift after a vacation? Tell you how immensely proud they were of you? Whatever it was, they were…Read More
Date your spouse
The excitement and allure of dating shouldn’t disappear once you’ve sealed the deal with marriage. Not only should the fire and passion stick around, but grow in strength and depth. Dating your spouse is an incredibly powerful tool to keep your connection strong and encourage continuous growth. However, for some couples, especially those with kids…Read More