Month: May 2020

Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog, we wrote about the dance of grief and joy we are all experiencing. It is important to be in touch with our feelings and to be present with them. This doesn’t mean we should wallow in our losses, but rather acknowledge the sadness and grief, while at the same time feeling the joy and beauty around us.
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The Dance of Grief and Joy

Two women talking

MAUDE: On a zoom call yesterday, a woman shared her feelings of grief. I realized it is an aspect of coping with this time in all our lives, that we haven’t yet blogged about. She was experiencing the loss of a loved one and shared with us how she was coping with this by being present with all her feelings including her grief.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog, we wrote about how to find mutual solutions and avoid conflict. Here is some more advice on doing just that.
Interpersonal Conflict and Effective Communication “Conflicts run all the way from minor, unimportant differences to disputes which can threaten the existence of a relationship.
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How to Find Mutual Solutions and Avoid Conflict

Two women jumping in poppy field

One aspect of this stay-at-home period is how on top of each other some people are, and the risk of tension and conflict this creates. We often talk about having a conflict-free relationship. What do we mean in this instance? Conflict, as we define it, is something that causes estrangement and the feeling of distance between people.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

This week in our blog, we discussed how to handle changes in your life and relationships arising from the coronavirus. We found some good views on this, each one from a different perspective.
Our post-pandemic selves: why the virus is an opportunity to grow and develop “Without downplaying the tragedies of the current pandemic, Smith…observes ‘there is liberation in this suspension of more or less everything.
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How to Handle these Changes in Your Life

Staples from old posters

We’ve spent the last month writing about staying at home during this pandemic and how that has affected relationships of all sorts. How could we write about anything else? It seems like the only thing people are talking about these days.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog, we wrote about how our connections with community have changed as a result of the stay-at-home orders. We found some interesting articles around this subject.
Helping Others Can Help You Cope with Lockdown “Our first instinct may be to hunker down and protect ourselves and our immediate families.
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Community in the Year of the Virus

Social Distancing Group

For us, connections with others are an important part of our lives, and we’ve been made freshly aware of that because the stay-at-home regime has stopped us from meeting face-to-face with people. No more walks, meals or movies with friends. No more meetings of our writing group.
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