15 Date Ideas for Couples
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by Newport Beach Christian Counselor
2w ago
One of the main purposes of dating is for two people to spend quality time together, connect with one another, share experiences, and get to know each other better. Looking for some fresh date ideas for couples? Here are fifteen suggestions below. At the beginning of a relationship, dating provides an opportunity to explore your compatibility and potential suitability to become a long-term couple. Deeper into the relationship, it helps strengthen the connection between you and your spouse and keep romance alive. Finding time for date nights can be challenging, especially if you have young chil ..read more
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Common Symptoms of Reactive Attachment Disorder in Children, Adolescents, and Adults
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by Newport Beach Christian Counselor
1M ago
Reactive attachment disorder, also known as RAD, is a condition that affects a child’s ability to bond with significant people in his or her life due to his or her emotional needs going unmet during infancy or serious abuse or neglect. It is most likely to occur in children who live in orphanages or other institutional settings, have been in multiple foster care homes, or whose mother or primary caregiver has been physically or emotionally absent for extended periods. As children with reactive attachment disorder get older, their symptoms fall into one of two subtypes – inhibited reactive atta ..read more
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What Depression Feels Like
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by Newport Beach Christian Counselor
1M ago
Do you ever wonder if you are depressed or just sad? If so, this article on what depression feels like may be for you. Key differences between sadness and depression Sadness is a normal emotional reaction to a particular experience such as a painful event, rejection, or disappointment. Though it temporarily changes your mood, you can still go about your day and have moments when you are able to laugh or be comforted. Eventually, it fades on its own. Depression, on the other hand, is an all-encompassing and debilitating mood disorder that occurs without any apparent reason and that left untreat ..read more
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Simple Ways to Connect with Your Teen
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by Newport Beach Christian Counselor
1M ago
As parents, when we gaze at our teens, we are flooded with complex thoughts and feelings. How did they grow up so fast? Why, if we love them so much, do they drive us so crazy? We long for the connection that we once had with them when they were younger. All these thoughts and feelings are normal. But what is the best way to connect with your teen? The teen years are full of changes, from physical changes that we can visualize, like height and hairstyle choices, to those we cannot see, like their thoughts and feelings. They, too, are caught in the middle of this just as much as we are, full of ..read more
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Crafting a Healthy Morning Routine for Your Wellbeing
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by Newport Beach Christian Counselor
2M ago
In a Jim Carrey movie, The Truman Show, the main character had a consistent morning routine and a predictable life. His signature line which he spouted daily to his neighbors was: “Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!” One of the reasons Truman’s life was so consistent and predictable was because, unbeknownst to him, his life was a television show that viewers across the globe tuned in to watch. He lived his life on a set, a contained space, which was tightly regulated. Most of us will likely not have lives that are as well regimented as Truma ..read more
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Bible Verses About Trusting God in Difficult Times
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by Newport Beach Christian Counselor
3M ago
A cursory glance at the news headlines or the trending hashtags on social media is enough to alert you to the fact that we’re in trouble. There is a lot of good that is going on in our world, but that fact cannot blind one to the reality that things are not what they’re supposed to be. And it’s not just in the world out there, though that affects us personally too. It’s the fact that in our personal lives, things are also not what they’re supposed to be. Trusting God in such times is tough. For every one of our personal problems that cause us concern and anxiety, there is someone out there sel ..read more
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On Mates and Marriages: Navigating Conflict and Life as a Team
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by Newport Beach Christian Counselor
3M ago
We have an enemy who leverages assault against all that God has created and approved. It may not surprise us that Satan opposes the image of God, in us as individuals, couples, families, and communities. We see the enemy launch divisive attacks on marriage generally, but we feel it when it seeks to dissolve our particular marital bond. Jesus, however, came to give us an abundant life in every area, including our marriages (John 10:10). Trouble will present in the paradise we imagined marriage to be. Simply stated, our marital challenges will sometimes look like problems with one another. We ma ..read more
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6 Stress Eating Signs to Watch For
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by Newport Beach Christian Counselor
3M ago
Stress eating is more common now than ever with the accessibility of so much food. In the past, when convenience, prepackaged, and fast foods did not exist, people had to farm or purchase fresh foods and prepare those foods before consumption. Now, reaching for a bowl of candy or a bag of pretzels for temporary stress relief is easy. We often do not think twice about it. As many as 27% of adults turn to this practice, according to the American Psychological Association. Of the people who reported stress eating, a whopping 34% identified the behavior as a habit. Are you concerned about stress e ..read more
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Building Self-Esteem One Choice at a Time
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by Newport Beach Christian Counselor
6M ago
Building self-esteem and increasing confidence starts with making the right choices at the right time. When we consistently make productive choices and act on them, we see a boost in our confidence and how we think about ourselves. No longer do we believe the nonsense that we are not smart enough, attractive enough, or productive enough to get things done. We learn how to set goals and follow through, one choice at a time. Building self-esteem is a natural result of following through. Building self-esteem and making better decisions. Since our thoughts influence our emotions and behaviors, le ..read more
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Burnout, Boundaries, and Balance: Navigating Codependency at Work
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by Newport Beach Christian Counselor
6M ago
Between deadlines and competing demands, responsibilities at work can destabilize us and cause us to feel overwhelmed when serving the marketplace with our gifts. This may encumber us with an unnecessary burden of responsibility, goading us into codependency at work, trying to save the world and our workplace. Although there are tasks to manage, codependency at work can tempt us to overcompensate for the actions or inertia of others with personal investments of time and effort we cannot afford. Simply doing more doesn’t make us more productive or effective, but rather strains resolve if we con ..read more
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