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Gail Petrowsky

How Do We Create Successful Relationships?

creating healthy relationships

As a life coach and seminar leader for more than 35 years, I keep hearing all of the reasons why relationships do not work. I can tell you after being happily married for 53 years, yes to the same man, that relationships can work successfully. 

So much has been written is the last few years about relationship problems including many books with an emphasis on codependent unhealthy relationships. Some that deal with addictions or abuse or obsessive love. However little is said about how to create and sustain a healthy functional relationship. 

You may be frustrated by being told how not to act in a relationship… but left not understanding how to behave instead. 

I watched my own parents struggle with an unhappy marriage. I decided early on that to create a good relationship with another, you first have to truly know who you are and what you want in your life and relationships, and to always continue learning about your answer.

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How Stress Can Affect Your Body

Too much stress can have serious effects on your body

Most of us understand that too much stress can have a negative impact on our body. Over time, the effects of stress on the body can contribute not just to unhappiness, but potentially devastating physical ailments.

Emotional and physical reactions to stress are partly determined by the sensitivity of your sympathetic nervous system. This system provides the fight or flight reaction in response to stress and excitement, speeding up and heightening the pulse rate, respiration, muscle tension, glandular function, and circulation of the blood. These are not always a bad thing, and were helpful to survival in ancient times.

But these same physical symptoms of stress that helped keep our ancestors alive often have a detrimental effect in today’s modern world.

If you have recurring symptoms of anxiety when facing major or minor emotional upsets, your thoughts are likely having a more negative than positive effect. Your thoughts and how you react to them can cause an overreaction of your sympathetic system. 

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Progressive Relaxation - A Technique for Controlling Stress and Finding Balance

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a technique that will help you deal with stress, relax and center yourself. While you can turn to Progressive Relaxation In times of extreme stress, including a relaxation and meditation practice as a daily ritual will help you become a more balanced, healthy and fulfilled person.

This article is an introduction to a progressive relaxation technique you can use to decrease your stress and gain more control over your mind and body.

Dr. Edmund Jacobson, a Harvard trained Psychiatrist developed the progressive relaxation method nearly 80 years ago after noticing that people under stress tensed their muscles, and that tension created anxiety, headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure and colitis.

How to Practice Progressive Relaxation

  • Go to a quiet, softly lit room. Shut the door and sit in a comfortable chair, feet flat on the floor, eyes closed. 

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Personal Therapy

Personal Therapy Services

I am here to help you grow as a person. My goal in life is “Creating A World of Wellness, One Person At A Time.”

To help achieve that goal I offer one-on-one therapy to help you understand yourself and what you need to do to move forward.

  • Aren't sure what you’re doing with your life?
  • Feeling Stuck?
  • Tired of Spinning Your Wheels, not achieving your personal dreams and goals??
  • Is there something missing from your relationships?

Do you want to take back control of your life?

Let me help you become the person you were meant to be.

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Stress Relief from Laughter? No Joke!

Stress release and laughter

Laughing out loud is great stress relief. This simple act can help your health and improve your mood in untold ways.

Don’t believe me?

Short term, when you laugh it lightens your mental and emotional load by causing physical changes in your body. Laughter stimulates your organs by taking in oxygen-rich air, and at the same time releasing endorphins in your brain that cause calm and relaxation.

Long term, laughing improves your body’s immune system, helping you fight off sicknesses of all kinds, promoting longevity and well-being.


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