Posts by jenetdove
You Don’t Have to Do It All. Burnout Prevention Strategies for Better Mental Health
Can we collectively agree we’ve been through a lot over the past couple of years? From never-ending pandemics to possible recessions and coping with the emotional turmoil that comes with it, for some of us, burnout has been inevitable. But it’s not just the external situations that are hurting us; we often do more…Read More
Perfectionism: The Silent Saboteur of Mental Health – Why I Make It a Priority to Address This Issue as a Therapist
What would you feel if someone told you, “You’re not good enough?” Does this soul-crushing statement linger with you even as you continue reading? As someone who has battled against perfectionism since I was young, I intimately understand the anguish and despair that the thought of not living up to the world’s standards can…Read More
How to Escape The Comparison Trap and Find Inner Peace
Have you ever mindlessly scrolled through social media after a long day of work and stumbled upon a post from a colleague or a friend who is celebrating a major life achievement or showing off their weight loss on a beautiful beach? What were your observations as you looked through the numerous likes and…Read More
The Radical Art of Failure: How Learning How to Fail Can Lead Us to Our Best Life
FAILURE: If reading this word made you feel uneasy, you’re not alone! The mere mention of failure can incite deep-seated anxiety in many, and understandably so. Society has conditioned us to view failure as something negative, something to be avoided at all costs. But what if I told you that failure is actually…Read More
How to set boundaries as a form of self-care
Did you know an essential part of your self-care journey should include setting boundaries? If this sounds unsettling, I understand why. When people speak on self-care they often only talk about the good things, the breakthroughs that they had with changing their diet, or their first yoga session, oftentimes the conversations around self-care…Read More
What Does Self-Care Actually Mean? Practical Self-Care Advice from a Licensed Therapist
If you were to tell your friends that you’re embarking on a self-care journey, how would they respond? Would they be supportive or confused or a bit of both? Why is this? To be honest, self-care is a subject with a lot of gray areas and ambiguity. The true meaning of it has been twisted…Read More
What causes us to prioritize the needs of others over our own?
Imagine it’s Friday at 5 p.m. You’re at work and you’ve completed your last task of the day, and suddenly you get a notification from your boss on Slack or Microsoft Teams or whatever corporate platform is propelling you to operate as your most productive self—and they ask you to stay later to finish up…Read More
How to make soft living a reality?
Soft living is a lifestyle that promotes wellness, simplicity, and relaxation. It is based on the idea of living life with intention and taking care of one’s body and mind. Unfortunately, Black women and women of color have often been denied access to this gentle, stress-free lifestyle due to a long history of oppression,…Read More
Why Perfectionism is Killing You Softly
What does it mean to be perfect? Does striving for perfection make our lives better, or is it a risky path that can have negative effects? These are questions I often explore in my practice with individuals who struggle with perfectionism. From personal experience, I can tell you that if left unchecked, perfectionism can have…Read More
Got a lot to be mad about?
I wanted to write a post based on a song by Solange Knowles titled “Mad.” This song is about the frustrations she experiences as a black woman living in a society where her opinions and emotions are often not respected or valued. She sings about the need to keep her anger and frustration inside, as…Read More