Ask Dr. Lowenstein: What can I do if my thoughts are keeping me awake at night?

Throughout the pandemic, many people struggled with getting a good night’s sleep. But even before then, more than 50 million Americans suffered from a sleep disorder, according to the American Sleep Association. The most common sleep disorder is insomnia, which is defined as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night. All too often, […]

How Divorce Affects Adult Children

And how to lessen the impact When a couple with young children decides to divorce, naturally they will be concerned about how the decision affects their kids. Children in their developmental years are not only dependent on their parents, but they are also impressionable. It’s a lot for them to comprehend. While it makes sense […]

Ask Dr. Lowenstein: Is it stress or anxiety, and is there a difference?

Stress is defined as a feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure, according to the Mental Health Foundation. It’s the body’s response to certain life situations, something external such as an argument with your spouse, too many deadlines at work, or concern about paying your bills. The feeling usually […]

Summer Vacations Post-Divorce

If you’re recently divorced, summer could look a lot different this year. When kids are involved, summer break – and especially family vacations – may be difficult to navigate. Although there’s not one, perfect solution to ensure harmony, the right approach and a positive attitude go a long way toward making the summer enjoyable and […]

Ask Dr. Lowenstein: Is laughter really good for your mental health?

You’ve likely heard the expression: Laughter is the best medicine. What you may not know is that science actually supports it. In fact, laughter produces chemicals in the body that can enhance your physical and mental health. How it works Almost immediately, laughter activates and relieves your stress response so you feel more relaxed. At […]

How Divorced Parents Can Help Their Teen Navigate the College Process

A common mantra for separated or divorced parents is to always put their child’s interests first. This certainly comes into play as the teens of divorced parents embark on their higher education journey. When the time comes to help your teen research, apply and pay for college, it’s important for you and your ex-spouse to […]

Ask Dr. Lowenstein: What can I do today to fight racism?

The American Psychological Association defines racism as “a personal belief in the superiority of one’s race over another,” and institutionalized racism as “a system of assigning value and allocating opportunity based on skin color.” The latter “unfairly privileges some individuals and groups over others and influences social institutions in our legal, educational, and governmental systems.” […]

Divorced and Dating During the Pandemic

It takes time to heal and recover from a divorce. In fact, there’s no set amount of time that determines when you’ll be ready to date again. But even if you’re ready, the pandemic has made it difficult, if not impossible, to connect with other singles. Even now that vaccinations are becoming readily available, you […]

Ask Dr. Lowenstein: What’s the relationship between exercise and mental health?

You’ve heard it said that exercise can improve your mood. But how is that possible when you’re depressed and struggling to get out of bed? Here’s how it works: When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are a group of hormones, or chemicals. The endorphins activate opioid receptors in the brain, resulting in decreased […]

Enjoying Valentine’s Day Post-Divorce

Valentine’s Day is not often a favorite holiday among single adults, and it can feel particularly lonely for the recently divorced. This time of year may leave you longing for the fairy tale romance seen in advertisements or recalling painful memories with your ex-spouse. Wherever you fall on the spectrum of emotions, don’t let February […]