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Book details
  • SubGenre:Emotions
  • Language:English
  • Pages:312
  • eBook ISBN:9780984490332

Peace in the Heart and Home

A Down-to-Earth Guide to Creating a Better Life for You and Your Loved Ones

by Charlette Mikulka

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The average person isn't thriving. Anxiety, depression, addictions, physical dysfunction and marital strife are running rampant. Most people use a "band-aid" approach to fix their problems. They look for peace in all the wrong places. When those who suffer are parents, their children breathe in the stress and pain and inherit the legacy. Peace in the Heart and Home offers a wealth of explicit, down-to-earth professional guidance, resources, healing methods, skills and anecdotes. Written in memorable, non-abstract language, it explains, inspires and empowers. Silver Medal- Parenting- Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze Medal- Personal Growth- "Books for Better Living" Living Now Book Awards Finalist- Family and Relationships- Upcoming ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards Endorsed by authorities in the fields of stress, mental health, trauma, mind-body medicine, couple and family therapy, neuroscience and contemplative wisdom.
Most people find it very difficult to manage relationships and the emotions they provoke. Instead of home being a place of peace, it is too often a source of hurt and deprivation. Disappointment, loneliness, fear, frustration and stress take a high toll on people’s functioning and quality of life. Marital discord and family conflict prevent family members from experiencing a safe haven. As a result, depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, compulsions, addictions and attention problems are practically epidemic in our society. It is common for the average person to turn to medications and over-the-counter substances to manage a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms. Serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, sleep disorders, migraines, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue interfere with feelings of competence, self-worth and peace. Fortunately, scientific research and knowledge have been proliferating in the past few decades, helping us to understand the brain, attachment relationships and their interplay with physical and mental health. We now know how to prevent and heal the relationship stress and trauma that is at the root of most of the above-mentioned conditions. Also, mental health and marriage and family practitioners have been learning how to help couples create secure attachment bonds with each other and their children. Peace in the Heart and Home provides a clear and accessible overview of the dynamics that overwhelm the average person, couple and family. It takes the mystery out of their struggles. The book then provides abundant, explicit advice and a wide array of effective skills, resources and methods for managing emotions, healing trauma, building self-awareness and fostering effective and fulfilling relationships. Peace in the Heart and Home is the manual on life and relationships that so many have been wishing they had. A multitude of memorable anecdotes, metaphors and quotations bring the material to life and will resonate with readers’ most meaningful experiences. This book will also benefit helping professionals as they develop a deeper understanding of the most powerful dynamics and practices that foster wellbeing.
About the author
Charlette Mikulka is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with three decades of professional experience. Charlette maintains a full time private psychotherapy practice serving individuals, couples and families. The problems addressed include depression, low-self-esteem, stress, anxiety and fear, anger, past and recent trauma, compulsions and relationship difficulties. Charlette's personal experience has contributed greatly to her knowledge of couple and family dynamics, the subject of her book, Peace in the Heart and Home. She has reflected deeply on her emotional and relational experience within her family of origin and adult family. She and her husband, Joe, have been together for forty years.They have two sons, Michael, 26 and Christopher, 21. As well as enjoying her family, her profession and learning, Charlette loves being with friends, appreciating and photographing nature and architecture, walking, bicycling, quilting, singing, cooking and visiting her favorite places: New York City; the New Jersey Shore; New Hope, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
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