Weekly Roundup: St. Patrick's Day Edition - Justin Lioi, LCSW - Brooklyn, NY

So the blizzard that wasn’t happened this week. I was glad I could meet with some clients online and no one had to risk slipping or the frozen rain hitting you in the face. This weekend will bring more snow even though spring is (supposedly) around the corner.

if you’re celebrating for St. Patty’s Day be careful out there, especially if you’re raising a Guinness.

Here’s the week in blog posts at Park Slope Therapist:

  • Parenting Through Developmental Transitions: Did you love having a baby, but are not liking toddlerhood? Couldn’t wait until they started talking or wanting to avoid teenagers altogether? Most people have a developmental stage that they prefer when raising kids–do you know yours? And what are you going to do when they’re in a different one?
  • Getting Back Up After a Break Up: When ending a relationship it’s easy to get stuck in the sense that you’ll never meet the right person. During this we can work too hard to avoid feeling how hurt we actually are.
  • Working Out & Mental Health: More coping habits. We spoke in the past about journaling and meditation–here’s a no brainer, but still one we rarely do: exercise.
  • Sick of Feeling Like a Failure? Here’s What to Do About It: Once you get into this rut it’s really hard to motivate yourself to do better. Comparing yourself to others also plays a large, negative role in zapping you of feeling like a success. I give some tips to maneuver through this.
  • The Goal-Less Way to Enjoy Dating: Dating is stressful enough, but we often make it more so when we focus too much on our end result and not on the getting-to-know-you part. It’s hard to get to a great ending if we’re not enjoying the ride, though.
  • Being Selfish is a Good Thing: Full on narcissism is not what I’m talking about here, but often we don’t prioritize ourselves because we grew up with a sense that that meant we were being selfish. But you can only really be your best self for others if you are fully comfortable with you.

Justin Lioi, LCSW is a men’s mental health and relationship expert based in Brooklyn, NY (and online throughout New York State and internationally.) He received his degree from New York University and has been working in family and men’s counseling for over 10 years. Justin is on the Board of the National Association of Social Workers and writes a weekly column for the Good Men Project called Unmasking Masculinity. He can be found on local and national podcasts talking about assertiveness, anger, self-compassion, all with the goal of becoming the man you want to be.