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Grounding Techniques to Apply to Your Life

Grounding techniques can be extremely effective for individuals who deal with anxiety or other intense emotions. Grounding is a way to cope with your thoughts and feelings by connecting yourself with the present. This is powerful because during anxiety or dissociation’s, individuals deal with traumatic flashbacks. Grounding techniques help to refocus our thoughts to theRead More

Mind, Body, and Soul

Villa Tranquil Recovery wholeheartedly believes in treating the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. There are times we nurture our physical health and our mental health takes a toll. There are other times that we are focused on our mental health and our physical health may be lacking. There are many aspects of our health,Read More

Grieving a Loss

Grief can be a whirlpool of emotions. You may be able to get through one stage of grief but then get stuck in another. Getting stuck in one stage can look like going around and around for a long time — you aren’t making any progress. You may feel like life has come crashing downRead More

From Comfort to Growth

We often stay in our comfort zone because, well, it’s comfortable — but is comfort good for us? While yes, we feel safe and in control in our comfort zones, we don’t grow there. We don’t push ourselves to learn more and be better and truly grow. Comfort and growth are mutually exclusive. We tradeRead More

Dealing with Self-Harm Urges

Some individuals who are dealing with extreme feelings cope by self-harming. Self-harm can bring momentary relief for some individuals, but once the relief has subsided, they are left wanting more. Self-harm urges can be a lot to deal with, especially when someone is in a vulnerable state. Self-harm urges indicate that there are deeper emotionalRead More

Building Healthy Relationships

Codependent relationships are unhealthy relationships that are usually one-sided and emotionally damaging. Relationships that are codependent often include an individual with a substance use disorder. Codependency breeds destruction and dysfunction.  Codependent relationships Individuals in codependent relationships often struggle to be their own person. Codependency emerges when there are differences in the relationship. Disagreements often turnRead More


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that many people are familiar with. PTSD occurs after a traumatic event. When triggered, individuals with PTSD suddenly find themselves in “fight or flight” mode. “Fight or flight” is a response that occurs when an individual believes there is a threat. Their brain and body immediately goRead More

Practicing Active Listening

Active listening may seem redundant because listening requires your active attention. However, many people who are engaging in a conversation are not practicing the technique of active listening. Active listening requires concentration on what the other person is saying, not just merely hearing what’s being said. Active listening requires your full attention. If you aren’tRead More

LGBT+ Recovery

Stigma is attached to mental health issues, but for LGBT+ individuals, there is a double stigma. Those who are LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Other) face discrimination so much more often than their straight, cisgender peers. They are also more likely to struggle with mental health issues, according to the National Alliance on MentalRead More

Cognitive Distortions You Need to Dispel to Recover

Cognitive distortions try to make us believe things that aren’t true. They are ways our brain tricks us into accepting our negative and irrational thoughts. Cognitive distortions are especially tough to deal with for people with a mental illness. Negative self-talk can turn into a never-ending cycle. Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to help you becomeRead More