mental health

How to Motivate Yourself When You're Depressed

Depression zaps energy and motivation. Learn how to motivate yourself when you’re depressed using a combination of self-compassion and accountability. It’s hard to motivate yourself when you’re depressed. Karen was having an off day, feeling depressed, and totally unmotivated. You know the kind — when you just feel like crawling back in bed. We all …

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Challenge Cognitive Distortions

No one thinks about themselves and others objectively. We all put our own “spin” on what happens and sometimes our thoughts get twisted up, distorted, and overly negative. You can challenge unhelpful thoughts, or cognitive distortions, and replace them with more realistic and accurate thoughts using the cognitive behavioral therapy strategies presented in this article. …

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man feeling sad on valentine's day

If you’re feeling sad on Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone. Valentine’s Day can be a depressing holiday for a lot of people. We all know that we don’t need a special day to express our love or cherish our partners. Valentine’s Day may be a “Hallmark holiday”, but none the less, most people expect their …

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woman using Grounding Techniques

Grounding is a simple, quick, and accessible way to reduce symptoms of anxiety. In this post, you’ll learn how to use this anxiety-reduction strategy. What is anxiety? Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the United States. Even if you don’t meet the clinical criteria for an anxiety disorder, I’m sure …

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woman breathing to relax

Breathing is my favorite strategy for anxiety and stress relief. It’s quick, easy, free, and you can do it anywhere. I’m going to teach you three very simple breathing exercises to reduce anxiety, but you don’t actually need any particular technique to relieve stress. You can simply slow down, breathe deeply and fully. The additional …

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Cognitive Distortions

Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected. But sometimes our thinking isn’t helpful or accurate. In this post, you’ll learn about common types of cognitive distortions and begin to identify your negative, automatic thoughts. What are cognitive distortions? Cognitive distortions are also known as thinking errors, thinking distortions, irrational thoughts, distorted thoughts, and negative automatic …

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