mental health

Managing triggers when setting boundaries with family of origin

Setting boundaries with your family can stir up old emotional wounds. Learning to manage your triggers will help you set more effective boundaries. What are Boundaries and Why Are They Important? Boundaries are the invisible lines we draw to define what’s acceptable and unacceptable behavior. They encompass how much of ourselves we share emotionally and …

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The holidays tend to be a “season of stress” for many of us. There’s often too much to do, pressure to find and buy the perfect gifts, obligations to spend time with relatives whom we’d rather not see, and an expectation that we will do it all with ease. And on top of that, you …

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Gratitude during difficult times

Gratitude doesn’t always come easy When times are tough—and you’re feeling discouraged, alone, anxious, or angry—it’s hard to be grateful. We know we’re supposed to feel grateful. It’s Thanksgiving time after all. But you may be having a hard time tapping into gratitude right now.   Perhaps you’re out of work or you dread seeing your …

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25 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

In this article, you’ll learn what it means to be emotionally healthy and various ways you can improve your emotional health. What is emotional health? According to familydoctor.org, “People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They are able to cope with life’s challenges. They can keep problems in …

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Young woman sad on Christmas

The holidays are difficult for a lot of people. It could be that your holidays involve family conflicts, financial pressures, or are associated with bad memories. And even if you generally enjoy the holidays, they can be stressful because you’re extra busy, not following your normal routine, and feel tired and overwhelmed. Most of us …

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Being at home during the COVID-19 quarantine presents different challenges and benefits for each of us. For some people, extra time at home allows them to enjoy quality time as a family that they wouldn’t ordinarily have. And for others, being with family 24/7 is exhausting, frustrating, and demoralizing. Spending large amounts of time cooped …

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Increase your happiness with positive psychology

Positive Psychology shows us how to increase happiness by focusing on the positives and training our brains to use our strengths. Increase happiness Are you feeling discouraged about your health, your job, or the political climate in our country? Are you worried about a loved one who is struggling? Do you feel stuck in a …

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Insomnia In Times of Stress, Uncertainty, and COVID-19

  Are you experiencing insomnia due to COVID-19? How have you been sleeping? Are you having trouble sleeping or experiencing insomnia due to COVID-19 and the stress and uncertainty associated with the coronavirus outbreak? I’m fortunate that I don’t suffer from insomnia very often. But even I’ve been waking up in the middle of the …

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Winter self-care

Self-Care is Always Important Self-care includes all the things we do to maintain or improve our wellbeing. We all know how important basic self-care activities such as adequate sleep, exercise, healthy eating, hobbies, and spending time with friends are. If we don’t prioritize self-care, we feel lousy. Our health suffers. We get sick. We’re irritable, …

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Excellence not perfection

In this article, you’ll learn about the difference between striving for excellence and perfectionism—and how striving for excellence can lead to better results! The difference between excellence and perfection When we strive for excellence, we have high standards. And in general, there’s nothing wrong with having high standards. In fact, it can be a good …

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