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Mother’s Day When You Aren’t Close to Your Mother

Mother’s Day is painful when you’re not close to your mother. For many, Mother’s Day is a stark reminder of a relationship that’s fractured, distant, or even non-existent. Strained mother-child relationships are not uncommon, yet our communities, families, and the media persist in portraying mothers as angels and mother-child relationships as unbreakable. The pressure to …

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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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2024 New Year Journal Prompts

The start of the year is a natural time to reflect and plan. Use these 2024 new year journal prompts to gain clarity, set intentions, and explore your hopes and goals for the upcoming year. You’ll find prompts for introspection, gratitude, and everything in between! As 2023 winds down, it’s the perfect time to reflect …

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Guilt-Free Boundaries

Many of us avoid setting boundaries because we feel guilty when we set a limit or ask for something. Feeling guilty is understandable, but often not warranted. The tips in this article can help you set boundaries without guilt. Boundaries are important for several reasons. They create healthy relationships and clear expectations. Boundaries protect us …

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2023 new year journal prompts

As 2022 winds down, it’s useful reflect on the year with some new year journal prompts. It’s an opportunity to consider the positives, disappointments, and challenges, as well as set intentions for the new year ahead. When we move on too quickly, we don’t fully examine how these experiences have impacted us and the ways …

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Balance self-care and caring for others

Self-care is the act of doing something that increases your health and wellbeing. Self-care restores your energy and “fills you up” emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It’s treating yourself with love and compassion. Self-care helps prevent burnout and is an essential part of living a healthy, happy life. But some people have a hard time doing …

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End of year reflection journal prompts

The end of 2021 is finally here! Even though it’s been a difficult year for many of us, it’s useful to reflect on the past – to grieve our losses, notice what we overcame and learned, and acknowledge the positives. When we move on too quickly, we may miss the complexity of how these experiences …

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Coping with the holidays

I’ve gathered all of my resources for coping with the holidays here for easy access. If you’re having a hard time, I hope you’ll find some support and guidance to help you through the challenges that often come with the holidays. Articles Podcasts Free Guide Paid Resources

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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heart made of flowers

Self-compassion or self-love can feel uncomfortable, but you can learn to love yourself with this simple approach. This post contains an affiliate link, which means we may earn a small commission if you make a purchase through our links. There is no added cost for you. How do you love yourself? When I ask people …

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