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The Best Support and Practices For Your Mental Health

The Best Support and Practices For Your Mental Health

A psychologist shares tips on how to find and maintain the mental health support you need. Mental health struggles can affect anyone. Even high-profile celebrities put on a brave public face to hide their struggles, and no one (not even Anthony Bourdain or Kate Spade, who both died by suicide in June 2018) is immune. But the reality is many people living with mental health issues and other invisible conditions still sweep internal despair under the rug instead of opening…

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15 Healthy Choices To Help You Be Your Best Self

15 Healthy Choices To Help You Be Your Best Self

How Many Of These Healthy HabitsHave You Incorporated Into Your Lifestyle? Take the Stairs instead of the elevator Find Something Active You Enjoy and stay active Read Labels and be on guard for less than healthy ingredients Choose Whole Grains and add more fiber to your diet Minimize Sugar where possible Minimize Salt when you can Minimize GMOS as often as possible Minimize Pesticides that can be prevalant in many of our foods Minimize HormoneDisruptors that can cause problems in your…

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10 Ideas to Help With Loneliness

10 Ideas to Help With Loneliness

Have you ever been lonely in a crowd? Have you ever been perfectly content all alone? Me too. And I have also suffered from loneliness. Loneliness is a complex mental and emotional phenomenon that has at its base a powerful emotion that has survival value for children. All of us have experienced some degree of abandonment, if only for a short time, and remember the painful and scary feeling that goes along with it. Whenever we are reminded of this…

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Positive Self-Talk: 7 Things Mentally Healthy People Tell Themselves

Positive Self-Talk: 7 Things Mentally Healthy People Tell Themselves

The messages we give to ourselves every day have enormous power. Anything that is repeated and repeated and repeated can become “truth” — even when it isn’t. Any coach will tell you that practice doesn’t necessarily make perfect but it certainly does make permanent. Repeating negative messages can wear down our sense of self as surely as a constant stream of water will wear down even the hardest stone. Repeating positive messages, on the other hand, is more like creating…

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Emotional Resilience: 9 Ways to Be Resilient in Tough Times

Emotional Resilience: 9 Ways to Be Resilient in Tough Times

How to become more emotionally resilient in the face of uncertainty. When uncertainty rocks our world, making us wonder which path to take, what decision to make, or whether to respond at all, it can be crippling for some of us if we have not developed emotional resilience. Not sure if you struggle with resilience? Take this well-being survey. If you do struggle with resilience, how do you move through the challenge? How do you respond effectively to the situation?…

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The Importance Of Self Acceptance – Stop Resisting And Find The Peace

The Importance Of Self Acceptance – Stop Resisting And Find The Peace

You’re taking a 12-question biology test. You get 10 questions right and 2 questions wrong. You decide, “I’m stupid.” You tell a joke that your friends don’t quite get. You decide, “I always play the fool.” Your boyfriend breaks up with you. You decide, “I’m unlovable.” When we lack self acceptance we bully ourselves into a rigid pursuit of perfectionism. We mercilessly judge, critique and flog ourselves into an impossible quest that dooms us to failure, guarantees unhappiness, and even…

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The Easiest Way To Kill Stress And Tension

The Easiest Way To Kill Stress And Tension

The simple instruction that reduces stress and increases energy and optimism. The easiest way to kill stress and tension is: Don’t be so hard on yourself! People who are more compassionate towards themselves experience less stress, new research finds. Self-compassion is also linked to more: optimism, feeling alive, and energy. The conclusions come from a study of students coping with their first year at college. Dr Katie Gunnell, the study’s first author, said: “Our study suggests the psychological stress students…

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Take Time Out For Yourself This Christmas

Take Time Out For Yourself This Christmas

A mental health charity is urging people to give themselves the gift of time and kindness this Christmas.  The message, from Washington Mind, comes with only days to go until the big day, and the pressure of trying to make it perfect could mean some people are well on the way to reaching their breaking point. It is so important to give yourself permission to take time out. Jacqui Reeves  People are being encouraged to take a step back and…

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13 Incredibly Smart Tips To Be Happier From Mental Health Experts

13 Incredibly Smart Tips To Be Happier From Mental Health Experts

Genius tips from people whose job it is to make you feel better. It’s pretty safe to assume that you want to be happy, because…well, who doesn’t? But how to actually make that happen is a little more elusive. BuzzFeed Life talked to a bunch of experts to get their best tips. Of course, everyone brings their own set of experiences to the table and some people might be living with mental illnesses like depression or anxiety that make things…

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Start Accepting Yourself, You’re Worth It

Start Accepting Yourself, You’re Worth It

Do you ever feel like you are simply never good enough? As a serial perfectionist, I’ve struggled for years with self-acceptance. On the one hand, never settling keeps me striving to continuously better myself. But, as many of you know too well, the thirst for self-improvement is nearly always companioned by a shadow of self-deprecation and self-loathing. There is nearly always that cruel inner voice behind every small triumph, whispering with critical malevolence, making you feel horrible in even the…

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