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New Year’s Resolutions are bad for Your Mental Health: Why You Shouldn’t Beat Yourself up About This Year

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“Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.” – Morihei Ueshiba New Year’s is a time to start over. Like a clean slate, once the ball drops at midnight, we would all like to be magically transformed into a better version of ourselves. The problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that they aren’t only not helpful to …

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5 Ways to Take the Stress Out of the Holidays

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…and for most people, that means they’re starting to feel stressed. In fact, a Healthline survey in 2015 found that 62% of people find the holidays “somewhat or very stressful.” The holidays should be a time for celebrating, relaxing, and making memories with the people we love. But underneath all the festive fun, …

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Not so Merry? Make the Season Brighter with these Holiday Self-care Tips

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As Christmas songs play in the background, and your family gathers around the fire, you are internally stressing about the money you’ve spent on presents and the roast in the oven? Why are the holidays so challenging for mental health?  In your view, everything was supposed to be perfect this year, but you feel overwhelmed and totally stressed out. Perfection …

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3 Ways Resilience Training Enhances Your Quality of Life

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In 2002, the Journal of Gerontological Social Work published an astonishing account of resilience among survivors of the Holocaust. During 13 interviews with survivors, the author, Roberta R. Greene from Indiana University, documented what character traits allowed the interviewees to not only survive but thrive during a period of post-war adaptation. What secrets of resiliency did this study uncover from …

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Am I Having a Midlife Crisis?

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When the words “midlife crisis” are mentioned, we almost always immediately think about a man in his mid to late 50’s driving around in a cherry red sports car and breaking apart his marriage. This image is not only outdated, but it’s also detrimental. This commonly held assumption about a midlife crisis does a grave disservice to the people going …

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How Talking About Your Problems Relieves Stress

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When was the last time you said out loud, “I need help”? It can be tough opening up. Most of us were taught that to express emotions is a sign of weakness. But, it’s so important to share your experiences with others as a healthy way to overcome challenges and hardships. If you are reading this and going through symptoms …

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50 Coping Skills to Help You Manage Stress

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Most of us are incredibly familiar with the experience of stress. In the past year alone, approximately three-quarters of adults in the US have experienced both the psychological and physical symptoms of stress. We are most often stressed out about work, finances, relationships, and the general political climate. These days, it’s almost impossible to escape the shadow stress casts over …

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Platonic Friendship: The Benefits of Having Friends Without Benefits

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Is it ever possible to have healthy platonic friendships, without feelings or sexual attractions getting in the way? In the iconic scene from the 1989 film, When Harry Met Sally, Billy Cristol’s character Harry, tells Sally (Meg Ryan), ‘…men and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.” Of course, Harry was describing a heterosexual …

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Take the 7-Day Self-Compassion Challenge & Feel Better About Life

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“If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others If you have no compassion for yourself, then you are not able of developing compassion for others.” Dalai Lama It’s easy to talk about compassion, but it’s often difficult to put that compassion into practice. How can you build a compassionate life in …