Feeling stuck? How to help yourself

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We all have had moments when we felt “stuck” or like we’ve hit a wall. Being stuck is an inner feeling of stagnation and paralysis and feels beyond our control. When we feel stuck, we question our core purpose, our life’s path, and even our past and future decisions. It makes our lives seem confusing, hopeless […]

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Being present allows for long-lasting memories

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Too often, our busy schedules can rob us of the gift of living in the present moment. We’re racing from one task to the next, multitasking, or anticipating what’s ahead, and many of us spend our time thinking about something other than what we’re actually doing at any given moment. These factors can make our […]

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Stop the cycle of self-sabotage

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If you often find that, despite good intentions, your efforts are often backfiring, you may be unknowingly using self-sabotaging tactics and engaging in self-sabotaging behaviors. Self-sabotaging behaviors are made up of a complex set of actions and thoughts that ruin our good intentions and negatively affect our relationships, employment, health, quality of life and emotional […]

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During transition, focus on self-reflection

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Major transitions are a part of life. And–although change is often exciting–it’s also stressful, disruptive, and very emotional. Some major transitions are planned, like retirement, marriage, and career changes, while others can happen without notice and deeply affect our sense of security and identity. No matter how major life transitions happen, taking the time for […]

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Setting Healthy Boundaries

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For many people, setting these boundaries can be challenging and, in some cases, a completely new concept. Boundary setting habits are often learned in childhood,  so the ease or difficulty one has is related to how he was raised. For those raised in an environment where respectful, consistent, and age-appropriate boundaries were the norm, it […]

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The Ups and Downs Of Emotionally Sensitive People

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We all have experienced feeling emotionally overwhelmed at one time or another in our lives. The intensity of our emotions usually reflect accurately the circumstance we are faced with such as the death of a loved one, loss of a job, illness or divorce. The emotionally sensitive person however is constantly overwhelmed by his or her emotions, […]

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How Constructively Confronting Our Emotions Can Make Us Happier

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No one enjoys experiencing negative emotions. After all, they’re painful. Our brains are hardwired to seek pleasure and avoid pain. As such, we suppress jealously, envy, shame, embarrassment, guilt, fear and anxiety, berating ourselves for feeling that way. We associate these feelings with weakness, suffering in silence and isolation.   Constructively confronting our negative emotions, without abandoning our emotional selves, […]

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Classic Defense Mechanisms: The Good and the Bad, Part 2

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As a follow-up to my last blog, here are some helpful tips for recognizing defense mechanisms, and strategies to help counter them: 1. Keep a journal. Set aside time each day to write about your feelings. It will help you gain clarity and context. 2. Try to identify the feelings you might be avoiding by using […]

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Classic Defense Mechanisms: The Good and the Bad

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Defense mechanisms keep us in check and balanced. But, as with most things in life, there are healthy defense mechanisms (which prevent us from acting out in negative ways) and unhealthy ones (which simply make things worse). DMs help us manage our unconscious and unacceptable thoughts and urges, curbing anxiety and the other negative feelings […]

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