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​ Possible causes for emotional imbalance

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While some people are naturally more emotional than others, we all have days that are more trying than others. This could be due to a few reasons, including stress, diet, hormonal change...

 

Emotional wellbeing linked to physical wellbeing

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Research has proven that physical activity can help bring emotional wellbeing into focus. It’s important to know that mental wellbeing does not mean being happy all the time, and it does ...

 

Honoring our lost mothers

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It’s important to include our mothers who have passed on as we we celebrate Mother’s Day. In fact, Hope Edelman, Author of Motherless Daughters offers this advice: Look for ways to ho...

 

Talking to yourself can be a great conversation

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What we say to ourselves, when we say it, and how, has a tremendous impact on our self-esteem, beliefs about self-efficacy, and overall sense of worth. Dr. Julia Harper, an occupation...

 

Emotional Benefits of Holidays

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During times of uncertainty and danger, people often use rituals to reduce their stress and exert control over their environment. From reciting blessings to raising a glass to make a toa...

 

Feeling Nostalgic

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We are often told the secret to happiness is to live in the moment. However, research shows that feeling nostalgic for our past has its benefits as well. According to Linda Rising, a...

 

Adopt a sunny outlook

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Optimism is a mental mindset of hope and confidence for a positive future. Optimists are those who expect good things to happen, where pessimists instead predict unfavorable outcomes. Op...

 

​ Write down your anger

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A common recommendation for people who are angry at someone is to ask them to write the person they are angry with a letter but do not send it. While that might seem like a waste of time, sc...

 

​ Start a gratitude journal

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Experts agree that giving thanks is good for your mental health. You can take a simple step to living a more grateful life by starting a gratitude journal. Here are some tips:Start off by li...

 

Reset Your Mindset

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A mindset is a collection of beliefs we each have about ourselves and the world around us. When things aren’t going well, we tend to think more negatively about everything. Sometimes, it...

 

Flowers Improve Emotional Health

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According to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health – flowers. The presence of flo...

 

Focus on positive thinking

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Even the most optimistic person hits a wall sometimes and finds it difficult to look on the bright side of life. Research shows that adopting a positive outlook is critical to our emotio...

 

How pets can improve your health

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Studies have shown that pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.And they deal with stress more effectively. People with pets have lower blood pressur...

 

Positive relationships make you feel better

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Adults who have a circle of friends are healthier and can even live longer than those who don’t. Research has shown that people who are part of a strong social network have a lower risk ...

 

Understanding stress

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Stress is a part of life. Most of us feel it when we are stuck in traffic, running late or working under a deadline, while a little stress is nothing to fret about, the kind of intense w...

 

Dealing with discouragement

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As we near the end of January many of us will be evaluating how we are doing with our new year’s resolutions. If things seem right on track, that will certainly be a boost to your mood. ...

 

Pandemic Frustration is real

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Research has shown that many people are experiencing increased frustration, agitation or anger throughout the course of the COVID-19. And over time, that anger becomes exhausting. Exp...

 

Emotional self-care in the new year

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Many people make resolutions in the new year to improve their physical health. Now is also the time to make some resolutions to improve your emotional health. As the new year begins, ask you...

 

​ Avoid the winter blahs with Vitamin D

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People who develop mild depression during the winter months may have insufficient levels of vitamin D. Research investigating this association suggests that daily intake of 4,000 IU of v...

 

Rid yourself of toxic people

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As we ring in the new year and focus on our resolutions, you may consider who you are bringing with you into 2022 and re-examine their place in your life. Toxic relationships can come in...

 

Missing loved ones during the holidays

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It is natural to miss loved ones during the holidays. For some, missing a deceased parent or spouse becomes particularly difficult at Christmas time. How you choose to cope with the feel...

 

​ Staying sober this holiday season

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If you are in recovery and are not drinking due to an alcohol use disorder, being around alcohol at all, particularly in the early days, can be next to impossible. Instead of risking a reaso...

 

​ Holiday stress? Remember what really matters

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With long lines and nasty traffic, the holidays can get hectic. When overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle, ask yourself: Where does this fit in the grand scheme of things? If you’re ...

 

Beat the holiday blues

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Here are some positive actions that can help you prevent the holiday blues. Source: https://ct.counseling.org/2019/12/positive-actions... (https://ct.counseling.org/2019/12/positive-a...

 

​ Social anxiety around family

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Experiencing social anxiety around family is common especially if you feel like your family members do not respecting your boundaries. Here are some ideas on how to handle social anxiety...

 

Giving thanks can make you happier

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Each holiday season comes with high expectations for a cozy and festive time of year. However, for many this time of year is tinged with sadness, anxiety, or depression. Certainly, major...

 

Happiness and Well-Being

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Recognizing the characteristics of emotional well-being is helpful in understanding some of the keys to happiness. People with good emotional health usually display the following: Be...

 

Dealing with bad habits (not yours)

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They say it's the little things that make life interesting. But the little things may also be annoying. Anyone who has ever lived with someone else gets a front row seat to all their hab...

 

How to Help Children Manage Fear

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Fears are part of being a kid. Monsters in the closet. Dogs who come too close. Loud thunder. As parents we always want to make kids feel better. But experts say parents can’t — and shou...

 

Different forms of depression

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Most people understand that depression often involves sadness or a low mood, but it also has other, less well-known symptoms. For example, many people don’t realize depression can involv...

 

Develop a Passion

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Experts agree that investing time in something that you are truly passionate about will improve your overall quality of life and help to make you feel emotionally fulfilled.Here is advic...

 

Ways to boost your self-esteem

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Everyone feels the pain of self-doubt occasionally. Here are some ways to help boost your self-esteem. Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult... (https://www.mayoc...

 

Shed some light on S.A.D. feelings

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Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD can be characterized by mood changes and in more severe cases, fatigue, depression, hopelessness, and social withdrawal. Experts agree that one of the...

 

The importance of ‘feeling’ safe

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Being safe is the state of being protected from harm or other non-desirable outcomes. Feeling safe, which is also called psychological safety, means being self-assured that you are not i...

 

COVID stress and anxiety persists

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In what seemed to be a clearing in the woods of the COVID pandemic, we are now mired in unsettling statistics and causes for concern. For many people, coping with COVID can be emotionall...

 

Take the good with the bad

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Some days you may find yourself in a serious or sad mood. Experts say this is a normal reaction and that the key to working through it is to understand duality. All our lives are spec...

 

Appreciate the first responders in your life

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 and today is a great day to do something special for the Firefighters, Police officers, and EMT’s in your life....

 

Saying goodbye to our old friend, summer

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Most of us enjoy the slower pace and relaxed vibe of summer. But, experiencing end-of-summer sadness can be a mix of negative emotions, such as guilt, regret, panic, and the realization ...

 

Feeling Irritable

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Irritability is a common emotion. Many factors can cause or contribute to irritability, including life stress, a lack of sleep, low blood sugar levels, and hormonal changes. When a perso...

 

The emotions of aging

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If you find yourself spending too much time looking into the rearview mirror of life, you may be experiencing a midlife, or later-life, crisis. You’re not alone: In fact, recent research...

 

Lucid dreaming for emotional health

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Lucid dreaming occurs when you are in REM sleep and you are aware that you’re dreaming. During lucid dreaming you can recognize your thoughts and emotions as the dream happens. Sometimes...

 

Being grateful

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Adopting a thankful attitude for almost any experience is a good way to stay emotionally healthy according to experts.Here is a list of positive prompts that you can focus on: Source:...

 

Preparing children emotionally for going back to school

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Now is the time to begin to prepare children who need a little extra support as they head back to school. Here are some tips from the experts at KinderCare to help you emotionally prepar...

 

​ What type of mind do you have?

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Understanding a person’s mindset can be useful in identifying what challenges they are facing and how to best approach them. Likewise, understanding your own mindset can be useful in identif...

 

​ Pandemic proved our emotional resiliency

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A recent article in the Atlantic examines the long-term effects the pandemic has had on our collective psyche. Interestingly, it found that we are far more capable of bouncing back emotional...

 

Learn from Luca

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Disney-Pixar’s streaming hit of the summer is Luca. The animated film starts under the sea and quickly whisks views above ground to the beautiful Italian Coast. Central to the film is th...

 

Care for your pets this 4th of July

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Most Saturdays we explore Emotional Health issues. Today, we encourage you to consider your pet’s emotional health by helping them cope with the startling effects that fireworks have on them...

 

Understanding emotional triggers

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An emotional trigger is any experience, memory or event that ignites an intense emotional reaction. Sometimes these triggers will seemingly come out of nowhere. Understanding your emotio...

 

​ Pride is for everybody

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It’s June and rainbow flags abound. While it may be ‘Pride Month,’ being proud is not a feeling solely set aside for the LGBT Community. Feeling a sense of pride in who you are is an essenti...

 

‘Summertime Blues’ is really a thing

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When it comes to imagining summertime, our visions seem to revolve around outdoor fun, fresh fruits, picnics and swimming pools. Well, not for everyone. For some people, the stress of su...

 

Graduations trigger many types of emotions

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Whether it is from middle school, high school or college, a graduation is a rite of passage. While it is a time for celebration and congratulations, it may also bring about unexpected em...

 

​ Recognizing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and ritualized; repetitive behaviors you feel compelled to perform. If you...

 

Practice Active Listening

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Active listening involves more than just hearing someone speak. When you practice active listening, you are fully concentrating on what is being said. You listen with all your senses and...

 

To forgive is divine

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In the American Masters series on PBS, Author Amy Tan and her relationship with her mother was intimately documented. For those familiar with the writer’s work, The Joy Luck Club (and ot...

 

Taking your space

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During the pandemic many of the social rules that we have known went right out the window. As we slowly readjust to the world, our instinct may be to surround ourselves with (hopefully v...

 

Rediscover your soul

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Amid all of the demands of everyday life it is easy to misplace or forget things along the way. Today we say make it your goal to find a way to rediscover yourself. One way to get back t...

 

How to center yourself

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Feeling centered can help work your way through many negative emotions, such as grief, anger, trauma, depression, and sadness. A regular practice of centering can also allow you to have ...

 

Understanding post COVID anxiety

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The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a new emotional condition. It lies somewhere between a slight hesitancy to leave the house, and a full-blown case of agoraphobia. The new condi...

 

How gardening teaches us acceptance

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Of the many benefits of gardening, the psychological effect may often be overlooked. Gardening can be a metaphor for life, the things we can control, the things we can’t and learning to ...

 

​ Gardening as mental and physical therapy

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Interacting with nature — even in the simple act of viewing trees or visiting garden-like settings — can have dramatic therapeutic results. Post-surgical hospital patients who viewed trees o...

 

The beauty in grief

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Perhaps most devastating to our emotional health is the loss of a loved one. Many people who have experienced a profound loss in their life may have to seek professional help or attend a...

 

Let it go

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It’s been several years since the Disney song, ‘Let it go,’ permeated our ears and brains but psychiatrists agree there is something to that message. If you suffer from anxiety or find y...

 

Can Spring make you moody?

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If you are sensitive to environmental toxins — and the majority of us are — you may very well have a harder time keeping your spirits up as the flowers and trees bloom. The blowing winds...

 

​ Maintaining hope during COVID fatigue

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There are several signs of COVID fatigue say experts. One aspect is being excessively tired despite adequate rest. Additionally, if you have maintained isolation from loved ones, co-workers ...

 

Emotional Spring-Cleaning Checklist

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Here area few ways you can clean up your emotional and mental space and have a happy, healthy spring season. Source: https://www.makanapath.com/blog/spring-cleaning-for-your-mental-h...

 

Take responsibility for your own emotions

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At times when our emotions run high it is easy to assign blame to others as to why we feel the way we do. “She made me very angry,” or “he really bummed me out,” are phrases that...

 

Fake it till you make it

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While we all struggle to be as authentic to our own nature as possible, putting on a happy face--even if you don’t really feel happy can help. Experts say that simply acting happy can ac...

 

Valentine’s Day Blues?

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Thanks to Hallmark, the flower and chocolate industries, Valentine’s Day has become a retail red letter day for couples. For single people however, the day may bring feelings of isolatio...

 

Ask yourself how you feel every day

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One simple way to connect more with your emotional self is to schedule time to reflect and ask yourself how you feel every day. Five to ten minutes of calm introspection and questioning ...

 

How to agree to disagree – and mean it

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Recent events have not only divided our country, they may have also divided your friends resulting in emotional distress or a sense of loss. We often hear the phrase, ‘let’s agree to dis...

 

How to curb emotional eating

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While there is nothing wrong with occasionally enjoying ‘comfort food,’ eating to fulfill an emotional void can be serious. People who emotionally eat reach for food as a way to suppress...

 

Tell yourself to shut up

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We begin each new year with a renewed mission for personal improvement. But most of the time that mission is sabotaged by our own inner critic. Our inner critic is the voice in our head ...

 

Learn self-compassion

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Self-compassion begins with the simple practice of noticing what you are feeling. In doing so, you remind yourself that you are human and therefore not perfect. When you learn to treat yours...

 

Work on being optimistic

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It’s a new year and hopefully it will be much better than last. Here is a tip on how to bolster your optimism: Think of your best possible self. Spend about 15 minutes thinking of ...

 

Post-Holiday Blues

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Many of us feel a let-down after Christmas. Experts say that emotional exhaustion is primarily to blame. While we put so much time and emotional energy preparing for the holidays, the da...

 

Coping with loss over the holidays

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If you are grieving the loss of a loved one this year it may become difficult to participate in all the normal festivities. Communicating your emotional state to friends and family is no...

 

Understanding ‘bad’ thoughts

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Our brains sometimes tell us things that may hurt our feelings or cause us to feel insecure. These patterns are learned and develop into habits. Many people develop these cognitive disto...

 

Renew your enthusiasm this holiday season

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We are almost certain to be disappointed this holiday season. Some of us are grieving a loss, others are missing tradition and family. However, it is important not to spread that disapp...

 

Tips for coping with holiday stress and depression

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The holidays are here. Under normal circumstances they bring hustle and bustle, a crowded house,shopping worries and quite a bit of stress. This year, the scene will be different, but th...

 

Be honest about your emotions this holiday season

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The upcoming holidays may drastically highlight our feelings of distance from those we love. It may be necessary to start mentally preparing now for a different experience this holiday s...

 

Practicing gratitude brings happiness

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The benefits of practicing gratitude can lead you to a feeling of happiness and give you a deeper appreciation of your daily life. Taking time to reflect upon the things you are grat...

 

Plan a digital-detox day

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COVID updates and other topics currently in the news are upsetting. While staying informed is important, it does not mean we have to be attached to our phones for hours on end engaged in...

 

Pandemic stress is real, here’s what you can do

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Staying calm during the pandemic isn’t easy, but it’s possible. “Having some fear and anxiety over coronavirus is perfectly normal. But if anxiety begins to impede your ability to c...

 

Fight the good fight

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Conflict is inevitable in all relationships. No matter how perfectly matched two friends or partners are, there will always be something that sparks an argument. Learning how to keep...

 

Why a hug can lift our spirits

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When we touch, cuddle, hug, or hold hands our bodies release the “feel good” hormones. These hormones include oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin. Once the hormones are released int...

 

Understanding Loneliness

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You don’t have to be totally alone to feel loneliness. Loneliness is also tied to the quality of your relationships as well as the number of connections you have. While feelings of lonel...

 

Practice Emotional Hygiene

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We all learn to brush our teeth, bathe and groom as children. But good hygiene shouldn’t stop there when we become adults. Experts believe that you should also practice emotional hygiene...

 

Foods to avoid when feeling moody

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If you have been feeling moody or are experiencing sudden changes in your mood and energy levels, it can be helpful to avoid certain foods and beverages that can trigger mood swings. Her...

 

The truth and emotional maturity

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Becoming an emotionally mature person takes effort, patience and an understanding of how to process and deal with your own emotional issues. It also comes from simply accepting peopl...

 

Write a letter to your younger self

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Journal entry prompts and therapists suggest writing a letter to your younger self as a way to help get an understanding of where you have been and how you have grown.In doing so, we...

 

How dinner can lead to a bad mood

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If you find that you wake up in a bad mood for no identifiable reason at all, it may be diet related.Experts agree that what you eat in the evening will not only have an impact on how yo...

 

It’s Nap time!

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Today we look at emotional health and experts agree thata short nap can do wonders for our mood.Napping also offers various benefits for healthy adults, including: Relaxation Red...

 

Anniversaries of loss

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El Pasoans commemorated a difficult anniversary this past week as August 3 marked the passing of a year since the Walmart shooting incident that killed 23 of our community members. Obser...

 

Let Mother Nature Heal

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Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces is an effective way to improve your health and happiness.In fact, it has been shown to lower stress, blood pressure and heart rate whil...

 

Emotional health and shoulder tension related

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Earlier in the week we talked about how to help alleviate the physical ailments of shoulder pain. Today, we look at the emotional factors that also play a large role in feeling as if we ...

 

Consider a digital detox day for mental health

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Experts agree that too much time connected to our devices and social media networks can take its toll on your emotional health. Making an effort to pause from technology may be a way to ...

 

How do you know you are happy?

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Sometimes recognizing that you are happy can take you by surprise. While many people spend time and money “looking” for happiness, we often don’t know what it will feel like when we find...

 

Pet Therapy

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Many dog and cat owners can attest to the fact that their four-legged family members are a constant source of joy, love and companionship. Scientists are proving that interacting wit...

 

Breaking free from toxicity

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It’s Independence Day and perhaps one of the most valuable investments you can make in yourself is to break free from toxic people, situations and environments. However, the firststep to...

 

Doing Nothing

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Filling your day with obligations, chores and other mindless tasks can become a habit. If you’re ever faced with a moment where you have nothing to do you, do you feel the pressure to pi...

 

Understanding loss in all its forms

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Coping with the loss of someone or something you love is one of life’s biggest challenges. You may associate grieving with the death of a loved one—which is often the cause of the most i...

 

Learn from the things you cannot control

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The harsh reality about many of the problems we face in life is that they are simply out of our own control. Learning how to step away from the need to control a situation is important f...

 

Get to work being happy

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In the book, ‘Are we Happy Yet?’ by Lisa Cypers Kamen, the author reminds us that ‘happiness is an inside job.’ It turns out, the key to happiness lies within. By carefully paying attent...

 

Scream: Letting it all out

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Primal screaming as a therapeutic tool was developed by Arthur Yanov in the 1970s. He believed that it was people repressing former traumas that created stress and tension in their prese...

 

Restlessness and the COVID age

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When someone is experiencing restlessness, they often describe it as feeling “on edge” or having an “uncomfortable urge to move.” It is a safe bet that more than a few of us are feeling ...

 

Recognizing Depression

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Life will take us through a wide spectrum of emotions. Feeling down from time to time is simply part of that journey. But depression can be characterized as something more serious and s...

 

There’s nothing like a good cry

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Over the ages, crying has gotten a bad rap. “Cry baby.’ ‘Don’t cry over spilled milk.’ ‘Enough with the water works’ are how we have learned to fight back tears and sublimate our frustra...

 

Talk about your feelings

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Talking about your feelings with a loved one can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. Yet it is not always easy to describe how you are feeling...

 

Learn how to cope with disappointment

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Right now, many of us are facing disappointment over something that did not go as planned. Whether it’s a cancelled graduation ceremony, a vacation that has been planned for years but wi...

 

Emotions erupting close to the surface

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Have you noticed that your emotions are running very close to the surface right now? Maybe you see something on television and it seems to bring more sudden sadness than you knew you wer...

 

Practicing self-care can help ease depression

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Basic self-care can help ease depression symptoms. Adequate rest and sleep can impact the health of both your body and mind. A healthy diet with essential vitamins and minerals...

 

Emotional toll of social distancing

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There are a lot of emotions people are feeling right now. • Fear and anxiety: It’s 100 percent normal to be worried about contracting or spreading COVID-19. It’s also normal to feel a...

 

4 Steps to Create a Peaceful Home

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1. Simplify, Organize, and Decorate. Getting rid of clutter can help you plug up energy drains all over your home. Organizing your things can help you to know where everything is, and ha...

 

The Difference Between Fear and Anxiety

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We are living in uncertain times. It has become almost impossible to not contemplate our future, our health, our personal finances, our plans and their consequences. Uncertainty is an em...

 

The value of forgiveness

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Scientists have learned that when people successfully imagine forgiving someone (in a hypothetical situation), they show increased activity in the neural circuits responsible for empathy...

 

Mirror, Mirror, how do I develop a positive body image?

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It seems that our most strict critics are ourselves. But, being too hard on yourself can take its’ toll. A less than positive body image can lead to other emotional issues and self-estee...

 

Learn about emotional intelligence

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Emotional health is comprised of emotional intelligence and emotional regulation. Emotional intelligence describes your ability to identify your emotions, express them, and use your awar...

 

Manifest your own mantra

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Mantras are like medicine for the soul. They can be extremely powerful when repeated often and with consistency. Mantras can even help us establish healthier relationships with food, fit...

 

How to Deal with News Overload

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The constant barrage of news and information being hurled at us during the day is an unprecedented phenomenon for humans. Unfortunately, psychologists agree it is taking its toll on our ...

 

It’s a dog of a day!

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Dogs are a man’s best friend and the benefits of spending time with them are endless. It has been proven that dogs boost your mood and your health. Dogs can also help lower blood pressur...

 

Take some ‘you time’

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In today’s super connected world, we often tend to ignore opportunities to spend time alone. Research shows that a little alone time can go a long way in charging your batteries, boo...

 

Half of one minute can make your whole day better

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Feeling a little jumpy? Have you noticed that you are more uptight than usual? Try this: Sit or stand up straight in a comfortable position. Breathe in, breathe out. Pause. One mor...

 

Get off social media and get social!

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When looking at your social circle, it’s not about how many people you know or how often you see them. What matters is a real connection with others. It can make you happier, more pr...

 

Grow Your Circle of Friends

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When you feel good about yourself, it's much easier to cope with life's little ups and downs as well as bigger events, such as divorce or a death, says Jeff Gardere, PhD, a clinical psyc...

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