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For the past few years I’ve been battling an autoimmune disease. On bad days, it wreaks havoc on my physical and emotional health. The hardest part of dealing with the illness, however, is not fighting it, but myself.

When things are going well, it’s almost a non-issue. As a result, I might let things slide a bit forgetting the importance of self-care. I’ll start to eat foods that don’t serve me, sleep a little too late, or work a little too much. And then when I’m sick again, I feel defeated. The greatest challenge is to be kind to myself when I mess up. Because I will.

The same can be said whether you’re battling an illness, making life-enhancing decisions, coping with your inner critic or teaching your children how to have a healthy relationship with their emotions. We all have days when we make mistakes. The only way to have the stamina to persevere is to meet each disappointment with kindness, acceptance and the belief that while we screwed up today, we can always try again tomorrow.

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Three Tips to Teach Your Child Emotional Intelligence
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – It’s one type of intelligence you may have passed over in lieu of your child’s academics. But this post says, “Emotional Intelligence is more vital to life success and satisfaction than general intelligence.” If you struggle with your own emotions, but want to help your kids have a healthy relationship with theirs, read this.

Anxiety Relief: 3 Activities to help Kids Manage Their Anxiety
(Reflections from a Children’s Therapist) – How do you help your kids deal with the plethora of anxiety-provoking experiences (school pressures, peer pressures, bullying, etc.) that have become a normal part of their lives? These creative and surprisingly fun activities will ease their worries and give them tools to manage their anxiety.

Paul Walker: Foretelling Photo Emerges Before Birthday
(Reaching Life Goals) – As actor Paul Walker’s birthday draws near, this fan shares a few insights of the deceased man’s life, legacy and lessons we can all learn from his story.

How to Start Making Choices that Enhance Your Life and Get You What You Want
(Your Best Self) – Feeling indecisive? Instead of wasting your energy flipping flopping between choices, ask yourself these questions to get closer to the life of your dreams.

A Unique Way to Approach Your Inner Critic
(Weightless) – Instead of battling your inner critic, what if you embrace it? Here’s an approach you may not have considered-using self-compassion as a way to understand what your critical self needs to heal.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 18 Aug 2014
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2014). Best of Our Blogs: August 19, 2014. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 23, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/08/19/best-of-our-blogs-august-19-2014/

 

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