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Best of Our Blogs: January 10, 2017

I've been talking a lot about self-care lately. I think it's pivotal if we have any chance at succeeding in our New Year's Resolutions. But what is self-care really and how do we start doing it for ourselves?

I struggled with this personally. On the surface, I was eating healthy, exercising and taking my vitamins. I thought I was doing everything right, but I still didn't feel well. Not until I heard this podcast on a completely different matter that I finally got it.

Tami Simon from the Insights at the Edge podcast talks to biodynamic farmer and beekeeper Jacqueline Freeman about her fascinating relationship with bees. When I listened to what Freeman asked the bees, it taught me an important lesson in self-care.
"Every day, when I would go and see my bees or do something with my bees, I would say this little thing to them. I would say, 'I am willing to do just about anything to provide you with the best life that you can possibly have. I just don't know what to do. So it'd be really nice if you could share some wisdom with me.'"
What if we directed this sentiment inwardly? What if we were to say, "I want to do everything I can to give you the best life possible. What do I need to do to help you do this?" Wouldn't that just change the way you view every decision you made?
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Physical Health and Mental Health, Part 2: Exercising Regularly

This is Part 2 in a series. Read Part 1 here: "Physical Health and Mental Health, Part 1: Eating Healthfully".
The relationship between Physical Health and Mental Health plays a significant role in our lives. It has been found that staying physically fit actually helps our mental health as well. When our physical health is poor it puts a great strain on our mental health.
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How to Mindfully Fire Toxic Friends & Loved Ones: A Shrink’s Guide to Setting Boundaries

"Don't cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it" - unknown 

As a Manhattan-based psychotherapist working with a high-functioning adult population, I am always surprised to encounter a repetitive theme in my office. People, no matter how smart, successful, and savvy, find it impossible to break up with their toxic jobs, relationships, and friends. Clients repeatedly walk into my practice frustrated with their life-draining, dysfunctional relationships or jobs.
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5 Anxiety Warning Signs a Child Might Experience

Don't miss these signs.

Parents would know if their child is anxious, right? You'd probably see obvious signs, right? Your child would express all their fear and worries. They would be afraid all the time.

You might think you would know the child anxiety symptoms, but sometimes it is not. Sometimes, parents miss it altogether. Unfortunately, anxiety isn't always that obvious. Some children don't vocalize their worries. They don't show their fears. And anxiety isn't on their parents' radar.

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Anxiety and Panic

Grit N’ Grind

“He’s here again,” you sigh.

Playing pickup basketball, there is always that tough as nails defender. He is relentless, contesting every passing lane. Playing to the whistle’s echo, his grit -- more than his physical talent -- frustrates you into submission.

Grit, though, is more than nabbing every carom or fighting through those bulldozing picks; it is persevering through life’s stumbles and, yes, self-inflicted wounds. According to a U.S. Department of Education report, grit is just as important as intellectual ability for success.
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How to Argue Effectively

We have all bottled up many small problems and caused one explosive argument some time in our lives. What we don’t realize is that the person on the other side of that explosion might not even have a chance to understand the real reason we are mad.

Arguments are a completely normal and necessary activity. For them to be effective we need to understand some key components. To help you improve on expressing your problems, here are some tips.
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Overcoming Rejection: 5 Inspiring Lessons from Famous Women

Whether you have social anxiety, panic disorder, depression, or just plain dislike criticism, rejection stings. If you’ve faced rejection recently, you’re in good company. Here are lessons drawn from history from five unforgettable and famous women: The world’s bestselling author, a Nobel Prize Laureate, a first lady, a wildly popular talk show host, and a social advocate who overcame dual disabilities.
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Who Looks After the President’s Mental Health?

Nearly 100 years ago, the U.S. appointed the first physician to look after the physical health of the president. As the president's personal doctor, he or she looks after the president's health and well-being, and provides the American public with an annual report on the president's general health.

With all that we've learned about the important and inseparable connection between physical and mental health, might it be time for the president to also have a personal psychologist or psychiatrist? After all, who looks after the president's mental health?

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