You could be doing everything right: seeking therapy, taking medication, living a healthy life. But then someone or something triggers you and your world is thrown upside down. For me, it’s surrounding myself with people and situations from the past. I can conveniently “forget” who I am is not who I was. On many levels, this could be destructive.

It’s forgetting that I am an adult when I am with my family or that I am now allergic to seafood when I was not as a child. I know these seem like minor incidences, but put me in a situation like that for a continuous period of time and I begin to lose myself.

For you, it could be believing that you are suddenly immune to outside negative influences-that you can spend the entire summer season with a negative relative or friends who encouraged you to be unhealthy. Sometimes all the work we do on ourselves makes us feel super human. And we may be super courageous, strong and resilient, but we are human, no less.

So how do you maintain yourself and your health in the presence of the not-so healthy? Minimize time spent with these folks. Become aware of what triggers you and plan how you would handle those situations in advance. And above all, love yourself through it. There’s a good post on that this week. Just scroll down and read it below.

Equine Therapy for Weight Loss?

(Mental Healthy Humor) – In his parody of another one of our top posts, Chato B. Stewart has a little fun with horses and weight loss. It’s a great one to end the week with.

Exercise for Depression: Suggestions for Making it Possible

(Healing Together for Couples) – This post brings up the catch-22 of depression and exercise. We need exercise to feel better, but who wants to exercise when they’re depressed? Here are some non-exercise exercise and some words of motivation that might get you to start exercising again.

Eating Disorder Recovery & The Power of Self-Love: Sui’s Story

(Weightless) – How does one recover from an eating disorder? In this personal account of her struggle, blogger Sui describes how self-love opened the door to healing.

Worry About Relapse

(Anxiety & OCD Exposed) – Anxious about seeking anxiety treatment? It’s true relapse is a real possibility. But it’s still worth the effort anyway. Why? Read this.

Understanding Love and Romance Addiction: Part One

(Sex & Intimacy in the Digital Age) – Unlike what we’ve been told through romantic songs and movies, being addicted to love is not fun. In fact, it can be quite lonely. Read true accounts of what it’s like when you’re on an endless search for love and romance.