One of the greatest negative contributors to your health and well-being isn’t just illness, it’s stress. Unfortunately, stress is a household name these days. Everyone seems to be experiencing it on different levels. We’re worried about the future of the world as much as we’re concerned about the future of our children. But no matter what we’re going through, all problems lead to the same basic solutions.

We can accept what’s given and find ways to control what we can. Sometimes this means focusing on what’s working in our lives and practicing gratitude. It could also mean being more mindful of our diet, how we parent or on how our past affects our present life. As you’ll read below, we do have more control over our lives than we think. It’s all about figuring out what we can change, doing away with perfection, and learning how to be more balanced.

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Psychiatrists Say Nutrition Is Key To Mood
(Therapy Soup) – Research shows you are what you eat. In fact, a poor diet could lead to both physical and mental illness and contribute to mood disorders like depression. Read more here.

“Self-Esteem” and Other Misleading Concepts
(The Impact of Sex Addiction) – There are a number of factors that can complicate sex addiction treatment. In this post, Dr. Linda Hatch addresses one of them-the negative impact of confusing and misleading psychological concepts.

One Minute to Stress-Less with the Wall of Gratitude
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – What you spend the most time on grows. For this reason, focusing on what you have to be grateful for can lead to more happiness and well-being. Go here to find out how you can reduce stress and feel better now.

Study: Stress With Dad and Attachment With Mom Shape Adult Relationships
(Inside Out) – How much does your present have to do with your past? A lot, according to this. Learn why your relationship with mom and dad as a child influences who you are today.

Mindful Parenting: A Practice I Will Never Perfect
(Mindful Parenting) – Is it possible to perfect mindful parenting? One mother shares how she’s doing a year into her mindfulness practice.