If there was a storm coming, I’m sure you would gather any necessary resources to stay warm and dry. Or if preparing for a wedding or a new baby, you would give yourself a significant amount of time to plan for that one special day or to put together a nursery. It’s understandable that change requires some form of preparation. But why is that we often neglect to take care of our physical and mental well-being in the same way?

This happens when we know, for example, that certain triggers make us anxious and neglect to account for those situations. Instead we suffer greatly from the consequences. Or in the presence of friends, we’re embarrassed, ashamed or scared to tell them that there are certain things we need to do to calm down (turn off the TV, shut off our phone, take a walk, etc.) or to take care of physical and mental health (take medication, practice meditation, see a therapist, e.g.).

The challenge is to recognize we’re much more important than our image. It’s also about taking responsibility for our lives.

This week our top posts will show you how to take the necessary steps to be happier, to manage and cope with things (your relationship, an illness, or stress) better, and to add more resources to your own toolbox. The more aware you are of how things affect you and the better prepared you are to deal with them, the happier and freer you will feel regardless of what storms come your way.

{Flickr photo by gato-gato-gato}

Would You Rather Be Over-Informed or Happy?
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Find yourself constantly distracted by what’s going on in the media? Is it really that important to know about Kim Kardashian’s baby or the latest, breaking news in your town? According to this, all that energy focused on being informed could put on a damper on your happiness.

Mental Health ToolBox: Living Well, Being Well, Doing Well and EVEN Loving Well
(Mental Health Humor) – Be prepared for life’s greatest challenges by creating your own mental health toolbox. Chato B. shares his lighthearted humor and wise tips for gearing up to weather life’s unexpected storms.

Falling Out of Love (Whatever that Means…)
(Couples in Recovery) – Before you reach the point of no return, read what you can do now to prevent problems in your relationship from getting worse.

ADHD and Attachment – The Aha! Approach
(ADHD from A to Zoë) – It’s not just about the symptoms that can make your life miserable if you have ADHD. There are underlying emotional hypersensitivities that have an impact on your ability to manage your life successfully. Find out if the AHA method might work for you.

Interior Design, Color, and Mental Health
(Channel N) – What does interior design have to do with your happiness and well-being? Watch this video to learn the relationship between your inner and outer life and how things like color and design can influence creativity, aggression and therapy.