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Best of Our Blogs: May 23, 2017

How much energy do you spend on your physical health? Many of us devote a lot of time to fixing our outward appearance, but neglect our emotional health.

It takes but a simple mind-shift.

The next time you decide to go out to get fit, think about the emotional benefits. Spend less energy on worrying about your thighs and more about how you feel. Instead of taking an intense class to get fab abs, consider a hike or walk with a friend. And change your attitude about food by becoming less obsessed with how much fat and calories are in what you're eating and more aware of how the foods you eat make you feel.

To be emotionally well, we simply need to tune in. Stay awake while reading our posts this week and you may even discover the answers to your questions like whether your love interest is a narcissist, your co-worker is exhibiting traits common in bipolar disorder and if you're in a toxic relationship.
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Best of Our Blogs: May 19, 2017

Lately, I've been into radical self-care. Some days this means lying in bed. Other days it means walking barefoot in the grass. Rest is not easy for me. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is active and engaged, and I am but an observer.

Reflecting on the months I've spent doing less, however, I realized I've gained much more than I lost. I've gained a truer sense of what it means to live. I once thought that accomplishing was the only path towards a meaningful life. But I now know that being present in ordinary moments are richer ways to interact with the world. Through conscious awareness, I'm actually much more involved than I was when I was rushing around getting things done.

If you're also desiring a slower paced life, you'll be thrilled with this week's posts. From learning about psychoanalysis and your relationships to using creativity to deal with stress, these mini lessons will help you breathe a little deeper and grow closer to a more meaningful life.
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Best of Our Blogs: May 16, 2017

Mother's Day has come and passed. But you may still be reeling from the dysfunctional festivities.

Hurt can lay dormant for years before it's plucked back into consciousness from an insensitive remark. All it takes is criticism from a toxic mother or reminder that the person who raised you never really knew you to start the spiral of deep emotional pain.

If you need a little healing, grab a cup of tea and curl up with these five good reads. These posts will relieve your guilt, transform the way you saw your childhood and help you recreate what Mother's Day means to you.
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Best of Our Blogs: May 12, 2017

Most of us have complicated relationships with our mothers. This makes holidays like the upcoming Mother's Day difficult. Whether or not she is in our lives, it may be a reminder of the relationship we don't have with her, which can cause grief and even anger.

Instead of succumbing to another disappointing holiday of unfulfilled expectations, I suggest you find alternative ways to enjoy the day. If you have kids, celebrate it with them or if you don't, take time to mother yourself.

Our posts this week, give hope, support and reason to make it a special day no matter what you're struggling with.
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Best of Our Blogs: May 9, 2017

There is so much going on globally, locally and of course personally within your own life.

How are you coping with the uncertainty?

Are you still finding ways to rake in joy, hope and love?

Every day, we start with a full tank of gas or bank account in terms of our energy. How much are you expending on negative thoughts of discouragement, fear and anger? How much are saving for the things that thrill, inspire you and bring you pleasure and happiness?

Here's a quick tip. As you read our posts this week, be mindful of where you are spending your energy. Use this knowledge to cultivate the relationships, emotional wellness and understanding you desire most in your life.
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Best of Our Blogs: May 5, 2017

I've finally done it! My inbox has reached full capacity. Sorting through ten years of emails has been eye-opening. Deciding which newsletters to unsubscribe from and which emails need to go, gave me a fresh perspective on how I approach my own life.

How many of us feel maxed out, pushed past our limits, staying up an extra hour to get it all done and feeling depleted the next morning?

I vowed that if I were to give attention to what's unnecessary in my email, I would give the same care to what's not needed in my life.

All those emails I would never read apply to the books on my shelf and nightstand that I won't ever pick up. The messages I keep just in case are like the relationships and opportunities I hold onto that I need to let go of.

Relinquishing all the extra stuff leaves room and time for the essentials. Similarly this week, I've gathered the vital information you need to understand others and yourself, and become a better listener and person in the process.
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Best of Our Blogs: May 2, 2017

It's Mental Health Awareness Month! How far have we come and how much further do we have to go?

The stigma against mental illness is palpable. It's there in heated political discussions. It's present even when it's not directly mentioned. It's in every debate about gun laws and tip toed around in families. But there is a beacon of light despite setbacks and division.

The fact that we have this website shows we're progressing.

You coming here is another sign.

In fact, every time you share your story, like a post, or leave a comment you are helping to spread awareness of something that affects all of us. As you read this week, even those without a serious diagnosis can be crippled by a dysfunctional childhood or toxic relationship.

Thank you for reading this and for all the work you do to help normalize mental illness!
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Best of Our Blogs: April 28, 2017

These days, the world seems to be in the palm of our hands. We can follow our dreams. We can raise emotionally healthy and bright children while juggling a successful career. We're health conscious, socially conscious and environmentally conscious.

But with all the opportunities for greatness, we're so much further removed from what's true and important.

These things are checklist ingredients for a seemingly perfect existence. We're striving for perfection without realizing that reaching for all these areas require more than the 24 hours we have in a day. Behind the social media photos, is real life, which is a whole lot messier, and imperfect than it appears to be.

To reconnect with reality, our posts you will reveal the truth behind the things you were taught as a child, what your narcissistic friend means, why people really quit taking their meds, and what's really required for a good conversation.
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Best of Our Blogs: April 25, 2017

Have you ever untangled a necklace or earbud cord?

It's incredibly frustrating.

As I unravel the cord or attempt to take apart a twisted chain, I feel a surprising amount of resistance. Here are the voices that flood my thoughts:

"There are a million things I need to do."

"Why can't this one thing be easy?"

"I wish this would go faster."

By the time I'm done, I want to quit, throw the thing away or in such a mood I couldn't care less that it's done.

Rushing through worsens the situation. Negative thoughts or in other words NUTS and ANTS (read our top post to see what I mean) adds suffering to my experience.

I'm reminded that it was never about the external things anyway. The obstacles you encounter are simply representations of what's going on inside.

See if you can use the challenges in your life as opportunities to stretch yourself by practicing mindfulness, and learning patience or acceptance on a smaller scale.
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Best of Our Blogs: April 21, 2017

In a few days it will be Earth Day. Will you spend it raising environmental awareness, reducing your carbon footprint or perhaps planting a tree?

Whatever your beliefs about the planet, no one could argue its importance to our health.

There is another thing you can do. Connecting with nature nourishes us on a cellular level. Spend time hiking, go to a park, walk barefoot in the soil and enjoy our posts on relationships, and apps for depression that will also help you breathe better this weekend.
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Best of Our Blogs: April 18, 2017

What if you approached your life as a class?

What if every situation was an opportunity to exercise patience, compassion or self-acceptance?

I experimented with this today as I was running late for a doctor's appointment. Instead of the goal of trying to get their on time, I focused on being mindful. Instead of worrying about how I would juggle the appointment and my son, I worked on accepting whatever moment presented itself.

It was still hard to manage a tired toddler, but it was also easier than I expected. Without being attached the outcome, I was free of unnecessary disappointment and frustration.

This week, you can also learn to see your current challenges as opportunities. Is there a way you can rethink your life as a way to broaden your worldview and learn something new about yourself? Our posts on why you're always too busy to relax, and what your emotions can teach you will help answer that.
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Best of Our Blogs: April 14, 2017

I've been reading a ton about wellness these days. There's a lot of articles on what exercises and food can help improve our physical body and emotional state. But what does wellness actually look like to you?

Is it a day when you don't feel pain or have the ability to cope with it better?

Is wellness about how well your body feels or is it a feeling of emotional well-being as well?

Is well-being about your ability to take care of others or is it about living without constantly worry about your health?

Does wellness simply mean being free of illness?

To get to where you want to go, you need a wellness map. Envision what you want that's realistic and right for you, and then dream up the steps that will get you there.

This week, we delve into narcissism, and what happens when the sun sets in Alzheimer's disease. Can you use the information to help you drawn out what you would like to see in your own world of wellness.
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