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Best of Our Blogs: November 17, 2017

I hope you read this before the holiday craziness.

There's one thing I keep forgetting and I want you to get it before you get lost in the loop too.

I find myself falling into a pitt of resentment. It happens when I start doing for everyone else, when I cook multiple meals, shop for the perfect outfits for my kids, and stay up late just to make sure I've got rainy day activities and holiday ideas planned.

Suddenly, I'm angry. I feel alone. I think no one cares how tired I am, or sick I feel. Somewhere in that loop, I stop and realize it's me. I need to take care of myself. I need to set time to bathe in Epsom salts, to do yoga and sleep. These are imperative to my emotional health so I need to make it a priority.

This weekend is the beginning of holiday shopping, parties and other must do activities. I hope you'll read our posts and remember your ability to take care of yourself whether through exercise, being calm or being less kind, is directly related to how well you're able to take care of everyone else.
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Best of Our Blogs: November 10, 2017

Today is the last day of Sound True's Psychotherapy & Spirituality online summit. To be immersed in 10 days of hearing speakers and experts in their field of psychotherapy and spirituality was enlightening, healing and life transforming. I hope you had a chance to listen to it as well.

The one thing I gleaned from all the knowledge from speakers is that a sense of acceptance, moving toward our pain, and learning to inhabit our bodies are all important to our healing.

This week, I hope reading our blogs will bring light to things you hold in the shadows. It could be a denial of a difficult childhood, personal attack or the real reason behind why you can't stop taking selfies. Each will give you an opportunity to pause and reflect. Is this a sign you need greater self-acceptance, therapy/ spirituality or different way of thinking to begin the process of true inner healing?
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Best of Our Blogs: November 7, 2017

Halloween is over. We fell back an hour and the sun is setting sooner. The holidays are upon us.

For some, it's a time of joy and excitement. But for many of you, the thought of re-enacting last year's drama and grief is terrifying.

The holidays can easily trigger traumatic times or even just return us to who we used to be, dependent and helpless on our parental figures. But we can also decide to do something different. We can set boundaries, find new ways of celebrating and change the outcome for ourselves.

This week you'll learn why honoring certain parents may be detrimental to your health, what you can do to have a happier marriage and better relationship with yourself. These are the gifts that can change your holiday season because it doesn't depend on others to come through for you. It comes from change within yourself.
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Best of Our Blogs: November 3, 2017

Can you believe it's already November? Who would have thought that 2017 would unfold like it has? For many of us it's been a torrential year filled with unexpected tragedies.

It's a tenuous time. We seem to be on the cusp of change. While there seemed to be a global shift towards greater awareness, compassion and mindfulness, we seem to be reversing in the direction of name calling and greater divisiveness.

Yes we can't change the minds of everyone. But hope resides in what we can do to change ourselves. Our posts will give you the tools to fulfill your dream of writing a winning screenplay, interact with a narcissist, gain more sleep at night, and determine whether you need a therapist or have a good one. These are all things that will ignite your own health and happiness, which will snowball into more love and peace in the world.

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Best of Our Blogs: October 31, 2017

We all struggle with fear, which makes taking on a new persona for a night, going to a Haunted House or watching scary movies fun. It transforms what's terrifying into something light. It puts us in a seat of power by giving us an opportunity to dress up as fear.

Are you watching a Halloween comedy, wearing a costume or finding another way to put fear in its place?

How about learning how to really be assertive, kicking loneliness on its head and imagining what your future would be like married to a narcissist?

These tips of courage will stay with you long after the candy is gone.

Happy Halloween!
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Best of Our Blogs: October 27, 2017

As part of my emotional and physical health I've drastically cut out processed foods, which includes sweets. For most of my life, sugary treats were an emotional salve. It was a socially acceptable way to deal with pain and upset.

After facing health challenges in my thirties, I had to make a decision-was I going to continue on this path of junk food and possibly cut my life short or find healthier ways to cope?

Since the birth of my children, I've radically change my view on food. I see it now as a form of medication, a healing way to "treat" my body and mind.

This weekend marks the beginning of the holiday season. If you're participating in the sugary festivities this year, psychologist and mindful eating expert Dr Susan Albers says eating dark chocolate daily, snacking on yogurt and pumpkin seeds, and adding coconut oil or cinnamon to chocolate are great ways to prevent overconsumption during Halloween.

Working on your emotional stuff, however, is a direct  way to address the root of your problems so read our top posts before you head out to those weekend activities.
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Best of Our Blogs: October 24, 2017

Anger is a powerful emotion. It's one we'd rather keep hidden. But like any emotion that's repressed, anger erupts to the surface triggered from the slightest offense.

In balance, anger is a protective emotion that alerts us to something that needs our attention. But left unchecked, it can be explosive destroying relationships and impacting our health.

Feeling angry this week? Did you know being neglected as a child, experiencing a traumatic event and not caring for yourself could all be reasons for your anger? Keep reading and you'll discover ways to confront this complex emotion.
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Best of Our Blogs: October 20, 2017

Did you ever call someone on their stuff and all you got back was more stuff? Back and forth the pointing goes. Nothing is solved. No one feels good about it.

That's like an emotional hot potato. We've seen it in politics. We see it in our own homes.

What's missing is good old-fashioned ownership, responsibility and accountability.

Just because someone makes a mistake, it doesn't mean they are bad people or should be shamed. But in order to grow we need to get real with what's really going on. We need the courage to fess up so we can make radical changes for the betterment of everyone involved.

Understanding is a form of love. If you care more about your relationship than being right, you'll work to quiet your ego, heal your old wounds and work together to find common ground.

In our top posts this week, you'll discover that an inability to take ownership and admit wrongdoing may be signs of passive-aggressiveness, narcissism or perfectionism.
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Best of Our Blogs: October 17, 2017

Did you ever walk into a room and notice you're drawn to and repelled by certain people?

People are mirrors and we can use this knowledge to understand ourselves.

Maybe that new co-worker exhibits qualities you wish you had or an acquaintance is expressing qualities you dislike in yourself.

Maybe you need to work on being more open, genuine and vulnerable. Maybe you need to learn to accept your critical nature or relentless competitiveness.

It's difficult to look within. It's much easier to judge others. But if you're ready to make positive changes in your life, you need to look deeper than your initial assessment.

You can start by reading up on your current relationships. Are you neglecting or even ruining it? How are you doing with confronting a narcissist or being calm in the midst of frustration with your child? When we can courageously search within, we're more able to connect with the relationships, people and opportunities we're most looking for.
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Best of Our Blogs: October 13, 2017

Do you feel overwhelmed by the state of the world today?

Do you believe that since people in powerful positions don't understand mental illness or care about people who are ill, why should you bother?

I feel that too.

But I see people every day doing great things. As a freelance writer, I interview inspiring people all the time. Recently, I talked to a guy who is making real changes to improve the health of his community.

That's what we need now. More positive stories. Taking action. Taking care of ourselves. There are always things we can do. Don't lose hope!

Need help getting through the rest of the week? I love these positive posts on fun ways to return to the art of play, permission to mess up as a parent, and signs you're stronger than you think.
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Best of Our Blogs: October 10, 2017

We think we need big change to cause significant improvement in our emotional well-being and mental health. Sometimes it's the small things, the things we don't even think about that can cause dramatic shifts in our lives.

It's the ordinary things, the day to day things that we can change. While it's not be as sexy as a getaway, spa visit or workshop, returning to the basics can be life changing.

This week, consider how much sleep you're getting. Is your diet up to par? And when is the last time you went for a walk, and read something just for the fun of it? Why not try one thing and see how you feel this week?
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