Habits

How Sleeping in the Nude Can Help Put You in a Good Mood

We all have different ways of getting ready for bed. Some may choose to slip into something comfortable like a cozy pajama, others may prefer sleeping in loose sweatpants, or underwear, and some like to sleep in the nude. While everyone has a different style, sleeping in the nude has many health benefits. The many health benefits are irrespective of being coupled up or not. If going commando isn’t your thing, see below for the hidden health benefits of how sleeping in the nude can help put you/partner in a good mood.
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General

Feeling Blah? This Might Be Why

Some days, maybe most days lately, you’ve been feeling blah. Maybe you’re going through the motions. You aren’t particularly excited about your day. Maybe you’re frustrated or lethargic. Maybe you're feeling disconnected. Maybe you’re moving about your days like a zombie.

Maybe you find yourself telling others that you’re simply in a funk, or you don’t care about anything right now. Maybe you say, “I did nothing this weekend but sit on the couch and binge watch TV -- again!” According to therapist Chris Kingman, LCSW, these are other ways of expressing the same thing: Your blah feelings.
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Industrial and Workplace

How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Happiness

A while ago, I was laid off from a 9-5 job. It was not one I particularly loved, and I remember feeling bored and stifled with it.

Nevertheless, I started to panic, because at least it paid the bills and the thought of financial uncertainty terrified me.

But here’s where my own missteps came in: As I started to assemble a resume, apply for new jobs, desperately hoping I would find employment soon, a voice in the back of my head get chiming in.
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Children and Teens

Mindfulness and the New ABC of Managing Difficult Feelings — for Kids

I did an experiment with my children tonight and a new favorite practice was born.

Let me explain how it came about.

I have been working with a short, soothing practice with my adult clients that is easy to remember and do "in the moment" as we go through our busy days. (I would love you to try it and post your feedback here. It takes between 2 minutes -- and however long is helpful for you. The more you do it, the more it will become your automatic "go to” practice with difficult emotions.)
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Children and Teens

Keep Mental Health in Mind When Weighing College Acceptance

With admissions decisions rolling out this month to many eager college applicants, this is a good time to step back and consider some of some of the shifting dynamics that parents and students rarely think about in advance. Going off to college is, without a doubt, a life-changing experience. But like all major life changes, it can be just as overwhelming as it is exciting. Adjusting to a completely new environment with different social norms and without the support of family and childhood friends -- on top of new academic pressures -- can have a significant impact on students’ wellbeing.
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Anxiety and Panic

How to Move Through Anxiety with Greater Ease: A Personal Account

Experiencing anxiety is unpleasant. Unless perhaps you are on line for an amusement park ride, most of us find anxiety challenging to face. Recently I had the opportunity to face some anxiety head on, right before and during some planned surgery that a close family member underwent. Here is a personal experience of how mindfulness helped me through that anxious moment, and what I learned.  
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Aging

Caregivers: Remember to Care for Yourself

According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million Americans currently have dementia, with Alzheimer’s dementia being the most common. Over 5 million caregivers are unpaid and devote countless hours to caregiving every year. All this while working and taking care of their own families. In fact, many caregivers are forced to take on a second job in order to help cover their loved ones expenses incurred by their illness of dementia. As one can imagine, over time, the stress of caregiving begins to take a toll, both financially and emotionally, and caregivers’ health begins to suffer.
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