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Best of Our Blogs: June 4, 2019

You remember when you were a kid and there always seemed to be a reward for hard work? It made the long trek worth it. There was ice cream at the end of that arduous hike. There were those weeks of studying for tests, but then there was always summer break to look forward to. You got lollipops at the doctor’s office and an allowance for doing chores. There was always something to help pull you through to the finish line when you felt like giving up.

But then you got older. Maybe you or your loved one was diagnosed with an illness and things just got hard. There were no rewards.

Here’s what I learned. As adults, no one’s going to do it for us so we’ve got to do it for ourselves.

Sometimes there are positive consequences baked into difficulty. We get the thrill of finishing a race or applause from giving a presentation. Or we venture out of the house and attend a party. Even if we stayed for only an hour, we risked discomfort and gained courage and confidence from facing our fears.

But if you’re running the midnight oil and there is no end in sight, you could be heading for burnout or even depression and anxiety. Set up self care stations to keep you motivated in the short and long-term.

Maybe this looks like planning an exciting vacation every year with friends or attending a yoga retreat solo. Maybe it’s about scheduling the one thing that brings you joy or spending the afternoon doing nothing.

Make it as important as anything else you’ve prioritized. Yes we’re meant to do hard things, but we’re also meant to enjoy our lives.

If summer is your least favorite season, discovering new activities may help shift your mood. Going ice skating or taking a trip to somewhere where it’s winter. The possibilities are endless if we look outside the box.

How to Identify a Misleading Client
(The Exhausted Woman) – There are clients you can’t help. Here’s how to be discerning when one of these three types walks into your office.

5 Common Struggles Children of Narcissists Face In Adulthood
(Recovering from a Narcissist) – People pleasing, self-doubt, guilt and even self-harm can all be the result of growing up with a narcissistic parent. These are all the ways your childhood is still affecting you now.

The Link Between Your Beliefs and Your Emotions
(Cultivating Contentment & Happiness) – If you’re struggling, this simple shift in your way of thinking can transform your mindset from feeling like a helpless victim to empowered.

Finding Emotional Freedom After a Toxic Relationship
(Happily Imperfect) – If you feel stuck in anxiety, shame, blame and people-pleasing, this post will help you imagine what your life would look like when you are emotionally free.

Aging, Mental Illness and Memory
(Getting Older With Bipolar Disorder) – Did you know having depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder puts you at risk for memory loss as you age? Here’s what you can do about it now.

Best of Our Blogs: June 4, 2019

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2019). Best of Our Blogs: June 4, 2019. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 28, 2020, from
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Last updated: 3 Jun 2019 (Originally: 4 Jun 2019)
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