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Best of Our Blogs: May 18, 2012

From the seeds planted yesterday, hope grows. It grows from the conflicts we dealt with not avoided, the courage to look at our problems not from a distance, but face-to-face, and the steps we took to better ourselves instead of trying to deny them and put on a happy face.

It’s not easy to live life with even an ounce of happiness. It’s not easy to grow instead of wither away in self-doubt, negativity and hopelessness. It is especially difficult to seek help when you feel embarrassed or ashamed to do so.

Perhaps you were on your way to recovery, when you had a relapse or you are a therapist who feels burnout or an adult who is being bullied. Sometimes it takes reading how others have survived what you’re going through to know that there is nothing shameful about your experience.

This week’s wrap-up will remind that you’re far from being alone. From tips on how to better deal with adult bullies to facing emotional burnout when you’re a professional therapists, we’re giving you the resources you need to help you grow, minimize shame and discover ways to make positive changes in your life and feel better about yourself.

Change takes time. It can be a long, difficult process. But start reading these now and they’ll be the seeds for that brighter, more hopeful tomorrow.

You Don’t Have to be Buddhist to Experience the Benefits of Meditation
(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – A recent study showed that there is real emotional benefits to meditation. Things like reduced negative affect, rumination, depression, anxiety, and increased positive affect and mindfulness are all attributed to meditating. After reading about these mental health benefits, you may want to consider incorporating it into your own life.

6 Steps for Dealing with Adult Bullies
(Sorting Out Your Life) – Bullying doesn’t end once you’re out of school. Unfortunately, it can continue to haunt you in your adult life. If you’re experiencing adult bullying, don’t be ashamed. Take back your power and control of the situation with these important and effective tips.

20 Ways Shrinks Stay Sane
(Private Practice Toolbox) – We don’t often talk about it. But therapists need help too. Learn ways to prevent burnout with these twenty self-care tips from other professional therapists.

Top 5 Reasons Women Relapse
(Addiction Recovery) – Women are just as much at risk for addiction as men are, but they do have different risk factors for relapse. Discover what women who are dealing with addiction need to be aware of and why this blogger says, “the outlook for women in recovery is bright.”

When You Should Quit Facebook
(The Gentle Self) – There are positives and negatives to social networking. But if you’re finding networking sites like Facebook are eating away at your time and self-esteem, maybe it’s time to sign off. For more information on the reasons why you should consider quitting, read this.

Best of Our Blogs: May 18, 2012

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. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: May 18, 2012. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 18, 2019, from
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