The Stigma of Medication: Don’t Feel Bad about it

The world we live in is obsessed with success and what it means to be successful and the stigma of medication. It is easy to see why some people view a setback or a mistake as a failure. It can be a blow to an individual's ego and self-esteem if they think this way and [...]

Parenting Teens: Setting Limits and Boundaries

Parenting a teenager is a time that proves to be difficult for many. Parents face obstacles with their children as they grow older, and let's face it, children don't come with an instruction manual. At some point when children reach the age of 11 or 12, many parents begin to stress over the upcoming and [...]

Positive Affirmations: Be Kind to Yourself

Most of us carry around messages we received in childhood about the world, about others, and about ourselves. We receive messages from the outside world--our family members, friends, teachers--all throughout our lives. The messages we receive about ourselves can be positive or negative. The negative messages we receive, even at an early age, can lead [...]

Restorative Yoga: How to Reduce Anxiety

Everyone knows about doing yoga to increase flexibility, balance, and strength, but what about doing yoga to reduce anxiety and/or depression? In her book Yoga for Emotional Balance, Bo Forbes, PsyD, discusses how with as little as fifteen to thirty minutes of twice-weekly breathing exercises and Restorative Yoga, people's thinking can become less emotionally reactive. [...]

Why be Nice – The Benefits of Being Kind

My mother used to tell me that if I couldn't say something nice, then I shouldn't say anything at all. In my adulthood, I have learned tact and how to speak assertively, so I no longer completely subscribe to mom's dictate to be kind. But I do still believe there is a lot to be [...]

Perfectionism

If you want to excel at a particular endeavor and so set high standards for yourself, good for you! You have a passion and enjoy spending time engaging in it. If you base your self-worth on whether you succeed or not, then a good thing has been turned into something that can make you unhappy [...]

Sleep, Sleep, Help me Sleep!

Thousands of Americans, from children to adults, seem to have trouble sleeping.  Lack of sleep leaves people feeling more than just tired. Without it you have difficulty focusing and making decisions, difficulty with moodiness and irritability. People who are overtired may eat more, spend more, or get caught up in surfing the net all night - leading [...]

Emotional Health and The Winter Season

Now that the winter season is ending, there is much we can learn from it about factors that impact our emotional health. In the winter, the temperatures are (generally) low, there’s less sunlight and often people are required to stay inside for longer periods of time. As a result, we can sometimes find our emotions [...]

Self-abandonment: Where did my voice go?

Self-abandonment is a very common occurance. Recently, I heard someone say, "If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything." It made me think of how often people just 'go with the flow' without vocalizing their opinion or feelings about things in order to avoid confrontation. Certainly, there is time to be the [...]

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