Supporting Someone with a Mental Illness

Having a loved one with a mental illness can be challenging and often confusing. Many times we don’t know where to start in helping them, or even how to know how to help them. Being diagnosed with a mental illness is a learning process in itself and it is no different for those supporting and…

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Why You Should Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

As much as we all try to deny it, comparing ourselves to others is part of our daily life. Whether its comparing how we look, where we work, how much money we have, or even how we run our family, its a major component of our thinking process, either conscious or subconscious. Unfortunately, it’s also…

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Building Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is the term used to describe a person’s overall self-worth, self-image, personal value, or view of their self. It is not a simple concept and involves a variety of factors and beliefs about yourself. It can be from internal to external traits, including appearance, emotions, talents, beliefs, or actions. Self-esteem is not only determined…

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The Importance of Forgiveness

What is forgiveness? Forgiveness is the cognitive decision to let go of resentment and release any thought of revenge. It does not mean that we forget the act that must be forgiven. That may not ever happen and is not required to forgive. The hurt may always be part of your life, but it does…

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How To Create Motivation

Finding motivation is probably one of the most difficult things to do once it is lost. Generally a loss of motivation is a symptom of a more systemic problem either internally or within an environment and therefore is not a singular problem to address. Also, compounding the problem is that without motivation, addressing a problem…

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The Social Media Shield and Cyber Bullying

Social Media has quickly become one of the top forms of socialization and communication. This development has allowed for a number of positive changes, but comes with many dangers as well. People have become able to keep in touch with so many more people, all with a few key strokes. It has strengthened distant family…

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Matter

Everyone knows what a New Year’s Resolution is or at least what it has turned into. A promise to make a change in the new year, typically either to make a positive lifestyle change or achieve a goal, that is worked on full force for all of maybe the first month of the year and…

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When Does Teasing Become Bullying?

While nobody would argue that any type of teasing is acceptable, the ideas of teasing and bullying are often confused and there is a significant difference. Teasing can range from playful banter between two people who have a close and affectionate relationship to jokes that are made at a person’s expense. The first type is…

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Protecting Yourself From Negative People

It can take just a small amount of negativity to sap a positive attitude and that negative energy can significantly impact your quality of life. While its sometimes hard to recognize, some people are chronically negative and can have a draining effect on us. Making it even more difficult, sometimes those are the people closest…

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The Importance of Self-Care

What is self-care and why is it important? In a nut shell, self-care is exactly what it sounds like, taking care of yourself. What most people miss is that this goes above and beyond the basics. We all know that taking care of yourself involves sleeping, eating, showering, but it should involve so much more…

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