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Finding the Good When Things Seem Bad

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Most of us, it is safe to assume, have felt an some level of impact from the current political and social climate. The seemingly endless news cycles, radio reports, newspaper headlines, social media campaigns, and regular day-to-day interactions with colleagues, friends, and family bring about daily reminders that are hard to avoid. Whether we like it or not, this cycle …

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Am I Enough?

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Among my clients, I find this to be a relatively frequent theme. And it is not surprising: in our society of super-achievers who are expected to multi-task 24/7, we are always on, always wondering what we forgot to do, or should be doing, always questioning and doubting ourselves, hence only strengthening the self-doubt: Am I Enough? Am I enough of …

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Are You Codependent?

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Do you find you accept responsibility for a loved one’s emotions or actions? Are you constantly trying to please others? Do you neglect your own needs and have difficulty setting realistic personal boundaries? Do you often feel resentful, yet have difficulty stepping away from a dysfunctional relationship? These are some of the signs of being codependent with others. Codependent people …

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Are You Feeling Sad or SAD?

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I sat down to write this post on a particularly cold and rainy day. I tried to remember the last day I saw a blue sky, felt the warmth of the sun, or enjoyed taking a walk outside. Spring suddenly felt so far away. With this realization, my mood dipped and I noticed a quick succession of sadness, defeat, and …

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5 Tips for Keeping Social Anxiety at Bay

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The holiday season is upon us, which for many, can mean an uptick in social engagements – the company holiday party, the neighbor’s grab-bag gift exchange, the New Year’s Eve gatherings, and so on. For those suffering from social anxiety – an excessive fear of being judged negatively – it can be a particularly unnerving time of year. People with …

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4 Steps to Reduce Procrastination and Increase Motivation

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If you’re reading this, you may be struggling to reach a goal or complete a task. You’re not alone– lack of motivation is something we all are faced with at some point in our lives. Whether you want to start exercising, to quit smoking, to do the laundry, or to finish a work project, you can find yourself dragging your …

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Waste Not, Want More

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How often do you find yourself in a situation when you say to yourself, “I need to really…” …go to the gym …eat healthier …go to bed earlier …exercise …spend less money …be happier If you listen carefully to our inner dialogue as well as to others, “need to,” “should,” and “have to” statements are often part of our daily …

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3 Practice Tips When Asserting Yourself in Any Situation

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Most of us would prefer not to be described as “mean” or “rude” by others. Sometimes, so much so, that it affects our ability to assert ourselves in an array of situations, whether it be in the workplace or social situations. It’s important to consider that an assertive interpersonal style of communication actually involves clearly expressing your opinions, feelings and …

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Mind Your Phone

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Our smartphones can often feel like an additional appendage. Have you found that when your phone is close to losing all its power, your body starts to react in a mild panic? According to reports, the average American adult over the age of 18 spends 2 hours and 51 minutes on their smartphone each day. That is about 1,032 hours …

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Quieting Your Self-Critical Voice 

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Have you realized there is one voice in your life that constantly brings you down? Is it a total nag, harping on everything you do, never to be satisfied? Is that voice your own? We are often our worst critics and rarely does this harsh self-criticism help us reach our goals. Rather, it can lead us to feel depressed, anxious, …

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