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Blessings and Struggles

Blessings and Struggles

Everyone faces trials and struggles, some more severe than others. Even currently, we are all living in the midst of a pandemic, and as a result are experiencing various degrees of trauma and loss. I also know that some have found unexpected blessings in such a dark and uncertain time.

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Friendships Explained

Friendships Explained

What is friendship? Why do we connect with someone in a split second, while feeling like we do not want to be close with another person right away? How many friends do we need to be happy? Humans are social beings: we need other humans to feel fulfilled. People who really see, understand, and make us feel like we belong. This is friendship explained.

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Terror, nature, and relief

Terror, nature, and relief

“If I die here, no one will find me, at least for a few days. And my dead body will start rotting before it gets torn apart by some unknown carnivores” 2 hours of hiking into Mt. Laguna, negative thoughts slipped into my head as I slowly moved into the backcountry...

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Stay Sane with Exercising

Stay Sane with Exercising

Exercise can help you handle challenges in life better, which is exactly what we need to stay sane in a world of ambiguity and uncertainties. Besides all the side effects such as growing muscles, burning calories, and strengthening your heart and lungs, exercise helps to get your brain in top condition!

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What Covid-19 has taught me about Authenticity

What Covid-19 has taught me about Authenticity

I was talking to a friend recently who shared that Covid had brought enough stillness to her life to allow her to engage in deep introspection. This deep introspection had brought about a new awareness to the way she lived her life and how she showed up in the world....

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The Power of Effective Self-Talk

The Power of Effective Self-Talk

I have a confession. I used to view self-talk as self-deception.  When I was a teenager, I learned positive self-talk from a teacher. I resisted it because she taught me to feed myself sugar-coated messages to feel better. I didn’t appreciate the power of...

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Childhood Sexual Abuse – A path to healing

Childhood Sexual Abuse – A path to healing

‘You can recognize survivors of abuse by their courage. When silence is so very inviting, they step forward and share their truth so others know they aren't alone.’Jeanne McElvaney Effects of Sexual Abuse During Childhood Because childhood sexual abuse takes place at...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder affects our levels of serotonin, which is a brain chemical that affects our moods. The reduced amount of daylight that occurs around the winter season can cause a drop in serotonin levels. SAD can also affect the balance of melatonin levels in our bodies, which can disrupt our mood and sleep patterns.

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The Gift of Being Present

The Gift of Being Present

Being present is no miracle phenomenon that fixes everything once it occurs. Perhaps, it has potential to bring much groundedness and peace practicing over time. We can offer ourselves and others the gift of being present.

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Self-Care: #1 Priority

Self-Care: #1 Priority

Self-care comes in many forms depending on the individual in need, however, everyone at some point should pay more attention to their wellbeing.  Some may think of self-care as a time period set aside for self-indulgence such as: a trip to a luxurious spa, lavish...

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Grief and Loss in Times of COVID-19

Grief and Loss in Times of COVID-19

We all experience loss eventually. It can be especially difficult when we experience he grief and loss of a loved one. The past year especially has been a year of grief on various levels. Physically staying away from loved ones, losing loved ones, or not being able to attend a funeral because of restrictions has made our grief more complicated. Grief can be overwhelming, and sometimes it becomes unclear how to continue living with that pain. Everyone deals with grief and loss in their ways, and some might block off their emotions.

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Building Relationships Can Save a Life

Building Relationships Can Save a Life

As a community, we need to work toward becoming comfortable with having conversations about suicide. Social myths tell us that talking about someone’s suicidal thoughts will push them toward completing their death. However, often a person’s thoughts of suicide decrease when there is a safe and containing conversation; when a loved one actively listens and empathizes.

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Anxiety

Anxiety

I’ve learned, the first step in addressing anxiety, is to acknowledge its presence without scrutiny.

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Managing Holiday Expectations

Managing Holiday Expectations

Take a breath and recognize what is realistic and what may be overwhelming to you, and not try to overexert yourself to appease people. Set realistic holiday expectations for yourself, in what you can do and what you may not be able to do this holiday season, and create a plan to not exhaust all of your

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