Part 2: But Don’t Forget to Love Your Sad and Angry Parts, Too

Posted By: on March 29, 2017
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We’ve talked about how focusing on appreciation and positivity can help you feel better. Practicing gratitude will help you see how much you already have, rather than focusing on what you don’t. It can lessen anxiety and feelings of depression and strengthen your relationships. Choosing to be positive and look on the bright side can help you be happier and cope with negative situations when they inevitably arise. However, you can’t expect yourself to be perfectly positive and grateful all

Part 1: How to Feel Better by Focusing on Appreciation and Positivity

Posted By: on March 22, 2017
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When you’re feeling down, you may have trouble getting yourself out of it. People try several things to make them themselves feel better when they’re in a funk. Shopping, eating, sleeping and drinking are all common coping mechanisms for the blues. Unfortunately, they’re usually ineffective: They may make you feel better in the moment, but after a while, you’ll go back to feeling sad. Thankfully, there are simple, healthy ways to help you feel better.One way is to focus on positivity. Po

How Mental Health Issues Can Impact Your Physical Health

Posted By: on March 15, 2017
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Many of us grew up learning about health strictly in terms of physical health—making sure your body was healthy. However, we now know that health is comprised of a number of things, including mental and emotional wellbeing. Being healthy means our minds, hearts and bodies are in good condition. Especially since issues with mental health can actually impact your physical health, as well. As it turns out, physical health and mental health are closely related. People in good physical condition a

How to Self-Soothe (No Extra Food or Alcohol Needed)

Posted By: on March 08, 2017
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 When you’re upset, angry and anxious, you need a coping mechanism to help you calm down. Self-soothing utilizes the five senses to help you calm down and feel better. However, there are ways of self-soothing that may be harmful. Relying on alcohol, drugs, or even food to cope can lead to addiction. Here are healthy ways to self-soothe when you feel stressed.Look at NatureNature, plants, and sunlight all help lower your anxiety levels. Take a walk outside, buy yourself some flowers for your h

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted By: on March 01, 2017
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Getting enough sleep is crucial to feeling good physically, mentally and emotionally. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to suffer physically and experience both anxiety and depression. Most Americans get an average of 6 hours of sleep a night, less than the recommended seven to nine. Even when you do fall asleep, you may not get a lot of real rest if you spend the whole night tossing and turning. However, taking medication to help you sleep every day is not the only habit that

Learning to Love Your Rough Edges

Posted By: on February 24, 2017
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We all have parts of ourselves we don’t necessarily like. It may be easy to love your great sense of humor, compassion or friendliness, but there are other things about yourself that you probably find harder to love. You most likely aren’t proud of your temper or tendency to procrastinate. However, if you want to love yourself fully, you need to learn to love your rough edges, too. Unconditional love doesn’t require you to be perfect, so you don’t have to completely change or lose all yo

Facing Your Fears with Compassion

Posted By: on February 21, 2017
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We all have fears. Whether it’s fear of failure, being alone, or making the wrong choice, fear can leave us feeling paralyzed and hopeless. It can affect our relationships, our decisions, and our emotional wellbeing. While some level of fear is healthy and keeps us safe, most of our fears just hold us back. At some point, we will have to face our fears or they may end up hurting us.Facing our fears isn’t easy. You may have a perfectly valid reason for being afraid of something. A past experi

What Your Early Memories Can Tell You about Yourself

Posted By: on February 08, 2017
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Think back to your earliest memory. How old are you? Research has shown that most people’s earliest memories date back to when they were about 3½ years old, although many adults only remember things from when they were about 6. Since we retain so few of those early memories from between the ages of three and six, the experiences we do recall probably have a profound impact on who we are as adults. The things we remember can vary widely from person to person. They can be play activities, injur

What to Say to Someone Who is Depressed

Posted By: on February 01, 2017
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If someone you know and love is suffering from depression, whether it’s chronic or not, it can be difficult to know how to respond. You want to help and be supportive, but you might not necessarily know how. Here are seven things to say to someone who is depressed.“Do you want to talk about it?”Instead of offering advice, offer to listen without judgment. This can be especially helpful if the person is just coming to terms with their depression. “We can just sit here.”Sometimes, people

Radical Acceptance As a Pathway to Healing

Posted By: on January 27, 2017
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We all have regrets in life; things we wish we had or hadn’t done or said. Those regrets can loom over us, sometimes for years. Some of us have experienced trauma that has haunted us since it happened. Sometimes, these things make it hard for us to heal and move forward with our lives. Maybe we are just highly critical of ourselves and our own flaws and shortcomings, and talk to ourselves in a way that is destructive and hurtful. We try to move past those traumas or our negative internal voice