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Conquer chronic stress with these 6 practical habits

Conquer Chronic Stress with These 6 Practical Habits

Maybe you have stellar techniques for handling short term stress. A panic attack. Nerves before a presentation. But, what about chronic stress? It’s the kind that zaps our energy, leaving us exhausted even in the first moments of a new day. Chronic stress is, to say the least, no fun. It takes a toll on our physical, mental, and emotional health especially if we let it become unchecked. Also, as the lovely title of chronic...

Rejecting tough emotions? Empower yourself with radical self acceptance

Rejecting Tough Emotions? Empower Yourself with Radical Acceptance

Do you feel like a bad person for holding sadness, anger, or shame? Like there is something wrong with you when you feel them? When you reject these emotions, you reject yourself. Your authenticity. Your Truth. You hold the most divine love just out of reach, simply by pushing away these feelings. When you pull them close and give them an inner hug, this compassion will come flooding back. It’s through radical acceptance that we...

Feeling Grateful in the Midst of Struggle

Gratitude is good for us, but how the heck do we foster an “attitude of gratitude” when life is super tough? When it’s hard to get through each day, the last thing we want to do is count our blessings. Feeling grateful seems nearly impossible. Gratitude is even more important when life is hard. This is when we need it the most. Feeling grateful is not about erasing the hardship from our life. It’s important that...

Embrace Love Despite a Fear of Abandonment

Are you so afraid of being left alone that you cling to your loved ones? Or perhaps you push them away when the relationship gets too close. Both of these stem from a really common thing: a fear of abandonment. It can be frightening to live with and, with social connections so crucial for our wellbeing, a fear of abandonment can take it’s toll on us. Fortunately, despite how common this fear is, every single one...

4 quick ways to lower stress at work

4 Quick Ways to Lower Stress at Work

Do you feel like work keeps piling up? Like you always have more to do, no matter how fast you are completing tasks? This sort of constant catching up is one of the biggest causes of stress at work. And, when we already live with anxiety or another mental illness, it can make a huge impact on our health. Finding moments to rest in the middle of work is crucial for our wellbeing. We need...

The Type of Self Care You Really Need

Feeling stressed when you think of self care? Like you’re not able to do everything you “should,” that you’re falling behind? Well, isn’t that kind of backwards? Self care should be about truly honoring our needs and it should come from a place of love and self respect, not obligation or pressure from society. When we treat self care like something we’re obligated to do, we set ourselves up for feeling bad if we can’t...

Pulling Through a Depression Relapse

It is terrifying when our mental illnesses come back, completely out of the blue. We feel like we’re in the clear and then all the sudden we’re struck with a depression relapse or some other resurgence of symptoms. To add to the intensity, it always seems to feel worse than it did in the past. Our mental illnesses naturally come and go. It’s part of the healing process and—as we all know quite well—recovery is...

How to make friends that really love you

How to Make Friends that Really Love You

Feel like it’s impossible to make friends that treat you well? Partners that respect you as a person? Maybe you find yourself always in relationships that end up turning out poorly. How to make friends that truly love us can feel elusive when we have a mental illness. It’s possible, though, and sometimes our loneliness is the gateway to these loving friendships. I used to think loneliness was a sign I was doing something wrong. That...

How to prevent the dangers of emotional burnout

How to Prevent the Dangers of Emotional Burnout

Have you ever lashed out at someone you love for no reason? Have you ever felt so exhausted that you hoped you’d sleep forever? That life was too overwhelming to want to keep going? These all have one cause: emotional burnout. And it can be avoided and handled well, without putting you or your relationships at risk. Emotional burnout is a serious thing. It’s complete and total emotional exhaustion. When we’ve used up all our reserves,...

3 body hacks to stop anxiety in its tracks, text in white box over image of shallow ocean beach

3 Body Hacks to Stop Anxiety in Its Tracks

Wish you could instantly stop an oncoming anxiety attack? Fortunately for all of us with anxiety disorders, there are powerful ways we can use our body’s biology to stop anxiety. I’ve saved myself from many panic attacks with these techniques. Your body is a powerful and capable entity. It gives you the ability to rush into flight or fight mode when threatened and this response—which evolved over millions of years—is something that can save your...

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