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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,...

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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...

How to Find the Best Coping Strategies for You

How to Find the Best Coping Strategies for You

Coping strategies are super important, but the best ones can be a little elusive. Maybe you’ve thought of a fantastic technique to use, but you can rarely find the energy to act on it when you’re distressed. Maybe you always turn towards an instant fix, but you know it actually hurts you in the long run. If you’ve been stumped by either of these things, this episode is for you. Related blog: How to Break Free of Any...

2 Things to Help You Keep Going When Life Gets Tough

2 Things to Help You Keep Going When Life Gets Tough

We all get tired. Fighting a mental illness every day is no easy task. It takes a lot of strength, courage, and resilience. It takes even more guts to want to thrive beyond recovery—to want to feel joyous and engaged and in love with life. When life gets tough, we naturally want things to slow down. Sometimes, we trick ourselves into believing the only escape is through completely giving up. [tweetshare tweet="It takes guts to thrive beyond...

Creating Abundance in Situations of Poverty

Abundance is a state of peace, prosperity, and deep happiness. It’s characterized by gratitude for the things we have, even in situations where—to others—it may seem like we have very little. Abundance is a literal and emotional solution to poverty. All of us experience some form of poverty in our lifetimes. The most common is financial, but there are dozens of other types. We can lack healthy relationships, feel spiritually disconnected, or have a poverty of...

The Importance of Living with a Sense of Wonder

Imagine waking up each day with a sense of wonder and excitement. You would easily jump out of bed, excited to see what the day brings. Work would be interesting. You couldn’t wait for the meals you’ll eat. You’d even be excited by your daily commute! This sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, many of us feel stuck in our daily routine. This is far from the joy I just described.  Boredom is a state all of...

Bad Day? 6 Powerful Ways to Get Through It

Every single person experiences at least one bad day in their life. It’s a part of living and it’s a part of being human. Most likely, everyone experiences a lot more than just a single one, and those of us living with mental illness tend to experience even more bad days than those without mental illness. Getting through a bad day can feel like time is dragging on, infinitely slow and filled with difficulty after difficulty....

Love Your Body Through Conscious Eating

If you struggle to love your body, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s rare to meet someone who feels completely confident in their skin. With the amount of media attention focusing on what we "should" look like, we all have skewed perceptions of our own appearance. But, you know what? You’re beautiful. To help you realize this, I’ve shared one of my most powerful practices here in this blog. It has helped me go from...

16 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays When You Have a Mental Illness

The holiday season presents a lot of challenges for everyone. It’s a time of year focused on family, love, and connection, but stress, consumerism, loneliness, and a bunch more unpleasant feelings like to mix themselves in with the merriment. Although each person can probably identify a stressor that prevents them from fully enjoying the holidays, us living with mental illness have an even harder time. Sometimes it’s spending a holiday with family and friends that...

Find Peace by Expressing Your Emotions

Sometimes, it’s helpful to be upset.  Mindfulness is characterized by not resisting our reality, and sometimes that reality is emotional upset. Sometimes peaceful acceptance lies not in avoiding the upset, but rather in letting it rule us for a hot second. Although it might sound backwards, freeing our emotions allows us to keep calm when we need it most.  Peace can arrive post-emotion. The way this works is because, when we ignore the upset, we’re actually resisting...

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