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How Mindfulness Helps Control Cravings

Research has reveled that by learning to appreciate the joys of everyday life, prescription addicts can ease their cravings.

This discovery was made by the associate professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work, Eric L. Garland, in a study published in The Journal of Behavioral Medicine. There, he studied how Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) affected patients who were addicted to prescription drugs.

By receiving guidance in strengthening positive emotions through implementing mindfulness-oriented techniques,...
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Co-Dependency

Three Simple Steps to Melt your Worries

It's easy to dismiss a worrier. Oh, stop worrying so much. Nothing bad is happening.

What we miss when we give this banal advice is this: Worrying is extremely uncomfortable. To the one with the worries, stopping would be a welcome relief! Besides, most of the time a worrier already knows, logically, that there is often nothing to worry about.

To stop irrational worry, it might be helpful to redirect your attention in the following way.
Get grounded...
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General

6 Effects of Long-Term Stress on Your Body

Everyone experiences stress at various points in life. In fact, having some stress is healthy for both your body and mind.

However, prolonged stress can be harmful to both your mental and physical health.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, stress can be both external (caused by pain, exposure to heat or cold, or the psychological environment) or internal (caused by illness, injury, or internal psychological factors).
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Beliefs

How To Handle Two Kinds of Failure

I used to see failure as "me."

If something went wrong, I was the point of failure. Failure was internal, an inevitable part of who I was. I did not know I was seeing myself as failure. If I had known, I might have been able to question what I was doing.

At any rate, this unconscious view was draining. Life was a burden and I was the donkey.

Now, I see failure in one of two ways:
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General

20 Mental Health Symptoms of Food-Borne Metal Toxicity

We typically think that our food supply has to be safe for human consumption, right?

Although this is an assumption that makes us feel better, it is one that could be dangerous. There are, in fact, quite a few toxic metals that are common in our food, air, water and other consumer goods. Known as “heavy metals,” these substances could be affecting your mental health.

Metals are naturally occurring in the earth, and flow through the food chain, ultimately finding their way to your dinner plate - and even into your glass of wine, according to WebMD.

Here, we will tell you about three of these metals.
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Beliefs

3 Sure Signs of Inner Conflict


 

Is it inner conflict that holds you back?

Inner conflict can stop you in your tracks and keep you preoccupied with all the wrong things. Rather than produce real, rewarding results in the world, inner conflict would have you spin out on your inner dynamics.

One of the keys to overcoming inner conflict and it's frustrating symptoms is to identify it. You cannot resolve inner conflict intentionally until you know how it operates in your psyche.

Toward that...
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Beliefs

27 Common, Twisted Thoughts That Block Happiness

If it weren't for twisted logic, life might be too boring for many of us.

Most people I know, myself included, have a knack for twisting the truth. And some of the time that little twist is a perfect happiness block.

What follows are 27 examples of how you can prevent the happiness that might have been yours. All it takes is a tiny, twisted whisper in your mind.
Here are 27 examples of twisted thoughts that block happiness:
1. When I am happy, bad news is coming, because happiness can’t last.

2. When I am happy, I am setting myself up for disappointment.

3. When I am happy, people expect more of me.

4. When I am happy, I have no excuse to be lazy.

5. When I am happy, I am letting my negligent parents off the hook.

6. When I am happy, it will draw too much attention to me.

7. When I am happy, I’ll have to be nice to people I don’t like.

8. When I am happy, I am deluding myself.
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Beliefs

Punch Failure in the Face: Here’s How

Do you want to eliminate all obstacles in the way of your goals?

You can. I’m going to show you how, right here and now. In fact, you're going to punch failure right in the face and knock it out.

The process begins by recognizing self-sabotage. Don't worry. It's all going to be obvious by the end of this post.

Self-sabotage: the truly nasty tendency to do the very thing that hurts you.
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General

Four Bottom-Side-Up Self-Esteem Tips


 

Throw out convention.

It’s time for some counter-intuitive tips to increase your self-esteem.

These self-esteem tips work. And they will work for you if you practice them with an open mind.

One of the hallmarks of healthy self-esteem is self-respect. Self-respect involves accepting and honoring every part of you. Let’s stop pretending that our darker natures don’t exist and begin to respect ourselves on every level.

The following tips will move you squarely in that direction.
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Beliefs

5 Signs That You are Depriving Yourself of Happiness

Happiness is the result of choices and so is unhappiness. The problem is, many of our choices happen outside conscious awareness.

To increase happiness, you may need to think outside the box. What follows are four ways we commonly deprive ourselves of happiness. They usually occur on autopilot, without conscious choice.

Once we understand them, we can take actions to remedy the negative effects.

Here they are:
1. Suppressing Positive Emotions
Squashing positive emotions that...
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