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Archives for November, 2017

Mental Health

Be Yourself

"Don't know which one is worse, doing your own thing or just being cool." Bob Dylan

I vividly remember as a child that I didn't fit in. I was always on the outside looking in, far from being cool or accepted. Being the shortest boy in the class really didn't help much. I was bullied by older children much larger in size. Perhaps I was tougher pound for pound but I was very low in weight so...
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Personal Goals

5 Foods to Consider Eating Before Exercise


The secret to a successful workout isn't necessarily new gear, a different training plan, or even greater effort. Oftentimes, the real secret is in what you eat before you exercise. That's because the body requires the right nourishment to perform at its best.

Here are some of the best options for a pre-workout meal or snack.

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General

3 Nourishing Ways to Navigate Family Visits During the Holidays


Today, I'm honored to share an important guest post by Dezryelle Arcieri, a Washington-based therapist and yoga instructor. She provides super helpful tools and exercises to help us get centered and reconnect to our values as we navigate the holiday season. Reconnecting to our values is reconnecting to ourselves. Which, of course, is a pivotal part of self-care.
The holidays can be a joyous, exciting, and fun time, but they can also be challenging...
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Hope

Today I Love The Busy Waves

The finest frosted lace

Today I love the busy waves as they march across the bay from north-west to south-east in their determined parade to get where they feel they need to be. I love that they keep the secret of what it is they have to do so well. I love the way Bruce County has gone full on festive and decorated its cape across the bay from...
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Conflict Resolution

The Perils of Independent Thinking

After finding out that the Democratic party and Hillary Clinton fixed the 2016 primary election, Bernie Sanders is said to have considered running for President as an independent in 2020. Since both the Democrats and Republicans have become extreme and divisive, this makes sense. He may believe we need a third party that will be a centrist force and think independently in order to unify the country.

Bernie has...
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Mental Health

Sins Of Your Father

"The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father," God

When we are young we often question the rules that we must abide by. Injustice looms large as we with envy examine the situation of somebody who got it better than us. Still when we are being raised there is something more profoundly fundamental going on. By means of observation we are learning the behaviors, methods and attitudes of...
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#MeToo

A Nouveau Approach to Female Sexuality Equality

The DailyMail and a cup of café con leche: is there a more enjoyable start to a morning!? Yes, there is. Not seeing Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Terry Richardson or some other sex pest's smug mug festooning the headline complete with details on how they flashed, stripped and wanked in front of all and sundry. Switching over to the Daily Star, my senses are assaulted by a dizzying array of so-called stars and paparazzi photos of their very public "nip slips," "boobs...
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Anxiety

What is Agitation?

"Sometimes, I feel like I'm walking on eggshells with you, Son. I never know if you're going to be nice or start yelling." -- my Mom

As you can imagine, this hurts to hear and even more to write. I, like many people with mood...
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Hope

Today I Love The Santa Claus Parade

Streaming, old school

Today I love the Santa Claus Parade that happens every year in my town. I love that some of the floats are the same ones that have been in our parade for like ever. I love that, compared to bigger urban centers, our parade is very naive and down-home, but compared to the parade that will take place at the last possible minute before Christmas, in the village of...
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Mental Health

The Morning After

"There's got to be a morning after 
If we can hold on through the night 
We have a chance to find the sunshine 
Let's keep on looking for the light"  Maureen McGovern 

I remember my college days in the fraternity when I was a lost soul seeking the solace of alcohol every day of the week. I would spend the nights intoxicating my brain, self medicating myself struggling to endure through the intense pain of life. But thank...
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Uncategorized

The Negative Effects of Technology on Childhood Behavior


Almost every child in America right now has grown up in a world doused with technology. We’ve all heard the common concerns about how this affects a child’s upbringing—eyesight, attention span, emotional safety, personal boundaries, etc.—but fewer people recognize the effect technology has on behavior.

Not only does it affect the behavior of children, but it also affects the behavior of adults, which, in turn, changes the parenting and teaching that children experience.

One of the most prevalent...
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General

10 Annoying Things People Do At Work

At least twice a week I have to listen to someone in my office file their nails, and it drives me up the wall. However, it got me thinking of annoying things people do that they might not even realize can drive some co-workers crazy.  Here is a list of things to consider not doing at your desk:

File your nails - You are not at a nail salon
Floss your teeth - You are not...
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General

Rejection

Here's a fact: People are not always going to accept you, for whatever reason, but maybe more frequently because off the stigma of mental illness.

Being Beautifully Bipolar can be a tough thing for others to accept. They have this preconceived notion that we are crazy,...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Facing the Challenges of Depression

People with bipolar disorder spend two to three times as much time experiencing depression as they do mania. Some research has shown that someone with bipolar disorder will spend 50% of their time in a period of depression. If that’s the case, we need to be prepared to continue to live our lives while depressed. It’s incredibly easy to just let depression get the best of us. Powering through is difficult, but it is...
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