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7 Essential Experiences We Need To Have A Healthy Mind

You may spend a lot of time thinking about what foods to eat to nourish your body and mind – and with good reason, as there is definitely a connection between inflammation and depression, which can be either exacerbated or alleviated in part by your chosen diet. In addition, a nutritious food plan can help to stave off illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and osteoporosis.

However, we also need a healthy balance...


Communication

14 Ways To Improve Your Connections With Other People

How do you feel when you watch a news segment about yet another school shooting or the devastation left by Hurricane Florence?

Does your heart ache for the victims? Can you imagine how these people might be feeling and what they might be going through?

If so, you're feeling empathy, defined as the ability to sense what someone else is feeling, thinking, and experiencing, from their point of view rather than our own, and feel what they're feeling.

As...


Addiction

14 Benefits of Practicing Acceptance

Imagine that you’re stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the freeway, with glowing tail lights stretching ahead of you for miles. You anticipate that it will take at least another hour to get to your destination.

You’ve been up since 5:00 , your work day was hectic, it’s now 7:00 , you haven’t eaten since noon, and you feel frustrated and impatient.

What do you do? Yes, you could honk your car horn. You could utter a few (or...


Communication

23 Signs That You Are In A Healthy Relationship

Most of us want to be in a happy, healthy, and loving relationship. Yet often we’re not sure how to go about finding such a partnership, or, if we’re already in one, how to improve its quality. Or we might wonder whether our relationship is worth salvaging.

If you’re one of the fortunate people who’s in a healthy relationship, you probably recognize most, if not all, of the following items as being true for you and your...


Anxiety

10 Healthy Coping Strategies

You receive a phone call from your doctor. Your latest lab results suggest the need for further testing. You Google your potential diagnosis and are terrified by what you read.

Your boss informs you that your job of 20 years will be ending in two months. You are blindsided and also concerned about your next career move and your financial state.

You learn that your husband has been carrying on an affair with your next door neighbor for...


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Four Essential Components Of A Balanced Life

It’s been said that we are human beings, not human doings.

Reminding ourselves of this concept can help us to keep life in perspective. Busyness can masquerade as “getting things done,” which may temporarily bolster our self-esteem, at least on the surface, but putting excessive focus on staying occupied can alienate us from ourselves as well as other people, and drain us physically and emotionally.

On the flip side, we generally don’t benefit from spending most of our...


Communication

How To Fix The Four Communication Styles That Predict Divorce

In any intimate, committed relationship we are bound to have differences with our partner. Since no two people are exactly alike, nor would we want it that way, the goal is not to eliminate disagreements (which, by the way, are not an indicator that a relationship is on the rocks), but to develop skills in the area of constructive conflict.

John and Julie Gottman, psychotherapists who developed the Gottman Method of couples therapy, claim that they can...


Emotions

How to Stop Black-and-White Thinking

“He never listens to me.”

“I always forget my friends’ birthdays.”

“You are the worst boyfriend ever.”

Do you sometimes find yourself thinking or speaking in an all-or-nothing manner? Do you tend to view things in an extreme way? If so, does this habit work well for you, or does it trip you up? I’m guessing that it’s the latter.

Black-and-white thinking can be a major contributor to misery. It’s a small step from such a thought process to believing...


Emotions

The 3 Essential Steps to Self-Compassion

We generally feel good about ourselves when we’ve achieved a meaningful goal, believe ourselves to be “on top of things”, and receive positive feedback from others. The challenge lies in dealing with those times when we’re off our game, disappoint ourselves or someone important to us, or fail to get something we value. At such moments, practicing self-compassion can help us with emotional balance, resilience, and tolerating our pain.

According to leading self-compassion researcher Dr. Kristen Neff,