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Emotional Awareness

How Mindfulness Can Help You Regulate Emotions

Sometimes our emotions get the best of us. No matter how much we try to be aware of our triggers and keep calm, there will probably be times we simply lose our cool.

We live in a day and age where people are consumed with daily pressure and overloaded with stress from work, family, finances and other obligations.

What do you do to cope during these moments of stress and frustration?

Whether you're personally struggling...
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Stress

Easter Inspiration: How to Get Back Up When You Get Knocked Down

The Easter holiday is here, full of bunnies, chocolate, and Easter egg hunts. Of course, Easter is about much more than bunnies and eggs, and whatever your beliefs and traditions may be, it’s a wonderful time of year to remind ourselves about starting anew, standing-up to oppression, and overcoming trials and tribulations.

In our day to day life, whether it is our health, relationships, career, or finances, we can encounter everything from minor inconveniences...
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Relationships

How Mindfulness Can Enhance Relationships

Even happy and well-adjusted couples struggle with stress and life challenges.

When these difficult periods emerge it's important for partners to remain composed, positive, and dedicated to working together.

One practice that a couple can do to grow closer, that is easy and wholesome, is mindfulness meditation.

Specifically, Mindfulness-Based Relationship Enhancement (MBRE) has been shown to be an effective way to boost stress coping skills and increase personal well-being.

This is adapted from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, and serves the same...
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Stress

Going Through a Difficult Time? How Positive Emotions Can Help You Cope

We all go through difficult moments in life. These may be ongoing, persistent challenges we face on a daily basis, or more unexpected set-backs that throw us off course.

During these times it can be easy to get sullen and discouraged, and neglect all the healthy positive experiences that can still give us joy and hope.

Though when we're able to remember the blessings in our life and dwell on the positives instead of the negatives, it offers us a greater...
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Emotional Awareness

Flip Your Script: Use the “Positive” Cognitive Triad to Enhance Resiliency

There are many factors involved when it comes to suffering from depression or anxiety, and when taking an integrative approach, we would consider such areas as biological, cognitive and social circumstances.

In particular, our cognitive domain including our perspectives, interpretations and beliefs related to ourselves, the world around us, and our future holds a great deal of power over our ability to manage stress and experience greater well-being.

People...
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Spirituality

Finding Meaning to Cope with Life Struggles

Think of a time you experienced difficulties and felt overwhelmed or burdened with your situation.

How did your view of life and existence change?

When we go through a demanding and trying time, it can be tough to cope and stay self-assured. Going through emotionally demanding experiences like loss and trauma often leads to negative emotions such as grief, anger, fear and shame.

It can be difficult to overcome this negativity...
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Stress

Easy Steps for Day-to-Day Stress Reduction

I usually am very effective at dealing with stress. Lately though, I've had a lot on my plate, and have been racing around to stay on top of everything. Frankly I'm starting to feel the effects of stress.

We all experience day to day hassles and issues that frequently cause us some tension and concern. Stress is simply the body’s non-specific response to any demand made on it.

If we don't deal...
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How Resilient Are You?

“What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” - Hans Selye (Nietzsche)

Are you able to adapt and respond productively to challenging situations?

We will all run into obstacles and challenges as we work toward our goals and aspirations, so being prepared to deal with them and respond in the most productive way possible is crucial to staying persistent and strong.

Resiliency can help us deal with stress and persevere in the attainment of our...
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Emotional Awareness

Cultivate Mindfulness to Enhance Well-Being

Do you have a demanding job, endless responsibilities, and just can't seem to relax? Wouldn't it be nice if you were able "let go" of the idle worries and concerns that come along with life's struggles?

One way to experience the present moment and be more accepting and open to what life may bring is being more mindful. Mindfulness is the intentional process of paying attention and being aware of our moment-to-moment experiences in a non-judgmental...
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Stress

How to Experience Rest, Renewal, and Restoration

When it comes to dealing with a busy and fast paced life, finding ways to deal with stress and making time for rest and relaxation is crucial. If we don't have down time for our mind and body to relax, we will ultimately run down.

We are human beings not human doings, and finding balance between work, rest, and play can help us have better physical and emotional health, and...
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