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Self-Care Sunday Links 8.30.15

On some Sundays I share links to pieces from around the web, along with posts I’ve written for Psych Central. This month's links include everything from reframing your thoughts about exercise to reducing mom guilt to what it really means to love yourself. I hope you find these helpful, and I hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday!
3 strategies to reframe your thinking about exercise.
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A Simple Exercise for Dealing with Self-Doubts

Many of us let our self-doubts or previous missteps and mess-ups dictate our actions. We adopt an all-or-nothing perspective, assuming that if we can't do something perfectly, if we've made mistakes before, then we have no business trying, again.

Self-doubts can lead us to question our worth and decide that we're undeserving. Self-doubts can stop us from pursuing our dreams and responding to our needs.

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You Are Not Your Story, Mistake or Inner Critic’s Comments

So many of us take one isolated event -- a mistake, a painful situation -- or the critical comments of our inner critic and let it color who we are. Completely. It's as though we become this one thing. This one negative thing.

Maybe your inner critic regularly spews remarks about your weight and how you look disgusting and horrible in everything. So you become the person who looks...
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Embracing Your Flaws

For years I had an overpowering all-or-nothing mindset. If I couldn't do it perfectly, then I'd failed. If I didn't look pretty all the time, then I wasn't pretty at all. If I didn't have a flat stomach, then I couldn't like my body. If I didn't ace every test, then I wasn't smart. I had a very hard time accepting that imperfections are natural (and make me me). I had a...
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5 More Ways to Listen to Ourselves

So often we dismiss our own thoughts, feelings, needs and desires. We assume that someone else knows better about what we should do, eat, wear, think, feel, want, need. So we silence ourselves. We discount ourselves. We take ourselves out of the conversation. And we listen to others (people who may or may not have our best interest at heart).
Yesterday, I shared different...
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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who do you think you are to wear a bikini when you don't have a "bikini body"?

Who do you think you are to stop dieting when you "should" lose weight?

Who do you think you are to take care of yourself when you haven't finished your work?

Who do you think you are to eat several cookies or savor two slices of cake?

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Self-Care Sunday: Exploring Your Social Media Use

This week has been all about asking ourselves questions to identify our needs, dreams and desires; to explore our thoughts and feelings; and to get honest with ourselves. Today is no exception. Today, I'd like to talk about social media. Because a big part of taking care of ourselves is being intentional about our lives, being deliberate about what we invite into our lives and what we keep out. It's...
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