Archives for September, 2015

Books

Simple, Clear-Cut Ways to View Boundaries — Especially for People-Pleasers

Boundaries can seem like a big (and intimidating) word, especially to people who haven't set many limits throughout their lives. If you're a people-pleaser, you know what I mean. However, the good news is that setting boundaries is an acquired skill. We can learn some tools and then practice them over and over. We don't have to resign ourselves to doing things we're uncomfortable with because that's what we used to do. We...
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Putting a Positive Spin on Negative Thoughts So You Can Take Healthy Action

In his book How to Be Happy (Or at Least Less Sad): A Creative Workbook, Lee Crutchley includes many valuable prompts. In one prompt he suggests listing 10 negative thoughts on one page, and then giving the thoughts a more positive spin on the opposite page.

Crutchley gives the example of turning "I hate being alone" to “I’d like to meet new people.”

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15 Ways to Boost Well-Being Without Focusing on Weight

Recently, I received a comment on this post, which I wrote several years ago. The reader, Julia, thanked me for sharing suggestions on boosting our health and well-being, which don't include losing weight. This inspired me to share some more ideas. Because there are countless ways we can get healthier and take great care of ourselves that have nothing to do with weight.

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Triggers that Shatter Your Self-Compassion

Yesterday wasn't a very productive day for me. I felt scattered. My attention jumped from one distraction to another to another. And I ended up working at night, which ate into my bedtime routine, which pushed back the time I'd be getting up this morning, which made me get very angry with myself.

Not being productive or efficient is a huge trigger for me. It's when I start feeling...
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Books

Self-Care Sunday: Engaging in Absorbing Activities

One of my close friends bought me a beautiful book for my birthday called On Reading. It features the photographs of André Kertész, who captured all sorts of people reading in all sorts of places between 1915 and 1970. Kertész photographed readers on rooftops, in parks and in doorways. He photographed them in New York, Hungary, Paris and Tokyo.

The above is one of my...
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