Archives for Healthy Coping

Books

3 Mindful Ways to Reconnect to Ourselves When There’s No Time

There are days when we can't take a walk. There are days when we can't take a break to read or watch our favorite show. We can't go for a massage or a yoga class. Maybe we don't really sit down---or get up. Maybe we have a deadline. Maybe we have a newborn---or three kids. Maybe we're traveling. Maybe we're moving. Maybe we have a demanding job. Maybe we're trying to catch up...
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Books

What Assumptions Are You Making in Your Life?

When Isaac Lidsky was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that causes vision loss and eventually blindness, he knew it was a death sentence.

As he writes in his inspiring book Eyes Wide Open, "It will end my life as I know it. End independence and confidence. End strength and leadership. End will be helpless, pathetic, weak. I will live trapped in my mind. Blindness will disconnect me from the world."

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Body Image

Celebrating Girls Exactly As They Are—And Celebrating Ourselves

When I found out I was having a girl, I got scared. Because I remember what it's like to be a girl, a teenager, a young woman. I remember vividly the insecurity; the deep desire to look like everyone else but myself; the longing to lose weight, to be pretty, to be popular; the roller-coaster of restricting and bingeing; the pain of rejection; the comparisons and the coming up short. I remember vividly second-guessing everything. I...
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Body Image

Exploring Your Self-Worth

Yesterday I wrote about when you first learned that you were unworthy. Today, let's explore self-worth even further. Because it can explain a lot. Maybe it can even explain everything. Because how we think and feel about ourselves and our value influences the decisions we make, the actions we take, the habits we practice, the people we surround ourselves with, the way we structure our days, the way we care for...
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Culture

3 Ways to Soothe the Guilt of Practicing Self-Care

You put your head on your pillow to get a few extra minutes of sleep. You sit on the couch to watch your favorite show. You consider taking a walk or doing anything relaxing. And the thoughts inevitably start. The thoughts that shout allllll the different things you could and should be the laundry that's been in the dryer for at least a day. Or two. Or three. Washing the many mountains...
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Body Image

A Habit to Quiet Self-Criticism

Does criticizing yourself come all-too naturally to you?

It does for a lot of people. In fact, you might criticize yourself so often that you don't even realize you're doing it. It's like it happens automatically. Like breathing. And you don't discriminate. That is, you bash yourself for anything. Your weight. Your skin. Your thighs. Your anxiety. Your sadness or some other feeling you think is "wrong."

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