Can Journaling Improve Mental Health?

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Can Journaling Improve Mental Health?

Can journaling improve mental health? Journals aren’t just for teenagers trying to hide their private thoughts from their parents’ prying eyes. Journaling is a helpful therapeutic tool. It’s not going replace mental health treatment from a qualified professional, but it can be a useful addition or way to accelerate your healing.   What is journaling? Journaling […]

How to Motivate Yourself When You’re Feeling Depressed

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How to Increase Motivation When Depressed

  It’s hard to motivate yourself when you’re depressed. Depression zaps your energy and motivation.   Karen was having an off day, feeling depressed, and totally unmotivated. You know the kind — when you just feel like crawling back in bed. We all have days when everything feels like an effort and we don’t want […]

6 Benefits of Setting Boundaries

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6 Benefits of Setting Boundaries

  Boundaries are rules or guidelines that you create to show others how to treat you. Relationships work best when we are clear about our expectations and needs. We can show ourselves and others respect by setting clear, consistent boundaries.   Setting boundaries is a struggle for a lot of people. I’m not going to […]

6 Effective Ways to Deal with Criticism

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6 Effective Ways to Deal with Criticism

Nobody likes criticism, but some of us are particularly sensitive to it. Do you take it personally if your boss tells you to be quiet during a meeting? Does it ruin your day if someone gives you a judgmental glare when your child throws a tantrum? Do you feel like a failure when a  client rejects […]

How to Challenge Cognitive Distortions

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How to Challenge Cognitive Distortions

Challenge Cognitive Distortions The key components of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are to 1) identify your cognitive distortions, 2) challenge the distorted thoughts, and 3) replace cognitive distortions (aka thinking errors) with more accurate thoughts, beliefs, and self-talk. CBT is based on the understanding that your thoughts affect your feelings and behavior and your behaviors […]

Sad on Valentine’s Day?

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How to cope if you feel sad on Valentine's Day

  If you’re feeling sad on Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone. Valentine’s Day can be a depressing holiday for a lot of people. We all know that we don’t need a special day to express our love or cherish our partners. Valentine’s Day may be a “Hallmark holiday”, but none the less, most people expect […]

Reduce Anxiety by Grounding Yourself

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How to Reduce Anxiety by Grounding Yourself

What is anxiety? Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the United States. Even if you don’t meet the clinical criteria for an anxiety disorder, I’m sure you’ve experienced some of the hallmark symptoms from time to time: uncontrollable worry trouble concentrating insomnia rumination or obsessive thoughts muscle tension stomach aches, […]

3 Simple Breathing Exercises to Reduce Anxiety

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3 Simple Breathing Exercises to Reduce Anxiety

  Breathing Exercises to Reduce Anxiety and  Stress Breathing is my favorite strategy for anxiety and stress relief. It’s quick, easy, free, and you can do it anywhere.   I’m going to teach you three very simple breathing exercises to reduce anxiety, but you don’t actually need any particular technique to relieve stress. You can […]

13 Common Cognitive Distortions

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13 Types of Cognitive Distortions #CBT #distortedthoughts #thinkingerrors #negativitybias

  What are cognitive distortions? Cognitive distortions are also known as thinking errors, thinking distortions, irrational thoughts, distorted thoughts, and negative automatic thoughts. Cognitive distortions are ways that you twist up your thinking to see yourself, your situation, and other people in a negative light. They’re basically your mind playing tricks on you; convincing you […]