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Surviving the Life Crisis

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Life Crisis & Change

The Bleakest Times of Our Lives Can Give Rise to Remarkably Positive Life Transformations A life crisis is one of the inevitable features of our lives. Learning how to survive a crisis is a crucial skill, and one that we will probably need more than once throughout our lives. A crisis can occur when things begin to fall apart around …

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Dealing With Anxiety

Are you constantly tense, worried, or on edge? Does your anxiety interfere with your work, school, or family responsibilities? Are you overwhelmed by fears that you know are irrational, but can’t shake? Do you avoid situations or activities because they cause you anxiety? Do you experience unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic? If you identify with several of the following signs …

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Bring Pleasure Into Your Life

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Stress & Restoring Balance

Access Your Pleasure Centers You can tap into the pleasure centers of your brain through your imagination … and this can be done without any external aids like alcohol or drugs. This simple exercise can be done by anybody and at any time of the day. If you have difficulty with this exercise, a therapy consultation can help you learn …

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Stress & Healthy Pleasures

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Stress & Restoring Balance

Healthy pleasures have two characteristics: 1) Balance Pleasures lose their meaning if they are not counterbalanced by attending to life’s other responsibilities. Fun can happen when one takes a break from the normal routine. For example, eating delicious food, even “unhealthy” food, can be a healthy pleasure if it is done in moderation and on occasion. To base one’s entire …

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Restoring Balance To Hectic Lives

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Stress & Restoring Balance

Engaging in Simple, Healthy Pleasures Can Restore Balance to our Hectic Lives Pleasure guides us to better health. When experiences are enjoyable, we want more of them. Our bodies tell us that sleep, reproduction, eating, companionship, and exercise – to name just a few of our common daily activities – are enjoyable. Our survival depends on engaging in these activities. …

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Boundaries In Relationships

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series successful Relationships

Learning to have healthy boundaries is an exciting adventure, an exercise in personal liberation. When two people with healthy boundaries enter into a relationship, they can find true intimacy as whole, complete and equal people. Here are some examples of healthy and unhealthy relationship boundaries Healthy boundaries in relationships Unhealthy boundaries in relationships Feeling like your own person Feeling incomplete …

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Relationships & Boundaries

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series successful Relationships

Here are some ways in which unhealthy boundaries may show themselves in our relationships, along with some remedies: – Lack of a Sense of Identity When someone lacks a sense of his own identity and the boundaries that protect him/her, that person tends to draw their identity from their partner. He/She becomes willing to do anything it takes to make …

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Successful Relationships

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series successful Relationships

Without our own understanding of self, of who we are, and what makes us unique, it is difficult to engage in the process of an ongoing relationship in a way that functions smoothly and enhances each of the partners. We need a sense of self in order to clearly communicate our needs and desires to our partner. When we have …

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Mindfulness Exercise

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Pace, Prioroties & Purpose

Try a Simple Mindfulness Exercise and Learn to Slow Down First, before we begin, check out how much stress you are feeling now, and place it on a ten-point scale. For example, your stress might be at a five or an eight on the scale. (You may want to have a friend or family member read the instructions below out …

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Overcome Stress, Pace Yourself

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Pace, Prioroties & Purpose

Some Steps to Taking Ownership of Your Time – Take a periodic review of what is important in your life. Reflect on how you have spent the past month or year, what you have accomplished, and how it fits into what you want in your life. What is really important in your life? What do you value most? You may …

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