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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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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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Rhythms, Stability and Health

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Pace, Prioroties & Purpose

An Awareness of Time: A New Relationship With Time Like all things natural, our bodies have internal rhythms. There are times during the day, or even the month, or the year, when we do things well, quickly, and easily. We have spurts of energy when we are at our best. And there are other times when our bodies cry out …

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Pace, Priorities & Purpose

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Pace, Prioroties & Purpose

An Awareness of Time and Purpose When we get right down to it, we have to draw one inescapable conclusion: time is our most important asset. And like most assets, there never seems to be enough of it. There are always so many things to do, so many pressures, so many things to keep track of. Our lives seem to …

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Counseling & Military Families

San Diego is home to thousands of soldiers. The incidence of acute depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse is rapidly increasing for those in the military. In addition research shows that marriages and families are some of the unspoken casualties of war (Chan, Cole, & Davila, 2005). Multiple deployments cause continued and repeated separation. Spouses end up having to …

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Conflict Resolution Skills

Conflicts and disagreements are unavoidable. As long as relationships exist, conflicts and disagreements will always be part of them. As soon as you put two human beings together, you have two cultures, two backgrounds, two frame of reference, two mindset, two families of origin, two ways of doing things etc Depending of the family of origin and even the culture …

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