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How Do You React to a Crisis?

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

People have different ways of responding to sudden life changes. It is important to know which response style you typically use when you find yourself in crisis. A therapist can help you use your response style to your advantage and work on finding alternate ways of coping. Here are the responses that most people have, and some people use more …

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What To Avoid When In Crisis

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This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Life Crisis & Change

There are a few things that you should avoid doing during a crisis because they are counterproductive and interfere with your ultimate goal, which is to build a new life that’s true to who you really are. For example, during a crisis: – Avoid substance abuse You need to stay oriented in the present and use all of your faculties …

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Getting Through a Life Crisis

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This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Life Crisis & Change

Some Practical Steps for Getting Through a Life Crisis 1- Live in the moment A life crisis might feel like a permanent condition – a painful and lost existence. Take one step at a time as you go through each day. Try not to focus on the past, which can’t be changed, and let the future unfold as it will. …

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Crisis or Opportunities

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Life Crisis & Change

How Do You Define Yourself? Answer a question – “Who are you?” If you’re like most people, you probably answered first in terms of the work you do. And you may have answered in terms of who you are in your family or other relationships. If your answer included your work, what do you do when that work is no …

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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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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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