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Self-Compassion is a Life Skill

Self-Compassion is a Life Skill: 6 Self-loving Ways t...

The start of the second decade of the new millennium has pushed many to new places — physically and emotionally. As a result, we are all developing coping mechanisms and learning new life skills. One of the most valuable tools you can acquire is self-compassion. Why? Self-compassion can carry you through tough times. It is…

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A Man’s Guide to Practicing Self-Love

Practicing strong mental health can be tough for many people, but it can be especially tough for men. The societal stigma that men should seem invincible and completely level-headed when it comes to their emotions and self-esteem is part of the reason it’s so difficult for men take care of themselves mentally. It can be…

use these tips to help manage stress during COVID-19

Managing Your Mental Health in Times of Stress: COVID...

The Impact of the Coronavirus on Mental Health in Children and Adults For months now, we’ve been kept on the edges of our seats by a global pandemic. Where is it striking now? Who is the most vulnerable? How can I stay safe? In a way, the endless talk of flattening curves, impending vaccines, waves…

effective communication and active listening

Effective Communication & Active Listening Skill...

Effective communication means, “Just say what you mean!” Sounds simple, right? But effective communication is far from simple. All too often, we try to communicate one thing, but the other person hears a completely different thing. It can be frustrating and counterproductive. Effective communication is a learned skill. It takes time and effort, but it’s…

Use these tips to help boost your well being

How to Boost Your Well-Being During the Covid-19 Pand...

We can do little things each day that can improve our outlook, our mood, and our sense of connectedness and belonging in the world. Here are a few strategies to boost your well-being. 1. Practice Savoring Savoring is stepping into the present moment to enjoy what we are experiencing. Savoring intensifies and lengthens the positive…

how to stop procrastinating

How to Stop Procrastinating

The Cycle of Procrastination If you want to learn how to stop procrastinating you may find that you’ve gotten caught in the cycle of procrastination. It might start with optimism about what you’re going to get done this time. Gradually it can lead to feeling overwhelmed, guilty paralysis, or even magical thinking. (My future self…

Suddenly Need to Work from Home? Six Tips and Sanity ...

The most predictable thing about life is that, well…it’s unpredictable. You can be in a rhythm when, suddenly, you’re thrown a curveball. Of course, it’s not just you. We’re all temporarily pushed out of our routines at one time or another. Change comes. Case in point: the current global pandemic forcing many us to work…

healthy relationship boundaries

How to Set Healthy Relationship Boundaries

Do you have a hard time standing up for yourself? Do you agree to things you don’t want to do? Do you take things personally that might not be personal? You may benefit from learning how to set personal boundaries in relationships. Learning how to set healthy relationship boundaries can also help you increase your self-esteem…

tips on coping with social distancing

How Our Therapists Are Coping with Social Distancing

We are all impacted by the effects of the global coronavirus. The changes we’ve all experienced from social distancing, the disconnect from physical interactions, the unknown for the future, and loss and grief are challenging. At the same time, there is a lot we can do in the present moment to cope with the impact…

find ways to help with your coronavirus anxiety

Coping With Coronavirus Anxiety

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, it’s easy to surrender to the fears of all the unknowns. Add in the practice of social distancing and quarantine and people around the world are experiencing an almost unprecedented amount of anxiety, stress, fear, and panic. It is normal to experience such a storm of emotions…

Grounding Techniques & Self Soothing for Emotion...

Grounding & Self-Soothing Techniques for Adults Use these skills to self soothe, calm and manage difficult, overwhelming emotions and sensations Learning how to self soothe is as important for adults as it is for babies. Grounding and self soothing is how we calm our bodies when we are overloaded by stress or overwhelming emotions. You…

coping skills for managing stress and anxiety

Coping Skills for Managing Stress & Anxiety in U...

In uncertain times, it is normal for anxiety, worry, panic, stress and depression to peak. Uncertainty and loss of control creates anxiety for everyone. The whole world is coping with anxiety and the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic. If you have specific vulnerabilities such as health or financial challenges, stress and anxiety can be even…


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