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causes of depression

What are the Causes of Depression [2020]

Do you feel sad for very long periods of time? Have you been feeling detached or numb? Have you been feeling outright empty and have been wondering why? You may be feeling depressed. Though this condition’s look can vary greatly, the causes of depression are far more concise. Depression can affect anyone at any time.…

Deal with Depression Coping Strategies

Deal with Depression: 9+ Strategies to Help You Cope

  Depression is one of the most common mental ailments in the world. In the United States alone, millions deal with depression. Without learning how to fight depression, people can feel isolated and alone, even hopeless. It robs them of all the joy, color, and happiness their lives once had. Those with depression experience feelings…

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Depression Vs Sadness: Are You Just Sad Or Depressed?...

  In recent months, you and many people you know have probably uttered something like, “2020 has me feeling so depressed,” which probably means you’re upset, scared, frustrated, or sad. It’s normal and natural to be sad at certain times in our life.  Depression is defined as a persistent mental health condition best diagnosed by…

emotional regulation skills for difficult emotions

Emotional Regulation Skills to Cope with Difficult Em...

Build Emotional Regulation Skills & Learn How to Cope with Difficult Emotions Do you feel overwhelmed by your emotions? Have you tried to control your emotions with no success? If this sounds like you, you can benefit from learning emotional regulation skills to cope with difficult emotions. This comprehensive guide to emotion regulation will help…

Understanding Emotions

Understanding Emotions: Recognizing the Purpose of Em...

Why Are Emotions Important?     Being aware of and understanding our emotions helps us in making decisions, resolving problems, and responding to situations and events. Our emotions are important. Emotions motivate our behavior. For example, if you are crossing the street and you see a car run a red light in your direction, you…

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…

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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…

find out your core values in life

Identifying Your Core Values in Life

You probably won’t be surprised that research has shown that people who have a sense of meaning and purpose in their life are happier than those without that sense of meaning. However, more than that, people who have a sense of meaning and purpose seem to live longer, cope better with the losses and difficulties…

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…


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