Originally posted 2016-12-15 07:47:33.
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Originally posted 2016-12-13 07:51:34.
Originally posted 2016-12-13 07:40:54.
For many people, emotions are a scary thing. Part of the problem is that we just don’t know what to do with them, according to Darlene Mininni, Ph.D, MPH, author of The Emotional Toolkit. So we turn to the only strategies we do know.
Originally posted 2016-12-12 15:00:31.
We have all had toxic people dust us with their poison. Sometimes it’s more like a drenching. Difficult people are drawn to the reasonable ones and all of us have likely had (or have) at least one person in our lives who have us bending around ourselves like barbed wire in endless attempts to please them – only to never really get there.
Originally posted 2016-12-12 12:46:40.
Detox has become a fad word lately. Do a few shakes, stay off the booze, stop processed food, have a few green juices and you feel brand new. This may come as a surprise, but toxins aren’t just found in air pollution or your poor food and drink choices.
I had to copy and paste this article because it think it is so important to read so I wanted to make it easy for you to do so.
“Detox has become a fad word lately. Do a few shakes, stay off the booze, stop processed food, have a few green juices and you feel brand new.
This may come as a surprise, but toxins aren’t just found in air pollution or your poor food and drink choices. To really feel that desired sense of relief, clarity and glow, you have to look at all parts of your life. You must evaluate what is toxic specifically to you and cleanse out what doesn’t work. You have to not only look at what you are eating, but what (or who) is eating you.
The first step is to recognize if a person is not good for you, or if you need to change something within yourself to deal with the person.
Here are some examples of toxic people, shared by peers and patients:
1) That ex-partner or lover that you obsess over. A love interest that pays you no attention. You can’t move forward, yet you can’t be with the person.
2) A “friend” that you always feel drained after spending time with and almost need therapy just to recover from.
3) Any person in your life that is hyper-critical, judgmental or abusive. The naysayers, people who tell you all the reasons you can’t rather than the reasons you can.
4) Anyone that, when you take a step back to assess, you dread speaking to or meeting up with for any reason.
5) A person that spreads rumors and gossip behind your back but is nice to your face.
6) An employee, business partner or client that brings negativity and stress to you and your work on a regular basis.
7) A family member who is an energy leech, puts you down constantly or is generally toxic. (This one is tricky, but do your best and apply tight boundaries with tough love if nothing else)
Just like with any cleanse program, you need to know yourself. Are you a “cold turkey” person, or do you need a gradual process? If you are the cold turkey type, you press delete and that’s it. History. If you are a gradual process person, you need a cleanse action plan in place.
In this modern world of technology there are hundreds of ways to stay connected, even when you don’t want to be. If you don’t have self-discipline these days, you have the plight shared by a friend recently, “I now have 15 ways to be haunted by this person every minute of the day.”
If you focus on something it grows, so the key is take your focus off of it.
Tips to get you started to cleanse a toxic person out of your life. Apply the ones that are relevant to your specific situation:
1) Don’t talk to the person. If this is not possible permanently, do it for a set amount of time and figure out plan to lessen your contact with this person on a long term basis.
2) Don’t look at the person’s Facebook page or anything related to the person on Facebook. Turn their notifications off in your newsfeed. If you don’t trust yourself to do this, delete the person from Facebook.
3) Don’t talk about the person. You are trying to set a new pattern. If this is too difficult and you need some support, talk to only one trusted friend or therapist.
4) Avoid places frequented by this person. Avoid places that you make you nostalgic about the person. Avoid any toxic environment period.
5) Avoid all social medial platforms updated by the person. If you can’t resist checking this person’s updates, stop following them all together.
6) Don’t listen to music that reminds you of the person. Music triggers memories and makes them more real in the present moment. This is a good time to create new music playlists.
7) Say yes to new people and new situations to refocus your mind in a different direction. Make new friends and find new people to work with.
8) Avoid reading old emails and texts from this person. If you can’t resist doing so, press delete. This applies to photographs too. Fill the void and new found time with things that are good for you.
9) Remove yourself physically from your routine for a day, weekend, or week based on your schedule, to reset in a new environment. Insert a new perspective to your life and ease the cleansing process.
10) Exercise and eat well. Sweat, movement and a good diet helps move the old toxins out of your body and mind.
11) Surround yourself with people and places that love and uplift you.
The next time you feel you need to “detox,” consider looking at more than just your diet and remove toxic people from your life as well.”
Originally posted 2016-12-12 12:40:29.
Originally posted 2016-06-18 12:58:45.
Your Closets, Your Clutter, and Your Cognitions
Organizer Regina Leeds tells all!
This is a great article and something that I feel will inspire all of us to get rid of stuff that is in our environments that we just don’t need. You don’t have to necessarily get rid of it but it does not have to be in your daily space or view.
In order for me to be productive and work on multiple projects, I must have a clean organized environment. It makes my world feel better.
This article and the previous video I posted on clutter is making me think about my junk draw and any draw that I have that is messy. I want to take baby steps in decluttering. Join me!
If you have a pretty dress or a nice piece of clothing that someone else could use, let it go.
There is a sense of relief in our minds when we are organized and so for me that is what is driving my research on how the mind is affected by the clutter around us.
Originally posted 2016-06-17 00:47:06.
Originally posted 2016-12-08 15:24:25.
I like some of the tips she gives to declutter my bedroom and I think the one that I will focus on is my drawers.
Originally posted 2016-06-17 00:14:58.
How to practice shifting your thoughts
The meaning of life is made, not found. Dr. Robert Holden asks us to reconsider the meaning we place on life events.
Originally posted 2016-06-15 10:48:18.
Being happy takes work! I know a lot of people don’t get this but it does. We need to practice certain things on a daily basis like gratitude. Gratitude is not easy for some of us when we are constantly thinking about what we don’t have. We need to try to focus more on being thankful for what we do have.
You know, we all have a story and we all have issues. Sometimes the issues do get in the way of us being able to be thankful. To be thankful of those things that we do have.
If I wake up cranky and in a bad mood it is hard to think about being grateful but it is something I must practice. When you are going through a tough time in your life, it is very hard to think about what you do have when you don’t have what you do want.
This is a great article to help you start your gratitude journey. Let’s practice this together!
Read the entire article by going to the link but I did copy and paste some of what I really liked below.
I like how the author says to have a Gratitude Journal. That is something I am thinking of doing because it will help me stay focused on being thankful. There are tons of apps that can be used for journaling and they do have passcode protection so that no one has to read your stuff.
Having a gratitude jar is also a great idea. This can help you take action every day or very often to put something in the jar.
“Freshen Up Your Thanks
The best way to reap the benefits of gratitude is to notice new things you’re grateful for every day. Gratitude journaling works because it slowly changes the way we perceive situations by adjusting what we focus on. While you might always be thankful for your great family, just writing “I’m grateful for my family” week after week doesn’t keep your brain on alert for fresh grateful moments. Get specific by writing “Today my husband gave me a shoulder rub when he knew I was really stressed” or “My sister invited me over for dinner so I didn’t have to cook after a long day.” And be sure to stretch yourself beyond the great stuff right in front of you. Opening your eyes to more of the world around you can deeply enhance your gratitude practice. Make a game out of noticing new things each day.
Get Real About Your Gratitude Practice
Being excited about the benefits of gratitude can be a great thing because it gives us the kick we need to start making changes. But if our excitement about sleeping better because of our newfound gratitude keeps us from anticipating how tired we’ll be tomorrow night when we attempt to journal, we’re likely to fumble and lose momentum. When we want to achieve a goal, using the technique of mental contrasting—being optimistic about the benefits of a new habit while also being realistic about how difficult building the habit may be – leads us to exert more effort. Recognize and plan for the obstacles that may get in the way. For instance, if you tend to be exhausted at night, accept that it might not be the best time to focus for a few extra minutes and schedule your gratitude in the morning instead.
Make Thankfulness Fun By Mixing It Up
University of Rochester partners in crime Edward Deci and Richard Ryan study intrinsic motivation, which is the deep desire from within to persist on a task. One of the biggest determinants is autonomy, the ability to do things the way we want. So don’t limit yourself—if journaling is feeling stale, try out new and creative ways to track your grateful moments. (Happify offers an endless variety of gratitude activities to choose from.) My fiancée Michaela decided to create a gratitude jar this year. Any time she experiences a poignant moment of gratitude, she writes it on a piece of paper and puts it in a jar. On New Year’s Eve, she’ll empty the jar and review everything she wrote. When a good thing happens, she now exclaims, “That’s one for the gratitude jar!” It immediately makes the moment more meaningful and keeps us on the lookout for more.
Be Social About Your Gratitude Practice
Our relationships with others are the greatest determinant of our happiness. So it makes sense to think of other people as we build our gratitude. Robert Emmons suggests that focusing our gratitude on people for whom we’re thankful rather than circumstances or material items will enhance the benefits we experience. And while you’re at it, why not include others directly into your expression of gratitude? One Happify activity involves writing a gratitude letter to someone who had an impact on you whom you’ve never properly thanked. You could also share the day’s grateful moments around the dinner table. The conversations that follow may give you even more reasons to give thanks.”
Originally posted 2016-06-14 11:57:28.
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Bullying is a big deal and learning about it is critical.
If you are are a parent to a child or teenager read below and do something about it.
If you are a child or teenager and are being bullied and reading this, please learn and do something about it. Do not allow this behavior to take over your life. If you need help and no one is helping you, reach out to someone else that may be able to do something about it. You do not deserve it!
If you do see someone that has no friends and is alone, be their friend. Sometimes, one friend is all that is needed. Lastly, do not be a bully. If you are reading this and you are mean to someone, stop!
Knowledge is power.
Check this video out.
The Bully Movie
This was copied and pasted from the link above.
“Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. If you know or suspect that your child is involved in bullying, there are several resources that may help.
- Recognize the warning signs that your child is involved in bullying. They could be being bullied, bullying others, or witnessing bullying. Although these signs could signal other issues, you should talk to your child if they display any sort of behavioral or emotional changes. Many times kids won’t ask for help, so it is important to know what to look for. If your child is at immediate risk of harming himself or others, get help right away.
- Learn what bullying is and what it is not. Understanding what bullying is is the first step in forming a plan to prevent or respond to bullying with your child. Many behaviors that look like bullying may be just as serious, but may require different response strategies. You can also learn about:
- Cyberbullying often requires different strategies than in-person bullying. Learn how to work with your kids to prevent cyberbullying and how to respond when it occurs.
- Utilize tips and tools to talk to your child about bullying. Opening lines of communication before your child is involved in bullying makes it easier for them to tell you when something happens. It is also important to work with a school to help prevent bullying before it starts.
- If you know or suspect bullying has occurred, learn how to find out what has happened with your child. Understanding what has happened can also help in communicating with school or community officials about the situation.
- If you have determined bullying has occurred, learn how you and school or community officials can work together to support your child, whether they were bullied, bullied others, or witnessed bullying. Learn also about considerations for specific groups.
- If bullying is occurring at school, learn about what your state requires schools to do in your state’s anti-bullying law. Learn also about federal laws that require schools to address harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex, and disabilities and ways to report situations that have not been adequately addressed to the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice.
- If you have worked with your child and your school and need additional assistance, find resources to help address the situation.”
Originally posted 2016-06-11 22:52:06.
Originally posted 2016-11-28 00:34:40.
All of us are egocentric to a certain degree. When our self-centeredness keeps us from seeing how other people view the world, though, we can cross the line into pathological forms of narcissism. By practicing five simple strategies, you can nip your narcissism in the bud.
Originally posted 2016-11-26 10:27:36.
Read the entire article by clicking on the link but I extracted what I liked below.
How To Love Yourself First
The least-honored–and most powerful path to self-love
Ken Page L.C.S.W. Ken Page L.C.S.W.
“The great psychoanalytic theorist Donald Winnicot said, “Only the true self can be creative and only the true self can feel real.” I would add that only the true self can bear the risk of deep intimacy.
Every time we face the choice to share our deeper self, we stand at a precipice. Often, it’s just too scary to take the step forward.
Imagine taking a pet you love and putting it in a yard with an invisible electric fence. When it moves outside its allowed space, it gets stunned by an unexpected shock. It will only take a few jolts before your pet gets the message: if it goes too far, punishment will be instantaneous. In a short period of time, your pet won’t act as if the borders even exist; it will simply avoid them. If pushed closer to the danger zone, it will exhibit increasing signs of anxiety. The world outside the fence just isn’t worth the pain.
Now imagine turning off the charge from the invisible fence, and then placing a bowl of food outside its perimeter. Your pet might be starving, but it will still be terrified to enter into the newly free space. And when it finally crosses the line, it does so with trembling; anticipating the pain of new shocks. It is the same with us; even though we yearn for the freedom of our true self, some deep reflexive instinct still tries to protect us from being hurt again.”
Originally posted 2016-06-11 20:19:48.
Is your gym locker room crawling with drug-resistant bacteria? Is the guy with the bulging backpack a suicide bomber? And what about that innocent-looking arugula: Will pesticide residue cause cancer, or do the leaves themselves harbor E. coli? But wait! Not eating enough vegetables is also potentially deadly.
Originally posted 2016-11-26 08:57:57.
It isn’t easy to find your “authentic self”. When you have experiences that have hurt you and caused you pain, it is not easy to just forget them. When you were yourself and that wasn’t good enough, you change. You start acting different because you may be trying to protect yourself from that pain you felt in the past.
It takes determination and practice to focus on the self. Life will teach us along the way if we are not being true to ourselves. You will feel forced and it will cause as Dr. Phil says an imbalance.
Now I’m not saying it is easy because I know that in order for me to be true to myself I have to constantly be hyperaware of what i’m feeling and how i’m acting. If I feel uncomfortable in a situation, I need to question whether I want to be there or not.
After being hurt, I created the thickest walls imaginable which helped protect me, at least I thought. It was very hard for me to let anyone in and to trust. I’m still a work in progress but I am very aware of how my thick walls have alienated me at times. I am so thankful to those that are around me that have had patience with me.
Getting to know ourselves and improving areas of our lives that we tend to avoid, is part of our development. It is easy to get distracted with other things when we are trying to ignore or avoid our own weaknesses in certain areas. We can obsess over a hobby or become a workaholic or even create bad habits that help us distract ourselves from our issues. In addition, sometimes we focus so much on other people’s issues so that we don’t focus on our very own issues.
We have to get real good at embracing those areas in our lives where we are weak and need to develop more.
I recognize that when I feel uncomfortable with a situation, I run. I run by making some excuse as to why I don’t want to do something. I even justify my reasoning to avoid it. It is the story I tell myself which is all part of my protection. It is my brains way of saying “you felt pain or got hurt in the past by putting yourself in a situation that was similar so let’s avoid it”. The only problem is that the more we avoid situations where we are uncomfortable, the more underdeveloped we are in those areas.
My goal and my journey is to develop my weak areas. Those areas that I avoid. To not be in denial of my issues and to go head on to improve them.
Join me in this journey if you feel the same.
“Your life has a root core that, once understood, unlocks a powerful force to create the life you want. Key questions and an amazingly clear “map” are now at your fingertips so you can “live by design”.
In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Phil challenges you to find your “authentic self”: that person you have always wanted to be, but were too distracted, busy, or scared to become. Instead, you have created a “fictional self”, taking on the identity of who you believe you are supposed be. The incongruence between these two selves is what leads you to feel that your life is incomplete, unbalanced, and more difficult than it should be.
In Self Matters, Dr. Phil helps you to demystify your self-concept and learn how to reclaim your authentic self. You can learn to think beyond the excuses and fears that have masked the person you want to be. By facing the cards life has dealt you, you can relearn how to best react to them.
Self Matters is one of the most forward-thinking works on self-concept and self-esteem ever published. We get only one chance in this world. Dr. Phil tells us all how to make the most of it.” (audible.com)
Originally posted 2016-06-11 18:56:20.