Top 10 Things You Can Control

Life can get very stressful when we feel squeezed by circumstances. We need to take care of ourselves more than ever. The temptation is to move faster and work even harder, which is o.k., as long as you don’t fall into the trap of trying to control everything. Focusing your limited energy on what you can control will make life easier; minimizing frustration and preserving effort for the most important aspects of your life. While we cannot control the weather, death or another’s thoughts, much as we might like to,… Read More >>

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall:

How Your Body Image Could Be Harming You Do you ever have thoughts like these? My life would be better if I looked better. I will never look as good as _____________. My _________ is/are so ugly. I am so fat. That scale/size can’t be right. I look disgusting; no one could ever love me. If you do, you’re not alone. In a seminal study from the 1990s, author and psychology professor Linda Smolek found that 80% of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance. Unfortunately, not much has changed… Read More >>

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Top 10 Ways to Raise Your Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is not a gift bestowed by those outside of us or something that can be taken from us by others. It’s an inside job. Rather than wait passively for good self-esteem to happen, we need to take action. Daily or weekly is best. 1. Make a list. What’s good about you? What’s wonderful? Hang your list near your bed so that you see it when you awaken and when you go to sleep. 2. Forgive yourself. Acknowledge a mistake, but let go of self-recrimination. Recognize that you, too, are… Read More >>

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Quiz: How Healthy Is Your Self-Esteem?

Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is as important as the one we pass on ourselves. Self-esteem is more than self-confidence; it is the belief in ourselves that says we have the right to be successful and happy. It is a feeling of being worthy and deserving of having our needs and wants fulfilled. Self-esteem is not a gift bestowed by those outside ourselves or something that can be taken from us by others. It’s an inside job. Take our quiz to find out how healthy your… Read More >>

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6 Early Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship

When we think of abusive relationships, we often picture black eyes and broken bones. But while abuse often escalates to physical violence, it does not start out that way. In fact, abusers are often charming, attentive, and sweet in the beginning of a relationship. An abuser will work to make you feel so appreciated and loved, you won’t even notice he is controlling you — sometimes, until it’s too late. But, there are warning signs we can look out for, to help us spot an abusive relationship, before it goes… Read More >>

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