Monitoring Your Self-Talk

A word of warning: a weak mindset doesn't always look like quitting right at the start. With a weak mindset, part of your thinking might say, Go for it, while another part--which eventually wins out--says, Not today, or, Maybe tomorrow. Is this what you want? I sincerely hope not. If …

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The Empowerment Game Plan

In this position, your hips and glutes are doing the work instead of your low back. Another note: if you are lifting anything off the ground, it should be directly underneath you. The farther away the object from your center of mass, the more stress you put on your low …

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Helping With Mobility

It also makes me think about how sometimes when you make a friend, you get the extra benefit of knowing the important people in their lives. When you're a kid, the home of your friend, even if it's just around the corner, is like a whole different country from your …

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Deceleration Time

Many times, DBT has helped individuals decrease the episodes' severity and frequency. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) The body has a built-in and naturally occurring mechanism that makes individuals seek to escape danger. This mechanism is known as the fight-or-flight response. When your brain receives the signal that there is imminent …

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Making Time in Your Schedule for You

The therapist will then have to prioritize problems according to the following hierarchy: (1) threat to life, (2) interference to therapy, (3) interference to quality of life, and (4) the need to learn new skills. For example, suicidal thoughts of a patient will be dealt with first, before alcohol abuse …

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When Less Is More

Here are some symptoms that are characteristic of Bipolar Disorder: The manic episode includes symptoms such as: Feeling high for a long period, demonstrated by an excessively happy mood Fast-talking and hopping from one idea to another. This is reflective of running thoughts. Being easily distracted Excessive activity level and …

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Managing Your Negative Emotions

You don't have to sit there every day and write a Dear Diary entry. Sometimes, you just have to track your moods and keep things in order like you would if you were balancing a checkarticle. Instead of trying to be creative or expressive, you might just want to take …

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Defining Empathy

It's almost like an addiction, and in short order, we have a list of reasons to be afraid that's increasingly more removed from where we started. To get on with living we need to take a step back and put them in a proper perspective. Generally, you can do this …

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Non-verbal Communication

For a comprehensive understanding of reality, we need to utilize multiple and varied mental models that represent different points of view and that will equip us with a multi-dimensional outlook. Mental models simplify complex knowledge. A mental model is a thinking tool that is used to interpret different concepts and …

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A Brief History of Emotional Intelligence

If you don't believe the situation has escalated to the point of being life threatening, however, refraining from calling the emergency services. Doing so every time your loved one speaks of hurting themselves will signal to them that they have a great amount of power over you and that by …

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What forbidden food are you going to buy first?

An addictive disorder in the business world The impression they make is that they are gentle and pleasant, kind and peaceful, and never come into conflict at any cost. What a colleague of mine would say, those are the people you feel you want to hug for no rational reason …

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Politics without principle

If you have rituals and habits that help to calm you down and create a good environment for sleep, make time for them. Rearrange your bedroom if you need to; If you're in the habit of smoking or drinking too much caffeine or alcohol late in the day, make a …

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Religion without sacrifice

And most of us have experienced a night or two of poor sleep after a long flight across several time zones. However, our bodies are designed to adapt only occasionally, not constantly. Sleep specialists have found that most patients suffering from sleep disorders have negative belief systems about sleep, and …

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The Laziest Programmer

As for how much nature is necessary to reap the most benefits, Finnish researchers developing antidotes to depression prescribe several short immersions per week, with a forty-minute walk showing significant benefits to state of mind. Meanwhile, trained forest therapy guides in the U. But rejuvenation can also be as simple …

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Be Unconventional

These are important because they identify the signs that you will do well in (good times of year) versus the ones where your performance will be less than stellar (bad times of year). You might want to take out pen and paper so you can make a list of favorable …

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Take Time To Reflect

The downside to Pluto in Capricorn is that it gives you a world-weariness that you haven't really earned. You may feel like you've seen it all, but you haven't. You're still a kid playing at being a grown-up. Making that adjustment--putting aside the child's idea of an adult to make …

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Open your eyes

The capacity that our brains have is boundless; I had a major problem with an extremely dry mouth while sleeping at night (possibly due to the Mirapex I take before bedtime). My doctor recommended rinsing my mouth with Biotene mouthwash (a `Mouthwash for Dry Mouth Care') before going to bed …

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Concrete communication: solid words

It's really quite sinister. So, what exactly are they hoping to accomplish by insinuating that autism has been with us all throughout human history, and has been an integral component of our evolution? They are trying to put a positive spin on autism. They are trying to create autism without …

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Death on a Plate

Whichever way this practice works for you is the right way. You can also use the Emotional Vocabulary Lists in article 2 to find words for the specific intensity levels of each emotion you feel. Remember that a stronger emotional vocabulary -- all by itself -- can increase your ability to regulate …

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What will others think of me?

Your boundary is maintained by your soft anger and your soft guilt/shame. Your soft anger helps you observe and respond to boundary violations that come from outside of you, while soft guilt/shame helps you observe and avoid boundary violations (toward yourself or others) that may come from within …

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Perceive differences as a deficit

Accessing Your Relaxed and Stable Attention Being grounded means feeling stable, calm, relaxed, focused, embodied, and integrated. When we talk about being here now, it's important to realize that your body is always here now. Your body can remember the past and imagine the future, but it lives only in …

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Wanting to Win

Those with positive symptoms of schizophrenia often explain their hoarding behavior as motivated by delusional beliefs. For example, empty takeout food containers might be saved as protection from alien invaders. Excessive saving may also be motivated by negative schizophrenia symptoms when the person feels unmotivated to attend to the accumulating …

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Wouldn't it be great if

Randy Frost and Tamara Hartl described a syndrome they called compulsive hoarding. They identified three main elements of this condition: Excessive acquiring and failure to discard a large number of possessions, often items that appeared to be useless or of little value; Cluttered living spaces that could not be used …

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How can I order this chaos?

The smell of the sty is the stimulus causing your subconscious mind to recall and replay the happy and enjoyable emotions you experienced as child when you spent time with your pig at the sty. The opposite might be true as well. Let's look at the same scenario with a …

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Respect everyone's time

Posts like Paris, here we come! Yes, you may have the privacy settings activated but how well do you really know everyone on your friends list? Save the vacation photos and the status updates for when you return. Also, avoid talking about your vacation plans in public. It's very possible …

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Get out of your own way

Exterior lights should always be turned on at night. Every door should have a light and preferably a two light bulb fixture in case one blows out. Motion sensor lights provide a bright sudden burst of light when someone walks by and can be effective at scaring away someone who …

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Own what you're doing and why

What could happen if I changed my thinking? What would I tell my friend [think of a specific person] if this happened to them? What should I do now? Questions to evaluate automatic thoughts 2 (from the Testing Your Thoughts Worksheet). On the other hand, behavioral methods (if you help …

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Who is working against you?

How did this thought make you feel emotionally? How intense was the emotion then? How intense is the emotion now? What did you do? You will also ask yourself whether the client is likely to have this kind of thought again and be distressed by it. If not, it may …

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Work your network

A good deadbolt will have a throw that is a minimum of one inch in length. The cylinder--the outer casing that holds the locking mechanism--should be beveled and made of case-hardened steel to make it more difficult for a crook to hit or twist the lock off with tools. There …

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Who's stopping you?

What you truly are is continually connected, engaged, united, and complete--without the temporal. People will say they are afraid of certain things. That helps us understand that, for that moment only, they innocently believe that the external, temporary, and material world is the Truth. That fear--which ultimately ends with the …

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Find your way

Laura: Yes! And I feel like I've already given up the dream of raising him in a house with two parents under the same roof. By my decision to divorce, that isn't a reality. He will grow up part-time with someone else and I won't be a part of that …

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Speeded up, agitated, irritable

Even though the fundraisers knew they were only telling their stories as part of a study, they ultimately lived by those stories, as McAdams would put it. By subtly reframing their narrative, they adopted a positive identity that led them, like Emeka, to live more purposefully. In addition to story-editing …

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