You Need To Do This If Giving Makes You Resentful

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The season of giving is here, and you might be at risk of overdoing it. Learn three ways to save your sanity, reduce your resentment and feel good about giving again. It’s the holidays. You’re hosting the whole family. You’ve cleaned the whole house, done the shopping, cooked the meal and washed the dishes. You think you should feel satisfied, …

Emotional Eating: The What, Why, When and How to Stop

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Don’t let food be your nemesis during the holidays. We know it’s hard — the holidays are generally stressful and with delicious comfort foods so readily available, it’s like the pumpkin pie is almost begging to calm your nerves. But when does indulging cross the line into emotional eating?   Emotional eating is eating to soothe your difficult emotions without …

How to Escape the Awkward Holiday Conversation

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May your days be merry and a little less awkward with these three strategies for avoiding uncomfortable conversations during the holidays. They’re (almost) inevitable: those awkward holiday moments when you find yourself internally begging someone — anyone! — to change the subject. Maybe Dad is picking a fight about politics, Mom is asking invasive questions or your sister is criticizing …

Book Review: Go Set a Watchman

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A LITERARY VIEW: How to Have the Difficult Discussions Without Losing Yourself Fictional writing can often provide excellent examples of healthy (and unhealthy) emotional processing and discourse. “Go Set a Watchman,” a fictional novel by Harper Lee and her unexpected, controversial first draft of her famous novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” shows how someone can positively deal with “negative” emotions …

5 Everyday Hacks to Boost Mindfulness

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Mindfulness takes practice, but derailing your day’s schedule is unnecessary. Follow these five simple ways to boost mindfulness, doing what you were planning to do anyway.   Do a mindless, everyday activity with awareness.   Pick an activity that you would normally do on autopilot — driving to work, making a smoothie, dressing yourself — and instead of going through …

The Top Mindfulness Myths: Debunked

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To benefit from this effective-if-used-properly tool, we need to first understand what mindfulness isn’t. I hear misconception after misconception from my patients that it’s become clear: most people misunderstand mindfulness.   Mindfulness is largely misunderstood because the media, lifestyle magazines, spiritual gurus and mental health experts rarely explain what it is and how to do it. They throw out the …

Mindfulness 101: Making Sense of the New Lifestyle “It” Word

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Mindfulness is the latest lifestyle “it” word. Everyone is talking about it but few people really know what it is. I hear misconceptions from clients and patients all the time. Unfortunately, if you don’t know what mindfulness is or how to use it, you won’t be able to unlock the many proven benefits. Here’s a helpful take on mindfulness and …

How Millennials are Going to Save the World

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Isn’t it funny how each generation blames the next for the deterioration of society? It has always been this way — it’s so predictable, in fact, that I’m surprised we haven’t overcome it. In today’s age, Millennials are taking the brunt of the grief. But why? Instead of beating them up, we probably owe Millennials gratitude since they’ll be left …