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10 Simple Ways To Overcome Depression and Sadness

We’ve all been upset. Sadness is a totally natural emotional response to certain environmental stimuli. Most of us have support, or systems in place to overcome sadness, reach balance, and go on to be happy as quickly as possible.  There are two groups of people that have prolonged sadness, or depression. One group consists of those that have a severe chemical imbalance, which requires a doctor, and possibly medication to treat. This article is not geared for that group. Rather, this is directed to the people in a funk or seem stuck in a rut, those that lack the tools, know-how, and support systems to bounce them back. In my opinion, and I’m no doctor (BA, Psychology; MS, Biomedical Science), the latter group of people […]

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10 Traits Of Stress-Resilient People

Stress shouldn’t be something that takes control of your life, or even affect it. I’m of the school of thought that stress is a choice, and you have complete control. The idea is to take your worries and what makes you stressed and turn them into positive reactions. For instance, if you’re ‘stressed’ about how little money you have, you have two choices: 1. Stress about it.2. Do something about it. StressToPower.com writes something similar. This is about character traits of people who are stress-resilient – or essentially stress free. See how many you relate to: They know how to mourn the inevitable losses in life. They know how to let go of things they have no control over. Traits of Stress-Hardy, Resilient People – […]

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10 Ways To Fight Holiday Depression

Christmas is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for some of us, it’s the most depressing. If you’re eight years old and dreaming of all the great gifts Santa will leave for you on Christmas morning, you’re all aquiver with anticipation. If you’re a parent who’s been laid off at work and can barely pay this month’s rent, much less buy presents, the holiday may look pretty bleak. It’s easy to feel stressed out and overwhelmed by the demands of the holiday season, so it’s no wonder that some of us suffer from crippling depression during this time of the year. Here are a few ways to fight off the holiday blues. Have realistic expectations.Many of us are tempted to […]

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10 Ways to Reduce Stress at Work That Could Save Your Life

Let’s face it.  Many of us have felt the miserable feeling that stress and tension related to our jobs can cause on a daily basis.  Aside from feeling bad from a mental perspective there are serious health issues that can develop if you don’t do something and make some changes to reduce your stress levels. Stress and work are like two peas in a pod.  They go together well, and because of this, many people dread waking up every morning.  Stress is not something to take lightly.  You could say that it’s a fact of life, but having too much stress could lead to some major health problems down the line. Rather than waking up every morning and feeling the wave of stress and tension […]

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10 Ways to Reduce Stress Without Spending a Dime

Did you also know that stress can seriously accelerate the rate at which you age because of the incredible strain it puts on your body? Stress was already at alarming levels before these past few months, but it’s now at critical levels for so many of us. There is no escaping the media coverage of the planet’s recent economical debacles and everyone, at some point, will feel some pain in their pocketbook. So many people have lost the value of their homes, or they’ve lost their homes due to hurricanes, fires or bankruptcy, they’ve lost the value of their life savings and in some cases they’ve even lost their jobs to recent cutbacks. It’s quite unsettling to hear financial experts compare this period to the […]

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10 Ways to Stop All That Drama in Your Life

1. Choose – Diplomacy or Silence?  As you grow up you realize that being honest and straightforward doesn’t mean you blurt out everything that comes into your mind. You have two choices, either you learn to be diplomatic or if that route is too political for you, then learn to keep quiet! If you choose neither then you will only create trouble for yourself. 2. Do not give advice unless asked for While we can never watch our near and dear ones suffer.  Unless you are a parent you better keep your opinions to yourself. No one likes to hear how he or she should lead his or her life. Plus, the advice would always be better received when the other person is open and […]

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100 Ways To A Stress Free Christmas

Christmas is traditionally a time of year when we enjoy ourselves, we let our hair down and are a little more relaxed. At least that’s the way it’s meant to be. For a lot of people however, it’s a stressful time of year. There’s the shopping to do, there’s the list of cards for all the family; god forbid we don’t send Aunt Betty a card, there’s the dinner to buy, there’s work to do, there’s family to contact, there’s a hundred and one things to do. Well here is a list of things you can do to relax and enjoy yourself a little more: Set A budgetIt’s easy to get carried away buying Christmas presents. Set a budget and stick to it. Make A […]

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100 Ways to Help Reduce Stress

Earlier this week Jay talked about some of the little things he did to lower his stress levels. I’ve been thinking of doing the exact same thing but I am simply not that process oriented. I tend to do things on a whim and often times making a huge list to follow is just not effective for me. What I’ve decided to do is select two items per month that I either want to change in my life, or introduce to my life. I think that by focusing 100% on those small elements, I’ll be able to adapt. Over time, I hope to keep these new mindsets and then move onto the next. To help choose some simple elements or mindsets, I did some hunting […]

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13 Ways to De-Stress, Lighten the Load and Feel Like Yourself Again

Are you feeling tired, frustrated, overloaded and overwhelmed? Are you easily stressed out and irritated by the little things? If any demands are placed on you, does it all feel like too much, and do you just end up snapping at someone? Most likely, what’s happening is you’re emotionally blocked and full of energetic toxins, but with a few easy exercises you can feel like your best self once more and get back to being able to cope with life. The body’s emotional energetic system works in exactly the same way as the digestive system; digesting and absorbing what’s good and needed and then letting go of the waste. Feelings such as worry, fear, guilt, shame, sadness, anger and frustration can become toxic and like […]

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16 Habits That Are Killing Your Productivity and How to Fix Them

We’ve never had more tools at our disposal to work more efficiently, and yet we’ve never been more distracted. We spend most days trapped in our inboxes and shuffling around our calendars, only to be left wondering where the day went. We overschedule, overload, and overstimulate ourselves so much that it leaves us very little time or mental energy to get real work done. But what if you could clear your schedule, take fewer meetings, and say “no” more often? You might actually accomplish something. By eliminating these common habits from your daily routine, you’ll feel happier, less stressed, and more productive. 1. Commuting: Not only does a long commute eat up precious hours in the day, but it also leaves you feeling tired and […]

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