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A Serious Postpartum Disorder You Probably Haven’t Heard About

A Serious Postpartum Disorder You Probably Haven’t Heard About

Within 24 hours of her second daughter’s birth, Dyane Harwood felt elated. From the moment she came home from the hospital, she started writing. Furiously. She wrote while nursing her daughter and going to the bathroom. She wrote on her hands, on the bathroom mirror, inside books and on tabletops. She yearned to write down every thought she was having. ...

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What Does Your Apology Say About You?

What Does Your Apology Say About You?

“A meaningful apology is one that communicates three R’s: regret, responsibility and remedy.” – Beverly Engel When you say that you’re sorry to another person whom you’ve wronged, or who believes you’ve wronged them, what does your apology say about you? Is that even important? Doesn’t the fact that you deliver the apology in the first place hold greater weight? After ...

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The Real Reason You’re Always Checking Your Phone

The Real Reason You’re Always Checking Your Phone

Have you ever noticed that no one looks up while crossing the street anymore? Most people are too busy responding to text messages or scrolling through social media to pay attention to their surroundings. Truth be told, I’m guilty of this myself. But nevertheless, it defies all logic. Why do we risk our safety to check if someone liked our ...

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Kindness Counts

Kindness Counts

“My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.”- the Dalai Lama Kindness is: “a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and a concern for others,” according to Wikipedia.  It implies that other people matter as much as we do to ourselves. It indicates that we are not alone on the Big Blue Marble and that what affects one ...

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How to Be Kind to Yourself

How to Be Kind to Yourself

We tend to think that we have to earn self-kindness. That is, in order to be kind to ourselves, we must meet certain conditions. We must not make mistakes. We must work out five times a week. No exceptions. We must keep a tidy, organized home. We must make “healthy” meals. We must check off everything on our to-do list. ...

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Is Your Toddler Struggling with Anxiety? What You Need to Know

Is Your Toddler Struggling with Anxiety? What You Need to Know

Anxiety issues can start early. Very early. In fact, you can spot the signs in toddlers. Which is important because contrary to what many people believe, anxiety struggles don’t dissipate with age. Kids don’t grow out of their anxiety. Instead, their anxiety simply morphs into other behaviors. According to Janine Halloran, a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in kids ...

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The Psychological Effects of Spring and the Reminder of Change

The Psychological Effects of Spring and the Reminder of Change

As Spring unfolds around us we start to see, hear, feel, taste, and smell the incredible changes of the season. Not only are our senses immersed in these alternately subtle and intense transformations, our internal processes respond as well. Our sleep cycles may be altered, our moods may change, and our perspectives may be renewed. Along with these sublime shifts, ...

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What So Many of Us Get Wrong About Assertiveness

What So Many of Us Get Wrong About Assertiveness

Most of us are familiar with the term “assertive.” We have a general idea of what being assertive means. But that doesn’t mean we fully understand it. And, in our society, many myths still abound, which adds another layer of confusion. Which is a problem, because these misconceptions can lead us to stay silent about our needs, stew in our ...

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When You Don’t Feel Anything During Your Depression

5 Ways to Show Your Partner You Care — Just by Being Mindful

Many people with depression feel an unbearable, knock-you-off-your-feet sadness, a debilitating despair. They feel like they’re drowning or suffocating. They feel a deep, all-over aching pain. Even breathing feels arduous. But many do not. In fact, many people with depression don’t feel anything except for numbness or emptiness. Dean Parker’s clients often describe a “thick feeling throughout their body.” Some ...

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