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Do You Have Issues With Coping?

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Do You Have Issues With Coping?
Life is full of ups and downs. Things will happen that will make you feel down or even sad. These feelings are natural but sometimes it may be more than you can handle.
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What to Do When Traditional Therapy Is Not Working
Therapy is one of the best ways to deal with stress and depression, but it may not work all the time. Nevertheless, the fact that therapy may not work in some cases does not mean that you are beyond redemption. There are several alternatives to therapy that may help you deal with psychological problems.
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Can The Weather Affect Your Mental Health?

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Can The Weather Affect Your Mental Health?
As the weather gets worse, so can your mental health. Here are some tips to help cope.
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Meditation for beginners

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In groups, we ask people to practice meditating as a way to cope with depression, anxiety, and cravings. In most groups, you probably have had the opportunity to practice a little bit.  Once you leave IOP, you might want a little more help. Here is a site that offers a free 7 day course on developing meditation skills. Take note of their tips on how to make meditation part of your daily routine. 
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Positive Thinking Vs Realistic Thinking

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In CBT groups we work on catching the lies we tell ourselves (I can't stand it; they don't like me; I'll never meet my goal). We try to figure out what kind of lie we're telling ourselves.  Are we blowing things out of proportion, are we mind-reading what we imagine others think about us, or having thoughts that are fatalistic? Once we have identified how we're not being accurate or truthful in our thoughts, we work on coming up with a more positive, or more accurately, ...
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Want to be happier?

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On our Resources page you'll find an app called Happier. For awhile the app had courses you could purchase. They still have some you have to pay for, but many of them are now free. One free 10 day challenge (course) is called Attitude: Gratitude. The topics are as follows:What Makes You HappierThe One Thing Happiest People Have in CommonSavor the Sweet ThingsCreating Your Daily Gratitude RitualHow to TurboCharge Your Gratitude RitualThe Little Huge Things to Appreciate in Every Single D...
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Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) About Happiness

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In group we talk about building a life worth living. Positive psychology is all about building lives worth living. That is why I'm so excited to write about this great new class. MOOCs are college courses that you can take either for a low cost, or for free. The MOOC I'm linking to is from Berkeley, and is all about positive psychology. I've already signed up. It starts in September. If you can devote a couple hours a week, you will be getting a lot of great research as to what ma...
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The Art of Savoring

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Here is my dog, Opal, with her morning treat. Every morning, after my husband gets out of the shower and gets dressed, he and Opal go to the kitchen and she gets her snack. From the time he is out of the shower she goes multiple times to the bedroom door, eager to go get that treat. You’d expect when she got it she’d wolf it down. But, no. She holds it in her mouth for a second or two, spits it out, looks at it, licks it a few times, maybe hides it for a minute, and then eventually takes it to...
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