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Happiness Can Affect Physical Health

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Happiness Can Affect Physical Health
According to scientific studies there is a link between a person's contentment with life and better physical health.
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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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We all have urges to do things that aren't in our best interest long term, whether that is overeating, refusing to eat, self harm, suicide or alcohol/drug use. Learning to recognize urges as urges (which may be very strong and compelling) but not as mandates or musts, takes a bit of work. One skill that can be helpful is called Disarm. It stands for Destructive Self-talk Awareness and Refusal Method.  This is a cognitive behavioral technique that asks us to identify the though...
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10 tips for less stressful mornings

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Self-esteem and confidence are major traits in individuals that affect their success. While these are a lifelong process, the foundation of it needs to be established in early childhood. Building self-esteem will allow the child to deal with difficult situations that they will encounter during their lifetime. Since parents have the greatest influence on a child’s belief, it is important for them to let their child know where they belong, how well they are doing and contribute towards devel...
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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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Procrastination and Self-Compassion

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In CBT we work on reasons we procrastinate. We talk about how we get overwhelmed by trying to do the whole instead of breaking it down into manageable chunks, feeling too much pressure/pushing from others so we dig in our heels, we get overwhelmed by perfectionism, etc. In this recent article from The Greater Good Science Center, we learn about having more self-compassion. The article has several helpful tips and videos about self-compassion as it relates to decreasing levels of stress...
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In our Coping group, one of the things we work on is interpersonal effectiveness. Interpersonal effectiveness has three parts--getting what your want, or your objectives; keeping the relationship intact; and keeping self-respect.  Trying to balance all three of these at the same time takes tremendous skill for many of us.  One of the things people struggle with is saying no to others. We worry people won't like us, will see us as selfish, hard to get along with, uncaring, etc....
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Research on Facebook

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Love Facebook? Hate it? This is a great little article on how Facebook has changed social life in the past decade, and shares 10 social research studies about how Facebook affects us.  One of the things I liked about this article at Greater Good is how much CBT really relates. For example, one study was about the "likes" one gets.  The article states, "When you post a status update, how disappointed are you if no one 'likes' it or comments on it? O...
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We work a lot on CBT skills as a way to reduce anxiety, increase relapse prevention, and improve mood. We also have groups on Mindfulness which can provide the same results. Here is a link to an article about how both CBT and Mindfulness can work together to help us manage when we find ourselves with an unexpected and/or stressful event. The author describes mindfulness as a way of cultivating resilience. What a great word. We would like to see ourselves as resilient--able to bend and toler...
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Coping with Holiday Stress

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The holiday season is upon us. We've planned our Thanksgiving menu, and Christmas is looming—but it’s not just Christmas Day, or eight days of Hanukkah. It is work and neighborhood parties, school concerts, cookie exchanges, serving dinner at the local shelter, ornament exchanges, visiting in-laws, Secret Santas, writing and actually mailing the perfect holiday newsletter (including matching sweaters for the photo), planning meals and decorations worthy of Martha Stewart, caroling at the ...
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