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5 Ways to Rewrite Your Breakup Story and Feel Better

…you would a friend going through the same thing. The second is practicing mindfulness rather than over-identifying with thoughts, which means a person can acknowledge all of their thoughts and feelings, but they don’t have to get swept up in them. For instance, they can acknowledge that they’re having thoughts about their ex without feeling compelled to repeat the same stories about the person or ruminating on a particular point about what happen…

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Why Do Couples Fall in and Out of Love?

…lming practice to help regulate your “monkey mind” (the tendency to ruminate and get caught in overthinking) and develop your body awareness. Research shows that practices such as mindfulness, yoga, tai chi, and related practices help calm the nervous system and counter the effects of intense emotional triggers….

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When the State of the World Overwhelms You

…ing over the past or catastrophizing about the future. But one lesson that mindfulness teaches us is how to reap the rewards of living in the present. Most of the time, our current experience doesn’t match the messages we’re sending ourselves or the scary stories we’re telling. If we check in with ourselves, we may find that, right here in this moment, we’re actually okay. When the world starts to feel like it’s spinning out from under us, we can…

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Overcoming Breakups and Rejection

…set that keeps a person stuck in their pain Practicing self-compassion and mindfulness techniques Reframing thinking to differentiate what a person really wants from what they think they deserve Learning Objectives: Become familiar with the concept of the fantasy bond, an imaginary connection formed with their partner that relieves anxiety yet interferes with real relationships. Apply techniques to identify and challenge destructive thinking in cl…

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What Really Goes On in the Mind of a Narcissist?

…ompassion involves taking a mindful approach to our thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness teaches us not to get too attached or over-identify with the thoughts, feelings, or critical inner voices that can try to take the wheel. We can be curious toward these attitudes, and we can let them pass by. We don’t have to board the train of our emotions and get carried away by destructive thoughts telling us we have to be special or the best, or criticizing…

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The Scientific Approach to Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

…gs and challenge ourselves further. The next element of self-compassion is mindfulness as opposed to over-identification. This means allowing our negative thoughts and feelings to come and go without attaching ourselves to them too strongly or judging ourselves too harshly. We can be curious about our thoughts and reactions without allowing them to sweep us up and overwhelm us. This practice is particularly helpful when we’re making a change, beca…

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Want to Improve Your Body Image? Try this…it’s not what you think

…ns to “me” alone.” (Neff, 2018) Acknowledge your emotions & stay mindful: “Mindfulness is a non-judgmental, receptive mind state in which one observes thoughts and feelings as they are, without trying to suppress or deny them. We cannot ignore our pain and feel compassion for it at the same time.” (Neff, 2018) How does self-compassion relate to body image? We know from research that emotion regulation, negative body image and eating problems often…

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Why Therapy is Essential for Treating Addiction

…o-occurring disorders simultaneously. Enhancing behavioral skills, through mindfulness and emotional regulation, is the primary focus of DBT. This type of treatment encourages stress management, decreases impulsivity, and aims to strengthen self-esteem through discipline and structure. Trauma Therapy is also a vital form of therapy used for addiction treatment. Recent studies have shown that half of the participating adults had experienced some fo…

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The Role of the Authentic Self in Trauma-Informed Care

…Just noticing where you are in the process of becoming true to yourself is mindfulness, and that allows for being present in the moment! Brown shared this quote from the movie, Almost Famous, and I think it speaks volumes: “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.” – Lester Bangs, in Almost Famous To me, this means the only real thing, the only connection you can have with the world and…

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5 Truths about Anxiety to Help You Stay Present

…e – just thoughts, separate from us and from the reality of our experience. We can be kind to ourselves and notice when our mind is taken over by our inner critic, and gently come back into the present moment. As mindfulness teacher Amit Ray put it, “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” Our biggest challenge may be granting ourselves the gift of doing just that….

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