Month: April 2021

The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy

We have all heard the or used the terms “empathy”and “sympathy” interchangeably. However, empathy and sympathy are quite different. The definition for sympathy is: “harmony of or agreement in feeling, as between persons or on the part of one person with respect to another”. Whereas the definition for sympathy is: “the psychological identification with or…
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Getting Out of Your Mind

Have you ever said or heard someone say, “I just can’t get out of my head”? Everyone has had a least one day where they have spent the day living in their mind instead of their body. This may have been caused by grief over a loss of a loved one, a betrayal of a…
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How Do You Define Yourself?

“Be careful what you say about yourself because your mind can hear you.” -Crystal Heer How we label and define ourselves is very important. We tend to act a certain way based on these labels and definitions. For example, if you define yourself as an addict, anxious, or lazy you will act accordingly. A better…
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Drawing Your Future

“We’re visual animals, we have to see our goals to have the dopamine system work. This is why you have to write down your goals; we’re no good with the abstract” -Simon Sinek This blog is based on the Ted Talk, Draw Your Future. This video, which you can and should watch by clicking on the link,…
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How to Change Yourself and Reach Goals

Did you know that one-third of Americans feel dissatisfied with life? If you are one of the many people who fall into this category, you may wonder how you can begin to feel satisfied with your life. The Ted Talk, How to stop screwing yourself over by Mel Robbins talks about how you can start enjoying life…
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Taking Care of Yourself First

“Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent. We cannot nurture others from a dry well. We need to take care of our own needs first, then we can give from our surplus, our abundance.”- Jennifer Louden “Physicians promise us that if we do not take time to be well, we most assuredly will take time later…
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Why Relapsing Isn’t Always Bad

“Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Mistakes are valuable experiences and great teachers.” -unknown Making a change in your life is difficult, even a positive change. Whether it’s exercising daily, cutting out sugar, going to bed early, or recovering from addiction, we’ve all been there. Changing a habit that we’ve held on to months or…
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The Importance of Self-Forgiveness

“Dwelling on past bad decisions you’ve made only allows those decisions to keep defining you. Forgive yourself, and move on.” -Mandy Hale Many people struggle with forgiving themselves. Even people who are known for their forgiving nature.They hold onto guilt and shame as if their lives depended on it. Why is this? It’s easier to…
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Learning to Love Yourself

“You, yourself, just as much as anyone in the entire universe deserves your love and affection.”- Buddha I want to talk about two things that play directly into loving yourself: self-esteem and self-compassion. So what is Self-Esteem? Self-Esteem is an overall view of your self-worth or personal value. Various things can affect your self-esteem: genetics,…
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Reducing Stress

What is Stress? Stress is the body’s reaction to a harmful situation, whether this harm is real or perceived. Stress prepares your body for danger. When you are stressed your heart rate increases, your breathing quickens, your muscles tighten, and your blood pressure rises. This happens in preparation for your fight-or-flight response. Not all stress…
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