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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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It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn

“Hope knows no fear. Hope dares to blossom even inside the abysmal abyss. Hope secretly feeds and strengthens.” -Sri Chinmoy. According to the National Coalition for Cancer Suvivorship, hope “is essential for managing and adjusting to an illness.” This illness can be mental or physical, long or short term, or life-altering. So what is hope?…
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Facts about Mushrooms

Mushrooms are well known throughout society as a hallucinogenic substance that are able to cause illusions in people’s’ brains. However, not a lot is commonly known about the history and effects that mushrooms actually have on your body. Although not nearly as dangerous as many other illicit substances, hallucinogenic mushrooms are a drug that has…
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Opening a Conversation about Substance Abuse with Your Teen

As a parent, you know that something is wrong with your teen, but you’re worried about broaching the topic. In fact, you’ve probably already had a few conversations, and they haven’t gone well. Conversations about substance abuse are fraught with sensitive feelings, accusations, blame, and defensiveness. It can go south quickly. How can you communicate…
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Talking with Your Friend about Substance Abuse

You’ve noticed that your friend has changed. She’s unable to hold up her responsibilities at home and at work. She’s let some of the hobbies and friends that used to mean so much to her slip away. You’re concerned that her habits with drugs or alcohol are impairing her life, and that she may not…
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How Addiction Affects Family

One of the lies addicts tell themselves is that their drug use only affects them.  Unfortunately, that is not true.  It intimately affects everyone in an addict’s life.  Over the next few weeks, we will be discussing the effects that addiction has on friends, family, coworkers, etc.  Read on to learn how addiction affects the…
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How Addiction Affects Coworkers

Today we continue our series on how addiction affects those in an addict’s life.  If you missed the opening post on how addiction affects families, you can find that here.  Today we will be exploring how addiction affects coworkers.   Drug addiction costs American companies nearly $81 billion annually due to injury, missed work, theft, employee…
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How Addiction Affects Friends

Welcome back to our series about the effects of addiction.  We have previously discussed how addiction affects the family, and how it affects coworkers (in case you missed it, you can click the links to read about them).  Today we will be discussing how addiction affects friends.   Peer Pressure While friends of an addict might start trying…
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