Is Perfectionism Feeding Your Addiction to Approval?

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Striving to be perfect is a learned behavior based on an addiction to approval. Perfectionism is all about analyzing what you contribute or achieve and believing it isn’t good enough.  Perfectionism is a strategy to feed the addiction to approval. Why is that? Not because it really is not good enough, but because of your…

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9 Easy Ways Daily Journaling Improves Your Life

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It’s true: daily journaling can help you reconnect and restore your healthy sense of Self. Shouldn’t we all be looking for different ways to improve our mental health, preserve our life balance, and nurture our inner peace?   With all the uncertainty and isolation happening in the world, it’s super important that we take good care…

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Having a Real Conversation About Mental Health Awareness

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For Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve been encouraging people to have a #RealConvo about mental health. To help make it easy, AFSP’s Vice President of Programs, Dr. Doreen Marshall, recorded a series of videos providing guidance on mental health awareness topics. Topics include: how to broach the subject and start a real conversation with someone,…

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Is Self-Sabotaging Behavior Causing Your Insomnia?

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Add insomnia to the list of self-sabotaging behavior. Tossing and turning . . . struggling to calm your racing thoughts, and watching the hours crawl by at night . . . Living with insomnia is a lonely and stressful experience.  Doesn’t it sometimes feel like you’re being punished for not knowing how to just “let…

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What Happens When Nobody Talks About Mental Illness?

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How many more self-inflicted deaths will it take to finally destigmatize mental illness in this country? As illustrated in a popular Ted-Ed Talk, 10 percent of American adults struggle with depression. Focusing our attention exclusively on outward manifestations of depression and mental illness, one of the most extreme examples being suicide, means we’re missing the…

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How to Teach Your Children to Love Themselves Unconditionally

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Learning to teach your children to express themselves and love themselves unconditionally takes time and effort, but it’s one of the most important things you can do for a child. All of us experienced moments in childhood where we felt like our parents weren’t listening to us, didn’t understand what we were going through, or…

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