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A bare list of links to the last 20 blog posts with linked titles, author and date, a short excerpt, and a continue-reading link.

An Effective Tool to Help You Overcome Insomnia

By Antoinetta Vogels | September 27, 2019

To function properly with whole health and to overcome insomnia, it’s of utmost importance that we get rid of that addictive part in our Self that craves validation/acknowledgment. Living up to those conditions is the one and only thing that makes us feel somewhat satisfied with ourselves.   We are so used to taking other…

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Are You Ready to Release Your Addiction to Approval?

By Healthy Sense of Self | September 19, 2019

How do you know if you are struggling with approval-seeking behavior? If you feel stuck in your personal and/or professional life, it may partially be due to approval-seeking behavior or an “addiction to approval.” Are you reliable? Flexible? What about caring, confident, and assertive? Do you play well with others? Whether the approval of others…

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How to Stay Aligned with Your Authentic, True Self at Work

By Healthy Sense of Self | September 9, 2019

You’re in a meeting at work. Ideas are being thrown around at random. It’s chaotic and nobody’s listening to each other. Have you ever been in a situation like this? If so, how did you feel? How did you respond? What were you thinking about the other people? Were you aligned with your true self?…

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This Is What Happens When Anger Issues Block Your True Self

By Healthy Sense of Self | August 28, 2019

Are anger issues blocking you from your true Self? Mr. Hyde, the Incredible Hulk, Annie Wilkes from Stephen King’s Misery: what do all these characters have in common? Anger issues. They all have incredibly short tempers and get angry at the drop of a hat. In fact, many compelling characters in film and literature possess…

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How Self-Love Saved My Life When Nothing Else Could

By Casey Wild | August 5, 2019

This is the story of my journey to self-love. Self-love is a journey inward. It’s the long path to finding out who we want to be and returning to who we truly are. It’s the most important journey we must take if we want to be happy in life.    Self-love isn’t just going on…

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Here Are 3 Natural Ways to Help You Sleep Better

By Healthy Sense of Self | July 18, 2019

Do you wish you could simply sleep better at night?  In the midnight hours, do you lie there sleep-deprived, worrying about your responsibilities as a parent, wife, sibling, and/or daughter—tossing and turning—wondering if you said and did the right things? Or do you find yourself awake in the wee hours of the morning . .…

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Does Social Media Determine Your Self-worth?

By Antoinetta Vogels | July 10, 2019

Why do you use social media? Is social media only a place to connect with friends from the past, promote our new brands, or go on political rants? Do we use it to determine our self-worth, too? Have you ever caught yourself allowing Facebook or Instagram to be your source of fulfillment when you needed…

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How to Implement the SoS Method to Cope with Life’s Greatest Challenges

By Antoinetta Vogels | July 3, 2019

If I didn’t have a strong Sense of Self for life challenges, I’d be functioning at a different level. And without the Sense of Self (SoS) Method, I would not be in a good place right now.  Life could be making me feel very sad, and I could be feeling depressed and devastated about what…

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The Valuable Art of Healthy Self-forgiveness

By Healthy Sense of Self | June 26, 2019

The Art of Self-forgiveness The self-healing process often begins with self-forgiveness and will only be possible if you’re able to fill yourself up with a stronger Sense of Self. And over the years, we’ve noticed there’s definitely an art to self-forgiveness.  It all starts with becoming aware of who you are and why you behave…

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What Happens When You Start Building Strong Self-Confidence?

By Healthy Sense of Self | June 10, 2019

Why do some people seem to have all the strong self-confidence? The self-assured colleague, the optimistic best friend, the sibling who has it all together: do you ever feel surrounded by people who seem to have all the strong self-confidence? Doesn’t it sometimes seem like they’re just sailing through life on their buoyant self-worth, while…

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This Is Exactly Why You’re Having Difficulty Sleeping

By Antoinetta Vogels | May 29, 2019

Even though I’ve overcome the sleep disorder I had when I was a young mother, I still have nights that I don’t fall asleep . . . or I wake up after a couple of hours — and that’s all the sleep I’ll get for the night. Even though I overcame insomnia, I still sometimes…

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Having a Real Conversation About Mental Health Awareness

By Healthy Sense of Self | May 23, 2019

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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What Happens When Nobody Talks About Mental Illness?

By Healthy Sense of Self | May 8, 2019

How many more self-inflicted deaths will it take to finally destigmatize mental illness in this country? Recently, we’ve once again seen what it takes for the mainstream media to give mental illness the attention it needs. With the loss of both the chef and storyteller, Anthony Bourdain, and fashion designer Kate Spade only days apart,…

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Why Some People Never Suffer from Depression

By Antoinetta Vogels | April 20, 2019

Have you ever wondered why some people never suffer from depression? Confronted with some of life’s upsetting experiences (i.e., marriage breakdown, unemployment, bereavement, failure of any kind) many people suffer from depression. But others don’t. Why is this? I’ve been studying myself and my thoughts for over 30 years – wanting to understand a debilitating…

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Does Self-sabotaging Behavior Keep You from Sleeping?

By Healthy Sense of Self | March 20, 2019

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 go” and turn…

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5 New Insights to Help You Overcome Impostor Syndrome

By Lindsay Dick | January 10, 2019

Impostor Syndrome Happens to the Best of Us I have been scared of writing for years, but I didn’t always feel this way. When I was in elementary school, I wrote compulsively: plays, short stories, poetry, even the start of a novel. I read voraciously, and all the public librarians knew me by name. My…

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Is That Negative Self-talk or an Internalized Parental Voice?

By Antoinetta Vogels | December 17, 2018

Has Your Internalized Parental Voice (IPV) Made a Negative Impact on Your Life? Self-talk is healthy if it is positive, but what if this inner voice seems to criticize you? Self-talk is fine if it leads to a better version of yourself but what if it gives you the feeling that you’re never really good…

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Here’s What You Need to Do for Yourself This Holiday Season

By Healthy Sense of Self | November 19, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unless you dread the inevitable holiday stress, that is. You’ve been working hard to restore your healthy Sense of Self all year long, and you’ve come a long way with your self-care practice. But when the pressures of the season catch up to you—gift buying, trip planning,…

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3 Techniques to Help You Cope with Stressful Situations

By Antoinetta Vogels | September 17, 2018

Are you mourning summer’s end now that fall is beginning? Autumn is a time of transition; a time for big change and uncertainty. The “back to school” season can also bring on unwanted anxiety and stressful situations. Fall sometimes harbors a certain emptiness that can leave us feeling exposed and anxious for what’s next .…

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This Is What Happens When You Move from Addiction to Self-awareness

By Healthy Sense of Self | September 5, 2018

A Sense of Self-awareness Is Key to Overcoming Addiction Before we get into what Sense of Self-awareness is all about. Let’s talk statistics. Did you know that more than 10 percent of U.S. children live with a parent with alcohol problems? The numbers are real. Global ramifications on families are severe as alcohol misuse is…

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