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20 Most Recent Post Titles with Excerpts

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.

3 Techniques to Help You Cope with Stressful Situations

By Antoinetta Vogels | October 26, 2020

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 . . . The Oxford dictionary defines anxiety as “a feeling of…

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Ready to Start Building Strong Self-Confidence?

By Healthy Sense of Self | September 28, 2020

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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3 Ways to Use the SoS Method to Cope with Life’s Greatest Challenges

By Antoinetta Vogels | September 16, 2020

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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How to Maintain Healthy Relationships with Your Close Friends and Family

By Antoinetta Vogels | August 24, 2020

Maintaining healthy relationships can be a challenge.  Reflect, for a moment, on the importance of having healthy relationships with your loved ones. The relationship could be your partner, sibling, parent, husband, wife, or child . . .  As you think about it, you may find that there’s always room for more flexibility and more acceptance.…

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An Effective Tool to Help You Overcome Insomnia

By Antoinetta Vogels | August 5, 2020

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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How to Find Your Me Time During an Ongoing Pandemic

By Antoinetta Vogels | July 15, 2020

Find Your Me Time — How to Make time for yourself during the pandemic. Summer is here, and for a lot of people, vacation seems daunting or was postponed. You want to go on vacation, but is it actually possible? Do you have enough money? Will you be safe out there? You want to party…

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Here Are 3 Natural Ways to Help You Sleep Better

By Healthy Sense of Self | June 9, 2020

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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What Happens When Nobody Talks About Mental Illness?

By Healthy Sense of Self | May 14, 2020

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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Ready to Overcome Your Fear of Change?

By Healthy Sense of Self | May 4, 2020

Why do some of us struggle so much with change? A particularly relevant question in the current coronavirus disease situation we’re all facing. What’s the reasoning behind this fear of change? Keep reading for a few powerful techniques you can use to overcome this illusory fear . . .  Think back to the last time…

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Is Self-Sabotaging Behavior Causing Your Insomnia?

By Healthy Sense of Self | April 28, 2020

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 Is Emotional Intelligence and Why Does It Matter?

By Healthy Sense of Self | April 24, 2020

Have you heard of “emotional intelligence,” or EI for short? It’s a hot topic these days, and with good reason.  So, what exactly is emotional intelligence? It has a lot to do with self-awareness. For some people, self-awareness comes naturally, for others it may take some practice. Wherever you’re starting from, you can always improve…

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Stay Connected to Your Authentic Self!

By Antoinetta Vogels | April 22, 2020

I would like to acknowledge the changing global reality caused by the outbreak of this coronavirus and how it may affect your sense of self. The immense threat to our health causes us to worry way beyond what’s good for us.   How now can we distinguish all the hype from reality and truth? What can…

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Here Are 7 Things That Happen When You Practice the Sense of Self Method

By Healthy Sense of Self | April 21, 2020

What’s so great developing a strong sense of Self and living as your true Self? Isn’t that just for 20-somethings and new-age hippies? Not quite . . . the Sense of Self Method is all about understanding yourself for who you truly are. Knowing yourself is one of the most powerful tools you could ever…

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Who Am I: Developing a Better Sense of Self

By Antoinetta Vogels | April 20, 2020

Who am I? is the most important Self awareness question you can ask as you traverse your life’s journey.  We talk about politics, sports, celebrities, and the current pandemic and Covid-19 crisis. But we don’t wonder who and what we actually ARE. We don’t focus on our own self awareness. We wonder how we can…

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

By Antoinetta Vogels | January 22, 2020

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 27, 2019

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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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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