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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.

Is Self-Sabotaging Behavior Causing Your Insomnia?

By Healthy Sense of Self | October 1, 2021

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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My Recent, Sleepless Night and Bout with Self-Sabotage

By Antoinetta Vogels | September 28, 2021

Last night, I woke up around three in the morning and stepped into the other room to lie down. I do that often because I still have a hard time falling back to sleep when my man next to me makes little noises or moves around. It always worked . . . but not this…

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This Is What Happens When Anger Issues Block Your True Self

By Healthy Sense of Self | July 8, 2021

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 to Find Your Me Time During an Ongoing Pandemic

By Antoinetta Vogels | March 26, 2021

Find Your Me Time — How to Make time for yourself during the pandemic. Spring is in the air, and for a lot of people, spring break 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…

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Black History and Crucial Knowledge for Building a Healthy Sense of Self

By Antoinetta Vogels | February 25, 2021

Dear reader, I am thrilled to introduce you to an essential book by William H.T. Bailey called, Building a Healthy Sense of Self: Essential Knowledge for African People. With his book, Bailey hoped to have provided a resource and healing tool for individuals of African descent who live in a country notorious for racial injustice…

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Is Perfectionism Feeding Your Addiction to Approval?

By Antoinetta Vogels | February 4, 2021

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

By Healthy Sense of Self | December 15, 2020

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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What’s the Magic Formula? Dare to Look within Your Self

By Antoinetta Vogels | December 7, 2020

What’s the Magic Formula for Your Healthy Sense of Self?  In many of my articles, you learn what a healthy sense of self is and how you can tackle many problems in your life by restoring your Sense of Self (SoS). In this blog article, I want to take a different approach.  We’re in the…

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8 Healthy New Ways to Practice Self-Care

By Healthy Sense of Self | November 24, 2020

When you have an endless to-do list, tons of meetings, and other crucial commitments, taking the time to practice self-care is usually placed on the back burner. This is a huge reason why we often feel stressed, overwhelmed, and burnt out. Need some help getting back on track? We’ve rounded up eight healthy habits to…

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Here Are 3 Natural Ways to Help You Sleep Better

By Healthy Sense of Self | November 16, 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 Is a Healthy Sense of Self?

By Antoinetta Vogels | November 5, 2020

What is a healthy sense of self? Self-confidence, Self-love, Self-worth . . . you need all these to have a good life, right? But what if you no longer have any connection with your sense of SELF at all? What if you have no idea how your “Self” actually feels, who your Self actually is…

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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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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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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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