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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.

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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A Tool to Help You Overcome Insomnia

By Antoinetta Vogels | May 10, 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. In short, this “past-part” of us keeps us…

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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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Here Are 3 Natural Ways to Help You Sleep Better

By Denise Kinsley | October 1, 2018

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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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 Mary Ellen Roth | 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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What Is Emotional Intelligence and Why Does It Matter?

By Healthy Sense of Self | August 29, 2018

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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What Is the Brain Science of Addiction and Habits?

By Healthy Sense of Self | August 22, 2018

The science of addiction all starts in the brain. Often a behavior that we refer to as an addiction is just an unfavorable habit that hasn’t been addressed. However, there are behaviors that become so ingrained in our brain that they are indistinguishable from addiction. Here’s what you need to know about the science of…

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This Is Our Vision for a Sense of Self Health Care Center

By Mary Ellen Roth | August 15, 2018

What if we could decrease our health care costs by building a Health Care Center for Healing designed to empower people to have a Healthy Sense of Self? Healthcare is reaching a crisis level in the United States. We know about the benefits and successes of building a healthy sense of Self: the positive lasting impact…

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How to Cultivate a Healthy Sense of Self During Your Professional Life

By Mary Ellen Roth | August 8, 2018

Have you known anyone who seems withdrawn and more lonely after retiring from their professional life? This can apply to single and married retirees who choose to create a life detached from others. Once it’s no longer possible to hide behind a job and be an important “manager” or “professor,” we have to show up…

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Is Your Stressful Vacation an Opportunity for Growth?

By Lindsay Dick | August 6, 2018

What Happens to You During a Stressful Vacation? I recently traveled halfway across the country to visit extended family whom I hadn’t seen in years. I felt anxious at the prospect of getting reacquainted with several people at once. At the same time, I felt virtuous (look at me, making an effort!). But instead of…

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How to Teach Your Children to Love Themselves Unconditionally

By Camara Cassin | July 30, 2018

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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How Self-Love Saved My Life When Nothing Else Could

By Casey Wild | July 18, 2018

This is the story of my journey to self-love. My father divorced my mother when I was three. She was left devastated and depressed. She had no self-love to help her bounce back from the divorce. I was put in front of the television to watch cartoons for hours at a time, day after day.…

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