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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.

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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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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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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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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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 Healthy Sense of Self | 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 Healthy Sense of Self | 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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8 Healthy New Ways to Practice Self-Care

By Healthy Sense of Self | July 11, 2018

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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6 Ways to Have Compassionate Communication with Your Family

By Healthy Sense of Self | July 3, 2018

Need some more compassionate communication at home? What if communicating with your family could be a lot easier? What if it wasn’t hard to get your kids to listen? Or to share their lives with you? Successful relationships and parenting begin with your Sense of Self. And once you’re aware of what makes you tick…

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How to Help Your Child Develop Healthy Self-Esteem

By Healthy Sense of Self | May 7, 2018

When you think of the child you love, you probably envision a bright future for them, right? We all want our children to develop healthy self-esteem.   One of the most precious gifts you can give your child is healthy self-esteem. It will empower them to feel confident, valued, and prepared for challenges as they…

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Holidays Are Supposed to Be Joyful Times, Right?

By Antoinetta Vogels | December 19, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I always look forward to holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love the food, the music, the peacefulness of the picture-perfection in ads, movies, and images of the Season, the coziness, and safety of family coming together, like circling the wagons in the old days. Most of us are…

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How to Align Your Vision for Personal Success with Your Values

By Healthy Sense of Self | July 5, 2017

What does your vision for personal success look like? The definition of personal success is different for everyone, right? So to define yours, imagine that you’re on your deathbed. You have lived to old age, and your exhausted body is succumbing, breath by breath, to the decisive blow. In your final interval of clarity, you…

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How to Learn and Embrace Your True Purpose

By Lindsay Dick | June 20, 2017

You’ll find your true purpose when you discover your true Self. Has anyone seen the new Wonder Woman movie yet? I loved it. It boasted a well-paced story, fun stunts, and a welcome multidimensional female lead. Reviewers have described the film as buoyant, inspiring, and empowering. But even though I enjoyed the movie, I didn’t…

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Curriculum Considerations for a Healthy Sense of Self in Schools

By Mary Ellen Roth | June 13, 2017

Are schools doing anything about childhood development outside of the classroom? We are not confident that the leadership from our new Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, will help. Her guiding policies have been “any school but a public school is better” and her employment history in Detroit attests to that. Sadly, nontraditional schools in Detroit are…

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How to Set Clear Objectives for Yourself

By Antoinetta Vogels | June 7, 2017

People with a Healthy Sense of Self have many advantages. The art of setting clear objectives is one of them. If you don’t have to spend a lot of time and energy finding your Self, you have lots of spare time, attention, and energy to fine tune the issues in your life. That pays off.…

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Do You Use Creative Visualization for a Healthy Sense of Self?

By Healthy Sense of Self | May 30, 2017

Have you ever heard someone say they were using visualization and affirmations to “manifest” things in their life? What does that even mean? To find out how you too can create the life you want using these techniques, keep reading. What does it mean to practice creative visualization? Creative visualization is exactly what it sounds…

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4 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Self-compassion

By Lindsay Dick | May 23, 2017

You hear a lot about compassion these days: feeling it, showing it, and distributing it . . . like pieces of a pie to family members, partners, and the people who get under your skin. But meeting out compassion for others without first setting some aside for yourself is a recipe for inner struggle. So…

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