Self Management

cure for insomnia

Does Self-sabotaging Behavior Keep You from Sleeping?

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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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impostor syndrome

5 New Insights to Help You Overcome Impostor Syndrome

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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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internalized parental voice

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

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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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self-care

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

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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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stressful situations

3 Techniques to Help You Cope with Stressful Situations

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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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sense of self realization

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

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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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emotional intelligence

What Is Emotional Intelligence and Why Does It Matter?

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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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science of addiction

What Is the Brain Science of Addiction and Habits?

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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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true self

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

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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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stressful vacation

Is Your Stressful Vacation an Opportunity for Growth?

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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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