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September 2009 Archives

The 9 Types of Hopelessness and How to Overcome Them

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how to overcome hopelessness, understanding hopelessness

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6 Quotes On Hope

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quotes on hope

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Video: Meditation and the Bird’s Nest

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I have admitted this before: I’m a meditation moron. I swear I try. Thought, don’t land. Thought, don’t land. Keep on flying, thought. Keep on flying. I’m trying to meditate. This goes on usually for the entire 15 minutes I […]

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Mindful Monday: It’s the Climb–On Perseverance

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It’s rare that I find my inspiration in a Hannah Montana song, but I have to say that this little rock star nailed the experience of living with chronic illness in her refrain to the song, “The Climb”:   There’s […]

Video: Don’t Give Up

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I actually taped this video awhile back. Some of you may have already seen it. Even though it’s not a great shot of me, the video’s message, on perseverance, is important, I think. And that’s the theme today. So I […]

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

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Why does God allow pain? Why is there suffering?

In Our Weakness Lies Our Strength

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strengths and weaknesses

5 Ways Highly Sensitive People Can Live In an Insensitive World

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The following tips are from Jenna Forrest, an empowerment coach in Durham, North Carolina who helps her highly sensitive clients to understand, refine, and embrace their sensory abilities. 1. Understand their Trait: The sensitive must first get to know him/herself […]

4 Kinds of Rest (for HSPs and Depressives)

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In her national bestseller “The Highly Sensitive Person,” Elaine Aron describes four kinds of rest that are essential for highly-sensitive (and I’d add depressed) persons: Sleep If you have trouble sleeping, make this your first priority. Research on chronic sleep […]

Why We Should Use Our Words

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I’m always telling David and Katherine to use their words (instead of whining and screaming), but I’m often afraid to use them myself. Unlike Eric, who vocalizes a resentment before it’s had time to fester and start a family, I […]

Are You Psychic? John McManamy’s Survey Says Yes

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Fellow blogger John McManamy runs the most interesting surveys every month on his blog. In August he asked his readers how many of them are psychic … or at least intuitive. Here’s what they said. To get to his post […]

An Interview with Robert Wicks on Resilience

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Robert Wicks on resilience

6 Healthy Habits That Can Make You Sick

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I dance the Macarena whenever I come across an article that argues against healthy living. I cautioned you against too much positive thinking a few days ago. I laughed while reading research about dark chocolate firing up the happy brain. […]

I Love This Doctor

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This was sent to me awhile back in one of those emails that circulates the planet. I thought it might give you a much-needed laugh. For the health conscious …. I Love This Doctor Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular […]

Bounce: 6 Steps to Become More Resilient

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How do you bounce back? Tips for resilience

Use Caution With Positive Thinking

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positive thinking can make your thoughts worse, self-help can hurt you

Russell Bishop: Why Positive Thinking Just Doesn’t Work

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Huffington Post Editor-at-Large Russell Bishop has an interesting take on the positive thinking debate in his post “Why Positive Thinking Just Doesn’t Work.” To get to the article, click here. I have excerpted from it below.   Six weeks ago, […]

2 Questions To Ask That Are More Important Than a Diagnosis

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Dr. Frank Lipman of the Huffington Post wrote an interesting post about “2 Questions To Ask That Are More Important Than a Diagnosis.” I was intrigued by his piece because he combines Western medicine with some Eastern philosophies, and achieves […]

Mindful Monday: On Unplugging and Practicing Mindfulness

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unplugging from technology and practicing mindfulness

Elisha Goldstein: Calming Your Distressed Mind

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Elisha Goldstein now has a free eBook, called The Mindful Companion, which you can access by clicking here. It is based on his insightful posts, like this one called “Calming Your Distressing Mind”: Sometimes in life it’s helpful to have signposts […]

5 Simple Exercises for Managing Anxiety

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techniques to manage anxiety, seasonal depression

9 Tips for Managing Anxiety

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I try to read everything that is printed from Johns Hopkins on depression and anxiety because their doctors have been such an important part of my recovery. Here are nine tips that Johns Hopkins doctors suggest to help you manage […]

On 9/11: The Saints’ Guide to Anxiety

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“Anxiety has been rampant since 9/11 and perhaps no less so in the aftermath of the war in Iraq,” writes Keith Egan (my former theology professor at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana) in an article called “Banishing Anxiety.” […]

Learning to Forgive: Releasing the Cycle of Torture

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Elisha Goldstein has written a helpful post on how to forgive when it seems impossible. In his piece called “Refusing to Forgive: 9 Steps to Break Free,” he tries an experiment regarding the grudges we keep. He writes: Let’s try […]

What Your Body Is Telling You

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The Wall Street Journal’s Health Journal columnist Melinda Beck wrote an important piece awhile back on how to listen to your body, you know, when it’s saying: “HELLO??? ANYONE THERE???? I’M NOT HAPPY!!!!!!”   I seem to be unable to […]

Depression Increases the Risk of Major Diseases and Illnesses

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It’s fairly known that depression can occur after a heart attack and can increase the likelihood of a second heart attack. But did you know that the flip side is also true? That depression itself can increase a person’s risk […]

Give Me the Gun: When Suicidal Ideations Take Over

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I have been thinking about this question ever since I read it on a discussion thread in Group Beyond Blue. Group Beyond Blue member Meg writes: So, my husband has shown interest in getting a handgun permit. It’s the South, […]

Group Beyond Blue: What Would You Do?

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Group Beyond Blue member Meg started an interesting conversation on the discussion thread titled “A Question” on Group Beyond Blue. To tune into the dialog click here. I have excerpted some responses below. Group Beyond Blue Co-Chair Luthitarian wrote: When […]

What Do I Do About a Toxic Friend?

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A few weeks ago, a Beyond Blue reader asked me what to do regarding a toxic friendship. She wrote:   I’m in the process of dealing with a toxic friend. She is broken, in a different sort of way. We […]

7 Rules for Getting a Head Start in Life

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What do young people need to succeed? Success and getting ahead in life relies on people skills and communication.

Everything I Need to Know … I Learned in David’s Kindergarten

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This post originally published when David was entering Kindergarten. Two years later, Katherine is. But these rules stay the same. When your contract stipulates writing two to four original blog posts a day, every conversation and interaction of your day […]

Group Exercise Helps Addicts

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Even before I read Kate Dailey’s Newsweek post, “From Excess to Exercise: Group Helps Men and Women Live Sober Through Sweat,” I was a firm believer in group exercise as a way to treat addiction. For a variety of different […]

You Want Mental Health? Get Into the Body

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In his post, “You Want Mental Health? Get Into the Body,” Elisha Goldstein tells us to pay better attention to our legs and knees, our stomachs and arms, in order to help our mental health. He writes: Just like we […]

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When Faith Turns Neurotic
When does reciting scripture become a symptom of neurosis? Or praying the rosary an unhealthy compulsion? Not until I had the Book of Psalms practically memorized as a young girl did I learn that words and acts of faith can morph into desperate measures to control a mood disorder, that faithfulness

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How to Handle Negative People
One of my mom’s best pieces of advice: “Hang with the winners.” This holds true in support groups (stick with the people who have the most sobriety), in college (find the peeps with good study habits), and in your workplace (stay away from the drama queen at the water cooler). Why? Because we

posted 10:32:10am Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

8 Coping Strategies for the Holidays
For people prone to depression and anxiety – i.e. human beings – the holidays invite countless possibility to get sucked into negative and catastrophic thinking. You take the basic stressed-out individual and you increase her to-do list by a third, stuff her full of refined sugar and processed f

posted 9:30:12am Nov. 21, 2013 | read full post »

Can I Say I’m a Son or Daughter of Christ and Suffer From Depression?
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we read: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” What if we aren’t glad, we aren’t capable of rejoicing, and even prayer is difficult? What if, instead, everything looks dark,

posted 10:56:04am Oct. 29, 2013 | read full post »

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