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5 Tips for Eating Healthy Through the Holidays

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“Eating Your Way to Happiness” author Elizabeth Somer gives us some tips for healthy eating during the holidays!

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Mindful Monday: A Speck of Light

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If I counted up all the minutes I’ve spent staring into a flame, I wonder how many years of my life that would be. Certainly more than the hours I’ve spent brushing my teeth or combing my hair. It would […]

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Stressed On Black Friday? Try These

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You all may be braver than I. I do not step foot into the mall from Halloween to New Years. If I do, I usually end up locking myself in a Starbucks bathroom to finish a meltdown. So I thought […]

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For Thanksgiving: 12 Ways to Be Thankful

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I work at being grateful. Because it doesn’t come naturally.

6 Ways to Not Stuff Yourself This Thanksgiving

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It’s possible to leave Thanksgiving dinner with a tiny piece of room in your stomach. Here’s how.

Thanksgiving Cooking Disasters

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I’m always looking for stories that will console me about my lack of cooking aptitude and talent. So this Associated Press story was clipper! “See, Eric, you don’t want me to cook, really you don’t.” To read the full AP […]

An Interview with Father Gratitude

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Here’s an intriguing interview with Professor Robert Emmons, who is well known within the Positive Psychology field as “Father Gratitude” because he has been researching gratitude for 10 years, and has conducted all sorts of studies to try and help […]

4 Gratitude Tips

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Being as I’m not great at gratitude (or I’m not like the guy in the Optimism Club that reader Peg talks about on the message board of my “Optimism Versus Hope” post), I appreciated these four simple gratitude tips by […]

Mindful Monday: God Places

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I’m a pilgrimage kind of gal. Throughout my life, I’ve flocked to places marked with divine fingerprints: Lourdes, France, where the muddy hole Bernadette Soubirous dug 150 years ago became a river of healing waters; Mexico City, home to the […]

When Someone You Love is Bipolar

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The following interview with Dr. Cynthia Last and her husband, authors of  “When Someone You Love Is Bipolar,” is reprinted with permission of Guilford Press.   1. Dr. Last, in your book you candidly admit that although you were originally […]

Therapy Thursday: Keep Saying No

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Karly Randolph Pittman: Transform Yourself with Self-Care

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I was inspired by the comment on Karly Randolph Pittman on the combox of my post “Video: I’m Simplifying My Life This Lent (FOR REAL). Karly runs a website called First Ourselves which can be found out www.firstourselves.com. She has […]

Staying Well When You’re Sick

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“A family that vomits together stays together.” That’s a modification from Father Peyton’s famous line–“A family that prays together stays together”–and sums up our Thanksgiving two years ago, when the whole family (parents and both little virus transporters) caught a […]

9 Ways Humor Heals

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Of all my tools to combat depression and negativity, humor is by far the most fun. And just like mastering the craft of writing, I’m finding that the longer I practice laughing at life–and especially it’s frustrations–the better I become […]

Mindful Monday: The Fern and the Bamboo

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A classic that I like to post on Beyond Blue every now and then … One day I decided to quit…I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality…. I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to […]

Is It Safe to Take Medication for Bipolar Disorder During Pregnancy?

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The following is an excerpt from “The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Second Edition” by David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D., Copyright © 2010. It is reprinted here with permission from Guilford Publications. “I had always struggled with my periods, which birth control […]

On Veteran’s Day: Some Grim Statistics

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On Veteran’s Day, I thought it was appropriate to site some statistics about veterans and mental health:   Almost one in three veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq confront mental health problems. On an average day in this country, suicide […]

Mental Health and the Military: One Psychiatrist’s Perspective

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Dr. Val Jones (formerly of Revolution Health) published an interesting interview with Richard K. Harding, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science and an adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School […]

Video: The Eating Season

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I call the 61 days between Halloween and New Year’s “the eating season,” because the temptation to snack on all kinds of crap is intrusive this time of year, with boxes of Belgian chocolate coming in with every client who […]

Video: The Highly Sensitive Person

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If you have ever wondered why you don’t fare well in noisy places, why it takes you so much longer to adjust to change, or why your feelings are so much more intense than your friends, you will appreciate this […]

Mindful Monday: On Discipline and the Small Battles

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I thought I’d repost this piece from my archives, since it is a message I always need to be reminded of. Because battles don’t go away. You just get stronger in how you deal with them. Winston Churchill once wrote, […]

Daylight Savings Time and SAD: Get Your HappyLite!

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Okay, folks, we’ve got two days until Armageddon for depressives: Daylight Savings Time. Time to pull out the HappyLites! In case you think I’m making up all this stuff about less light leading to depression, especially in the winter months, […]

3 Ways to Change with the Seasons

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There is a season for everything. Don’t resist. Go with it.

Therapy Thursday: Keep Saying Yes

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

Video: “I WILL Get Better”

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I don’t know about you, but when I’m depressed, my self-talk goes something like this:”This is uncomfortable … I wish I were dead.””I don’t know what to do about x, y, and z … I wish I were dead.””I can’t […]

Video: Unload Your Guilt!

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Guilt is one of the main rivers feeding into the great lake of depression. And that’s unfortunate if you’ve been raised Catholic or Jewish. Or are prone to OCD behaviors like extreme rumination of thoughts. Soooooo ….. as usual, I […]

8 Ways Faith Can Heal

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Awhile back “Time” Magazine published some fascinating articles on the “biology of belief”: how faith can heal us. Folks who attend church services on Sunday have a lower risk of dying in any one year than the guys who sleep […]

On All Saints Day: 7 Patron Saints for Healing and Comfort

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saints for healing and intercession

Previous Posts

Seven Ways to Get Over an Infatuation
“Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered am I” wrote US songwriter Lorenz Hart about the feeling of infatuation. It’s blissful and euphoric, as we all know. But it’s also addicting, messy and blinding. Without careful monitoring, its wild ...

posted 12:46:43pm Feb. 19, 2014 | read full post »

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 ...

posted 10:37:13am Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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