Happy Haven with Brandi-Ann Uyemura

Sometimes in trying to deal with your pain, loved ones say things that dig deeper into your wound instead of heal it. It may feel like a personal attack, but they are not trying to hurt you. Often people feel uncomfortable and don’t know how to react so they say things like this instead: 1.…

It’s  not your annoying neighbor, your stingy boss, your selfish ex or that guy who cut in front of you at the grocery store. The often difficult pill to swallow is that the one person standing between you and your happiness is yourself. It’s not that you want to be unhappy, sad or depressed. It’s…

As we transition from a hectic work week into the weekend, it’s important to plan activities that take you from stressed and burnt out to recharged and filled with peace. And there is a way to do so that doesn’t require a luxurious weekend retreat or a spa vacation. The key is finding activities that…

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on the people you should avoid when you’re feeling down. You might know them as the narcissist, the pessimist and the attention seeker. Well just as there are people we should avoid when we’re depressed, there are those you should keep around. I know when depression hits…

Perhaps you read about the potential positive benefits vitamins and supplements can have on your mental health and you were intrigued. But though your curiosity was peaked you still doubted its ability to work as legitimate treatment for things like depression and anxiety. How can a vitamin really make that much of a difference? You…

“You’re selfish.” “You’re lazy.” “You’re a dreamer.” These labels can define us. Whether they’re given when we’re kids or are carelessly said to us as growing adults, we often carry these words as if they were invisible tags around our necks, showing the world who who we are. The truth is words can empower or dis-empower us.…

One of the most difficult things to contend with in life is disappointment. It’s the reason why we hold back our emotions, why we’re consistently indecisive and why we’re afraid of taking big risks. It goes something like this… Once upon a time, a very long time ago, there was a little child who had…

As the Easter weekend approaches, you have several to-do lists that fill your mind. There’s the church service, the egg hunt, the dinner, and of course Easter candy for the kids. The perfect recipe for a (chocolate) melt-down. Holidays have a way of doing that-making you so busy that you forget why you’re doing it…

Doesn’t it seem like we have all the courage we’ll ever need as children and somehow we lose it as we become adults? As a child, I used to kill roaches with my chubby bare hands, ride roller coasters that came with warning signs and climbed trees for fun. As an adult, I run screaming…

Happy Belated April Fool’s Day! Did you escape one of these 100 top hoaxes of all time? Surprisingly, the annual “fear of being fooled day” isn’t as anxiety-provoking as the fear produced by being fooled on an ordinary day. How do I mean? Lately, I’ve noticed a growing fear of being caught red-handed in the…

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