5 Ways to Free Yourself from The Guilt of Success

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Are you the only one in your family with success? Here are five ways to move past the guilt and feel connected to loved ones, regardless of their life situation. Succeeding in life when your family is struggling comes with a treasure trove of difficult emotions and awkward family dynamics. Guilt, shame, and loneliness are the most common and you …


You Need To Do This If Giving Makes You Resentful

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The season of giving is here, and you might be at risk of overdoing it. Learn three ways to save your sanity, reduce your resentment and feel good about giving again. It’s the holidays. You’re hosting the whole family. You’ve cleaned the whole house, done the shopping, cooked the meal and washed the dishes. You think you should feel satisfied, …

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Emotional Eating: The ,Why, When and How to Stop

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Don’t let food be your nemesis during the holidays. We know it’s hard — the holidays are generally stressful and with delicious comfort foods so readily available, it’s like the pumpkin pie is almost begging to calm your nerves. But when does indulging cross the line into emotional eating?   Emotional eating is eating to soothe your difficult emotions without …

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How to Cope with Holiday Emotions

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Excuse the language, but leave it to the Griswolds to nail the hard truth about the holidays:   “And when Santa squeezes his fat ass down the chimney tonight, he’s going to find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nut house.” – Clark Griswold, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation   I know, I know … you’re supposed to …


How to Escape the Awkward Holiday Conversation

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May your days be merry and a little less awkward with these three strategies for avoiding uncomfortable conversations during the holidays. They’re (almost) inevitable: those awkward holiday moments when you find yourself internally begging someone — anyone! — to change the subject. Maybe Dad is picking a fight about politics, Mom is asking invasive questions or your sister is criticizing …


Book Review: Go Set a Watchman

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A LITERARY VIEW: How to Have the Difficult Discussions Without Losing Yourself Fictional writing can often provide excellent examples of healthy (and unhealthy) emotional processing and discourse. “Go Set a Watchman,” a fictional novel by Harper Lee and her unexpected, controversial first draft of her famous novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” shows how someone can positively deal with “negative” emotions …


5 Everyday Hacks to Boost Mindfulness

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Mindfulness takes practice, but derailing your day’s schedule is unnecessary. Follow these five simple ways to boost mindfulness, doing what you were planning to do anyway.   Do a mindless, everyday activity with awareness.   Pick an activity that you would normally do on autopilot — driving to work, making a smoothie, dressing yourself — and instead of going through …