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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The Top Mindfulness Myths: Debunked

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To benefit from this effective-if-used-properly tool, we need to first understand what mindfulness isn’t. I hear misconception after misconception from my patients that it’s become clear: most people misunderstand mindfulness.   Mindfulness is largely misunderstood because the media, lifestyle magazines, spiritual gurus and mental health experts rarely explain what it is and how to do it. They throw out the …

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How Millennials are Going to Save the World

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Isn’t it funny how each generation blames the next for the deterioration of society? It has always been this way — it’s so predictable, in fact, that I’m surprised we haven’t overcome it. In today’s age, Millennials are taking the brunt of the grief. But why? Instead of beating them up, we probably owe Millennials gratitude since they’ll be left …

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How to Love Like a Millennial

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The Millennial Generation is more open minded and accepting than any known to date. In fact, you might say they are the most loving generation. The way they relate to and communicate with other people is inspiring. Here are just five unique ways they do it.   They Don’t Let Differences Make or Break Friendships Millennials seem to be less …

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The Taboo of Vacation and Why You Should Take One

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It’s time for a vacay! Did I just make you break out in hives? You’re not alone. Taking leisure time off drives many people to any number of uncomfortable feelings — guilt, shame, fear, anxiety, disgust — most of which result in vacation procrastination. These feelings are not inevitable, mind you. They’re a condition of our “culture of capitalism.” That’s …

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Reasons You Procrastinate and The Secret Solution

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Procrastination is tough enough to overcome when you understand the why behind it. (Hello, painful root canal.) Imagine trying to overcome procrastination when it makes no logical sense. You want to commit to your girlfriend. You want to take that promotion. You want to pitch that game-changing idea. So, why haven’t you done it yet? (HINT: it’s not just a …