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Is Anxiety Making Your World Smaller?

“If you continually shun any stress, you become comfortable with fewer and fewer experiences.”~ David Viscott If anxiety isn’t effectively managed; it will eventually take control of your life. I was talking with my friend and colleague, Robert Woodward, who also specializes in the treatment of stress and anxiety and asked him how he identifies anxiety in his clients. Here are his top 5 behaviors that occur to set you up for added anxiety in your life and I will follow with strategies to fix those areas. 5 Red Flags…

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How To Avoid A Midlife Crisis

How To Avoid A Midlife Crisis “Whether a crisis breaks down your front door or slowly creeps into your life, a decision must be made to handle it or be handled. How will you respond? How will you recognize it? What tools do you have to deal with it? What first steps can you take today to strengthen your resolve to manage any crisis that comes at you?” ~ Tony Langstaff – Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 1) Make A List Of Things You Will No Longer Do. If…

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Are You A Candidate For A Midlife Crisis

“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” ~ Lucille Ball Do not let a midlife crisis creep on you. Here are the common signs to watch out for: 1. Are you unhappy in your relationship? Have you been distancing yourself emotionally and physically from your partner? 2. Do you often think about quitting your job and have frequent daydreams about how great retirement will be, even if you can’t afford to retire at this time? “Middle age is when everything starts…

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Strive To Make Your Christmas Spirit Last

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”   ~ Charles Dickens   We are better people at Christmas time. We act a little nicer and we share a little more. Here are 11 ideas to make this Christmas memorable and perhaps 11 ways you can make Christmas happen every day:   The Thought Does Count.  The holidays aren’t a competition to see who can give the best gift or who has the more decorated house. This type of thinking often paralyzes people into…

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Thoughts That Will Drive You Crazy!

Mindreading, Catastrophizing, and Five Other Thoughts That Will Drive You Crazy! “When it is not in our power to determine what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.” ― René Descartes Your thoughts have a direct influence on how you feel. If you have distorted thought processes, you will suffer needlessly with anxiety, anger, depression and low self-esteem. Here are seven distorted thinking patterns and how you can learn to think more rationally about yourself and your world: 1) Mindreading. Mind readers make assumptions about how other…

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10 Secrets Of Self Confidence

“When You Speak From Your Heart And Say The Words Your Soul Has Only Dared to Whisper, That’s When Miracles Happen.” ~ Unknown In Order To Be Self Confident, You Must: 1) Have A Vision Of A Better YOU. If you have the desire to improve your confidence, then start seeing yourself as the person you want to be. It is your responsibility to achieve your dreams. Use your imagination to come up with the optimal dream image of yourself. Be bold and creative. The limits are up to you….

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Are You A Sucker For Guilt?

Here are 13 points to consider in preventing you from getting pushed around and becoming someone’s doormat: 1) Beware The Guilt Trippers. Guilt trippers may not even realize what they are doing or how wrong it is to manipulate others with their guilt tactics. They often are too focused on getting the outcome they desire. If someone tries to make you feel guilty about your decision, then you need to be alerted. This is also true if someone tries to get you to do something that works for them but…

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Bad Habits Of Negative People

“Some of us learn from other people’s mistakes and the rest of us have to be the other people.” ~ Zig Ziglar The only way to subdue a habit is to replace it with another habit. Here are 15 bad habits of negative people that can drain you of your peace, happiness and potential for success and some suggestions on how to reverse the consequences of bad habits: 1) Not Knowing When To Shut Up. Not everybody wants to hear your opinions, grumblings and complaining. Think before you speak. Be…

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Preventing Holiday Headaches With Your Family

25 Strategies For Preventing Holiday Headaches With Your Family The tension of a lifetime can emerge during a holiday visit with family.  There is something about family gatherings that can transform even the most confident man or woman into a helpless child, and usually thoughtful people into petty bickerers.  If you are stressing out about spending holidays with your family, here are some strategies that can keep you from getting sucked into family conflicts. 1.     Invite a friend or two to participate in family gatherings.  Behavior almost always improves in…

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Strategies For Managing The Holiday Stress

Happier Holidays By Mark Webb No matter how much you may look forward to the holiday season, it is difficult to get away from the fact that the holidays can be quite stressful.  If you wish to successfully manage holiday stress then you need to have a strategy.  Assuming that everything should go smoothly is setting you up to get overwhelmed.  Happier holidays do not happen by accident.  They are designed. Creating realistic expectations can be quite challenging because most of us want the memories to be perfect.  It becomes…

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