ADDICTION

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ANGER & ANXIETY

10 Ways to Deal with Anger

10 Ways to Deal with Anger

1. Thank it. Anger is your body’s way of saying that there MAY be a threat of some sort. Anger often protects you from fear (Fight or flee). 2. Make a choice about the best way to use your energy to get closer to your goals….

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DEPRESSION

10 Ways to Deal with Depression

10 Ways to Deal with Depression

Get Enough Quality Sleep. Quality sleep is essential to having good memory, concentration, energy and mood. It is also one of the easiest things to improve. Eat Well. Your body makes the brain chemicals needed to help you focus and stay motivated from the foods you eat. You don't have to be a health nut, but getting adequate protein and a variety of dairy, grains and vegetables is essential. Begin with the end in mind.

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DISTRESS TOLERANCE & EMOTION REGULATION

10 Dialectics to Embrace for Happiness

10 Dialectics to Embrace for Happiness

Dialectics are opposing forces. You can find peace when, instead of fighting the way things are, you find balance in opposing forces. There are many examples of opposing forces that you encounter each day.

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MIND-BODY CONNECTION

MINDFULNESS

10 Ways to Quiet Your Mind

10 Ways to Quiet Your Mind

Stuffing and compartmentalizing feelings instead of dealing with them leads to them rattling around in your head. (Imagine buying a bunch of soda at the market and not wanting to unload, it, so you leave it in the trunk and it just rolls around, making a racket each time you drive somewhere). Generally, the things we “stuff” fall into two categories, anxiety and anger. The first step is to know your monkey mind can be tamed. You can learn to control your racing thoughts and develop healthy habits for dealing with unpleasant emotions and events.

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MOTIVATION & GOAL SETTING

10 Ways to Find Life Balance

10 Ways to Find Life Balance

It can be difficult to balance all the competing priorities—work, family, exercise, other “adulting.” Here are a few tips to help you find more balance. 1. Create a calendar and block out the must-dos, 2. Combine, 3. Simplify, 4. Sharpen the saw…

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RELATIONSHIPS & INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS

10 Ways to Deal with Social Anxiety

10 Ways to Deal with Social Anxiety

Minimize stimulants. Stimulants including caffeine, nicotine, decongestants, certain herbs and sugar can all give you a jittery feeling which you can mistake for anxiety.
Know your temperament. Extroverts love being around people and draw energy from them. Introverts get …Know your triggers. Social anxiety may be worse if you are dealing with an authority figure or someone you are trying to impress. You may also feel more anxious in certain situations. Create an anxiety list. Create an exposure hierarchy.

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RELAPSE PREVENTION

4 Stages of Relapse

4 Stages of Relapse

Relapse is a process, it's not an event that starts weeks or even months before the event of actual relapse (return to use). There are four stages of relapse: Emotional, Physical, Mental and Social.

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