Mental Health

Rest, Don’t Stress Part 2: Perfection vs. Interdependence

In my post, Rest Don’t Stress: Silencing the Madwoman, I discussed that to have a “rest” mindset, we must learn to love ourselves. Loving myself is not a new concept for me. Years ago, I heard a pastor discuss the famous “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself” concept in the Bible. He pointed out that to …

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This AND That—Why Two Things Can Be True at the Same Time

Self-Compassion requires recognizing that either/or’s don’t always apply to feelings or experiences Is mental health important? Mental health, or mental well-being as I prefer to call it, has gotten a lot more attention in recent decades. Increasing understanding has shed light on how our mental wellness ties to every part of our lives—our job performance, …

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How to Improve Mental Wellness? Five Lessons I’ve Learned . . .

Part 2 “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” goes the old maxim attributed to Benjamin Franklin. Do you think about that in the light of your mind or emotions? Our society recognizes the importance of preventive health for our bodies. Example: In my previous post in this series, I mentioned that …

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Give More Than You Must: It’s Good for You and Your Career

Several years ago, I had a wonderful—but sadly, unique—experience. My phone needed a repair. Our mobile phones have become near-necessities. So when it became evident that my only option was to mail it off for a couple of weeks, you’d think the phone maker, the seller, the carrier – somebody! – would offer a loaner, …

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Boundaries or Sacrifice? How to Embrace Both

“We have to have boundaries,” my husband said, exasperation tinging his voice. “I realize that,” I replied, trying to sound patient. “But being there for others means sometimes you have to let yourself be inconvenienced.” “We don’t even have time to get all our own stuff done,” he continued. “We need to focus on figuring …

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