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All things mental health by a marriage & family therapist...from "the "I" in Illness to the "We" in Wellness" from Soulseeds
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Einstein's 10 Secrets You Don’t Want to Miss

Einstein's 10 Secrets You Don’t Want to Miss | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it
Professor Einstein was a philosopher who clearly understood the laws of success, and explained them just as well as his equations.
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Perfect Time for Mental Illness Awareness Week

Perfect Time for Mental Illness Awareness Week | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it
Mental Illness Awareness Week is here. It's time to change the public perception of mental illness and that the mentally ill are dangerous.
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The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain--And Why You Should Have One Today

The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain--And Why You Should Have One Today | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it
Studies of napping have shown improvement in cognitive function creative thinking and memory performance. Ready set . . . snooze.

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13 Ways To Fall Asleep Faster -- Without Sleeping Pills

13 Ways To Fall Asleep Faster -- Without Sleeping Pills | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it
About 9 million U.S. adults use prescription sleep aids to ensure quality rest, according to a recent CDC study. But experts caution that sleeping pills aren't always effective or safe, and many think their use should be limited.
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Your body language shapes who you are

Using a few simple tweaks to body language, Harvard researcher Amy Cuddy discovers ways to help people become more powerful

 

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

 

You might also be interested in a video with Amy on TIME: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2091589_2092033_2109441,00.html

 


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This is facinating information about our our body can change our minds. 

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Sigrid de Kaste's curator insight, January 25, 2013 11:02 PM

Are you able to interpret body language.....? To know and to use...both important...

 

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All Out Effort Personal Training And Coaching: Ways Stress Affects Your Body And Your Health

All Out Effort Personal Training And Coaching: Ways Stress Affects Your Body And Your Health | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it
Your body just recognizes stress as strain. And whether it's from an emotional, mental, or physical source, it cannot tell the difference and will act accordingly.

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American Institute Health Care Professionals's curator insight, September 3, 2013 12:07 PM

#waysstressaffects #howstresscanhurtyou #hazardsofstress #stresscancause #sourceofstress

Looking for information on how stress can hurt you?   Here is an excellent infograph on the ways stress affects our physical body.    As you can see the hazards of stress are more than just a bad day and a headache.  


Stress can cause chronic fatigue, panic disorders, hypertension,irritable bowel syndrome, weight gain, muscle tension, etc to name a few.   It does not matter where your stress is coming from either.    Any source of stress can cause these effects on your body.   



Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, September 5, 2013 3:36 PM

Deal with it before its too late. Learn what it does to your health and how to beat it.

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9 Things Not to Say to Someone with Mental Illness

9 Things Not to Say to Someone with Mental Illness | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it

"According to clinical psychologist Ryan Howes, Ph.D, “The problems happen when people make statements that imply that mental illness is a sign of emotional weakness, it’s something that can be quickly overcome with some trite homespun advice or they minimize it as a minor issue you can just get over.”

 

Below are additional examples of problematic statements, along with what makes a good response...."

 

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So true...

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Healthy Mind Platter - for optimal brain matter

Healthy Mind Platter - for optimal brain matter | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it

The US government has just revised the food pyramid - the diagram that's been with us for decades that is supposed to remind people how to eat well. The model needed a revision, and the new version, called Choose my plate , is a big improvement. 


The Healthy Mind Platter has seven essential mental activities necessary for optimum mental health in daily life. These seven daily activities make up the full set of ‘mental nutrients' that your brain needs to function at it's best. By engaging every day in each of these servings, you enable your brain to coordinate and balance its activities, which strengthens your brain's internal connections and your connections with other people.


To read more about the Healthy Mind Platter...read this pdf academic article by Dr. David Rock, Daniel J. Siegel, Steven A. Y Poelmans, and Jessica Payne  http://www.davidrock.net/files/02_The_Healthy_Mind_Platter_US.pdf 

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The seven essential daily mental activites are: Focus time, Play time, Connecting time, Physical time, Time In, Down time, Sleep time. HT @davidhain

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» 4 Reasons to Practice Self-Compassion - Cultivating Contentment & Happiness

» 4 Reasons to Practice Self-Compassion - Cultivating Contentment & Happiness | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it

“I’m too old not to be on my own side.” (Maya Angelou)

 

Nor are you ever too young to be on your own side. Developing self-compassion offers far-reaching benefits.


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Self-compassion is a powerful healing practice! 

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John Michel's curator insight, August 28, 2013 1:15 AM

Self-compassion enables us to roll with the punches and determine the next indicated action to take, while accepting ourselves and the current reality. Having compassion for one’s self does not mean that we deny our contribution to an undesirable situation, but that we aren’t consumed by negative feelings.

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4 Steps to Gratitude in Happy Times or Sad Ones

4 Steps to Gratitude in Happy Times or Sad Ones | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it
A basketful of thank you notes can become your flowers.

In the world of gratitude, there is a glitch. It is easy to be grateful when the sun is shining, when our dreams are coming true, when the world seems to be unfolding at our feet. But the challenge of gratitude comes with a glitch. Are we grateful when we prick our finger on the thorn of a rose? When our perfect plan goes awry? When all doors seem to be closing on us? When we lose at love?



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» Once You Decide to Change, What Next? The Six Keys to Solid Follow Through - NLP Discoveries

» Once You Decide to Change, What Next? The Six Keys to Solid Follow Through - NLP Discoveries | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it

You know the story…

You decide to change your life. You’ll eat right, exercise, study more or even turn over a new spiritual leaf.

Then, nothing.

You get an initial burst of enthusiasm, but before long, reality sets in and you return to familiar habits.

What gives?

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Struggling with follow through is a common human experience...NLP Practitioner Mike Bundrant gives tips for solid follow through. Good stuff...

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Rewiring Your Emotions | Mindful

Rewiring Your Emotions | Mindful | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it
Think you're destined to respond the same way emotionally to the same old triggers? Not necessarily so, says Sharon Begley. With a little mind training, you can chart new pathways.

Via Romi Royé, Wise Leader™, Bobby Dillard
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we can change our brains...

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God Is.'s comment, August 28, 2013 6:29 PM
I have been researching Christianity, Mindfulness and meditation for a while now.. yes, I agree that the old news is becoming new news.. I have a friend who was diagnosed with lung cancer, his Oncologist, who has plenty credentials, leads a cancer support group and has extensively talked about mindfulness as a way to cope with the suffering associated with this insidious disease...
Jon Kabbat-Zinn is also a pioneer in the field...
Dorothy M Neddermeyer, PhD's comment, August 28, 2013 6:54 PM
Mind, Body, Spirit healing goes beyond..'coping,' with suffering any diagnosed disease. http://drdorothy.net
Omega Angell,CEO, MCA,CAMF,CPLC's curator insight, August 28, 2013 6:58 PM

The Science Behind Rewiring Your Emotions

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Helping Others Helps You to Live Longer

Helping Others Helps You to Live Longer | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it
Want a longer life?  Volunteer to do good and you might benefit at least as much.

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Kindness to others is kindness to yourself...

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Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, August 26, 2013 7:58 AM

It has been shown by research, by the way, that personal connections and interactions are a great anti-aging tonic.

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I Beg You To Quit Pretending

I Beg You To Quit Pretending | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it
A friend of mine called me to confide in me about how she was struggling in her marriage, and after listening to her story and meeting it with compassion instead of the judgment she feared, I confessed that my marriage wasn't going so well either. ...
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The Simple Things You Should Be Doing Every Morning (But Aren't)

The Simple Things You Should Be Doing Every Morning (But Aren't) | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it
The alarm sounds and you're off: Onto checking emails, finding car keys and, if you're lucky, brushing your hair. The madness, the rush of it all -- it's got to stop.
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Dove Real Beauty Sketches

Join the conversation at: #WeAreBeautiful Watch the whole experience at: http://dove.com/realbeautysketches Women are their own worst beauty critics. Only 4%...

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Lovely 3 minute video about true beauty. 

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35 Questions That Will Change Your Life

35 Questions That Will Change Your Life | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it
“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” – Voltaire “We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.” – Carl Sagan “The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop ...

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Great questions to ponder and journal...

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GPS for the Soul Video with Arianna Huffington, Debbie Rozman, Soren Gordhamer - from Wisdom 2.0 2013

Wisdom 2.0 2013 by Wisdom 2.0 on Livestream - Livestream.com
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This video introduces the app "GPS for the Soul" and how it uses biological infomation in real time to measure stress and provides practices to "course-correct" by activating compassion, gratitude and love. Informative video...

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Why We Can't Just Get Rid of Anxiety & Distress

Why We Can't Just Get Rid of Anxiety & Distress | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it

"When our ancestors lived in the jungle hundreds of thousands of years ago, those who heard the footsteps of the stalking tiger, got a surge of adrenaline that fired up their muscles, and used this to run away as fast as they could, lived to tell the tale and have babies, while those who didn’t were eaten. Through the process of evolution, our brains became hard-wired to be on the lookout to threat and mobilize our bodies to deal with a potential predator by fighting or running away. Even today, fear and pain are powerful learning mechanisms that stop most of us from touching hot stoves, running into traffic, swimming in shark-infested waters, speculating wildly on the stock market or venturing into crime ridden neighborhoods alone at night.

So, indeed, negative emotions are functional in a basic, survival-oriented way. And, we still need them in our modern world where there are natural disasters, wars, and human predators.  This may be why expert Gavin De Becker’s book “The Gift of Fear” continues to grace the Amazon bestseller list, more than 10 years after it was first written.  So what is the problem with negative emotions?...."

 

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David Hain's curator insight, March 27, 2013 4:14 AM

These phenomena are a resource, if we choose to see them as such...

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The Best Kept Secret to Longevity: Love

The Best Kept Secret to Longevity: Love | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it

"...A revealing sociological study has found that 25% of Americans saying that they have no one to confide in. This survey suggests that one in four people that we meet may have no one they call a close friend! This decline in social connectedness may explain reported increases inloneliness, isolation, and alienation and may be why studies are finding that loneliness represents one of the leading reasons people seek psychological counseling. This finding alone should persuade any of us to be kind to everyone we meet and to spread whatever cheer and warmth we can. It's win-win for both..."

 

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Being connected with others is a crucial part of wellness.

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Despite What You May Believe, Failure Does Not Exist

Despite What You May Believe, Failure Does Not Exist | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it
The belief in failure is a misperception of the true nature of reality. The concept of failing is inherently judgmental and dualistic and it implies that one can
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Life Giving Choices

Life Giving Choices | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it
Part 2 of Trust Your Choices Not a day goes by without the need to make choices. Big and small. What am I going to eat? What do I want to wear? Do I take the kids to the park or play in the yard? W...
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Decisions can be so challenging...Jennifer Christian provides helpful thoughts on how time, values, logic and feelings participate in our discernment. 

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Social worker Kristen Holzapfel starved herself over work trauma

Social worker Kristen Holzapfel starved herself over work trauma | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it
IN 2007 I had been working as a social worker for six years.
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Lovely story of how one woman regained control of her life with determination, support and a combination of CBT and EMDR therapy. 

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"Spin-Doctor Parenting": The Science Behind Your Smile

"Spin-Doctor Parenting": The Science Behind Your Smile | Mental Health & Emotional Wellness | Scoop.it
"I like smiling! It's my favorite!" ~Elf


I couldn't agree more.  I've always liked smiling, even as a youngster...and even before I knew how good it could be for you! 
  

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