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Category Archives: Coping Mechanisms

Losing Control

I remember hearing a story, many years ago, from a concerned mother about her very angry son. She recounted many outbursts, but one in particular has stuck with me because it showed how different people perceive anger. During an initial … Continue reading

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I’ll Stay Here this Year

Sometimes we can’t be with the ones we love for the holidays. Sometimes we aren’t invited to spend the holidays with the ones we love. Sometimes we just don’t want to go home. Whatever the reason (a lack of funds, … Continue reading

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Sigmund Freud believed that one of the primary explanations for human behavior could be attributed to the fear of death.  My favorite poem on the subject is called “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. It tells the story of a traveler … Continue reading

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Eternally (Beautiful) Transitions — The Practical Side

It is back to school time once again. Fall is right around the corner. In fact, I was in Michael’s yesterday and saw sales associates setting out Thanksgiving décor! No matter how long I live, I am continually surprised at … Continue reading

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Together We Heal

When “I” is replaced by “we,” even illness becomes wellness.  Anonymous Emotions shared with another human being have greater healing powers than when experiencing emotions alone.  Studies show that crying in the presence of another human being has the same … Continue reading

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Finding Balance

We are guaranteed to experience challenges in life… and for a period of time we can feel that our lives are spinning out of control. Finding balance during these times helps us to create places in our experience where we … Continue reading

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Nothing Lasts Forever

“Sad things happen. They do. But we don’t need to live sad forever.”- Mattie Stepanek Often things happen that are outside of our control. However, we have more in our control than actually meets the eye. We tend to focus on … Continue reading

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Discover Your True Potential

From my previous post… Do not compare yourself to others. Thomas Jefferson once said, “Comparison is the thief of Joy.” If we compare ourselves to the models in the magazines, especially those who have been drastically altered, we are doing … Continue reading

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The Real Cost of Stress – The Practical Side

Do you know anyone who would say they are not stressed? I can honestly say I do not know any one person who does not have stress in at least one life area. Stress can be good when it helps … Continue reading

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My Family, My Friends

One year at my family reunion, my cousin was upset with herself for having forgotten to bring something (a food item, I believe). She began berating herself out loud in a most unforgiving way. “I should have known better. Why didn’t … Continue reading

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