How to Be More Assertive In Your Relationships

Assertiveness isn’t something that comes naturally to everyone.  Some people seem to be very comfortable speaking their mind, while others have a much harder time.  Being assertive, however, isn’t just about speaking your mind; its also about how to speak your mind. What does it mean to be assertive? Being assertive means expressing your feelings …

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Active Listening for Parents

Parenting during the adolescent phase of development brings about new challenges for most parents.  A common complaint from parents is that “my teen doesn’t listen to me”, while a common complaint from teens is that “my parent doesn’t listen to me”.  These sentiments are not surprising as parents begin to struggle, often for the first …

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Learning How to Forgive

What is Forgiveness? Forgiveness is the voluntary cancellation of a debt, or letting someone off the hook who doesn’t deserve it. Other popular definitions of forgiveness, or forgive, include: To excuse for a fault or an offense To pardon To renounce anger or resentment against To stop being angry about or resenting somebody or somebody’s behavior To …

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Back to School Stress

It is that time of year- when children and parents alike prepare for another year. A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! For many children, this is a time of great excitement as they anticipate a successful year. However, for some families, the return …

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An Introduction to Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? First let me explain what it is NOT. Mindfulness is not a religion; it is not solely a form of relaxation; mindfulness is not an escape from reality; it is not an unattainable type of meditation meant only for monks and yogis. Mindfulness IS, quite simply, nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment. …

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Don’t Panic! The Facts About Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are very uncomfortable but they are not as dangerous as you think. While panic may be one of the most fearful and dreadful experiences you ever had, it doesn’t mean that having panic attacks will cause a heart attack, give you a stroke, stop you from breathing, choke you, make you loose control …

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Tips for Losing Weight Changing Behavior & Getting Support

Dealing with obesity and similar weight-control problems requires adopting new habits that foster a healthier lifestyle, but don’t attempt radical changes to your diet or activity patterns. You risk not only compounding what is already a precarious health situation, but also overlooking the core attitude and emotional issues that caused obesity in the first place. …

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Obesity The Mind & Body Connection

Obesity is one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most troubling health problems. If you have a very high body mass index (BMI) -that is, your weight is significantly more than what is generally considered healthy for your height-you may be increasing the risk of many serious health conditions, including hypertension, heart disease and stroke, Type …

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How to Help a Friend or Loved One Suffering from a Chronic Illness – Providing Support

If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer or a life- threatening disease, you may feel desperate and completely helpless. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Research has shown us that family and friends can play a huge role in helping patients deal with a chronic illness. When a person is suffering from …

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Getting Beyond “Why Me?” Surviving Cancer

Your Health Team Cancer is a serious and complex disease. To fight it you will need a team of health professionals, all bringing their own specific specialties to your recovery, including your primary care physician and an oncologist who specializes in cancer treatment. You also are likely to see a surgeon and perhaps other specialists …

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