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Not many people know this about me, but I have an undergrad degree in English Literature. I 100% went to college to be a writer. Not a reader, a writer. Initially I considered journalism but I honestly didn’t want to take STAT and ECON. I’m a decent writer, not so much an avid mathematician. The […]

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How to Create More Balance in Your Life

Balance was my “one word” last year. As a matter of fact, it is often my word of choice when anyone tells me to think of a word. My mother has been preaching balance to me all of my life, and while I have struggled in and out of it, I do believe that identifying and practicing balance can reap amazing benefits. It is something that I work on everyday. When I find myself getting stuck in a rut, I try to focus on the following solution focused steps to get myself back in the game.

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Talk Amongst Yourself

Did you know that we talk to ourselves all of the time? Sometimes we aren’t even aware of the thoughts that we are telling ourselves throughout the day. The way that we think about ourselves, and the way that our inner voice interacts with us, can really affect the way that we handle things in our day to day life. Once we learn to recognize and combat our negative thoughts, we can start to build a really strong positive dialogue with ourselves that can truly enhance our mood, productivity, and overall sense of well being.

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Managing Your Time With Intention

ometimes I think we can get ourselves so stuck in planning mode that it actually keeps us from using our time productively. I started to wonder, how much time do we spend thinking about what we need to do instead of actually doing it? And how do we fix it?

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Just a Spoonful of Self-Care

Self-Care does not have to be difficult, and it doesn’t have to cost much money. There are a lot of things that we can do everyday to promote health and wellness in our lives through self-care. Practicing healthy self-care is more important than we often think. Taking care of ourselves creates opportunity for us to grow and expand our productivity. Taking self-care breaks to increase work efficiency may seem counter intuitive, but, in reality, we need those moments to refuel and recharge our batteries.¬† Starting small is the best way to introduce ourselves into the wonderful and amazing world of self-care. And, oh, yes, self-care can become addictive. You can thank me later.

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Intentional Self-Care

Think about it. We do so many things that are already self-care exercises without even noticing it. Have you taken a shower lately? Yes? Well then you have experienced an opportunity to intentionally practice self-care. Have you taken a walk around your neighborhood? Or just to the mailbox? That could be self-care too. When we intentionally live our lives in a way that embraces and acknowledges our daily natural opportunities to practice self-care, we can start to relax a little.

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Oh, Hello, Weekend

f. I have been trying to intentionally practice self-care strategies on the weekends so that I can refuel myself for the week ahead. It doesn’t solve everything, but it is very nice to have a few days to rest my brain from the stresses of everyday life as a mental health professional. ¬†Here are some of the things that I’ve been trying to do every weekend. It has definitely made a difference and helped me to embrace the whole TGIF thing again.

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Wake up and Make up Your Mornings

If you are anything like me, mornings can be a real struggle. I actually consider myself a morning person because I often wake up in a good mood. However, that does not mean that I am a very productive morning person. Between silencing multiple alarms on my phone and tearing into my closet to find something to wear, my mornings can actually become quite stressful. Stress in the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day so I try very hard to do things to ensure that my mornings go off without a hitch. Here are some ideas for how to take charge of your mornings and set a positive vibe for the rest of your workday.

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