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Think Inside the Box (What It Is and When to Do It)

You've probably been told to "think outside the box."Which means to think creatively. But it's not the only way to be creative. You can also be creative and mentally healthy by thinking inside the box.

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Being There for Someone - A Short But Powerful Guide

"Being there for someone." What does that MEAN? It seems elusive, like a bat flitting away in the night. But it doesn't need to be that way. There are core principles.

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Embarrassed? 3 Steps to Take Right Now

We all get embarrassed. I certainly do. For the longest time, I thought I shouldn't share what embarrasses me. I no longer believe that. Here's why.

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The Importance of Role Models For Mental Health (And How to Find One)

We've all heard about the importance of finding good role models. But what does that look like in terms of mental health? Here's what it looks like to find the right kind of mental health role model--for YOU.

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A Simple Daily Plan Creates Huge Mental Health Benefits

Doing this one simple thing works wonders for my mental health. It shouldn't take more than 3 minutes if you do it right. Here's how I create a simple daily plan.

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To Be Happier With Yourself, Stop Doing This

To be happier, you have to stop doing certain things. And this one is a big one.

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Daily Happiness - Don't Obsess Over It

If you want happiness, you can't obsess. And you can't obsess over something in particular.

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My Story - How I, Jordan Brown, Got Into the Mental Health Field

I'm Jordan Brown, and this is my vulnerable story of how I got into the mental health field. What's interesting is that the lessons I learned can be used to understand how anyone gets into anything in life.

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What Mother's Day Can Teach Us About Mental Health Mindsets

Different days impact people in different ways. And for holidays, that is especially apparent. Mother's Day is one example. For some, it's a wonderful day. For others, not so much. So, what does it have to teach us about mindset?

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An Uplifiting Meditation On Hope

Here's an uplifting, poetic meditation on hope. If you're struggling, this will help you see life in a new way.

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Am I Broken? No, You're Not Broken

This is my story from feeling broken to feeling not broken. To feeling whole. If you've ever wondered if you're broken, this story is for you.

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Quarantine Fatigue - This Rarely Used Term Perfectly Describes It

Quarantine fatigue is real, and it has its roots in mental health. Specifically, it has its roots in a strange term that not many people know about. If you want to know why people are doing what they're doing, you're in luck.

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How to Embrace the Uncertainty of Life and Improve Your Emotional Health

Embracing uncertainty is a skill that requires practice. But it's a skill that you can learn. If you're struggling with this, this post is for you.

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3 Mental Health Poems From My First Book, In Search of Happiness

My first mental health book, In Search of Happiness, will be out at the end of May 2020! Here are three mental health poems from the book.

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Politics and Mental Health - Think This Way to Be Happier

Politics. Mental health. The two don't often go together. But if you think in this particular way, I guarantee you'll be happier.

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Mental Health Awareness Month 2020 - It's More Than a Month

It's May 2020, and that means it's Mental Health Awareness Month. For one month each year, the world comes together to raise mental health awareness month. But we need more than that. We all have mental health. It's part of us.

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What I Learn When Things Go Wrong

When things go wrong, it doesn't mean you're a failure. I still struggle to push past that initial reaction to events not turning out the way I expected. Recently, I was reminded of the benefit of having things go wrong.

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The Profound Impact of Freedom On Mental Health

Have you considered the role that freedom plays for your mental health? It actually has quite a big impact. Learn how you can bring more freedom into your life.

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How to Have Meaningful Online Conversations - 2 Simple Ideas

The world is now online, and that's especially true during the coronavirus pandemic. To maintain your mental health and have meaningful conversations, you'll have to adapt. Here are some simple ideas.

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Feel Powerless? How to Change Your Mindset Today

When you feel powerless, it often comes down to mindset. Of course, if you easily change your mind, you already would have by now. Here's a story to help you gain your power back.

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My FIRST Mental Health (Video) Update!

After months of email updates, here is the first video mental health update. Communicating authentic mental health information requires using multiple formats, and here's the first of many videos to come.

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The Anxious Need to Control (What It Is and What to Do About It)

Where does the need to control come from? Usually, it stems from anxiety. When you're anxious, it's normal to want to latch onto one or two things and try to control them. Here's how to cope with that anxious desire to control.

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How to Make Someone Leave You Alone Online

There are times when people just won't leave you alone. This happens quite a bit online. What do you do then? You follow three principles. They work. And they work offline as well.

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How to Keep Going

This is my story about when I thought I couldn't keep going. And it's about what I learned. We all have the ability to keep going.

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Why I Started Tweeting Every Day About Mental Health

This is the second video for The Mental Health Update. This started as only an email newsletter, but now it's expanded. Watch to learn more about my story and why I write and tweet about mental health every day.

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Low Self-Esteem to High Self-Esteem - Moving Up the Continuum

If you want good mental health, you have to consider self-esteem and the self-esteem continuum. Low self-esteem and high self-esteem are really not separate things. They are part of the same spectrum.

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Increasing Anxiety and Depression? What to Do About It

What do you do if you feel like anxiety and depression are increasing? The two often go hand in hand. Here's a down-to-earth approach that could help you.

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Anxiety Action Plan - Beat Anxiety With This Simple Approach

I use a simple anxiety action plan whenever I'm feeling really anxious. It helps me beat my anxiety. I don't know how I ever managed without it.

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The True Power of Taking a Break

Taking a break is not just about the break. It's about the feeling behind it. Here's why you should not only take breaks--but also learn to think about your breaks in a new kind of way.

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Two Things Can Be True - How to Find the Truth on Both Sides

These days, it seems everyone just wants to be right and get on with their lives. But two things can be true at the same time. Here's a personal perspective that speaks to a larger truth.

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Talking About Depression - Why People Don't Talk About Depression Online

When it comes to talking about mental health issues online, why don't more people talk about depression? A huge percentage of the population deals with it, so why is it not more common? This might be why.

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Need a Break From Life? Read This.

If you're frequently hard on yourself, read this. If you are overwhelmed, read this? These are the honest words you need to read.

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Positive Words Associated With Mental Health (Socially Constructing Meaning)

We add new phrases to our vocabulary all the time? How do they get their meaning? It's a process of social construction. This is how it is for mental health terms. Learn how the process works--and what you need to know.

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How to Create Adaptable Routines For Great Mental Health

Routines don't need to be perfect. They need to be flexible. In fact, a better word is in order. They need to be adaptable. Here's how I do it and improve my mental health in the process.

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Pandemic Anxiety - 5 Straightforward Tips to Cope Right Now

Anxiety by itself can be awful. During a pandemic? It can be almost impossible to bear. These five straightforward tips can help you cope with pandemic anxiety.

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3 Mental Health Boosting Activities for When You're Stuck At Home

Are you stuck at home? Is it making you a little stir crazy? It happens to the best of us. Here are 3 activities you can do to improve your mental health while you are stuck in the house.

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A Simple Thought Exercise for Existential Anxiety

Does anything really matter? It's a question lots of people ask themselves? There are no easy answers, but this thought exercise can help you head down the right path, or at least get closer to it.

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What is Active Listening? An Example You Can Use Now

What is active listening and why is it important? Rather than bore you with a long definition, here's a powerful example that you can use right now. It's all about listening to not respond.

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Productivity For Mental Health - Getting the Right Things Done

Productivity is not just doing more stuff. It's focusing on the right stuff. And when you do that, your mental health naturally improves. Here's how it works.

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In the Background? Why That Can Be a Good Thing

These days, it seems that everyone wants to be out in front, getting all the credit. It's actually not all it's cracked up to be. Being in the background has surprising benefits.

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To Escape a Bad Mood, Notice Something New

Stuck in a rut? Have a bad mood that just won't go away? Here's a strategy I use. I notice something new. It's a simple approach with powerful results.

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Care Too Much About Something? How to Make it Work For You

Do you care too much about something but you're not making progress with it? That often means you don't have a clear process. Here's how to make a "care workflow."

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Holistic Thinking - How to Manage Panic and Anxiety

Can an event or situation be immediately bad? Or can the process be stopped? Holistic thinking is a way to stave off bad feelings. Because what matters more than the event itself is how we respond to it.

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We Need Art for Mental Health, Now More Than Ever

Would you consider art to be a basic need? Most wouldn't. But I think art is needed even more when times are tough. Art is a crucial component of a mentally healthy life.

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Realism vs Pessimism: A Tweet That Shows the Difference

Sometimes realism looks like pessimism. This tweet and discussion show what that looks like.

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Big Changes in Life Mean You Must Do This

Big changes to your world trigger other changes. And you might not like what's happening. But you're part of it. You must learn to adapt.

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Why Perception is Important in Relationships

There is something that impacts relationships be cannot be seen. It's perception. Both your perception and others' perception. Once you understand perception, you have the power to improve your relationships.

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Mind Racing? How to See the Best When Your Brain Won't Let You

When your mind is racing, it can be very difficult to slow it down. And when you're in the middle of it, it can be very difficult to see the good in anything. Here's a strategy to see the best when your mind is racing.

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Intense Self-Compassion For Energy Management

Your regular self-care isn't working. Maybe it's time for a more intense approach to self-compassion and energy management. This approach combines the two.

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Having Hope: A Way to Find It for Great Mental Health

Hope is a crucial component of great mental health, but it's not always easy to find. It hardly ever is, actually Here's a beautiful approach you can use to find hope and restore your mental health.

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How to Live Life in the Right Now: 3 Steps

It's tempting to escape to the past or present when life is terrible. But living in the right now is the only place where change happens. Here's how to do it.

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How Knowing My "Anxiety Locations" Helps Me Manage My Anxious Feelings

I live with daily anxiety. Identifying my anxiety locations has made a huge difference in my life. Here's what I mean--and how you can do the same.

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What to Do When You Feel Nothing is Working

Do you feel like nothing is working? Like everything you do comes up short? It's not your fault. We'll show you how to change your brain and get out of this negative thought pattern.

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Validation: When (and When Not) to Validate Others

Should you always validate others? It seems like a no-brainer. But it's actually not always helpful. Learn when (and when not) to validate other people.

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How I Find Helpful Mental Health Information

When it comes to helpful mental health information, there's the technical info from medical sites, and there is personal information that can often be more helpful. This is how I find helpful information.

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Great Mental Health Requires Feedback

Mental health requires getting good feedback. As uncomfortable as it can be, you need feedback to be as healthy as you can be. This explains why.

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Do You Have Coronavirus Response Anxiety?

Coronavirus response anxiety. It's when you get anxiety about the way people are responding to the coronavirus threat. I have more anxiety about that than the coronavirus itself. This is how I'm coping.

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How to Discover Your "One Thing" for Great Mental Wellness

Gary Keller's powerful framework from "The One Thing" can be applied to other areas of your life, including the areas of mental wellness. Read how it works.

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Why You Should Choose the Harder Path

Why would anyone choose the harder path? Because the easier path often has unintended consequences. Here's how to determine which path is right for you.

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What to Do When You're Annoyed - Try Something Different

Getting annoyed happens to everyone. Here's what I did when I found myself getting annoyed by a guy I kept running into. It just might help you.

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Do you HAVE to like everyone?

Do you actually have to like everyone you meet? You may think the answer is obvious, but it's a bit more complicated than you think.

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Don't Adopt a Fixer Mindset--Here's Why

Are you a fixer? You may think it's the best approach, but there are some things you first need to consider. The fixer mindset has some major drawbacks.

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A Critical Skill Often Missing in the Mental Health Care System

The mental health care system has its flaws. But there is one issue that is especially severe. It is a skill that is often lacking when professionals interact with clients and patients.

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Feel Like a Failure? Use This Quick Action Plan

Do you feel like a failure? You're not alone. Here's how to use an action plan to align your goals and values with your actions.

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How I Learned to Sleep - Preparing for Daylight "Savings"

Daylight Savings Time always affects my mental health, especially when it's time to move the clocks forward. I was a horrible sleeper for years. This is how I finally learned to sleep--and improved my mental health.

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You're Not a Failure (How to Do What You Know You Should)

You know what to do. You're just not doing it. Here's what you need to do to stop thinking you're a failure.

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Why Uncomfortable Conversations are Good

You may dread them, but uncomfortable conversations are a part of life. Here's why they can be a good thing.

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When You Feel Unlovable

Do you feel unlovable? Do you feel there are parts of you that you just can't share? It's a common problem. But I'm going to let you in on a little secret.

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How to "Get Over It"

My heart surgery was something I thought I'd never get over. But soon the details started to fade. Here's a story that can teach you how to get ever whatever you're obsessing about.

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Sometimes the Answer is to Do Nothing

You don't always need to respond if something or someone upsets you. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to do nothing at all. This post will show you how...to do nothing.

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What Mental Health Has to Do With Your Identity

There are so many mental health factors that go into creating your identity. You don't have total control over your identity. Understanding these other factors will help you get some control back.

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How Mental Health Poetry Can Help You, Starting Today

I never thought mental health poetry would help me as much as it does. First, I'll explain it. Then, I'll show you how it can help you, too.

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You Will Never Be Happy if You Compare This Way

There are good ways to compare and bad ways to compare. If you compare in one particular way, you're heading for a major headache. Learn how to make the right kinds of comparisons.

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What to Do With End-of-the-Year Emotions

Big emotions are bound to surface when one year ends and another begins. But what do you do with those emotions? Read all the way to the end for important questions to consider.

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How to Build an Accountability System

Is there something that you really want to get done? Try building an accountability system. This is how I do it.

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Beware the Dangers of Extreme Thinking

Extreme thinking can cause problems. You may not even realize you're doing it. Here's what is--and what you can do about it.

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Your Relationships and Mental Health: How They Fit Together

Your relationships impact your mental health more than you realize. When you learn about the social context fo mental health, you learn how to optimize how you think and feel. Your relationships and mental health go together.

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Good Mental Health Tips For When You Don't Have Time

Looking for good mental health tips? You came to the right place. This is the three-part mental health system I use, and it works even when you're short on time.

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The Real Meaning of Setback is Not What You Think

When you think of the word "setback," what comes to mind? Whatever it is, it's probably not positive. What I am about to reveal is the real meaning of setback. It's time to give setback new meaning.

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When You Don't Fit the "Right" Definition of OCD

"You don't seem like the kind of person who has OCD." A moving story about one man's experience sharing his story with a group.

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There are Other Words for Depressed. Here's Why to Use Them.

When you're feeling depressed and you're at your lowest point, it can be almost impossible to escape your confining vocabulary. But it can help. This is why it's worth a try. Here are other words for "depressed."

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Why the Inner Work is the Most Important Kind

The best way to improve your life is to do the inner work. Improve yourself, and you'll find it much easier to change the world around you. This post will show you how.

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Good Habits Don't Have to Be Perfect to Benefit You

Have you ever tried to implement tons of new habits perfectly and all at once? It just doesn't work. The "perfect" approach won't get you far--but doing this will.

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Want to Be Happy Now? Limit Your News Intake

It's tempting to always check for the latest news. But it's not the best idea. The 24-hour news cycle might be impacting your mental health more than you think.

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The Meaning of Reframing (And How it Can Help You)

Learning this skill will save you a lot of emotional trouble.

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Holiday Mental Health Guide - Improve Your Mental Health During the Holidays

What is it about the holidays that makes people lose their minds? You don't have to follow suit. You can maintain your mental health, even increase it. This short guide will show you how.

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Energy Vampires in Your Life? Here's What to Do

Vampires are real. At least, the kinds that steal your energy are. It's time to figure out if this is happening to you--and what you can do about it.

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4 Common Reasons You Might Feel Stuck in Life

There are many reasons why you might feel stuck in life, but these are four of the most common. Don't worry, we also included potential solutions that you can try on for size.

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The Power of a Story (And What Happened When I Shared Mine)

Your story has great power. When I shared my mental health story, something happened that I never expected. Read on to learn why you should always take the risk to share your story.

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Life is a Paradox. Here's Why That's a Good Thing.

Life doesn't make much sense most of the time. Instead of causing concern, it might actually be a very good thing that life is a paradox. Let's explore this together.

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2 Counterintuitive Ways to Be Helpful Today

There is no one-size-fits-all kind of help. In fact, the best ways of being helpful are the ones that people think about the least. In this post, you'll find two that you can start using today.

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How to Put Yourself First by Balancing Your Energy

We're told to put ourselves first, but how do we do it? Here are 3 steps that you can implement today to balance your energy and balance your life.

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This Is Why You Can't Ignore Mental Health

It's when you try to ignore your mental health that you realize how important is. Try to ignore your feelings, and they become more noticeable. This is why you can't ignore your mental health.

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How to Know When It's Time to Seek Help for Your Mental Health

When is it time to seek help for your mental health? There is a rule I follow that has served me well, and it's backed up by my social work training.

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How to Deal With Difficult People in 2 Simple Steps

Everyone has that person in their life. You know the one. Whatever you do, they somehow find a way to make your life more difficult. Don't fret, we have a 2-step framework to help you protect your mental health.

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Want to Feel Better Now? Easy Does It

If you want to feel better right now, you can't force it. That approach doesn't work. In this post, you'll learn why that's the case and what you should do instead.

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How to Give Meaning to Your Environment and Improve Mental Health

Where you are affects how you are. What I mean is that your physical environment can have a huge impact on your mental health. Here's how you can make meaning of your environment and feel better in the process.

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The Reason You Set Goals is Not What You Think

The real reason you set a goal is not what you think. It's not about accomplishing the goal. It's about something even better.

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The 5-Minute Writing Technique to Feel Better Now

This 5-minute technique is easy to do, and it will help you feel better fast. It's a way to boost your self-discovery. It's easy to set up, and the impact is immediate.

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Your Day - You Have More Control Than You Realize

The older you get, the faster the days go by. It can feel like your life is not your own. But you have more control than you realize. It's time to take back that power.

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