We Broke Up. Now What?

THE 5 STAGES OF GRIEF TO HEAL YOUR BROKEN HEART

 “Hearts Will Never Be Practical
Until They Are Made Unbreakable” 

The Wizard of Oz

How do you feel?

Angry? Sad? Guilty? Or just plain nothing? 

After a breakup or any loss, we often experience our grief through 5 emotional stages.

These emotions are normal, and yet, they are passages, not places to stay.

Once you understand these stages, you will move through them with more understanding, love and compassion for yourself and others.

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On Being a Role Model - Are You a Shining Example or Glaring Warning?

Role Models Through Life

From an early age, people come into our lives influencing our beliefs and values, ultimately leading us to a life of joy and success, or one of pain and despair. Whether we know it or not, we are role models as parents, educators, coaches, clergy, civic leaders, peers and the myriad of other people we encounter in life. We influence others every moment of every day.

Every experience, relationship, lesson, opinion and word we utter or hear throughout life leaves an imprint in our psychology. These imprints alter the entire course of our lives. 

Having positive role models is key to living in a world of good and inspiring our next generation to do the same. Teaching our children to navigate life with optimism, initiative, strength, and courage is crucial to being role models for healthy and happy lives.

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Do the Blues Blur Your Focus? There is Hope…

Got the Blues?

Feeling hopeless and sad for a long period of time? Lacking interest in activities you once enjoyed? Restlessness? Tired most of the time? Having a hard time concentrating or making decisions? These are some of the signs that you may be depressed.

Bummer Days vs. Real Depression

Different than just having a bummer of a day that happens once in a while, major depression affects almost 15 million adults in the United States every year. And it’s likely that even more people have minor bouts of depression that are not diagnosed.

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The Importance of Taking Time for Yourself

Taking a bubble bath after dinner or ducking out for yoga during lunch sounds great in theory.

But many of us simply, well, don't.

We should: Getting “me time” has more benefits than just allowing us a reprieve from our to-do lists and everyday responsibilities.

Many of us believe we can’t fit these purposeful breaks into our schedules, but the data says otherwise. Americans spend an average of 45 to 60 minutes a day just waiting, Jessica Turner, author of The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You, says. Instead of scrolling through Facebook, we could be using that time to better unwind.

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Chipping Away at Life...How Chilling Out Can Help!

More than ¾ of Americans feel stress physically and almost as many report they also experience it psychologically. Chronic stress slowly chips away at mental, emotional, and physical health. 

Basically - we have all heard it: prolonged stress is UNHEALTHY! Even the stress of happy events such as getting married or winning the lottery can have a negative impact if stress is ignored. Stress, whether from positive or negative events, can potentially cause distress and exhaustion.

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Laugh Your Way to More Focus & Creative Juice!

Will Laugh for Cash

Smiles are compelling. Laughter is magnetic. That’s probably why comedy makes more than $300 million per year in the US! 

People want to laugh. People need to laugh.

 

Success Without Fun

For many people, a “successful” business venture or job comes with a high price tag. Long hours at work, tight deadlines, skipped meals, a constant barrage of emails and text messages. Add this to struggles with finances, relationships, politics, or other issues, and life can be filled with chronic stress.

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The Biggest Barrier to Your Ability to Focus, Create & Innovate: Stress

WE ALL KNOW THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING IN THE FLOW – IN THE ZONE.

TIME SLOWS – OR SPEEDS UP – AND OUR BRAINS ARE FIRING AT THE RAPID SPEED OF WONDER WOMAN’S LASSO OF TRUTH.

We make connections we didn’t previously see, we forget to take bathroom breaks because we’re so focused, and we don’t even think about checking our phones. Only one thing exists: the laser focus, creativity, and innovation that flow through us.  Basically, we feel our best and perform our best!

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How to Achieve Mind-Body Balance: The Art of Chilling Out!

WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Work-Life Balance is a common buzzword in the professional world today. We hear that balancing the scales between work and life is necessary for effectiveness.

Productive companies are jumping on the band wagon to provide resources for employees to  experience more balance. If they don’t, their employees may become ineffective, burn out, or even quit working altogether.


MIND-BODY BALANCE

On a personal level, striving for Mind-Body Balance is much the same. 

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7 Reasons to Keep Your Friends Close

Friends are the Family We Choose

Research involving millions finds the importance of keeping your friends close.

It's 8 PM. You may be deciding between watching another episode of Breaking Bad, doing the laundry, scrolling aimlessly on social media, or going to bed early.

What about calling your friend back?
Even better, meeting them for late coffee?

The effects of friendships on our quality and duration of life are astounding.

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A Happy Ending: Chill Out to Relieve Stress & Increase Your Sex Drive

While sex can be a great stress reliever, often people who are the most stressed find their sex drive suppressed. Ironically, the very people who could might benefit from stress-relieving sex don’t feel like having it!

Just like with many other stress-related problems, the lack of libido combined with an increase in stress can create a vicious cycle that can be difficult to escape.

Understanding the connection between stress and sex drive will help reveal ways that chilling out with some simple mindfulness techniques can break the the cycles of low libido and stress.

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C'mon FOCUS!

HAVE YOU EVER STARED AT YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN – AND NOTHING COMES?

Have you ever felt scattered and not able to focus, but you can’t pinpoint the reason? You’re definitely not alone! And although feeling discombobulated could be related to a number of things, one of the most common reasons is chronic stress.

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Finding Genuine Peace in Understanding Loss: The Five Stages Of Grief

Grief never ends… but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay.
Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith… It is the price of love

Have you ever experienced loss?  A loved one’s passing? A family divorce? The loss of a job? The illness of a loved one? The ending of a friendship? The giving up of a dream? A breakup? The loss of a life we could have had?

What did you feel? Angry? Sad? Guilt? Or just plain nothing?

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