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The Truth About Anger

October 27, 2020

Overtime, society has developed the mindset that anger is something that is bad and should be avoided. This mindset can lead many individuals to believe they have an anger or anger management problem leading to feelings of shame and anxiety. Contrary to what we may believe, anger is not actually a problem and viewing it as such can actually make things worse. Anger, like any emotion, is part of the human experience and is just as valid…

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Toxic Positivity: It’s Okay to Not be Okay

October 25, 2020

Toxic positivity is not a phrase many of us are used to hearing. Isn’t positivity, well, positive? Some of the time yes, and some of the time no. To better understand, it’s important to know the definition of toxic positivity. “Toxic positivity is the idea that we should focus only on positive emotions and the positive aspects of life. It’s the belief that if we ignore difficult emotions and the parts of our life that aren’t working…

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Managing Anxiety in an Ongoing Global Pandemic

October 1, 2020

As we approach August, it’s becoming clear the COVID-19 pandemic is not ending anytime soon. Adjusting to our new normal can be incredibly difficult leading to increased levels of anxiety and difficulty maintaining focus. For individuals in a position of power or leadership, within their companies or homes, this can cause difficulty dealing with the ongoing changes as a result of COVID-19 and the normal day-to-day changes. The longer we remain in a heightened state of stress/anxiety,…

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Positive Mental and Physical Impacts of Practicing Gratitude

August 29, 2020

Growing up, it’s not uncommon for children to be told to be thankful for what they have and be aware that others are not as fortunate. This is an incredibly important sentiment, but one that is often forgotten as we get older. While you may acknowledge the things you’re thankful for, how frequently do you practice gratitude? To answer this question, it’s necessary to understand what gratitude really means. Robert Emmons in his book, ‘Why Gratitude is…

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Being an Ally: The Importance of Being Uncomfortable

August 9, 2020

Protests have erupted all over the world in response to the video of George Floyd being murdered by former police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Keung, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Systemic racism and police brutality are, unfortunately, nothing new to our country, but the death of Mr. Floyd lit the match igniting the world to call for change. As a white woman, I’ve thought a lot about the word “ally” this week. When people say they’re…

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Pulling Yourself Up When Feeling Down

July 4, 2020

Despite our best efforts to maintain stable positivity in our lives, we will inevitably find ourselves feeling down at some point in our lives. Whether this is a feeling of sadness or just feeling overall “blah”, we all know what it’s like to feel stuck in a funk we just can’t get out of. This feeling can be caused by negative events happening in your life, feeling overwhelmed, or the feeling can just come out of nowhere.…

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