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What Is Psychotherapy Really Like?

At the Ball via WikimediaAbout six months ago, a few days of self-reflection showed me something I didn’t want to see: I needed help. Life had gotten to overwhelming and I just couldn’t do it on my own anymore. I started looking for psychiatric care.

There had been many difficult weeks and months over the past decade or so in my life when I’d asked myself, “Do I need to see someone?” But the idea of therapist made me nervous. I didn’t know what to expect from psychotherapy, and I wasn’t sure what being in therapy would mean about myself.

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How to Live in the Moment

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One of the side effects of being a thoughtful woman, wife, or mother is that it is sometimes difficult to take a break. Whether or not we realize it, those plans for lunch tomorrow, worries about childcare, and self-reminders about our to-do lists can leave our brains stuck in “on mode,” even when we’re trying to sleep or relax. By training ourselves to be aware of our thoughts and feelings, we can become happier and healthier people. And it’s easier than you think.

What Is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is fundamentally about living in the present. When we practice mindfulness, we become fully aware of our bodies, our feelings, and the world around us. Read the rest of this entry

10 Lies You Tell Yourself and How to See Through Them

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Everyone distorts reality. We lie to ourselves to make ourselves feel better—or worse. But when we don’t face reality, we make ourselves vulnerable to all kinds of negative emotions like arrogance, disappointment, and depression. It’s important to recognize these lies we all tell ourselves because they give us a one-sided perspective about our experiences and make it harder to interact with other people.

The good news is that these lies are essentially bad habits of thought. By learning to recognize these ten cognitive distortions and put better habits in their place, we can make ourselves better—and happier—people. Read the rest of this entry

Being a Good Old Friend to a New Mom

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The first new mom in a group of twenty or thirty-something friends is always a cause for celebration. But enthusiastic singles and newly-weds often find themselves wondering how they can be good friends to someone who is about to experience something so wonderful and different. What’s a single girl to do?

New moms need their girlfriends like never before. Friendship makes pregnancy and motherhood more fun and a strong support network is one of the best ways to protect the mother and baby’s health by helping to prevent post-partum depression.

Read more at Verily Magazine…