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The Christmas Cat That Worked Better Than Xanax

Patrice Bendig | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrice Bendig

If 2014 was the worst year of your life, or even if it was just a shitty year, that is okay. 2015 is less than two weeks away. If you don't know where to start to make the next year better, I have one piece of advice. Get a cat. Pet therapy can be the catalyst of the progression of a better life .

Tips for Staying Om for the Holidays

Melanie Young | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

I find a lot of people have holiday anxiety. We all need to calm it down. There's no better present you can give yourself than a rest from all the flurry and a break from feeling you need to plugged in, lit up or in sync with anyone. Just let it go.

Forever Changed, Never Fixed

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Survivors of infertility know how quickly your joyful high can be crushed by the breath-stealing loss of heartbreak.

I Was Strong Enough to Ask for Help

Toni Hammer | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Toni Hammer

I don't plan on taking medications for the rest of my life, but at this time, I know I need them to allow me to get back to the mental place where I can think about things in a realistic way. Where my kids refusing to nap doesn't send me into a dark, spiraling tunnel of despair.

How to Tap Into Inner Clarity for Your 2015 Vision

Kerry Vollherbst | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Kerry Vollherbst

Once you see where you're shape-shifting to satisfy your ideas about other peoples' desires, you get the awareness that your reality is made up of choices that you are making, not someone else. The beautiful, liberating news is that you are free to choose again.

Helping the Anxious and Sensitive Child in the Classroom

Gary Nelson | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Gary Nelson

Children who suffer from anxiety disorders have mixed feelings about school. Most of them want to attend, but too often fear stops them from reaching their potential. The good news is, children are malleable, and fears can be conquered.

How Mindful Children React Differently to Challenges (Illustrated)

Renee Jain | Posted 12.18.2014 | Parents
Renee Jain

One thing I know from my work is that mindful children react differently to challenges. To show you exactly what I mean, I've created a few illustrations.

Being Depressed Did Not Make Me an Innocent in Hell

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Zainal

Yes, maybe it was never my fault that I was depressed, but I am in many ways flawed, just as you are. I am not innocent, just as you're not. The only difference is that the depressed feel the weight of their flaws far more intensely than those who are not depressed.

How Pregnancy Can Affect Your Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living

A new baby usually brings infinite joy to a family, but the pregnancy itself can sometimes be quite difficult for a mother-to-be. Elizabeth Fitelso...

The Dark Side of Leadership

Tracy Crossley | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business
Tracy Crossley

By living with a facade that is difficult to maintain and is stressful to make decisions from daily... we set ourselves up for ultimate failure. A fulfilling, happy, passionate life NOT lived.

Can We Embrace the Complexity of Mental Health?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

As a survivor of mental illness I have been paralyzed by the depths of depression. The kind that hurts your whole body. The kind that leaves you exhausted in every way imaginable. The kind that destroys friendships. The kind that hurts your schooling or work.

National Survey Finds Troubling, Persistent Mental and Emotional Health Issues among College Students

Kevin Eagan | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
Kevin Eagan

The percentage of graduating seniors in this sample who report feeling overwhelmed and depressed underscores some of the emotional health issues confronting students throughout their college years.

The Real Connection Between Ambition And Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.16.2014 | Science

We're a culture that tends to define success in terms of money and power. But finding other ways to measure self-worth isn’t just intrinsically wort...

WATCH: 'I'll Be Happy When...'

Brad Yates | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Yates

Happiness is something we too often put off until certain criteria are met. During this holiday season and on into the new year, I hope you might allo...

3 Ways to Stop the Fictional Stories We Tell Ourselves

Scott Gornto | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Gornto

By offering your presence, you increase your odds of learning the facts, thereby lessening your need to make up stories, and likely decreasing your anxiety level. The gauges can work in tandem, but it takes intentional practice to learn how to read and adapt to your particular levels.

Give a Gift to Yourself This Holiday Season

MotherWoman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Annette Cycon The Holidays. What comes up for you when you hear those words? Joy and excitement? Dread and avoidance? Most moms we speak to feel ...

Are You Numbing Out Over the Holidays?

Becca Piastrelli | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Becca Piastrelli

When the red cups start appearing at coffee shops in mid-October, butterflies start to stir in my belly. When the holiday lights go up at department stores, I may roll my eyes, but inside, my heart is secretly going pitter-patter.

You Don't Need Empathy to Support a Depressed Person

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Zainal

One thing I've come to realize over a few cycles of depression is this: depressed people don't need you to empathize; they just need you. A depressed person would rather have you say all the worst possible things, rather than not have you at all.

Are You Reacting Rather Than Responding to Your Life?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

For years I have talked with clients about choosing to not live their lives from a place of fear. Fear is often something we suffer through, push dow...

WATCH: Permission to Feel Good

Brad Yates | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Yates

I believe our default position is happiness (peace, joy, love, etc.) but it's only under certain conditions that we allow ourselves to feel that. The...

4 Strategies to Handle Criticism Well

Todd Kashdan | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Todd Kashdan

Let's accept a fact -- not all criticism is valid. Do not let your brain fool you. Just because words are published online does not mean they hold any merit. Here are four strategies to handle criticism well.

3 Startling Facts About Mental Illness Stigma and 3 Ways You Can Fight It

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

The more we talk about mental illness the same way we talk about physical illness the faster the perception and stigma will change. Your story, or a loved one who has had a victory over mental illness or addiction can inspire others.

Choices

Sarah Hannah | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Hannah

Today I thought I'd give you all a taste of what life can be like for someone with a chronic illness. It's important to remember that no two days are the same, and while this is an average day for me, some can be better and others may be much worse.

5 Tips for Mentally-Healthy Holidays

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Griffith Lund

We can easily lose touch with the joy of the holiday season when negative feelings creep into our minds. Be proactive about your mental health. Minimize the hectic and stressful aspects of the season so that your mind and heart can be touched by moments of delight, awe, and hope.

Back on Track

Maria Senise | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

The more I create a sense of inner peace, the more habitual it will become. I'm realigning the derailed car that is my mind, getting back on track, and focusing on moving forward.