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Addiction Recovery Apps You Should Be Using

Addiction Recovery Apps You Should Be Using

Here are some suggestions for apps that you may find useful as a supplement to your addiction recovery. Find support, encouragement, and information, and more.

There’s an app for everything, including some that you should consider using for your addiction recovery. More and more mobile applications are being created for people in recovery that are designed to address a number of needs. Finding support, coping with triggers, relapse prevention, and connecting with others in recovery who understand what you are going through, are just a few of the benefits you’ll find on today’s recovery apps. I’ve tried many of them over the years, found some of them to be really helpful, and I’ve continued to use a handful of them. I thought that I would share some of the addiction recovery apps that I think you should try.

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Baths vs. Showers and Why this Schizoaffective Prefers the Bath

Baths vs. Showers and Why this Schizoaffective Prefers the Bath

The bath vs. shower debate affects me too. I have schizoaffective disorder and sometimes, dirty hair. Find out why. Read this and vote: bath or shower?A lot of people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and other mental illnesses complain that they don’t like to shower when they’re sick. I don’t either—I prefer baths. In my humble opinion, a good hot bath is so much better than a shower, whether or not you have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Here’s why.

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When Anxious Thoughts Are a Broken Record, Change Your Tune

When Anxious Thoughts Are a Broken Record, Change Your Tune

Anxiety can be a broken record, repeating the same anxious thoughts in your head. Learn how to deal with the broken record of anxiety by changing your tune.

Anxious thoughts act like a broken record. An anxious thought will start to play in the mind, and once it does, that obsessive thought plays over and over and over again. Listening to our anxious thoughts nonstop can make them grow ever bigger and stronger, and we come to believe them. Our worries feel real when anxiety is a broken record. When this happens, it’s time to change our tune. 

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Lifestyle Changes for Depression Encourage Moderation

Lifestyle Changes for Depression Encourage Moderation

Some lifestyle changes will help you manage depression more than others. Moderation in all things is important, but start with these three. Check this out.Since making lifestyle changes for my depression, I find that moderation helped create a turning point for me in my ability to cope with my depression. Lifestyle changes that encourage moderation help me manage the ups and downs that depression throws at me. To moderate something is to make it less intense or extreme, which means that I try to balance my lifestyle in a way that averages out the good and bad bits of my experience. While everyone’s life requires different sorts of balance, there are a few things that lifestyles encouraging moderation for depression really should embrace.

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Depression Dampens Creativity But I Must Be Creative at Work

Depression Dampens Creativity But I Must Be Creative at Work

Depression makes creativity difficult to use, so if your work counts on your creativity you could be in for trouble. If you worry about that, you aren't alone.One of the hardest parts of my work as a writer is not necessarily self-discipline or being inspired, but rather finding ways to be creative with depression. Over time, depression feels as if it is sucking the creativity out of me, and fighting depression becomes a work of art on its own as I must be creative at work.

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Change Is Necessary for Growth: Goodbye to ‘Living a Blissful Life’

Change Is Necessary for Growth: Goodbye to ‘Living a Blissful Life’

Change is necessary for anyone's personal growth, and I've found it's time for me to move on. Change is necessary for me to realize a different dream. Namaste.

Friends, change is necessary so I am moving on from my stint as an author of the Living a Blissful Life blog. For the last year, I focused on sharing my experiences with you, hoping to provide helpful and positive steps you can take to live a more blissful life. But it’s time for me to move on; this change is necessary for my personal growth.

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Are You Powerless Over Your Addiction? Here’s How to Know

Are You Powerless Over Your Addiction? Here’s How to Know

Knowing if you're powerless over your addiction can be tough to recognize. Here are ways to know if you are powerless over addiction--or if you're really fine.

Recognizing powerlessness over addiction is the first step to freedom–both literally and in literature. It’s recognizing your powerlessness that is the tricky part. So here are some ways to know if you are powerless over your addiction.

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Living in PTSD Recovery and the Myth of a Cure

Living in PTSD Recovery and the Myth of a Cure

Living in PTSD recovery isn't the same as being cured of the disease. It's important to understand the difference. Take a look at this.I lived with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for almost 22 years before I received treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder. After five years of therapy, I healed enough to consider myself living in PTSD recovery. However, I still have symptoms that require maintenance, depression being the most notable. No magic formula exists to cure PTSD, but I have coping skills to manage my symptoms. Let’s look at the reality of living in PTSD recovery, and the myth of being cured.

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What If Mental Illness Stigma Never Goes Away?

What If Mental Illness Stigma Never Goes Away?

If mental illness stigma will never go away, should we stop advocating against mental illness stigma now? That doesn't really make sense. Does it? Read this.

Playing the what-if game isn’t always the greatest of ideas, especially for those of us with mental illnesses that cause us to get stuck in the what-if mindset. But humor me for a second (or rather this post) because while playing the what-if game can be detrimental, I think there is some good to it sometimes and in this case, I think it’s one of those times. What if mental illness stigma never goes away? What then?

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Change Your Self-Esteem and Improve Your Life

Change Your Self-Esteem and Improve Your Life

Each day is an opportunity to change your self-esteem. If you struggle with negative self-talk, insecurity or believe that it’s too late to build self-esteem you are wrong. You deserve to feel confident and happy with your life. Others may have told you that low self-esteem is impossible to change, but that is not the case at all. In fact, small shifts can lead to tremendous gains in self-esteem and I have several ways you can change your self-esteem starting today.

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