Taking things personally is a sign of low self-esteem. When you take things personally, you might be sensitive to the words or actions of others or you interpret things in a negative way. Perhaps someone says something which you take as an insult or you assume a person doesn’t like you if they walk past without saying hello. Taking things personally may cause you to feel inadequate, ashamed, or even angry at yourself or the other person. It’s disempowering and can worsen your self-esteem. However, you can build your self-esteem when you stop taking things personally.  Keep reading »

Hello, I’m Joni Reisinger and I’m delighted to be writing the Living a Blissful Life blog. Life’s journey is remarkably special yet mysteriously complex. How is it that some people seem to be living in bliss while others suffer in turmoil? Bliss can be described as joy, supreme happiness, paradise and extreme contentment. This definition can appear to be non-existent, a figment of our dreams of utopia, right? I remember a day long ago when I felt confused, sad, lost and unimportant. I often wondered what my purpose in life might be and how I might possibly make a positive impact in this overwhelmingly large world. As the path of life unfolded and I began a deeper examination of these questions, I discovered my path to bliss and gratefully continue along this road each and every day. Keep reading »

I was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for the first time in college. Because I went to an out-of-state university, my family was unable to help, so a friend took me to a psychiatric hospital. Both my family and my friend had concerns: How long was I going to be there? What was going to be done to keep me from committing suicide? What exactly could I expect? Here are three things families and friends need to know about psychiatric hospitalization. Keep reading »

You can survive life stressors without turning to self-harm.

Life is filled with many turns and twists. One week you may feel confident and secure when the next you may be late paying back a loan or forget to study for an exam. You truly never know what to expect from day-to-day and sometimes that mystery brings forward more stress than needed. Even the most organized individual can feel overwhelmed by a simple, daily task when they don’t see it coming. When you feel as if the world around you is bringing more chaos into your environment than stability, an anxiety attack very well may occur but you can deal with this stress without self-harming.

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Everyone needs to learn to respect themselves and stop letting others take advantage of us. Just the other day I noticed that I was about to let someone take advantage of me. It may not have been on purpose, but the gal at the checkout overcharged me for an item. I felt this strong sense of “unfairness” and asked her nicely to change the price. She apologized and fixed the mistake. This may sound like a simple example, but the truth is, each time you stand up for what’s fair, you respect yourself. When you stop allowing others to take advantage of you and respect yourself, your self-esteem improvesKeep reading »

Getting diagnosed with binge eating disorder can be challenging because coming to terms with any diagnosis of a mental health issue can be difficult. After you’re diagnosed, you might be feeling a lot of different things, all of which are normal to feel. It’s important to remember that you are being treated for a psychological problem and that with treatment and personal accommodations, you can live a great, productive, happy life after your have been diagnosed with binge eating disorder. Keep reading »

Coping skills for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caregivers are important. Recently, I received a simple, single-lined email from a man looking for an answer to an important question: “What is the best coping skill I can use to help someone with PTSD?” As any caregiver knows, supporting a friend or loved on through PTSD can be a thankless, challenging, and patience-sapping process. There are, however, ways to help the job be clear, focused and proactive. If you are a PTSD caregiver or know of one, share these coping skills for PTSD caregivers. Keep reading »

Existential anxiety is an all-encompassing form of anxiety and stress that is present in a nagging way when we try to make meaning in life simply because, as humans, we exist. That’s a fun concept, isn’t it? We experience anxiety, stress, strife, worry, and even panic simply because we are alive. Being alive is certainly a wonderful thing, but existential anxiety can put a damper on it (this might be an understatement). Why does mere existence cause us dissonance and different kinds of stress, and can it go away? Can we make meaning in our lives despite this existential anxiety and stress? Keep reading »

Military sexual trauma is a risk factor for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental illnesses; and, unfortunately, sexual trauma is unusually common in the military. The Veteran’s Administration has implemented universal initiatives for the screening of military sexual trauma, but is this enough to help veterans who experience sexual trauma and PTSD? Keep reading »

Delaying your self-approval prevents you from having a healthy self-esteem. You might be waiting for something to happen before you approve or feel good about yourself. For example, it might be losing that excess weight or having that perfect job, partner, dream home or more money. A healthy self-esteem is regardless of your circumstances and it’s important to approve of yourself regardless of those things. Delaying self-approval is effectively delaying life and it’s disempowering. Keep reading »