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Positive Actions Will Lead to Positive Thinking

Positive Actions Will Lead to Positive Thinking

I believe that positive actions will lead to positive thinking. To paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, what you think ultimately determines your actions. With depression, however, sometimes you have to consciously choose actions in order to change your thinking. Positive actions will lead to positive thinking.

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Affirmations: Do They Work For Anxiety and Low Self-Esteem?

Affirmations: Do They Work For Anxiety and Low Self-Esteem?

I’ve been skeptical about helpful quotes and positive affirmations for a long time. To me, they smack of the denial present in some forms of positive thinking: keep up a cheerful facade, and everything will be fine.

I’m not down with this type of philosophy. Anxious people with low self-esteem also need the freedom to acknowledge their struggles in a safe environment, free from judgmental stigma and the oppression of relentless optimism. Sometimes, we need to talk about how not fine everything is.

However, some people swear by the power of positive affirmations. An enormous self-help movement, from Louise Hay to Tony Robbins, has been built on the premise that positive statements about ourselves not only make us feel better, they can heal our lives/minds/bodies/souls/children/parents/goldfish. Oh, and our dogs, too.

So, do positive affirmations really help repair our sense of self-worth? Well, it depends.

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Stop Feeling Insecure at Work

How to stop feeling insecure at work and feel confident about yourself and your job.

Stop Feeling Insecure at Work

Confidence in the workplace can be a challenge for many people. Thinking and feeling insecure about your performance, job security, picking up on others’ anxiety about work, or even interactions with co-workers can send many people into a negative mindset about themselves. Insecurity at work doesn’t just affect you at the office, it can take over your entire life.

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How to Stay Confident and Calm During Finals This Year

Learn how to stay confident and stress-free with these tips for studying and making good grades to end your semester off right.

How to Stay Confident and Calm During Finals This Year

The end of the school year is notoriously stressful for everyone.  Finishing up projects, studying for finals and trying not to freak out about exams can be extremely difficult.  It’s hard to maintain confidence when everyone around you is stressing and the pressure is at an all time high. The past two weeks I have spent the better half of my time helping my clients who are students feel mentally prepared for success during these trying times.  

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Positive Thinking is Easier Than You Think

Learn how to break free from negative thinking patterns that contribute to low self-esteem. This quick video teaches you how to build more positive experiences into each day.

Positive Thinking is Easier Than You Think

Do you find it difficult, even impossible, to break through the blocks that keep you stuck in negative thinking patterns? Your self-esteem suffers when much of your day is spent focusing on the negatives in life. Learn how to add more positive experiences and interrupt the thinking patterns that don’t serve you with this simple approach in the short vlog below.

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Self-Harm and Karma: My Religion of Choice

Self-Harm and Karma: My Religion of Choice

I’m not a religious person and I’m not the kind of person to argue about religion. Believe what you want to believe – easy as that. I’ve never understood why people feel the need to push their beliefs onto other people. Don’t make people change if they’re not willing to or are interested in changing.

Self-harm is similar, if looked at in that light.

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What Can You Do To Improve Your Self-Esteem?

What can you do about your self-esteem? More than you may think. Emily Roberts provides you with an effective exercise to help you get active on your self-esteem goals.

What Can You Do To Improve Your Self-Esteem?

To improve your self-esteem, first you must understand your self-esteem is greatly influenced by two things, your thoughts and actions. Neither one, alone, is sufficient. Movement towards a goal or way of thinking is done through actions; not just physical actions, such as working out, but you need to take a mental step in the right direction.

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Act Opposite to Increase Your Self-Esteem

Learn tools to talk back to negative thoughts that keep you stuck. Acting opposite will help you take small steps to make big changes in your life.

Act Opposite to Increase Your Self-Esteem

Many times, we listen to the mean voice when faced with a situation or urge that brings about negative emotions or fear. Even when we want to be challenging the negative thoughts, they can feel too strong. Sometimes a quick fix won’t do the trick and small steps towards the bigger goal, which is eliminating this negative self-talk, can be really effective for building self-esteem.

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Self-Harm and Returning to School

Self-Harm and Returning to School

It’s the time of the year when everywhere you go you run into a “Back-To-School Sale” sign or catch yourself singing a catchy, yet annoying, commercial jingle. This time of the summer can be tough because even though I’m not going back to school in any way, shape or form, I find myself being drawn towards new clothes and bedroom décor.

However, it’s also tough being surrounded by the not-so-terrific memories of high school – memories linked to self-harm.

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Create More Confidence in Yourself

Learn how to visualize and create images that will help you become more confident and reach your goals in simple, yet effective ways.

Create More Confidence in Yourself

How do you create more confidence in yourself? When you see it, you can sometimes believe it. Imagery and visualization have been proven to be effective forms of transforming your thoughts. When we think negatively, the outcome is often grim. When we think, feel, and begin to believe more positively, good things and feelings occur. Having confidence in yourself and creating powerful images of yourself in situations, acting self-assured, can help you meet your goals in life and build self-esteem.

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