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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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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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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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Are You Too Tired to Think Positive Thoughts?

Blogger and Therapist Emily Roberts examines the role exhaustion plays in building self-esteem and thinking positively. She provides essentials for feeling better fast.

Are You Too Tired to Think Positive Thoughts?

It can feel impossible to change your thoughts, especially when you don’t have the energy. All too often professionals suggest if you just “change your thoughts,” you can change your life. How are you supposed to build self-esteem or think positively when you are too tired to get out of bed? Self-esteem and self-confidence can be depleted if one doesn’t have the fuel to fight negative thinking patterns. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions all play a role. However, many times, we look past physical ailments such as adrenal fatigue, autoimmune disorders, diseases, or environmental factors like family stress, that can contribute to lethargy.

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Choosing Happiness

Learn how to choose to live a happier lifestyle that increases your confidence and healthy with 6 simple steps that you can practice now.

Choosing Happiness

For years, research has suggested that the happier and less stressed we are, the less likely we are to get sick, develop long-term health issues and lead more fulfilled lives. The more pessimistic, stressed out, and lacking in self-confidence we are, the more health hazards come our way. From stroke, heart attacks, depression, even cancer, many studies suggest that a happier life leads to lower risks for developing such health problems.

It can be habitual for some to look at the glass half empty, going through each day as if it is a burden, and consequently impacting their relationships with others and themselves. A lack of self-confidence leads to low self–esteem, fear of failure, negative expectations, self doubt, and unhappiness.

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Change Your Mood with Gratitude

Emily Roberts, therapist and blogger, talks about how to consciously change your negative thoughts and your mood into a positive and confident mindset by using tools, such as gratitude, to build self-esteem.

Change Your Mood with Gratitude

How do you shift your mind, change your mood, from a negative or insecure place to a more positive and confident mindset?  By identifying triggering situations or feelings that effect your confidence and using gratitude, you will find that you can shift your mood into a happier, more positive place.

Watch this week’s Building Self-Esteem video to learn more about changing your mood.

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