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Do You Have a Growth Mindset?

Growth often comes from experiencing a failure or setback. You make a mistake, learn what you did wrong and then make changes. The process sounds pretty simple. It can be so much more complex than that.
 
Many women get stuck with the belief that to grow, it implies that they have made bad mistakes. So that makes them a bad person.
 

To grow, you need to acknowledge that your current position isn’t working for you.

 
That doesn’t mean that you are a bad person. It only means that your habits are ineffective and need to change. In my experience, women tend to struggle with this concept more than men. Men jump in and make the necessary changes. They don’t take it personally. Women beat themselves up and fill their mind with self-doubt.
 
The same pattern exists for weight loss as it does for making business decisions. You create unhealthy thoughts like, you’re a bad person because your business failed. Or you’re a...
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Don’t Develop Your Crisis Plan in the Middle of a Crisis

We’ve lost another great one. This week was Anthony Bourdain. Proceeded by Kate Spade, Robin Williams, Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe, and many others. Why does it take a traumatic event to spark action? It’s then that we speak out about mental health. That’s when we take action on the bigger issues that have been there all along.

Why don’t we have that passion or desire to change or to develop a plan before disaster strikes? Think of some of the bigger events that have happened in history. 9/11 or New Orleans flooding after hurricane Katrina. When those disasters struck – they were the biggest events that had ever happened in those areas. That was not the first time those first responders had to deal with crisis situations. It was not the first time that doctors in the hospital had to treat acute injuries. It was not the first time that 9-1-1 operators were overwhelmed with calls coming in. Those individual jobs had been performed previously. They had the...

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Three Easy Ways to Ward Off Depression After Athletics End

Athletic careers can end due to illness or injury. This sudden change often turns into a downward spiral in health. Pain leads to inactivity, with weight gain quickly following. Depression is a common symptom in this negative spiral, leading to more pain and illness. You are not alone in this situation and there are many things you can do to help yourself.

Change up your exercise

There are very few conditions that prevent you from doing every single exercise. There are thousands of different exercises to choose from. You’ve got almost no excuse for not doing something to keep you active. In initial phases of illness or injury, it might be more important to focus on rest. At some point, you’ll need to focus on activity again. The biggest mistake I’ve seen athletes make is to stop doing exercise altogether. Exercise is your stress relief, your pleasure, and your passion. Cutting it out completely has a huge negative impact on your mental health. Focus...
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The Top Four Tips You Need to Know To Handle Stress Better

Your body has a stress response system to help you deal with what life throws at you. It’s the fight or flight system that releases hormones to help you rest and digest food or run away from the lion that’s planning on making you his dinner. Your body can’t tell the difference between eustress- the good stress that you love or distress- the bad stress that has you strung out.

If you aren’t giving your body a break from stress, which is often the case, you may start to hit burnout. Symptoms include: anxiety, memory loss, behavioral changes, insomnia, headache, irritability, cravings, weight gain/loss, and fatigue. Sound familiar??? So how do you fix this picture? Read on!

Schedule social activities into your calendar

This helps give you a break from all that hard work you are doing and to maintain social connections! Schedule at least one event a week and make sure you do it.

Ration your willpower

You only have a finite amount of willpower in the day. Do your...

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Improve Your Mental Well Being By Working On Your Digestion

By being able to do all the stages of digestion well, you’ll be more likely to have adequate nutrient production. Your GI tract produces all kinds of nutrients and neurotransmitters such as serotonin. We are learning new information every day about what role the gut plays!

Your GI tract is part of building a healthy immune system and is very connected to mental health. Your gut produces between 70-90% of the serotonin in your body, which helps with mood, well-being, and happiness. If you want to have good mental health, improving your digestion is a great place to start.

Dylan is a young 26 year old who has severe bipolar disorder with mixed symptoms of depression and mania. Due to the type of bipolar disorder he has, it has been a challenge to find a medication that works consistently for him. As a result, he often needs medication changes and is rarely able to find a balance between his bipolar symptoms and the medication side effects.

When Dylan is manic, he is super...

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