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The Key Ingredient That Might Be Missing from Your Well-Being How loneliness impacts body and mind—and mindful ways to connect with those around you. By Stephany Tlalka

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A Zen master explains why " positive thinking " is terrible advice. By The Power of Ideas

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What 'High-Functioning' PTSD Looks Like : By Monika Sudakov

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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or Broken Heart Syndrome: By Mairead Ashcroft 23/8/17

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When we experience extreme grief we might also experience physical symptoms that reflect our emotional pain. One way that we often describe this intensity, is heart ache and heart break. We may feel as if our hearts are being crushed, trampled on, torn apart or shredded. Some people may experience such pains that they fit the patters and severity of having a heart attack as known in it's organic form, sudden onset of chest pain, lack of oxygen and other mimicking symptoms. I have been undergoing far from typical, every day stress and although previously diagnosed with an existing heart condition, feel that my recent worsening symptoms may be due to the string of stressful weeks that have passed.

Week 7 - 3 year old grandson diagnosed with kidney cancer followed by 6 weeks chemo and surgery today. Week 6 - Youngest son broke thumb requiring surgery.Week 5 - Husband diagnosed malignant melanoma requiring surgeryWeek 4 - My childhood sexual abuser released from jail to return to U.S r…

How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas : Manoush Zomorodi

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Why We’re Hardwired to Armor Our Hearts Keeping a distance shields us from the pain we've already experienced and future wounds. But it's only when we acknowledge pain and tend to it that we're able to open up—to others and ourselves: By Vinny Ferraro

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Dr. Kathleen Young: Treating Trauma in Tucson - Talking vs. Processing in Trauma Therapy

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Are self-help books worth it? By Douglas Eby - As some one who will be publishing my own mental health self help book within the next twelve months, I find this article very true to form. There is a lot of misleading stuff out there, written by people who have no training, qualifications and have poorly researched data to back up claims. This type of poor information may lead vulnerable people to follow sometimes dangerous practices exacerbating rather than elevating symptoms. In my book, The Circle of Genuine Meaning, I encourage individuals to explore all ideas with curiosity, question philosophies that go against the values of your inner wisdom and find your own truth. I also encourage you to ask for help from your doctor, mental health practitioner or telephone hotline counsellor if you are triggered during engagement with my book or any other self help material.

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Back by popular demand....... Creative Arts Therapy Morning Group. My first morning group at the Louis Joel Centre began 5 years ago and I have met some fascinating and wonderful people. We all have something to share and something to learn, whether we are aware of it or not. Our groups are respectful, safe and creative spaces to tackle some of the more challenging stuff that life throws at us. You are most welcome to join us. Mairead Ashcroft 19/8/17

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‘But I’m not creative’Jade Herriman

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Jim Carrey: I Needed Color

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To the Person Just Beginning Their Mental Health Recovery: By Emily Johnston

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Music: Classical Guitar - Solo Compilation

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Is No Joke: By Emily Dixon

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Drawing Your Breath - A mindful art exercise: By Carolyn Mehlomakulu

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A Total Beginner’s Guide to Keeping a Journal By Kristin Wong

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Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them? By Anya Kamenetz - This article is a little different to what I might usually share but I found it beneficial in pointing out the many skills that we may have, regardless of our paid work history or our certified educational achievements. The school of life can offer a tool kit filled with many gifts.

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Mindfulness: When Not to Use It : By Anna O'Faolan

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