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How Exercise Can Help Depression in Kids

Exercise isn’t a cure for depression, but being active has been shown to alleviate some symptoms of depression in both teens and adults. Depending on …

Can These Apps Help Reduce Anxiety and Depression?

For someone dealing with depression or anxiety, regular visits with a mental health professional can often be the best solution. But in-person help …

Why Constantly Complaining About How Others Treat You Could Be A Sign Of A Much Deeper Truth... About Yourself

Have you ever felt rejected when a friend or loved one didn't call you back, canceled plans on you or dismissed your ideas?<p>Maybe you accused them of being rude and uncaring.<p>And in response, they told you that you're too critical, never satisfied or always complaining about something.<p>If this is a …

10 Simple Tips To Guarantee More Reading Time In Your Day

I don’t think I need to tell you that reading is good for you—great for you. The more you read, the more you learn. The more you learn, the greater …

PHOTOS: 10 Best Budget Destinations for 2014

With amazing food, glorious public spaces, and unparalleled museums, theme parks, and beaches, the only thing “budget” about these world-class …

These 19 travel hacks will change you

Whether you’re concerned about saving space in your bag or the size restrictions on the liquid toiletries, organising all of your belongings into one …

Ten countries that deserve more tourists

The beaches may be beautiful and the coastline inviting, but you can understand why Tuvalu doesn’t get much through-traffic. It’s tiny for a start; one of the smallest nations in the world, and not much bigger than Vatican City. It’s also about as far from the beaten track as possible – right out …

6 Places To Visit In Cairo

10 Coolest Small Towns in Europe

Paris, London, Rome…the big cities require no introductions. But have you heard of the foodie haven of Tremolat, France or the pristine Alpine hamlet …

35 Reasons Budget Travelers Love Mexico

From the spectacular Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza to the crystal-blue waters of the Caribbean, the only possible problem with visiting Mexico is …

6 Great Apps For Last-Minute Trip Planning

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All-time worst travel scenarios (and how to get out of them)

Of course we hope an NYC cabbie never drives off with your valuables! But if he does, or if you crash your rental car, end up in a foreign jail, or… …

14 legendary natural wonders of South America

Tucked in a corner at the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, the 275 falls of Iguazu dwarf Niagara and have to be one of the most amazing …

9 Ways to Be There for the Most Important Person in Your Life -- Yourself

By nature, we as women are compassionate beings. We feel an instinctive desire to help those around us, especially those whom we care about. We harbor an almost obtrusive compulsion to fix things and to take pain away from the suffering. We tend to exhaustively focus on others, to such an extent …

8 Reasons Forcing Creative Time Into My Schedule Has Changed My Life Drastically

<b>1. When I suddenly became a single mother at 17 my creative time helped me out of some very dark moments.</b> Putting the music on, sketching and creating helped me visualize my dreams and bring a smile to my face. Art changed my perspective and the scared feelings I had quickly turned into hope, joy …

8 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout

Do you wake up exhausted and dreading what was once the highlight of your day? Are you overwhelmed with tasks and feel like your passion is taking a backseat to tedious, unappealing work? Every entrepreneur has been there -- burnout. It's your body's reaction to being overworked and deprived of …

Make Meditation a Habit to Improve Your Life

I wasn't really into it at first. Meditation was hard. It required sitting and quieting my mind, neither of which I was very good at when I first got sober. Honestly, a 30-minute meditation session felt like some sort of torture for someone with a mind like mine. However, it was only a very short …

3 Truths About Balance

Tula is the Sanskrit word for balance, and as a busy mom of two, media contributor and entrepreneur, I know how hard it is to achieve it. And yet balance is what we need to feel fully fulfilled and happy. Finding and learning how to stay balanced is a long and sometimes difficult process. I want to …

Problems With Trust? Trusting Others Starts With Trusting Yourself

"I have a hard time trusting people."<p>"I never feel like I can trust my husband (or wife)."<p>It is very common for me, in my work as a counselor, to hear the above statements. Trust issues abound in relationships. However, resolving trust issues is not about getting another person to be trustworthy. …

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Importance of Self-Care

A month ago, while walking with my nearly 10-year-old son, he said to me <i>"Mummy you do too much for me and Sami. I am so thankful, but you need to look after yourself!"</i> This made my heart melt. He further went on with suggestions of how I can introduce self-care into my day.<p>A few days before "<i>our</i> …

12 Things You May Not Remember About Who You Really Are

<b>1. You are ever-expanding.</b><p>The Universe is always expanding and as a piece of the Universe, you are also ever-expanding, giving birth to new ideas, desires and dreams.<p>The problem is you are taught from a young age to squash your desires and conform to the status quo and the expectations of …

How I Learned To Be OK With Feeling Sad

It wasn't easy, or cheap.<p>The first time I didn't feel sad about feeling sad was on Sept. 17, 2013. I was in my therapist's office. More specifically, I was lying on a table, faceup, in my therapist's office. Maybe it sounds simple, but it was a trick I'd spent years practicing and trying to learn.<p>I …

Practicing Mindfulness

What are you thinking about? You've probably been asked this question before, but how often do you consciously think about your thoughts on your own? You may find the question irritating, nosy, or out-of-the-blue so much so that you tend to provide the autopilot response of "nothing." If you have …

Climb Our Inner Mountains

Just finished reading an extraordinary short book <i>Mount Analogue</i>, written by Rene Daumal. It is ostensibly about mountain climbing but it is about far more than that.<p>Written and translated beautifully, the mountain is really a metaphor for life and our quest to "climb" that mountain. It is about the …

Today's Patience Is Tomorrow's Possibility

Patience is not an entity in and of itself, but is a process, the act of learning to embrace a state of mind. It's something that must be practiced, embodied, and given room to grow.<p>I must have patience for today, for the days ahead, and a steadfast appreciation for days past and how they have …

Your Next Therapy Session Is Just A Click Away

One of the greatest frustrations from my days as a private practitioner was having to diffuse patient stress, not from their presenting problems, but just from their having to scramble their lives and schedules to get to the appointment! Getting a babysitter or leaving work, driving 30 minutes in …

The Pursuit of Happiness Is Folly

At this time of the year, we are consumed with consumerism. What are we going to get? What are we going to buy for so and so? Will all this result in a truly happy time? Happiness, what is it?<p>Itʻs enshrined in our founding document. The Declaration of Independence tells us God endowed us with …

We Are Capable Of Far More Than The Limitations Most People Accept

Do you have bipolar disorder or know somebody who does? What would change if you could learn how to turn depression and mania on and off whenever you …

What I Wish People Knew about Depression

Someone recently asked me to write on what I wish people knew about depression, in light of Robin William’s suicide. Here’s my response.<p>I wish people …