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  • Affirmations for the Soul

    Your experiences are shaped by your thinking. Even obstacles have a value when you can see it. You can repeat these affirmations that will help you to feel happier and achieve more, regardless of the situation. The only obligation you have in this lifetime is to be true to yourself. If you can think it you can do it. If you can imagine it you can manifest it. Consider these empowering affirmations for your soul that you can start using today to transform your soul and change your life through the power of positive thinking. Empowering Affirmations to Make You Smile 1. I understand my potential. You can achieve amazing results when you put your mind to it. Feel excited about reaching your true potential. Potential is the energy we apply to our thoughts, wishes and dreams. 2. I count my blessings. List each thing that you have to be grateful for. Remember to include the little items, like bed sheets right out of the dryer or your morning cup of coffee. Expressing your appreciation reminds you of how rich you are. 3. I learn from mistakes. (A big one here) You can make setbacks your bitch by focusing on the lessons that they contain. Tanking one job interview can teach you how to ace the next one. 4. I find meaning in adversity. Tough times can be the most transformative phase of your life. Know that you can emerge from any challenge with greater wisdom and courage. Look back at the obstacles you’ve already overcome, and reassure yourself that you can handle what’s ahead. Positive self talk is a super power. 5. I embrace change Accept that life is a series of changes. Focus on the present moment, and prepare yourself to adapt to whatever circumstances come your way. 6. I dream big. Expand your wish list. Setting demanding but attainable goals gives you adventures to look forward to each day. 7. I practice forgiveness. Lighten your load by clearing away any resentment you’re holding onto from the past. Set reasonable boundaries while you respond with compassion when others disappoint you. Pardon yourself too. 8. I give generously. Sharing your blessings makes you more powerful and joyful. Volunteer in your community and speak kindly to each person you meet today. Buy coffee for your co-workers or give your receptionist a flower. Empowering Beliefs to Make You Strive 1. I take responsibility. You are in charge of your life. Hold yourself accountable for the outcomes you create. Celebrate the fact that you have the power to determine your own future. 2. I apply effort. Figure out your definition of success so you know what is worth working for. Give yourself credit when you’re making progress rather than comparing yourself to others. 3. I leverage my strengths. You have your own individual strengths that you can draw on. Figure out what you’re good at and what you want to do. Let that knowledge guide your choices. 4. I listen to feedback. Ask for feedback so you can enhance your performance and show others that you respect their point of view. You grow faster when you gather solid input that you can translate into action. 5. I ask for help. Expand your capabilities by building a sturdy support network. Carpool with other parents. Divide up household chores with your spouse and children. 6. I connect with others. Moral support counts too. Surround yourself with loving and encouraging family and friends. Participate actively in your faith community. Join a club with members who share your interest in solar power or badminton. 7. I recognize opportunities. Stay alert for promising openings. You may meet a new friend while you’re standing in line to buy your morning coffee. 8. I try new things. Be open to experimentation. Go kayaking one weekend instead of hiking. Bake your own bread or knit a scarf. You may discover hidden talents. An upbeat attitude increases your happiness and productivity. Question your old assumptions so you can replace them with a new sense of certainty about yourself and your future. Adopt empowering beliefs that build up your confidence and prepare you for greater success. Start today. You’ll be glad you did!

  • The Ultimate Empowerment Guide

    Anyone can attain personal empowerment. It depends more on your actions than on the size of your bank account or the title on your business card. Do you want to be successful and experience more control over your life? Learn more about the meaning of true empowerment and run down this list of 10 simple things you can start doing today to build your competence and confidence. General Principles of Self-Empowerment: Set realistic goals. Smallvictories provide motivation. Aim for targets that are within your reach. If losing 50 pounds seems overwhelming, start with one diet tweak at a time, like putting less sugar in your coffee. Strengthen your skills. If you’re willing to keep learning, you can expand your potential. Read self-help books and take online courses on communications or coding. Talk with others about their areas of expertise and teach them what you know. Manage your emotions. Going beyond your comfort zone can be scary. Acknowledge your feelings while making decisions that serve your long-term interests. When your emotions are intense, think them through or talk with others who can help you sort things out. Believe in yourself. Challenge the assumptions that have been holding you back. Think positive and focus on what you have to gain. Gather support. Empowering yourself can enhance your relationships with others. Surround yourself with family and friends who boost your self-esteem. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and ask for help when you need it. Simple Ways to Empower Yourself: Respect your time. Treat your time like a precious resource. Clarify your top priorities and devote your energy to them. Limit distractions that would pull you off track. Protect your privacy. How do you handle intrusive questions? Set healthy boundaries and be assertive about maintaining them. Give yourself permission to end conversations that make you uncomfortable. Meditate daily. Self-knowledge makes it easier to empower yourself. Observe your thoughts through meditation or other methods like keeping a journal. You could also take personality quizzes online and ask others for feedback. Practice self-care. Honoring your needs is an important part of valuing yourself. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and aim for at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Follow a budget. Putting your finances in order will help you to feel more secure and increase your capacity to take on meaningful projects. Create a sound plan for your savings, spending, and investments. Consult a professional advisor if you need more guidance. Share housework. Are you satisfied with how you and your partner divide household chores, as well as parenting responsibilities? If you want to achieve more balance, initiate a conversation about making some changes and track your progress. Gain recognition at work. It may take more than excellent performance to make you visible at work. Keep your boss updated on your achievements and share credit with others to build teamwork and cooperation. Resolve complaints. How do you handle issues with customer service or your apartment management? Instead of seething silently, ask for the outcomes you want. Be tactful and direct while standing up for your r ights. Use affirmations. Repeating positive statements to yourself can help you to overcome challenges and deal with stress. Visit affirmation websites or use your own wording. Check your posture. Body language has a major influence on how you feel and how others perceive you. Stand up straight and hold your head high. Personal empowerment means taking responsibility for your life so you can enjoy more happiness and success. Trust yourself and make positive choices that bring you closer to achieving your goals. Responsiblity is hard, but the old adage that "hard work pays off", bears truth. And remember, Missy how does that go? Oh yeah, love one another and love yourself. G'22

  • The Ultimate Guide to Depression

    Welcome to your comprehenisve guide to understanding depression. Depression is one of those illnesses that comes with stigma, embarassment and shame. Often time you may not even realize what is going on with you. You get comments that you just "aren't the way you usually are.." Or feedback that you are "not as engaged as we would like" You don't know exactly what is going on, but you are feeling even more sensitive to the perceived "crticism" you keep geting. When all you see in the future is darkness, and all you remember from the past is darkness...it's probably time to do something about it. I have used medication and talk therapy, as well as non-medication avenues to understand and re-define myself. I encourage everyone to seek professional guidance as needed. For now-I"m glad you are here. G.B. '22 What are the symptoms of Depresson? What treatments are typically available for depression? What are some alternative treatmetns? Other treatment options What is Depression? Depression is a mental disorder where a person has a prolonged period of sadness, unhappiness, helplessness, hopelessness or worthlessness. These feelings often get worse over a period of time, causing a person to have feelings of self-doubt, severe despondency and dejection. Depression is an extremely common illness. There are approximately 350 million people living in the world today who are affected by it and it is the leading cause for a visit to see a GP or doctor. Depression also has a stigma attached to it that people who suffer from it are weak which leads to them not seeking treatment – less than half of all of the people with depression are currently engaging in any kind of treatment for it. Long-lasting and moderate or severe depression can be a serious health condition. It can cause an affected person to suffer terribly, leading to problems with work, breakdowns in close relationships and lead to poor physical health. The worst cases of depression can lead to a sufferer taking his or her own life. An estimated 1 million people worldwide every year commit suicide because of depression. Half of all the people who die by suicide have major depressive disorder. The World Health Organization have reported that by the year 2023, depression will be the second biggest cause of premature death in the world, heart disease will be the only illness or disease that causes more. What Causes Depression? There are many different causes of depression. It has many different triggers and there are multiple reasons it can develop. Personal Factors are known to trigger depression. Those who have a tendency to worry a lot, have low self-esteem, are sensitive to personal criticism, are severely overweight, perfectionists, or those with a self-critical and a negative mindset all have a higher risk of developing the condition. Depression has been known to run in families and some people will be at an increased hereditary or genetic risk. This does not mean that a person will automatically experience depression if a parent or close relative has had the illness though. Life circumstances and other personal factors are still likely to have an important influence. Having a serious medical illness can trigger depression in two ways. Serious illnesses can bring about depression directly, or can contribute to depression through associated stress and worry, especially if it involves long-term management of the illness and/or chronic pain. Drug and alcohol use can both lead to and result from depression. Many people with depression also have drug and alcohol problems. Symptoms of Depression Signs and symptoms of depression include: Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook—nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation. Loss of interest in daily activities. No interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure. Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain—a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month. Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping. Anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves. Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete. Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes. Reckless behavior. You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports. Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things. Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain. How is Depression Treated? The most common form of treatment for depression is the use of Antidepressant medication. Nobody can say for sure at this moment why antidepressants can alter a persons mood, because nobody knows for certain exactly how AD medication works. It is only thought that by increasing or decreasing certain chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, that this has an effect on the brains neurotransmitters. Currently, 10% of all Americans over 12 years old take antidepressants daily, and among females in their 40’s and 50’s, that figure increases to 25%. Approximately 254 million prescriptions were written for them in America in 2010, resulting in nearly $10 billion in costs. This figure is also expected to have risen dramatically in the following years. However, antidepressants do not cure depression, they only lessen the symptoms for a minority of people who take them. A recent report published in The Journal of the American Medical Association stated that the drugs work best for very severe cases of depression, but have little or no benefit over a placebo in less serious cases. It is extremely difficult to put an exact figure on the percentage of people who experience decreased depressive symptoms as a result of AD medication, as reports and results vary wildly depending on the people in the study and their severity of depression, and whether a study is done by an independent body or by a pharmaceutical company. It is thought though, that the overall “success” rate of the drugs is approximately 36% – slightly higher than that of a placebo. Antidepressants are also known to have side effects for the majority of people who take them. Patients will usually experience one or multiple of the following; nausea, increased appetite and weight gain, loss of sexual desire and/or other sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction and decreased orgasm, fatigue and drowsiness, insomnia, dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, dizziness, agitation, irritability, anxiety, and increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior – especially during the first month of treatment. Antidepressants come with no guarantee that they will work, on any level of success. Further treatment options include counselling, psychotherapy or talk therapy. This has a much higher success rate than antidepressants overall, but again the figures at hand vary wildly. The cost of seeing a counselor, therapist or psychiatrist is also very high – the average is around $150-$200 for a 60 minute session. It is not unusual for these professionals to charge upwards of $500 for an hours’ session though – and the sessions usually need to be on a regular weekly basis to have maximum chance of success. It is thought though, that because has a higher rate of success than antidepressants, that it is more cost-effective as a result. Again though, there are no guarantees of success. Other treatment Options It is interesting to note, that many health professionals believe there are much better ways to treat depression. Irving Kirsch, the Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies and a lecturer in medicine at the Harvard Medical School is quoted as saying; “Depression is a serious problem, but drugs are not the answer. In the long run, psychotherapy is both cheaper and more effective, even for very serious levels of depression. Physical exercise and self-help books based on CBT can also be useful, either alone or in combination.” CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) has a much higher success rate than medication. Studies have shown it decreases severity of depression in most patients who maintain a CBT course, with many patients reporting they never relapsed into depression. CBT based self-help books sees an even larger percentage of success rates and numbers of people reporting to be cured, with very little cost involved – so why is this form of treatment not more widely used? It seems the answer is quite simple – there is nowhere near as much money to be made from curing depression as there is from helping people live with it. There is little money to be made from a healthy person, or indeed a dead person – however in sick people there is billions of dollars to be made. Due to the pharmaceutical and medical industry’s wide-reaching influence and the money involved, and due to health professionals who deal with depression and other illnesses being afraid of offering a treatment which may upset those powerful companies, very few are willing to publicize findings that depression can indeed be treated naturally, safely, extremely cheaply and in just a few weeks. One of these few researchers who dares to go against the current trend is James Gordon, a UK-based researcher and former depression sufferer, who is doing a lot of work to try to make these findings available to the general public. He is the creator of the “Destroy Depression System™” a simple, 7 step guide to self-curing depression naturally using an amalgamation of all the research done in the area, together with his own self-experimentation with which he cured his own depression. If you decide that this rouite is beneficial, understand that this site may receive compensation. Thank you for stopping by. And remember...Love one another and love yourself.

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  • Healing Loving Learning Happy | Shelf Help Show

    Home Blog Shop Search Results Members Video Shared Gallery This is the place where we remember a few sacred facts. Fact: We are all hurdling towards our death at an incredible rate of speed and there's nothing we can do to stop it. Along the way on our path to the great beyond, we must strive to answer these questions. Who am I? What are my core values? What legacy do I wish to leave behind? Once you create this blueprint then announce it to the world and the universe. You will attract like-minded people and life will become much more bearable. -Remember-Rarely do members of a family grow up under the same roof. -R.Bach Jun 25 3 min Affirmations for the Soul Your experiences are shaped by your thinking. Even obstacles have a value when you can see it. You can repeat these affirmations that... Mar 2 3 min The Ultimate Empowerment Guide Personal empowerment means taking responsibility for your life so you can enjoy more happiness and success. Trust yourself and make positive Mar 2 6 min The Ultimate Guide to Depression The ultimate guide to depression. Understand the symptoms and treatments available. Stay ouit of the dark. Feb 15 2 min Ultimate Guide to Gaslighting Emotional Abuse and Gaslighting may destroy your self-esteem and self-worth. You can get help. We contrast abuse vs healthy behaviors Jan 29 3 min Ultimate Daily Affirmations Your experiences are shaped by your thinking. Even obstacles have a value when you can see it. You can repeat these affirmations that... Nov 17, 2021 4 min Beautiful Self Improvement Self Improvement has become more mainstream than ever. In the last few years, Self Improvement or "Self Help" books have been making a...

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