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5 Tips for Setting Better Boundaries at Work

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Now that so many people are back in the workplace, some very interesting challenges are popping up. On one hand, most are really enjoying the office camaraderie and renewed ability to engage in person again. But, on the other hand, there are plenty of people who are struggling with so many distractions as they try…

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What is it Like to Walk in Another Person’s Shoes?

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My stepfather Joe’s toxic and racist rants were one of the reasons I left home as soon as I turned 18. Although as a child I knew his malignant views were wrong, I was more focused on defending myself—and hating him—for the disparaging ways he talked to me. After going away to college and having…

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All of Us Need Someone – or Something – to Lean On

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Like all of you, my life has had its ups and downs. Some of the highlights have been incredibly joyful, while some of the low points have been excruciating. For many years, I believed I was on my own—physically and mentally—and all I needed was my grit to pull myself through the challenges I faced.…

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6 Strategies for Setting Healthy Boundaries with Others

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Your personal boundaries are where you end and another person begins—psychologically, emotionally, and physically. They are an important way in which we define ourselves; however, some people have a difficult time establishing and maintaining them.  If you’re wondering about yourself, notice if you answer “yes” or “no” to the 5 questions below: Are you the…

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5 Ways to be Strong Through Adversity

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My friend and colleague, JJ Virgin is a celebrity nutrition and fitness expert, as well as a New York Times bestselling author. She joined me for a Relentless Courage interview to talk about her most recent book, Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience. First, you should know what inspired her to write it.  JJ’s son, Grant, had struggled…

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Let 2021 be a Year for Your Own Healing

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“When I first started therapy, I hated myself. My body and my relationships paid the price. My weight dropped to an alarming level as, for the first time, I tackled my eating disorder.              Once I started it was clear to me that I needed more than 10 sessions. So I continued. For the next 6…

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3 Ways to Manage Fearful Thinking: Tips from Experts, Part 1

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On Saturday December 12, my husband, Dr. Daniel Amen, and I hosted the online Relentless Courage Live Event. We were joined by five experts who spoke about the adverse impacts the pandemic has had, particularly on people who have a history of trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and other mental health challenges. Each of our guests graciously shared…

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If I Were Going to Survive, I’d Have to Rely on Myself

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…And then, as if my extreme fears of losing Mom had manifested, I learned that Mom had nearly died…. For the first time ever my mother looked fragile, a word I never would have used to describe her prior to that time.  I’d always thought Mom was superhuman. Larger than life. My days and nights…

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It’s Easy To Say Someone’s Bad, It’s Harder To Ask Why

My father was dying—or at least that’s what my sisters were telling me. I was now 37 and I had only spoken to him a few times over the past several years… “He’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. But Dad thinks he’s dying.” … I didn’t cry as my sisters delivered the news. I didn’t…

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Where Your Anxiety Really Comes From

My grandmother adored me, but we were never particularly close, in part because she had lived through intense trauma during her childhood in Lebanon (considered Greater Syria then). As a small child during World War I, she had watched the Ottoman Empire, which ruled her country, destroy more than half the forests for fuel, create…

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