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The Importance of Hobbies

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Personal pursuits serve many important functions including helping keep you emotionally and mentally healthy.

If you've been avoiding spending time doing activities you like, maybe it's time to re-commit to some "me time" and start up your favorite pastimes again. 

1. Hobbies provide an opportunity to release your stress and recharge your batteries. It's widely understood in the medical community that stress can be destructive. Crafts and other personal activities help you let go of stress as …

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Choosing Your New Year's Resolutions

Choosing Your New Year's Resolutions

At this time of year, you may be considering whether you're going to make a New Year's resolution. Maybe you've made them in the past and lost interest over time. Or perhaps you buckled down and followed through. Either way, you're now facing the beginning of another new year.

Even if you're less-than-thrilled with your follow-through in prior years, the new year brings amazing opportunities to challenge yourself in all kinds of ways.

Try these ideas to help you set up your resolutions so you'…

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Surviving the Winter Months

Surviving the Winter Months

By the time February rolls around, dealing with the frigid winter weather can get old, fast. And by early March, you’ve been battling the cold for four months and may have a month or more to go. Rather than feeling caged in, why not take advantage of the extra time you’ve got at home now? 

Instead of moping around, waiting for spring, use this time indoors to enhance your life and relationships. Check out these suggestions for inspiration on surviving the remaining months until spring breaks.

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4 Essential Secrets to Emotional Well-Being

4 Essential Secrets to Emotional Well-Being

Your emotions help dictate your state of mind. This means that to keep your state of mind intact, it's necessary to have emotional balance. That way, you can make it through even the toughest times.

These strategies can help you manage your emotions effectively:

1. Identify your support system. It's very easy to experience emotional dips. This is especially true when you’re making emotionally charged decisions.

  • Identify friends or family members who can be the voice of reason. While your em…

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How to Make This Christmas a Merry, Memorable One!

How to Make This Christmas a Merry Memorable One

There are many ways to make Christmas merry and memorable! Unfortunately, sometimes it’s difficult nowadays to feel the joy through the cluttered maze that has become of Christmas. Through the years, Christmas has strayed too far from its original purpose and become a highly commercialized event.

When it comes to the holiday season, more people are concerned with buying the “perfect” gift for others and anticipating what they will receive, rather than focusing on the true spirit of the holiday.…

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A Sober Living Guide for the Holidays Part 2

A Sober Living Guide for the Holidays Part 2

If you or a friend have made a pledge to stay sober, Its important for you to control your stressor and triggers. Follow these tips for staying peaceful and sober into the New Year.

Managing Holiday Socializing:

1. Create new traditions. Be creative. Invent new holiday activities if your old ones revolved around drinking. Host a pancake breakfast instead of a boozy brunch. Finish a day of shopping with an exercise session instead of a glass of wine. Replace bar hopping with volunteer work.

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A Sober Living Guide for the Holidays Part 1

A Sober Living Guide for the Holidays Part 1

The winter holidays are supposed to be a magical time of year. However, they can pose extra challenges if you’re trying to live sober. 

Learn how to celebrate the holidays without risking your recovery.  The holidays are just a few weeks a year. You can handle them and here are some tips to help. 

Minimizing Holiday Stress:

  1. Anticipate triggers. Plan ahead for situations that may tempt you to want a drink. You’re more likely to make sound decisions if you avoid getting caught by surprise. Be…

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5 Ways to Embrace the Season of Giving

5 Ways to Embrace the Season of Giving

The season which runs between Thanksgiving and Christmas goes by all sorts of names, depending on who you talk to, and you probably even have your own name for it as well! If you haven’t yet been able to truly embrace the “reason for the season,” as some call it, you might want to give it some serious thought.

Joining with others in giving back for the blessings that have been bestowed on you is a great way to make it joyful and memorable for you as well.

But just how do you do that? How do yo…

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Enjoy the Holidays Without the Stress

Enjoy the Holidays Without the Stress

The holidays are an interesting time. It can be a time of joy, excitement, and anticipation. It can also be stressful. Holiday get-togethers can be loud and crowded.

Add to that the fact that you still resent what Uncle Bill did last Christmas, and the possibility that your cousin might have Covid-19, and the holidays just got even more stressful.

Holidays can also be expensive! The cost of gifts, travel and extra food can really add up in a hurry.

Keep these tips in mind to help reduce holid…

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Grief: Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

Grief Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

If you live long enough, you’ll eventually have to deal with the death of a loved one. Everything that lives eventually dies, but just because death is natural doesn’t make it any easier to navigate.

Grief is a universal consequence of loss, but it is also a very individual experience.

Since everyone is likely to face this type of loss more than once in a lifetime, it’s worth the effort to understand the grief process and how to navigate it.

Grieve in your own way and at your own pace:

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