Get a Hold of Yourself: 3 Kinds of Deep Breathing

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Deep breathing has become increasingly important in my recovery from depression and anxiety because I recognize that shallow breath contributes to my panic. In fact, at my worst hours, I would use a paper bag to keep from hyperventilating. The practice of deep breathing stimulates our parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), responsible for activities that occur when our body is […]

6 Steps Toward Resilience and Happiness

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The opposite of depression is not happiness, according to Peter Kramer, author of “Against Depression” and “Listening to Prozac,” it is resilience: the ability to cope with life’s frustrations without falling apart. Proper treatment doesn’t suppress emotions or dull a person’s ability to feel things deeply. It builds a protective layer–an emotional resilience–to safeguard a […]

Beyond Blue: A Final Thank You

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Yesterday was my last Beyond Blue post. Since I wasn’t able to publish a concluding post, I thought I would do so here. Two words are appropriate. Thank you. I wanted to be sure to communicate one last message of gratitude for all your support. My first post published only a couple of months after […]

6 Steps Toward Resilience & Greater Happiness

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The opposite of depression is not happiness, according to Peter Kramer, author of“Against Depression” and“Listening to Prozac,” it is resilience: the ability to cope with life’s frustrations without falling apart. Proper treatment doesn’t suppress emotions or dull a person’s ability to feel things deeply. It builds a protective layer — an emotional resilience — to safeguard a depressive from […]

5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Mood

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During the last ten years, there has been a flurry of studies on what makes us happy. Surprisingly, it’s not about how much money we make, or the prestige of the corner office. Experts in the field of positive psychology have interviewed people and groups all over the world to discover the elements that affect […]

Oops: Why Mistakes Aren’t All Bad

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10:00 a.m. Accidentally pressed “reply all” to everyone in my company, offering sincere condolences to a co-worker who lost her mom three years ago, which spurred dozens of emails companywide on who died, and whether or not the company should send flowers. Oops. 10:50 a.m. Wrote a premature announcement on a website that I would […]

7 Ways to Get Unstuck

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Just published as a Beliefnet gallery … Brain hiccups. We all get a case of them now and then. For some they are fleeting and all a person has to do is to take a deep breath, visualize their departure, and poof! They’re gone. Not so easy for the rest of us. If I counted up the […]

Just Be

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I know that I would be a happier person if I could keep my online chatter to a minimum, spend a maximum of two hours online, and check my email much like I eat: four or five times a day.   So why don’t I do that? Because I am using all the will power […]

Beyond “Beyond Blue”

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Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” I’m thinking today takes care of at least a month of those. I have decided not to continue my blog, Beyond Blue, past the month of April. I have thought and prayed and thought and prayed some more, and come to the decision […]

6 Steps to Quiet the Mind

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I was all set to interview Eric Swanson, coauthor (with Yongey Mingur Rinpoche) of “Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Find Freedom,” when I realized that my main question–“Can you give me some concrete steps to quiet the mind?”–was already addressed in his book. So he and Harmony Books graciously gave me permission to reprint parts […]