Letting Go

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Letting go does not mean forgetting, forgiving, or even accepting. Letting go means to let a situation be as it is, because the power to change the situation is out of one's control. Letting go can be practiced through mediation or through simple exercises each day. While letting go it not easy, the benefits of practicing the concept are vast. To hold onto anger, resentment, pain, and suffering are like holding onto a hot coal; thus, letting go is a practice of freeing yourself from unnecessary suffering to live more freely in the present moment.

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Kiersten Wenthold, Intern

Using Support as a Protective Factor in Recovery

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Individuals in recovery may experience a significant amount of stress as they begin to make healthy lifestyle changes. Fortunately, emotional support can serve as a protective factor when dealing with new and challenging stressors. Through supportive friends and family, individuals can learn healthy ways to cope with distressing situations and improve their self-esteem! While many people do not feel they have an adequate support system, there are many ways to nurture the supportive relationships in your life and expand your network to include more positive relationships. 

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Ali Devine, Intern

Gratitude and Its Benefits

 It is argued that the key to being happy is being grateful. To be grateful means that one has found a deep appreciation, especially in the common and seemingly irrelevant facets of life. Therefore, being a grateful person takes practice, which involves paying attention to all the parts of one's life and recognizing the added value. Starting with small, daily routines to practice gratitude can lead to a long-term habit of finding the beauty and positivity in life, and, ultimately, lead to a happier state of being.    Click here to learn more about gratitude.    Kiersten Wenthold, Intern

It is argued that the key to being happy is being grateful. To be grateful means that one has found a deep appreciation, especially in the common and seemingly irrelevant facets of life. Therefore, being a grateful person takes practice, which involves paying attention to all the parts of one's life and recognizing the added value. Starting with small, daily routines to practice gratitude can lead to a long-term habit of finding the beauty and positivity in life, and, ultimately, lead to a happier state of being. 

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Kiersten Wenthold, Intern

The Benefits of Resilience

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Resilience provides hope in dark situations. Human resilience does not only mean that people have the ability to bounce back from difficult situations, but also that people bounce back even stronger. Thus, resilience is based on the foundational belief that difficult situations, no matter how bleak, contain the opportunity to learn and grow from the experience. Of course, resilience seems far away in the thick of the storm, but reflection after the storm can produce meaningful personal insight and discovery.

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Kiersten Wenthold, Intern

The Outdoors and it Recovery Benefits

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With spring just around the corner, the opportunity to spend more time outdoors in the warmer weather is fast approaching. Being outdoors is great for your physical health, but it is also beneficial for mental health too! This article details the numerous advantages that being outdoors has in terms of recovery, and it also lists easy and enjoyable outdoor activities that you can do to bring nature into your life.

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Kristin Schmitt, Intern