If you feel like no one understands you, then you’re not alone. It’s actually quite common for humans to be misunderstood. After all, other people don’t have access to your thoughts, so they’re never going the see the world exactly as you see it. Also, humans communicate via facial expressions, and facial expressions can be extremely misleading. So, in the words of Heidi Halvorson, “you are harder to understand than you ...

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When it comes to discussing mental health, self-esteem and self-acceptance are important topics.  But what’s the difference between self-esteem and self-acceptance? Self-esteem is a measure of how we think we compare to others. But, because others can change, so too can our self-esteem. Self-acceptance, on the other hand, is timeless and enduring. It is achieved through practices like mindfulness meditation and self-care. Which is more valuable, self-esteem or self-acceptance?  Well, self-esteem ...

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Getting to know yourself – or developing self-awareness – is important. It might seem like a self-absorbed thing to do, but it’s not. Ironically, self-awareness can prevent you from becoming too self-absorbed.   What do I mean by this? Well, if you truly know yourself, then‘self’ takes on a new meaning. It becomes altogether more liberating. This is embodied by the Zen teaching, “To know yourself is to forget yourself”.    ...

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Self-Care is the Secret to Success Is self-care simply an indulgent buzz word, or is it perhaps the key to achieving success, whatever success, in fact, looks like to us as an individual? It is easy to forget to take care of ourselves in our busy lives. However, how much does this really matter? The truth is that self-care and learning how to take care of yourself is actually the bedrock ...

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Overthinking is exhausting. At times, we spend so much time worrying that we’re unable to focus on anything else. Life would be much easier if we had control over our thoughts, right? Funnily enough, overthinking is an attempt to gain control, but it does not work. Excessive worrying gives us the illusion of being in control. But it actually paralyses us; our worries become so overwhelming that we find it hard ...

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Initially, the concept or idea of ‘self-awareness’ to some can appear rather gushing and elusive, in which case can present as holding little value. Especially if you already feel that you are not lost and have an idea of who you are already. However, having a true conscious knowledge of one’s own character and feelings is a very different ability altogether. And until we are truly tested through life events, experiences, ...

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