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Abusive Relationship Cycle

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A Cycle of Abusive Relationships    I haven’t called the person I last dated, and I just found out she is pregnant. I was abandoned as a newborn. As far as I know, my mother had a problem with alcohol and drug abuse, was very young, and could not care for me.  Ever since I was a child, I have…

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Tips for Beating Burnout

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Tips for Beating Burnout   Stress is a reality of life, whereas excessive and non-stop stress may take us to the incapacitating emotional condition we know as burnout. Three signs distinguish burnout: fatigue; depersonalization, absence from work; and lack of efficacy, or sentiments of incompetence.   Too much work and deadline anxieties are expected in a job. Everyone could at…

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Fear of Change: Moving to a New Country

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Fear of Change and Leaving Your Comfort Zone to Move to a New Country   I was born in the US and grew up in Mexico City, where I lived until thirty-three. I had given thought to the possibility of living in another country; however, I discarded this and was “certain” that I would stay in Mexico for the rest…

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Why Is Everyone Obsessed with Being Thin?

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Why Is Everyone Obsessed with Being Thin? I’m a skinny person. I don’t mean to be, and I certainly don’t try to be; I am. It’s a certitude of my life, and it’s something that everyone around me senses the need to comment on. We are a skinny-obsessed civilization, and it is notorious. Individuals make comments about how much weight…

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Holidays Are Stressful and Difficult When it Comes To Alcohol And Drug Abuse: Here Is Why

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Holidays Are Stressful and Difficult When it Comes To Alcohol And Drug Abuse: Here Is Why.  Holidays are not invariably cheerful and encouraging and, inconveniently, possibly particular circumstances for those with alcohol and drug abuse disorder. This year, the most challenging for many in recent time, even individuals without identified problems with substance abuse may stumble. While vacations are a basis…

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Addicts and Manipulation

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Addicts and Manipulation Anyone who has a close friend or relative who has struggled with a substance use disorder knows all too well about the manipulative ways of a person being controlled by their addiction. These behaviors cause extreme heartache and pain and even have the power to separate families and end marriages. In a relationship that has been damaged…

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My Story as a Single Mom

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My Story as a Single Mom As a traditional Mexican woman, I never thought divorce was going to be part of my story. The last few years have been a challenging transition period for me, my son, and my now ex-husband.  After many months of dealing with the stress of divorce and handling it to the best of my ability,…

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Looking outside for what’s inside: a dangerous habit

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Looking outside for what’s inside: a dangerous habit We often consider traveling great roads in search of what we want, desires, or needs through which we think our happiness passes. So we immersed ourselves with great enthusiasm in the investigation. Thus, we move forward with the hope of finding the solution to what happens to us. But we do not…

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How a Meditation retreat changed my life

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How a Meditation retreat changed my life Much has been said about meditation lately, and you will surely be able to read shocking articles that tell of its innumerable benefits. There are people who want to change their lifestyle, but do nothing to make that change really happen. Or if they do, it’s a subtle change that barely lasts for…

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Weight loss and what no one talks about

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Weight loss and what no one talks about Few things are as inspiring as a drastic change in eating and lifestyle habits. In the typical narrative that wraps around the weight loss issue, we usually focus on the obvious, like the health benefits, that good dose of self-esteem it brings, or a higher quality of sleep. Although it is true that…

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