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Mental Health

Pleasure And The Brain: The Neuroscience Of Why We Seek Dopamine

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  All of our experiences in life are chemically based, meaning, that our brain releases chemicals, specifically chemical messengers, and those chemicals interact with different parts of the brain. From there, the different parts of the brain communicate with each other, with the nervous system, then with the body, creating an overall sensory experience. Pleasure… Read On »

The Joy of Boundaries

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Boundaries are the invisible rolls of caution tape we put up around our limitations emotionally, mentally, financially, and physically. Though others can’t see our boundaries, they can hear them and know them through our communication, as well as our actions. For people with an addicted loved one, these boundaries can be difficult to set, even… Read On »

Learning To Take A Deep Breath

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Check in to your breathing, right this moment. When was the last time you consciously forced yourself to become conscious of your breath or your breathing? You might be startled to find that your breathing is so shallow it hardly feels like you are breathing at all. You might be breathing quickly for no reason.… Read On »

Why is Self-Love Critical for Recovery?

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Those of us living with addiction and mental health issues are no strangers to insecurity and low self-esteem. We lack the confidence and sense of self to prioritize our health and well-being. We reject ourselves so much that we compound our own mental and emotional pain. This can make us resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms… Read On »

Why Spring Cleaning is Good for Your Mental Health

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With the weather getting nicer, it’s a good time to consider giving your house a thorough cleaning. This may be the last thing you feel like doing, especially if you’re feeling depressed or preoccupied with other things. In fact, studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between feeling depressed and having a messy… Read On »