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Put Your Inner Critic Out of a Job (and give her a new one)

Put Your Inner Critic Out of a Job (and give her a new one)

There’s a person inside of you. She’s not super nice. She’s actually not nice at all. And she’s a talker. She constantly tells you all about how dumb you are, how unacceptable you are, how no one is going to like you or think you’re cool. She’s the voice that tells you you’re not good enough. She’s ...
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The Rough Side of Re-entry

The Rough Side of Re-entry

Vaccinations are happening. We are slowly starting to leave the house, go places, see people, do things. This is such a relief for so many people: those who haven’t been able to work, those who are lonely, those who are bored, extroverts. These folks are sprinting toward re-entry with grins on their faces and wide-open arms. Others ...
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What’s All the Hullaballoo about Boundaries?

What’s All the Hullaballoo about Boundaries?

What’s All the Hullaballoo about Boundaries? by Suzanne Manser, PhD I’ve been thinking about boundaries lately. We all know it’s important to have good boundaries, but we’re not always clear why it’s important or what having good boundaries means exactly. A boundary is a marker that says, “This is where I end and you begin. Between me ...
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Alternatives to Dieting

Alternatives to Dieting

Wanna guess what my opinion of dieting is? Yep, exactly. It is all kinds of hope wrapped up in a shiny package that wears off after days or weeks or months and almost always leaves you feeling worse than when you started. Most people who go on a diet and lose weight will gain it all back ...
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How To Practice Body Neutrality

How To Practice Body Neutrality

I’ve written a couple of articles about what body neutrality is and why our society desperately needs it as an alternative to body negativity and body positivity. I hadn’t yet written about how to do it in real life. This is the How To for body neutrality. As a reminder, body neutrality is an approach we can ...
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Pay Attention! (To get more of what you want)

Pay Attention! (To get more of what you want)

What most of us want to know is: How do I get more of what I want and less of what I don’t want? Good question. Ready? Here comes the answer: It’s all about attention and where you put yours. If you want more of the good stuff, you have to pay attention. The stuff we want ...
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A Path to Body Neutrality

A Path to Body Neutrality

It is freaking hard to like our bodies. We see so many images of people with “beautiful” bodies and body parts. We see so many advertisements for how to change our body to look more like their bodies. Our mothers and friends, who look like us, say mean things about their bodies. We are told, directly and ...
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Getting Comfortable with Discomfort

Getting Comfortable with Discomfort

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” -Flip Rodriguez, American Ninja Warrior Somehow, we have gotten a very dangerous idea in our heads. We, as a society, believe that discomfort and pain are a problem. We see them as an indication that there has been a mistake, that something must have gone wrong. Possibly that we are “wrong.” The ...
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The COVID Rollercoaster

The COVID Rollercoaster

When I first got on this ride, I had no idea how long it would last or how many twists and turns there would be. I am so glad that I was clueless. If someone had told me in March that my kids would not return to in-person school for over a year, I very well might ...
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