It is what it is. This is a commonly accepted phrase nowadays, but it has a deeper meaning than what it may imply. "It is what it is" is not to say that you agree with "what it is," or that "what it is" does not have an impact on your life. It simply means you have accepted what it is and moved past it.
The stress of witnessing a traumatic event can take an emotional and physical toll. Whether you were directly involved in the event or exposed to it after the fact, it’s important to know more about traumatic stress and how it can impact you.
All humans want to be close to others. We need relationships that provide closeness and support. We want to give and receive love. An emotional connection occurs between two people when there is an exchange of feelings and a bond is formed.
The constant barrage of negativity in the news, political turmoil, community unrest, violence and trauma of the past year have left their mark in many ways, some positive and many negative, with outcomes yet unknown.
Mental illness. Why are so many people are afraid of these words? Does it mean that life is over? Does it mean no recovery? Does it mean a bleak future? Does it mean the end to independence?
Enabling takes place when a person puts others’ needs ahead of their own. The term “enabling” originated in Alcoholics Anonymous and can happen with gamblers, food, sex and internet addicts. Many times, people who enable grew up in families where their needs were not met.
Self-help groups have been known to provide emotional, social and practical support to individuals. In a self-help meeting, you might find that you can begin to restore your self-esteem, sense of dignity and understanding of a problem through the group’s dynamics.
We all play a role in creating a mentally healthy community that supports prevention, treatment and recovery. One of the best ways to help is learning to distinguish between the facts about mental illness – and the fiction.
While research suggests that happiness is influenced by genetics, people can learn to be happier by developing optimism, gratitude and altruism. There is a form of psychology that focuses on helping people live happier lives. It is called “positive psychology.”
A study conducted by the Morneau Shepell research group found that every $1 invested in an employee assistance program (EAP) translates into a return on investment of $8.70 through a combination of improved productivity at work and less time away from work.
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