21-Day Recovery Starts With Self-Love!

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On May 11, 2016
A version of this post originally appeared on the Huffington Post. It is easy to say I have spent the majority of my life in therapy. At first, it was as a result of my parents’ divorce and the toll it had on my relationship with my father. The therapy eventually progressed as I was […]
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Celebrating My Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On April 28, 2016
A version of this post originally appeared on the Huffington Post. Bipolar disorder is simply a series of symptoms that I am fortunate enough to have to manage on a daily basis. I say fortunate, in earnest, because it has given me an opportunity to live in a world with brighter colors and crisper sounds. It […]
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6 Wearables To Track Your Emotions

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On March 24, 2016
Soon it might be just as common to track your emotions with a wearable device as it is to monitor your physical health. Wearable technology already can tell you about your heart rate, sleep patterns, health habits and breathing patterns; all of which can provide just as much insight into your emotional state as your […]
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Journaling: The Healing Power of Writing

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On March 17, 2016
Could you spare 10-20 minutes a day to improve your happiness and health? Writing down your thoughts can be a powerful tool for solving problems, relieving stress and improving your outlook. Daily journaling–either on paper or a computer screen–has the power to make a real difference in your life. Whether you pull out a pen […]
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Improve Your Happiness By Improving Your Health

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On March 10, 2016
Did you know that a poor diet and a lack of exercise could make you more susceptible to depression and other mental health problems? Just as your emotions can affect your physical health, your physical health can affect your mental health. The mind-body connection is a two-way street.   Nutrition for mental wellbeing It’s well […]
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Failed at Perfection? Try Self-acceptance

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On March 10, 2016
OK, just go ahead and say it: You’re not perfect and you never will be. Didn’t it feel good to get that out of the way? – Stop being so hard on yourself If you think you will finally achieve happiness once you reach the perfect weight, get the perfect job, achieve all your goals, […]
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Mindfulness: There’s an App For That

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On March 10, 2016
If you’re already a member of A Plan For Living, you know how useful it is to have an app at your fingertips that you can turn to for help at any time. Well, APFL isn’t the only app out there that can help manage stress and cultivate calm. In fact, we think you should […]
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Science Shows the Mind-Body Connection Is Real

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On March 3, 2016
If you want to be healthier, learn how to be happier. Your mind is more powerful than you think. How you feel and what you think can directly affect your body by changing the structure of your brain and the functioning of your immune system. Sure, we’ve been hearing this from meditation teachers and yoga […]
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Arguing With The One You Love

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On February 9, 2016
With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s easy to succumb to the fantasy that love is all about romance, roses and finding that special someone who always sees eye-to-eye with you. Good luck with that.  The reality is that most of us end up with another flawed human being as a partner, which means that even […]
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What Is The Happiness Formula?

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On February 9, 2016
Walk into your local bookstore or check out your favorite online seller and take a minute to count all the new books on happiness.  It seems like everyone is searching for the secret to a happy life. Whether the advice comes from researchers, psychologists or Buddhist monks, most of it comes down to a few […]
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