Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On February 3, 2016
If you live in a northern climate, you know that the cold, gray days of winter can really wreak havoc on your mood. Around 6 to 9 percent of the US population suffers from full-blown Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during winter when the days are short and the weather is cold; symptoms include weight gain, sleepiness, […]
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Interview with Michael Weinberger on The Recovered Podcast

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On February 2, 2016
Recently, APFL founder Michael Weinberger talked about his journey of recovery and described how he created A Plan For Living to help himself and others shift out of self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. On January 29, 2016, host Mark Stapleton interviewed Michael on Recovered (podcast 671) and they talked about how Michael overcame an eating disorder and […]
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5 Steps to Track Your Happiness and Reboot Your Mood

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On January 27, 2016
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” –Victor Frankl Having a bad day? You might not be in control of your surroundings, but you can control your reactions to them. Simply tracking your emotions […]
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Manage Stress, Don’t Eliminate It

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On January 27, 2016
If you define stress as that crazy out-of-control feeling you get when you’re overwhelmed and under pressure, you’ve got it partially right. Stress is your body’s reaction to difficult or challenging situations. Your heartrate increases, your breathing becomes faster, your muscles tighten and your blood pressure rises. You’re ready for action.  It can create anxiety, disrupt […]
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6 Signs That You’re Not Living In The Present

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On January 27, 2016
You’ve heard it a million times—the key to happiness is learning to live in the present moment. It’s possible this motivated you to try a mindfulness practice and carve out time to quiet your busy mind, but you still haven’t yet found that calm and centered feeling you’re seeking. You might know what you’re supposed […]
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Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On January 27, 2016
Even if you’ve never heard of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, you’ve probably witnessed it at work. If you’ve ever been scared or anxious about something, only to find that it was not as bad as you feared once you let go of your assumptions and tried it, you’ve experienced one of the principles behind CBT.  Similarly, […]
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Negative Thoughts & Depression: A Vicious Circle?

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On January 14, 2016
If you’ve ever experienced depression, you know it can be a black hole of self-doubt and distorted negative thinking. It can be hard to figure out which came first—the depression or the self-defeating thoughts. That’s because depression is likely to have many causes. It can arise from biological or cognitive roots; it can be triggered by […]
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Spirituality: What’s Your Style?

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On January 14, 2016
If you’re committed to changing your life, whether it’s improving relationships, gaining control over your emotions or moving beyond bad habits, it shouldn’t matter whether you’re religious or not. Yet the language of 12-step recovery groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, which uses terms like “higher power,” “God,” “spirituality,” and “prayer,” can make some people feel uncomfortable, […]
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Mindfulness Is Not Effortless

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On January 9, 2016
Mindfulness is not effortless For most people, a mindful practice begins with meditation: learning to sit quietly and concentrate on the flow of the breath without trying to control it, watching your thoughts and judgments arise and pass. Meditation can be very calming and is a great way to learn mindfulness. But don’t confuse the […]
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The Secret To Positive Change? Gratitude

  • Posted by aplanforliving
  • On January 9, 2016
The secret to positive change? Gratitude. What’s your New Year’s resolution? To be happier? Healthier? More successful? Improve your relationships? No matter what your goal, there is one thing you can do to improve the likelihood of succeeding. – Begin with gratitude Research has repeatedly confirmed that acts of gratitude, such as counting your blessings, […]
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