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How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

My grandmother died last week. It wasn’t tragic or surprising. She was quite old, and her health had been declining for several years. Still, though, I felt sad about her death. There’s a finality about death that can be overwhelming. No more eating Chinese food,...
3 Steps for Dealing with Any Psychological Problem

3 Steps for Dealing with Any Psychological Problem

Psychological problems can be really tough. Maybe you are struggling with an emotional problem like depression or anxiety. You’re having a difficult time coping with your unpleasant thoughts or feelings. You wish these thoughts and feelings would just go away, but you...
What Can We Learn From Negative Emotions?

What Can We Learn From Negative Emotions?

Usually when people come to counseling, they are in emotional distress. If you are struggling, you might be in that place right now. Maybe you feel depressed, down, and sad. Or perhaps you feel anxious, uptight, and nervous. You want relief from the unpleasant...
The Work: How to Question Painful Thoughts

The Work: How to Question Painful Thoughts

One of the most important insights from psychology is that the events and situations in our lives do not directly lead to our emotions and reactions. Instead, the events and situations that happen in our lives are filtered through our thoughts, and these thoughts lead...
3 Ways to Work With Feelings

3 Ways to Work With Feelings

This post is Part 4 in a 4-part blog series on changing our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. (If you missed the previous posts, you can find Part 1 here.) Changing Your Feelings Can Feel Impossible Trying to change your feelings can seem impossible. Have you ever...
3 Strategies to Change a Behavior

3 Strategies to Change a Behavior

This post is Part 3 in a 4-part blog series on changing our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. (If you missed the previous posts, you can find Part 1 here.) Changing Behaviors Can Feel Weird Changing behaviors or doing something different can feel unnatural. For...
How to Know What You’re Feeling (And Talk About It)

How to Know What You’re Feeling (And Talk About It)

Sometimes it’s difficult to identify your feelings and talk about them. I think it can be especially tough for men. I think part of the reason is that some of us just didn’t grow up in environments where people were open about their feelings. Maybe you grew up in a...
3 Questions to Ask When You Feel Bad

3 Questions to Ask When You Feel Bad

People seek help for all sorts of problems, but at a basic level, most people who seek help are unhappy or feeling bad about some part of their life. They want to figure out a way to live a life that is more satisfying and meaningful. In this blog post, I want to...
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