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Dealing With Holiday Blues How To Help My Friend Cope While I’m Happy

By Chris Shea | December 10, 2022

“If one were to devise an experimental set of circumstances which would test the integrity of an individual’s mood control, one would invent the year-end holiday season.” Jonathan Himmelhoch (Psychiatrist, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic) If you or someone you know are feeling down during the holiday season, there’s no need to worry. There are…

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How To Effectively Accomplish Change During Autumn And Absolutely Reduce Stress

By Chris Shea | November 10, 2022

Trying to accomplish change and reduce stress seems impossible. Change itself brings on stress, so how can change minimize stress? I thought that, too, until I started practicing mindfulness in the Autumn of 2012. Let me explain. Let’s go back to the 1980s when I snapped this picture while living in an unassuming community in…

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Anxious About Reentering Society After The Pandemic? Here’s Your How To Guide

By Chris Shea | May 18, 2021

Anxious feelings are understandable when returning to everyday life after the pandemic. There will be a process of readjustment. There are bound to be thoughts or worries about the changes that are happening in your life. It is natural for people to want to stay in their comfort zone. Entering the unknown is what causes…

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How To Healthily Cope With Grief During Covid-19

By Chris Shea | August 11, 2020

Grief is a typical human experience, but the COVID-19 pandemic has upended many of the ways we usually manage the loss. Here are my tips on coping healthily with your grief.  Grief is one of those emotions that many of us think of only during the loss of a loved one. And while this is…

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How To Cope And Positively Make A Difference In Society

By Chris Shea | June 15, 2020

I’m re-writing this article to help me process my feelings and mental struggles with all that is happening in my country. I originally wrote this piece back in 2015, yet I feel it remains appropriate for 2020. I, and others, struggle with a response to what we are feeling as there are so many diverse…

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The New Normal – 7 Valuable Lesson Opportunities To Learn Now

By Chris Shea | June 8, 2020

The “new normal” is a phrase that has entered our everyday speech, along with phrases such as “social distancing,” “physical distancing,” or “PPE.” Due to COVID-19 pandemic, our lives have been changed. The questions are, how much longer will our lives be changed, and will our lives ever be what they were before?  Therefore, the…

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The Future Worries Me – As It Should: Coronavirus version

By Chris Shea | May 25, 2020

Yes, the future worries me. Interestingly, a year ago, I wrote and published this article on worrying about the future. Little did I know that a year later, this topic would be most appropriate.  As we continue to struggle with the societal effects of COVID-19, the future worries me. It’s, seemingly, more unsure than ever…

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The Holiday Blues How To Help People Cope

By Chris Shea | November 18, 2019

The holiday blues are a real phenomenon, with half of us feeling some stress and fatigue if not mild depression. The holiday blues are felt by people as a result of the holiday season. Yet, some people are entering the holiday season already feeling stressed, anxious, sad, grieving, depressed, etc. How do I enjoy the…

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Confidence: How To Embrace It As I Did

By Chris Shea | November 5, 2019

Confidence is not something we’re born with, it’s something we learn as we mature. My personal story is one of a shy boy transformed into a confident man. How did I do it? How can you do it? Let’s talk about how I eventually learned to embrace my confidence. “Confidence isn’t walking into a room…

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How To Overcome Fear But We Need Fear To Live

By Chris Shea | September 5, 2019

To overcome fear, one needs to believe they will be happy on the other side, and that getting to the other side of fear is possible. Knowing and believing are two very different attitudes. In this article, I use my own childhood fear as an example throughout. Keep in mind, we need fear to live,…

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