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12 Top Personal Growth Posts – Always Well Within 2017

Was 2017 as intense for you as it was for me?  It turned out to be one of the most challenging years of my life.

I know challenges can help us grow if we know how to work them. Still, I’m eager for respite.  How about you?

Because I’m going to relax or spend time in my creative nest for the rest of December, I’m sharing my annual “best of Always Well Within” post now.

This year on the blog, instead of just going with my flow, I especially focused my writing on the topics you favored in my last reader survey:

  • Self-Kindness, Self-Acceptance, and Self-Love
  • Intuition and Heart-Centered Living
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Spiritual Practice
  • Emotional Healing and Emotional Balance
  • Stress Relief and Relaxation and Ease

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5 Simple Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy Life

Friends, I’m exhausted.  I’m ready to slow down for awhile.The car accident in February, followed by a broken toe, our sick cat (going on two months now), and other unmentionable shocks have colluded to drain my reserves.

If you feel overwhelmed, burned out, or just too buzzy, maybe you’d like to try out a season of slow living too — at least for a little while.

You don’t have to stop completely.  You can slow down just a little, a little more, or a lot — whatever makes sense for you and your life right now.  If you do, you’ll likely find more enjoyment, more connection, and more relaxation awaiting you. Your health may even begin to improve too.

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5 of the Best Self-Care Practices for Real Change

Deep Self-Care

Do you associate self-care with physical activities like a restorative nap, a soothing bath, or time in nature?  Maybe, to you, self-care means buying something nice for yourself, or pulling out a coloring book to reduce stress.

Physical self-care is important, indeed.  If you’ve established a healthy body care routine, you rock. It takes self-love, self respect, and determination to successfully do this.

But sometimes, physical self-care can be like a band-aid that falls off after a few days, before your wound is healed, if you never take the time to look deeply within. It doesn’t necessarily reverse unhealthy beliefs, debilitating thoughts, and disabling emotions.  In fact, your healthy routine might even fall away when you inner dictator gets the best of you.

A complete approach to self-care needs to include ways to heal your wounds, support a budding sense of positive self-esteem, and encourage you to express your own voice.

I call this deep self-care.

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Emotionally Absent Mother? How to Heal Childhood Emotional Neglect

Emotionally Absent Mother

I’m delighted to share an interview with author and psychotherapist Jasmin Lee Cori today.

Every child needs loving connections with others in order to grow into a healthy, happy and well-functioning adult.

Ideally, a feeling of secure connection begins in the womb and is cultivated through infancy, childhood, and adolescence as well.  Even in their pre-verbal years, children sense when connection isn’t forthcoming.

In response, they’ll adapt, but not necessarily in healthy ways. For many, this lack of connection leads to self-defeating emotional and behavioral patterns that continue to govern their lives long into adulthood, making happiness but a distant dream.

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15 of the Most Awesome Self-Care Gifts Ever

Awesome self-care gifts.

Working too hard, feeling overwhelmed by family responsibilities, or dealing with an ongoing challenge?

Maybe it’s time to turn your attention back to yourself and to your own self-care.

Although we often brush it aside, self-care is not optional if you want to be happy and healthy, and stay the course.  Regular self-care ensures you feel grounded, think clearly, and dwell in a comfortable emotional zone. It helps you to modulate stress, which, in excess, can quickly deplete your joy, upset your relationships, and compromise your health.

I do my best to make self-care a priority.  Over the years, Iʻve gathered a wonderful repertoire of self-care practices and resources, that Iʻd love to share with you today.   Think of them as gifts to yourself, which you so deserve, and as gifts you can bestow on others whom you love.

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How to Accept Yourself No Matter What

Self-Acceptance

Self-acceptance means accepting your whole self without judgment. That includes your weaknesses and your quirky, difficult parts, the ones that you probably try to deny or suppress.

Do you frequently put yourself down, feel critical of your body, or fear that other people will “find you out?”  Your reactions may be so automatic that you don’t even question them.  You may quickly move into self-recrimination without a second thought.

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