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Part Four – Emotion vs Mood

I’m really excited to kick off this four-part article series on emotions! Read all four articles using the links below.

Part One: the importance of acknowledging and expressing for emotional healing, and how to express guilt, regret and shame.

Part Two: expressing sadness, anger and frustration.

Part Three: emotional health – what you can do to keep yourself balanced.

Part Four: emotion vs mood – long term considerations

Part Four

There’s a big difference between feeling an emotion, which is generally a passing phase that may last from a couple of minutes to a couple of days. When you struggle with a particular emotion and can’t break free, this may lead to a mood issue.

Long Term Stress

Chronic, long term stress is very detrimental to health. In fact, most modern day diseases are linked to stress in one way or another. Unlike momentary stress which is used to kick us into gear, chronic stress can lead to overreactions to small frustrations and feed emotions such as anger and sadness, and impede on our ability to “bounce back”. It may even lead to more serious conditions, such as depression or anxiety.

Depression and Anxiety

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Part Three – Emotional Health

I’m really excited to kick off this four-part article series on emotions! Read all four articles using the links below.

Part One: the importance of acknowledging and expressing for emotional healing, and how to express guilt, regret and shame.

Part Two: expressing sadness, anger and frustration.

Part Three: emotional health – what you can do to keep yourself balanced.

Part Four: emotion vs mood – long term considerations

Part Three

dreams

As I discussed in part one of my emotions series, as humans, we should expect to feel the whole gambit of emotions. Emotions are not good or bad – they just are what they are – a normal part of the human experience!

However, there are a few things that you can do to get yourself off the emotional rollercoaster so that you feel balanced and on an even keel.

Sleep

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Self-Esteem, Body Image & Disordered Eating

love treeSELF-ESTEEM: Probably one of the more complex topics out there, but I decided to tackle it today based on my own experiences.

I’m a recovering over-achiever, perfectionist, people-pleaser. Constantly chasing the next achievement, I strived for that perfect score in order to receive positive reinforcement and validation from my peers, teachers and parents. I’m sure many of you can relate!

On top of that, I regularly sacrificed my own desires, feelings and happiness to maintain harmony, keep the peace and to be the perfect friend, daughter, student, girlfriend, wife.

I honestly believed for many many many years that this was a really good thing. To be likeable, a hard worker, intelligent girl with a heart of gold. Don’t get me wrong, these are good traits! However, when the motivation for being these things stems from desperately needing that approval and validation from others, then we have a self-esteem issue.

A self-esteem issue can rear it’s ugly head many times throughout our life and in different forms. For me, mine was always brewing in the background of my subconscious and conscious mind.  It drove nearly every decision I made around my social life, my school/uni/work life, and family life. It wasn’t long before this desire to achieve perfection in order to be accepted manifested in an eating disorder.

My Eating Disorder

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drop it! back away from the smart phone…

disconnect

I recently had a very intense work week, which required my time and attention during lunch and after work. For that week, I didn’t have a chance to spend ANY time on Facebook, personal email, reading other people’s blogs or newsletters. I felt completely disconnected from the world that I am so passionate about. I felt like there were all these new breakthroughs about wellness, health and life, and I was missing out on them.

Do you ever feel like the entire world is being captured in your smartphone and you better make sure you keep refreshing your newsfeed so that you don’t miss anything? Hasn’t it been tagged as “FOMO” (fear of missing out)? Well, maybe the missing out is the stuff that goes on in the real world….

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how to love your body

Today, I’m so proud to share with you guest blog post from my wonderful friend and life coach, Rachelle Hawken!

Over to you, Rachelle…

bodylove

I want to talk about body love.

Guiding women to appreciating their bodies and what they are capable of is so important to me as a life coach because I have seen firsthand what happens to a woman when she makes this transition.

So many of my clients tell me that they want to lose weight or gain a certain level of fitness. They have a deep sense of insecurity or anxiety that sits with them constantly, they plan their weeks with the best intentions to exercise at 110% effort, 5 to 7 days a week and can be quite restrictive with what they choose to eat. Of course, this rarely, if ever, goes according to plan and so these beautiful women berate themselves for not achieving something that was mostly unrealistic. It’s a downward spiral as they feel more and more despondent about the thought of never being able to have the perfect body. I absolutely love my work, encouraging women to drop their negative perspectives on food, weight, exercise and appearance and transform the way they see the process.

I know exactly what it’s like because I’ve been there.

What is body love exactly?

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